Google developers spoke about the innovations that users of Android devices expect in the future. Changes include blurring the background in Google Photos, checking grammar with the Gboard keyboard, Live Transcribe, a speech-to-text transcription app, and other useful additions.
First of all, it is noted that the Google Photos app for Android will soon receive an updated background blur tool. Users can apply this effect not only to images depicting people, but also to photos depicting animals, food, or plants. According to reports, this feature will initially be available to Pixel smartphone owners, as well as Google One subscribers.
In addition, the developers have improved the speech-to-text transcription application Live Transcribe, which is popular with the hearing impaired. Now it will be able to function autonomously, without a permanent connection to the Internet. This allows people with disabilities to interact with the outside world even where there is no stable internet connection, for example on the subway or on an airplane. Live Transcribe is available on all Android smartphones and comes preinstalled on Google Pixel and Samsung devices.
Another change concerns the grammar check feature for the Gboard branded keyboard. So far it has been exclusive to Pixel smartphones, but will soon see wider distribution. According to reports, the grammar checker will complement the spell checker already available in Android. Gboard also gets new emojis and stickers that can be used in various instant messengers and online services.
As for other innovations, some of them should be noted. For example, Google Assistant is getting support for voice commands related to car parking. Users can pay and check the status of parking, as well as extend the validity period. This feature will be implemented through integration with ParkMobile and will be available in the US at this time.
With the update, Nearby Share will allow multiple users to share data at the same time, and Google TV will have a new “Basic” tab that will make it easier to access news and entertainment reports based on the user’s preferences. In addition, a new Screen Time widget will appear on Android, which will show the applications that the user spends time on during the day.
When exactly the innovations mentioned will be available for users of Android devices is still unknown. Most likely, this will happen in the next few weeks.