Reading mode, sharing car keys, and more features are now available on Android.

In time for the holidays, Google has unveiled a number of new features for Wear OS devices as well as Android tablets and smartphones.
One of these is Reading Mode, which, in Google’s words, “creates an accessible reading experience” for those who are blind, have impaired vision, or are dyslexic. You can change the font style, size, line spacing, background colour, and switch between dark and light settings using this tool. Even a Text-to-Speech option with voice control and speed is available. On smartphones running Android 9.0 or higher, Reading Mode can be downloaded through the Google Play Store.

Beginning the following week, you may cast videos with a single tap from the Google TV app to an Android TV or smart TV running Google TV. Even better, you can use your iPhone as a remote while watching to browse additional alternatives.

Additionally, Google is making it simple for you to give friends and family digital auto keys. The digital wallet software on your phone lets you see and modify who has access to your car. The feature is presently accessible on iPhones and Google Pixel phones, and it will soon be accessible on a few Android 12 or newer-powered smartphones.

New collage designs by famous watercolour artist Yao Cheng Design and Australian husband-and-wife visual team DABSMYLA are now available in Google Photos. Select your photos, pick a design, then rearrange your layout by dragging and dropping images to make use of the feature.

Additionally, Google has made changes to Wear OS. Tiles for favoured contacts and the hours of sunrise and sunset are one of them. You may now view photographs, collaborators, and backdrop colours more conveniently in the revised Google Keep app for Wear OS. Finally, you may utilise Google Assistant to launch the adidas Running app and begin an activity right away. Simply tell Google, “Hey Google, start a run with Adidas Running,” and the programme will begin to record your exercise.

Other noteworthy updates include YouTube’s new Home screen Search widget and Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen, which lets you combine new emojis to create unique sticker combinations. You can also respond to a specific message using the Google Messages app.

Christopher Woodill

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