Five new Android features coming this winter – The Verge

Google is rolling out five new Android features within the weeks forward that improve Maps navigation, Gboard emoji mashups, Voice Access, Google Play audiobooks, and Nearby Share report sharing. Google could also be making Android Auto to be had in 36 extra nations.

To get started with, Google is giving Maps a new Go tab that permits you to briefly navigate to favourite puts with out coming into the deal with. Pin riding locations to university or paintings, as an example, and the Go tab will display instructions, reside visitors and disruptions, and an estimated arrival time. You too can pin your favourite public shipping direction to look departure and arrival instances and any delays proper from the tab. Google suggests pinning each riding and public shipping choices to the similar vacation spot to look which is able to get your there sooner. The Go tab will get started rolling out to Android and iOS gadgets “within the coming weeks,” consistent with the corporate.

Quickly get entry to pinned locations in new Go tab.

Next up, Google is increasing the ones customized emoji decal mashups to be had on Gboard from a couple of hundred distinctive combos to greater than 14,000. The so-known as Emoji Kitchen now allows you to faucet two emoji to look instructed combos, or double a unmarried emoji to look “extra intense” permutations. Available already on Gboard beta, Google says the new Emoji Kitchen will probably be to be had on Android 6.0 and above “over the coming weeks.”

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Make mashups with Emoji Kitchen.

Google could also be making a metamorphosis that might lead to extra audiobooks within the Play Store. Google says that it’s offering publishers in the USA and UK with a new auto-generated narrator instrument than can be utilized to create audio variations of books that recently lack them. The instrument is recently in beta, and must be coming to all publishers in early 2021.

An audiobook created with new auto-narrator instrument for publishers.

Next up, Google is bringing its enhanced Voice Access navigation, already to be had in Android 11, to all gadgets globally operating Android 6.0 and above. With the assistance of gadget studying, Voice Access lets in UI parts akin to buttons and labels to be extra simply manipulated by way of voice.

Navigating Maps the usage of Voice Access.

The (*10*)Nearby Share capability may even quickly strengthen the direct sharing of Play Store apps with close by Android customers. The apps are despatched by way of no matter means your two telephones deem the quickest: Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi. To percentage an app from Google Play you’ll want to head to the “Share Apps” menu in “Manage Apps & Games” and make a choice the app to percentage. Your pal should then settle for the incoming app. This specific replace will get started rolling out in “the coming weeks.”

Lastly, Google says that it’s increasing Android Auto strengthen to 36 extra nations over “the following few months,” bringing Google’s apps and services and products to the dashboard of appropriate automobiles for any person operating Android 10 or above (Android 9 customers can download the app).