Android’s latest update: Text scheduling, password checkup tool, new version of TalkBack, and more

Google has just announced the upcoming set of features coming to Android, including text scheduling feature, password checkup tool to make passwords more secure, updated version of TalkBack, Google Assistant update, and dark theme in Google Maps. 

Password Checkup Tool Integration

Google integrated Password Checkup tool to let Android users know if the password they used has been previously exposed and what to do about it. The integration was made into devices running Android 9 and above. 

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“Now when you enter a password into an app on your phone using Autofill with Google, we’ll check those credentials against a list of known compromised passwords — that is, passwords that have potentially already been stolen and posted on the web. If your credentials show up on one of these lists, we’ll alert you and guide you to check your password and change it.”

Text Scheduling

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Google is starting to roll out schedule send in Messages for smartphones running Android 7 and later. Android users will be able to schedule messages by holding and pressing the send button to select a date and time to deliver their message.

“Having loved ones in another time zone or on a different schedule can sometimes make it difficult to send a text at an appropriate time. With schedule send, you can compose a message ahead of time when it’s convenient for you, and schedule it to send at the right moment. “

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Dark Theme in Google Maps

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With dark theme in Google Maps soon expanding to all Android users globally, you can save on battery life. In order to activate it, you can head to your Settings, tap on Theme and then on “Always in Dark Theme”. You can also switch it back just by tapping on “Always in Light Theme”.

Updated Version of TalkBack

For those who are blind or have trouble seeing the display, the new version of TalkBack that includes more intuitive gestures, a unified menu, and a new reading control menu, Android’s screen reader, is now available. Using spoken feedback and gestures, TalkBack makes Android even more accessible and opens up a full phone experience without needing to look at your screen. 

Google also has updated Google Assistant by adding hands-free features that works better even when your phone is locked or across the room with new cards that can be read with just a glance.

Written by Maya Robertson


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