Google at MWC 2023 in Barcelona announced that it is rolling out new features for Android and WearOS. The latest updates will help improve connectivity, productivity, accessibility, and fun across your devices. Users will be able to quickly manage notes and to-do lists with Google Keep.
In order to improve productivity on devices Google Keep single note widget will let you manage your notes and check off to-do lists right from your Home screen. According to the company’s official blog post, the widget displays reminders that will ensure background colours and images are added to notes from the Keep app while also syncing with your smartwatch. Moreover, two new shortcuts are being brought to WearOS that allow users to make notes and to-do lists with a simple tap. The Android Google Drive app will allow you to annotate PDFs with the help stylus or just your finger.
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Users can try out a variety of ink strokes to provide notes or feedback freehand (handy for marking up photos and visual plans) or use the highlighter tool to keep important text neatly on your tablet or smartphone. As per the company, the annotated documents can be easily hidden, undone, deleted, or saved as a new copy.
In terms of audio enhancements, Google Meet will now provide noise cancellation during calls or meetings to more Android mobile devices. Whereas Fast pair will be able to quickly pair new Bluetooth headphones with your Chromebook. Not just that if you’ve already set up headphones with your Android phone, your Chromebook will automatically connect to them as well.
Besides this new emoji combination has been added to Emoji Kitchen allowing users to remix, mash-up, and share as stickers via Gboard.
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According to the company, new tap-to-pay animations are coming on Google Wallet that will help confirm in-store transactions. Using Chrome users can now simply increase the size of content including text, images, video and interactive controls — by up to 300%. You don’t need to adjust it every time you launch Chrome it can be set to your desired content size as the default. All you need to do is go to Chrome Beta via Settings > Accessibility. This functionality is currently under beta and it will be rolled out to all the users in March.
The company is also rolling out two new sound and display modes to Wear OS 3+ to increase watch accessibility. Mono-audio is said to help limit disorientation caused by split-audio, while colour-correction and grayscale modes.
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