Google has introduced several new features to its Android ecosystem starting from June 1st. One of the most interesting features is a reading practice tool designed to help young readers or those learning English. This tool is designed for phones and tablets and is available with thousands of compatible children’s books on Play Books. It enables users to practice reading aloud, and when they tap the help button, they can quickly get the definition of unfamiliar words or have the sentence read out loud for guidance. The feature is currently available in the English language for users in the US with devices running Android 8 or above.
Google is also launching new widgets that show entertainment suggestions, stock trading information, and curated stories from Google News. The widgets will be available for devices running Android 6 and later in all supported languages. Additionally, for those who love to use emojis, Google has introduced a new tool called “Emoji Kitchen.” It allows users to mix and match emojis available on Gboard and make them into unique stickers to send out.
Those using WearOS 2 now have new Spotify tiles and watchface complications available for their use. The Spotify DJ feature offers personalized playlists and streams from the user’s favorite podcasts with just one click on their smartwatch tile. WearOS 3.0 users can now add a tile for a single to-do list from Google Notes. Furthermore, SmartTrip and Clipper cards can now be loaded onto Google Wallet by residents of Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. This feature allows for tap-and-pay transportation options with their smartwatches.
Aside from the features mentioned above, Google has also released its One subscription service’s dark web report in the US. Subscribers can scan their Gmail addresses to check if their personal information has been exposed in the dark web, avail themselves of automatic monitoring, and get notified if any of their details get posted. The dark web monitoring feature is only available to Google One users in the US, but Google plans to expand its availability to more than 20 countries in the coming months.