FP trendJune 17, 2021 5:46:14 PM IS
Google announced six new features for Android users. The search engine giant has added these features to Messages, your instant messaging application. Some of the features include end-to-end encryption, seamless access to emojis, and more. One of Google’s announcements was end-to-end chat encryption of RCS chats sent through the Messages Selectively rolled out in beta mode in November 2020, Google will release it now for everyone with RCS access.
All encrypted messages will have a lock icon next to the send button each time users click on it. Google also says that the feature will only be available for individual conversations. Group chats may need to wait for the feature at this time. However, one concern lies in the fact that many people you text may not have access to RCS, or may not be using the Messages app.
“Today we welcome the summer with six updates for your Android that focus on security, so you are protected at all times,” says the blog Fiona Lee, manager of programs for Android.
Another added feature is allowing users to “highlight” messages to save. Similar to WhatsApp, Starred messages will appear in a separate section of the app. The feature will be updated in a few weeks.
Google will also implement an earthquake alert system in more countries. The feature is currently available in Greece and New Zealand. Now it will spread to countries such as the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan. According to Google, it’s set to roll out the Earthquake Alerts feature in countries that have a higher risk of earthquakes for now, but will roll it out to other countries over time.
Of Google Voice access The app will take commands only when users look at the screen. Voice access will allow users to enter their passwords and translate texts. The feature is currently in beta mode and will be rolled out to all users soon.
The functions of the Google Assistant have also been updated. Users can now ask the Google Assistant to open any application on their phone by giving commands like, “Hey Google, pay my Capital One bill.”
Lastly, Google has introduced a new section on Emoji Kitchen stickers to allow users to access recently used stickers. Additionally, Contextual Emoji Kitchen Suggestions will roll out to Gboard beta today, followed by their access to all Gboard users later this year. Sticker suggestions will be available for messages written in English, Portuguese and Spanish on Android 6.0 and higher devices.