Google announced nine new features for Android, including one powered by Gemini AI

Google announced nine new features for Android, including one powered by Gemini AI

Whether on a smartphone, tablet, connected watch or car, Google is rolling out new Android features across the board at the end of February 2024.

In a blog post published Monday, the Mountain View company announced the arrival of artificial intelligence in Android Auto. More precisely, the operating system can now summarize incoming messages in the car and suggest intelligent responses or actions.

Google, for example, shows that Android Auto offers to send a message “I'm on the wayOr share the arrival time of your Google Maps route after asking a question.

The company goes on to mention two improvements in terms of accessibility:

  • Lookout describes “Pictures, online images, and images included in messages“Automatically generated by artificial intelligence;
  • TalkBack in Google Maps reads aloud information about locations scanned directly with Google Lens.

We also learn that the Google Docs app on Android is enriched with the handwritten annotations function. Hence, it is possible to express your opinion about a part of the document simply by using your finger or pen.

For audiophiles, Google allows you to toggle the audio output on your smartphone's home screen when playing music via Spotify. Until now, this function was reserved for YouTube Music.

Athletes have the right to integrate Health Connect compatible services into the Fitbit app. It is therefore possible to find health and training data in one place.

Google immediately announces two rather useful developments in everyday life for connected watches under Wear OS: displaying passes (concert tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards, etc.) from Wallet and recommending public transportation routes in Google Maps .

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Finally, Gemini's artificial intelligence is once again the focus of attention. Google announces that it is possible to chat with its generated AI directly in Google Messages. This functionality is still in beta and is currently limited to the English language.

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