Google has announced several new features coming to Android phones, including updates to Gboard keyboard stickers, play points, and accessibility apps.
It is worth noting that the company offers custom text stickers for all Android devices, after it was first launched on Pixel phones in March.
And when you type, you can now convert the text into a custom sticker. The company says that users are able to type what they want to say and then choose a design to share their message.
New custom text stickers will be available soon for US users who write in English.
The company is also introducing more than 1,600 new kitchen emoji combinations to help users express themselves by creating new hybrid emoji.
Google is also working on improving background noise reduction in the Sound Amplifier app, which is designed for people with hearing impairments.
The app uses your phone to amplify and filter important sounds around you. With the new update, the app brings faster and more accurate audio, along with a revamped user interface that the company says is easier to use.
There are also new updates to the Lookout app, which is designed for people with low vision or blindness. The app uses your phone’s camera to provide information about the world around you.
Lookout is getting a new Image mode that uses Google’s latest machine learning models to enable users to hear a description of an image.
Google expands custom Gboard text stickers
The company has also rolled out updates to the app’s text mode, document mode, food label mode, and exploration mode to make Lookout more accurate. The app now also works offline and without the need for a wireless network connection or data service.
“We’re offering a range of updates to help your phone stand out as much as you do,” said Android Product Manager. From more expressive ways to message your friends, to subtle and clever upgrades for entertainment and accessibility, we ensure every interaction with your Android device is more meaningful than the last. These updates add more ways in which Android helps you communicate with others and the world around you.
Users with Play Points can now use them to obtain in-app items without leaving their games or apps.
You have the option to cover the entire cost of the purchase using Play Points or split it between Play Points and another payment method. The new update will be rolled out over the coming weeks in countries where Play Points are available.