Google has introduced a slew of updates for Android that features an built-in Password Checkup for units working Android 9 and above. The function will inform customers if any of their passwords have been beforehand uncovered. The function was launched on Google Chrome again in 2019 and is aimed toward letting customers safeguard their credentials earlier than signing in for providers. In addition to Password Checkup, Google is updating Android with an improved Messages app that may let customers schedule textual content messages. Accessibility-focussed TalkBack has additionally been up to date to assist the visually challenged and folks with low imaginative and prescient. Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Android Auto are additionally part of the updates that Google has introduced for Android customers by way of a weblog publish.
With the arrival of Password Checkup, Android customers can now have a look at whether or not the passwords they’re utilizing have been beforehand compromised or uncovered. A pop-up dialogue field will seem as soon as ‘Autofill with Google’ has been enabled that may inform customers about keying in an already compromised password. It may even embrace a hyperlink to the Password Manager web page to allow you to evaluate all of your saved passwords.
Google has mentioned in a weblog publish that Password Checkup on Android apps is out there on Android 9 and above, for customers of ‘Autofill with Google’. This implies that you need not look ahead to any Android replace in your system to get the brand new expertise.
You can allow Autofill with Google in your system working a inventory Android expertise by going to Settings > System > Languages & enter > Advanced after which deciding on Google from the Autofill service choice.
Password Checkup has already been available on Google Chrome and is part of Google’s password supervisor that’s accessible to all customers with a Google account. It was initially provided as a Chrome extension and is designed to take a look at usernames and passwords which were uncovered throughout third-party breaches to tell customers in the event that they decide any compromised or uncovered passwords.
In addition to Password Checkup, Google is rolling out an up to date Messages for telephones working Android 7 and above with the flexibility to schedule textual content messages.
Password Checkup is coming to @Android, alerting you if a password you entered into an app has been compromised. We’re additionally launching a brand new model of our display reader with the options most requested by the blind and low imaginative and prescient communities, and extra https://t.co/afTrOU43pB
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) February 23, 2021
“Just write your message as you normally would, then hold and press the send button to select a date and time to deliver your message,” Google defined in a blog post.
Android customers have additionally acquired an up to date TalkBack with extra intuitive gestures, a unified menu, and a brand new studying management menu. These are touted to be probably the most popularly requested options and are aimed toward enhancing the expertise for visually challenged customers and folks with low imaginative and prescient. Users must obtain or replace the Android Accessibility Suite on their Android units to get the up to date expertise.
Google Assistant on Android has additionally been up to date with the flexibility to work higher even when the cellphone is locked. You must activate the Lock Screen Personal Results within the Assistant setting to start out utilizing Google Assistant for organising an alarm or enjoying a music monitor — with out unlocking your cellphone. Once the setting is turned on, you’ll be able to say, “Hey Google, set an alarm” or “Hey Google, play pop music on Spotify” to work with the Assistant when your cellphone is locked.
Google Maps on Android can also be getting a devoted darkish theme that will help you save battery whereas navigating to a vacation spot. You simply must go to Settings > Theme > Always in Dark Theme on Google Maps to allow the darkish theme. Similarly, you’ll be able to change to a devoted gentle theme by going to Settings > Theme > Always in Light Theme.
The up to date Google Maps with built-in darkish and lightweight themes will roll out to all Android customers globally within the coming days.
Google has additionally upgraded Android Auto with customized wallpapers and the flexibility to entertain passengers with voice-activated video games similar to trivia and ‘Jeopardy!’ Android Auto customers have additionally been supplied with shortcuts on the launch display to allow them to entry contacts and even use Google Assistant by tapping on the obtainable icons. Similarly, a split-screen interface has been supplied for vehicles with wider screens with a real-time view of Google Maps and media controls. A privateness display has additionally been supplied to allow you to management which content material ought to seem on the display of your in-car system whereas driving with others.
The upgraded Android Auto with the listing of latest options will likely be obtainable within the coming days on telephones primarily based on Android 6.0 and above.
Is Android One holding again Nokia smartphones in India? We mentioned this on Orbital, our weekly expertise podcast, which you’ll subscribe to by way of Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or simply hit the play button under.