In Mountain View, software development knows no end: only in the past few hours Google has announced important news for Android Auto, Gboard, Android, YouTube Music, Lookout and Digital Wellness. Here are all the details.
- GBOARD: REAL-TIME TRANSLATION OF DICTATED PHRASES
- ANDROID AUTO: NAVIGATION WITH THIRD PARTY APP AND MUCH MORE
- ANDROID AS A PLATFORM TO DETECT EARTHQUAKES
- YOUTUBE MUSIC: COLLABORATIVE PLAYLIST
- DIGITAL WELLNESS: BEDTIME COMING FOR EVERYONE
- LOOKOUT DOES A LOT MORE THINGS
Said in Italian, the text comes out in English: so we can summarize one of the latest functions recently released on the Android version of the Google keyboard. The tests have been underway for some time, and now in the 9.7 Beta version the function can be touched by hand. Google has already confirmed that the distribution will be expanded to all users in the short term. Interestingly, Gboard has long supported both real-time dictation and real-time translation, but not both at the same time. Of course you have to do a little bit of work to manage the lag in real time, but the real big limit is that of 200 characters per translation.
Gboard is on the Play Store, as well as the option to join the beta testers; for those who want to avoid the process, they can proceed with the download of the APK from APK Mirror.
So far, the Robottino automotive platform has only supported two types of third-party apps: multimedia and messaging. Navigation navigation will also arrive soon – this means that those who wish can replace Google Maps with their favorite service.
Among the first three partners to participate in this program we find Chargepoint, which is responsible for helping the user navigate among the increasingly dense network of chargers for electric vehicles, Sygic (traditional turn-by-turn navigation, exactly like Maps) and SpotHero, which helps the driver to find parking. The Beta apps will be released over the next few months, and if the results are satisfactory, the APIs will be published, attracting even more developers.
Google has also released a simple calendar app for the platform, which simply allows you to consult your daily commitments. This is information that can be useful in the dashboard of a car, when it is necessary to understand what the next destination will be. Then there is a renewed settings section that allows you to adjust various functions of the platform directly from the car dashboard.
With earthquakes, early warning can mean the difference between life and death for countless people. Google is testing deep integration between its mobile operating system and seismological centers around the world to do exactly that. In a first phase, the company collaborated with the Californian observers and sent alarm notifications to the residents of the same state, but it is not enough. To reach the whole world in a widespread and satisfactory way, the only alternative is to use smartphones themselves as portable seismographs – thanks to sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes.
Initially the goal is to create as precise and detailed a view as possible of the effects of an earthquake when it is searched on Google. Of course, useful information will be provided to better manage the emergency. In the future, however, when the technology is more refined and refined, the idea is to use that data to predict when an earthquake is about to arrive, and report it to the potentially affected population.
Google is really pushing on the development of the app destined to permanently replace Play Music by the end of the year: in the last few weeks we have told you about the arrival of a really large number of news, to which collaborative playlists are added today. They work exactly as expected: when sharing a playlist with a friend, you can enable a flag that allows them to contribute by adding, removing or rearranging videos. The distribution has recently started on both Android and iOS.
Some Digital Wellbeing features debut on Google Pixels as temporary exclusives: in the sense that for a while they are only found in the most recent Google smartphones, and later they also arrive for all the others. This is the case with Bedtime, the feature that helps keep your eyes off the screen when it's time to sleep. It was first seen in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, soon it will arrive on all models with Digital Wellbeing and Android 6 Marshmallow or newer.
Lookout is the app designed by Google for those who have serious vision problems. Computer vision describes the world around the user for greater efficiency in everyday operations. With the latest update, Lookout can scan and digitize very long documents and perform an OCR recognition of the text, which can then be enunciated via speech synthesis. In addition, it is now able to identify food products from the label, is even more compatible with screen reading apps, and is compatible with multiple languages and multiple smartphone models.
Looktout is on the Play Store, and it's free. Support Italian.