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Google Updating Android With New Features Including Family Alerts, Digital Car Key Support

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  • Google is rolling out several updates and new additions to Android.
  • This includes Family Bell reminders, automatic permission management for older Android versions, and more.
  • There are some practical additions to Android coming.

Google Updating Android with tons of exciting features. The updates include new emoji kitchen mashups, permissions auto-reset support on more phones, and auto-generated Memories in Google Photos. There are also new updates to Android Auto for improved messaging and new widgets for a few Android apps. In this latest set of features for Android, Google is making it easier to stay in touch with the family while adding a few fun and useful features.

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One of the most useful features is Family Bell, which allows users to set helpful reminders that are broadcast throughout the house. Google is now expanding this feature beyond its smart home devices like the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) and making it available on the best Android phones.

New widgets are also coming to the Android phone screen for the YouTube Music, Google Play Books, and Google Photos apps. The music widget offers playback controls and access to recently played tracks, while the books widget gives shortcuts to your library. Google Photos’ Memories feature will also start showing curated photos and videos of events like New Year’s Eve within the standard photo grid interface.

You can now set Android Auto to launch automatically when you connect your Android phone to your compatible car to stay connected on every drive. And once you’re on the road, Android Auto helps you get things done so you can stay focused on the road.

Google is also bringing the digital car key feature to let Android users lock, unlock, and even start a compatible car using their phones. It is initially rolling out in select countries on the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S21 for compatible BMW cars.

Permissions Auto-Reset is coming to older Android phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer. First debuting with Android 11, the feature will automatically disable permissions for apps you haven’t used in a while. Emoji Kitchen is rolling out to Gboard Beta users today and Gboard users in the “coming weeks. The feature allows users to combine two emojis into one,

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