Google announces new features for Android: Reading Mode, digital car key sharing, and more

The Reading Mode for Android will provide blind users or those with low vision a more accessible reading experience.

Highlights
  • Google has announced several new features for Android.
  • Features include Reading Mode, digital car key sharing, new collage designs for Google Photos, and so on.
  • The new reading mode aims to provide a much more accessible screen reading experience to blinds, dyslexics, and those with low vision.

Google is all set to launch new features to Android including smartphones and smartwatches. According to a report by The Verge, Android is preparing to roll out a brand new Reading Mode for its users to provide a much more accessible screen reading experience that would aid the experience of the blinds, dyslexics, and those with low vision. Other features include Digital car key sharing, new collage designs for Google Photos, new emojis on emoji kitchen, and so on. Let’s have a detailed look at the same.

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Reading Mode

The idea behind incorporating a brand new Reading Mode is to provide a more accessible user reading experience and to make screen reading better for the not fully abled, namely blinds, dyslexics, and users with low vision. The mode will be in the form of a new app that the user will have to be downloaded first. Post downloading, the user will have to enable it first to see a small overlay on the side of the smartphone’s screen.

Users can then open any article online and access the reading mode by tapping on the overlay icon to view the article’s content in a new display format. The feature would function with YouTube as well. Moreover, the users can even listen to the written content by tapping on the play button placed at the bottom.

Digital car key sharing

The Digital car key-sharing feature allows multiple users to lock, unlock, and start a car that is compatible i.e., which supports the said feature, via their smartphones. This feature was launched by Google with Android 12 and helps the user to share the key with his/her dear ones. All of this can be managed by the user via the smartphone’s digital wallet app.

The other features include the latest emojis through the emoji kitchen for the Gboard, a virtual keyboard app developed by Google for both Android and iOS, and brand new collage designs made by DabsMyla and Yao Cheng for the Google Photos collage editor. The Verge in its report explained that this will assist the users in customising their images as per their wish.