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Google announces new features for Gboard, Nearby Share, Wear OS and Meet

Google just shared some new features for Android this month. There are updates from Gboard and emoji to new accessibility features. Google Meet, Wear OS, and Nearby Share are also getting attention.

Google announces new features coming to Gboard, Nearby Share, Wear OS, and Meet

Gboard is getting a new “Emoji” feature that lets you quickly add emojis to messages as you type. You can now try it out on the GBoard beta.

Emoji Kitchen lets you mix emojis together to create new ones, and Android has added many new mashups, including a fall-themed one.

Google Meet is getting a new live sharing feature that lets you watch and play games together during a video call. You can now pin specific participants to Google Meet calls of your choice. These are rolling out now.

Nearby Share will receive an opt-in option “in the next few weeks” . This will allow users to send content to nearby devices through your Google account without prompting, even if the screen is turned off. Google Apps will also optimize larger widgets for Android tablets.

There are two new accessibility features on Android for people with hearing or vision impairments. One is called custom sound notifications, and when enabled it hears a specific sound and notifies the user via vibration, flash, or Wear OS notifications. It can recognize things like running water, a baby crying, a dog barking, a smoke alarm going off, or you can teach it a sound. Google TV now offers a curated library of audio-descriptive movies for the blind or low-vision.

Finally, Wear OS gets a new Bitmoji watch face, and a new The Google Keep tile for , making it easier to quickly dictate notes or view other notes.

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