6 New Android Features: Schedule Text Messages, Dark Mode on Google Maps and more

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Some Android apps are getting some useful updates.

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Google has just announced that it is bringing updates to six different Android apps Talk to a screen reader To Android Auto. Updates will add useful new features, such as the ability to schedule when a text message will be sent to the Messages app. Google Maps is also receiving an update of its own that will add a true dark mode to the entire app, not just when you’re using navigation.

Google’s password aut tofil tool also has an update that lets you know if your password has been passed and it’s time to change it to let you know.

Keep in mind, these are rolling updates. This means you don’t have access to them right now. My best advice is to keep checking the Play Store for app updates.

Below I will tell you about the new features and how to use them.

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Password checkup now works on Android apps

If you use Google’s Password Manager to automatically fill in your usernames and passwords in Chrome or Android apps, this update is for you. Google will now check all of your login credentials to see if it has been hacked. If it finds your information, a prompt tells you that you need to change your password.

The new password checkup tool is taking Android devices running Android 9 or higher. You can check if you are using Google’s Tofil service by opening it Settings Application, then go System > Languages ​​and input > Advanced And tap Auto ill fill service. If that route doesn’t get you to the right place, as every Android phone is a little different, you can use the search tool in the Settings app. Aut tofil. (For example, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is under setting General Management In the settings app.)

Here’s what it looks like when Google gets a bad password.

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Once you navigate to the tofil section, you want to make sure Google Is selected.

If you don’t use Google’s Tofil tool, start saving your credentials when it asks you to. If you are using it, then continue using it as you were. This tool tells you that it detects when your information is leaked – you don’t need to do anything special to trigger it.


Complete Dark Mode is finally coming to Google Maps.


Dark mode comes on Google Maps

For fans of Dark Mode in Android apps, you have to keep checking the Play Store for updates on Google Maps.

Google is finally adding a true dark mode to the whole app. Huzaah! Prior to the latest update, Google Maps only offered Dark Mode when you were actively using Navigation Mode. It was better than nothing, sure, but it wasn’t ideal.

Once Google Maps is updated on your Android phone or tablet, you can turn on Dark Mode all the time by going Settings > Theme And then select Always in a dark theme.


Scheduling messages is a convenient feature.


Schedule a text message

If you’re not already using Google Messages as your default text messaging app, this will eventually make you switch. Google is rolling out an update that will add an option to schedule when sending a message. Scheduling messages is especially useful if you don’t want to annoy someone at the wrong time, because they are in a different time zone, or you know they are busy at work. Or you can use it to schedule a message cancellation that you also regret.

Once your messaging app has received the latest update, you can start typing the message as usual, but instead of tapping the send button – long press it. The menu will pop up, asking when you want to send it. It’s as simple as that.

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Talk Talk is also receiving a major update.


Talk is becoming easier to use

Google’s TCB accessibility feature is getting a big update to help blind or visually impaired users navigate and use their Android devices. There are new gestures, navigation options, spoken feedback and menus.

We have more information about this Update TalkTack here. If you want to check it out for yourself, be sure to check out the app and service in the Play Store.

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But wait, there’s still a lot

Google is also adding new features to Android Auto Toe and Google Assistant. These are relatively minor updates, but worth noting.

Gaining capability for Android Auto users Set custom wallpapers Which is displayed on the screen of their vehicle. Google is also adding voice-activated games that your passengers can play during long road trips. One of the games mentioned by Google is Crisis, which is always a hit. Finally, Google is adding shortcuts to the Android launch toe launch screen that will make it easier to check the weather or quick access to contacts for messaging and calls.

Google Assistant is receiving improvements when you use voice commands to interact with the digital assistant when your screen is off and the device is locked. Google says the cards that show the information are now larger, making it easier to read the answers from the room. To ensure that the feature works according to the expected turn Personal screen personal results In your Google Assistant settings page.

Google publishes a big feature every quarter or so. For example, Some features have been added to Google Assistant Last year If you are the person who wants to look forward, then check out New features that we have yet to find in Android 12. We also have a running list Hidden features in Android that we like.