Android is set to roll out new updates at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The updates are aimed at improving connectivity, productivity, accessibility, and fun across devices. Here’s what users can expect:
Google Keep is set to introduce a single note widget to help users manage notes and check off to-do lists directly from the home screen. The widget will display reminders, background colors, and images added to notes from the Keep app while syncing with users’ smartwatches.
Google Meet now offers noise cancellation during calls on more Android mobile devices. This feature filters out distracting background sounds while users are on a call. Fast Pair will also be able to connect new Bluetooth headphones to Chromebooks with just one tap.
Android is introducing new emoji combinations via Emoji Kitchen for users to mash up, remix, and share as stickers via Gboard. There are also fun new tap-to-pay animations on Google Wallet to confirm in-store transactions.
Users can now easily increase the size of content on Chrome, including text, images, video, and interactive controls, by up to 300% to suit their vision preferences. Additionally, the Page Zoom feature on Chrome Beta lets users double the size of text on a web page on Android.
Wear OS 3+ will introduce two new sound and display modes to improve watch accessibility. Mono-audio can help limit disorientation caused by split-audio, while color-correction and grayscale modes give users more options for their watch display.
These updates show how Android continues to deliver enhancements and new features to make devices and Google apps even better over time.