Google I/O features for Android started rolling out on Google Pixel phones

Google announced a raft of new features last month at its I/O developer conference, and some of the new features are already coming out. The company’s latest feature update includes the addition of a Locked Folder in Photos and Night Sight videos to Pixel phones, as well as a handful of other upgrades.

Along with being passcode-protected, Locked Folder serves as a local storage area on your device for images that you do not want automatically posted to your Photos account, where they could be viewed by, example, a partner who knows your sign in information. You can opt to store photographs directly from the camera to the restricted folder or to relocate previously taken photographs there. The Locked Folder is located in the app’s Utilities section. The movies and still images will not appear on shared devices, Memories, or other apps on your device, and access will be restricted to your phone’s passcode or fingerprint.

Google Photos Password Protected Folder. Below is four screenshots demonstrating how to store photos to the new Locked Folder feature and how to locate them afterward (in Utilities).

Google I/O features for Android started rolling out on Google Pixel phones
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Additionally, Google improved its Night Sight camera option, which employs extended exposure to create detailed photos in low light, and added video capabilities… Sort of. When you hit the shutter button, the improved Night Sight takes both a photo and a video, and the system stitches together the various frames you capture for however long you leave the camera running to create an animation.

In a GIF demonstrating the function, a four-minute timer appeared when astrophotography mode was selected and the shutter button was pressed. Google stated that this function is now available on Pixel 4 and newer devices, so you may give it a try . If you don’t see it, try updating your apps.

Another feature drop expands the availability of certain current functionality to additional regions throughout the world. Car crash detection is now accessible in many countries like Spain, Ireland, and Singapore, in addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Among the additional features included in this release is a Heads Up feature in Digital Wellbeing that prompts you to glance up from your screen when your phone senses you’re walking. Additionally, you’ll be able to answer or reject phone calls by saying “Hey Google, answer [or reject] call.”

Additionally, the clipboard in GBoard is becoming more context-aware, which means that when you copy a section of text that contains phone numbers, email addresses, or URLs, it will strip them out and suggest them for pasting. When you send them in, for example, a message to a buddy, clicking on them immediately launches the appropriate app, such as Maps to navigate to the address or Gmail to send the email. Suggestions for Google Gboard clipboards. A screenshot of the many clipboard ideas displayed above the keyboard on a Pixel phone.

Google I/O features for Android started rolling out on Google Pixel phones
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Further the business provided new Pride-themed backgrounds, ringtones, and notifications to coincide with this month’s LGBTQ commemorations. Call Screen is now available in Japan, while Google’s transcription software Recorder now supports a wider variety of “English dialects,” including Singaporean, Australian, Irish, and British English.

All of the improvements described today should be available immediately or very soon, and if they aren’t, you may choose to update your apps.

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