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Google Just Rolled Out a Slew of New Android Features

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Ahead of the upcoming official release of Android 11, Google is pushing out a few updates to all Android phones (running Android 6 and above) and it includes some helpful updates to Android Auto, a new Bedtime mode to help you sleep better, enhanced emergency services, and improved accessibility for people with limited vision.
Ahead of the upcoming official release of Android 11, Google is pushing out a few updates to all Android phones (running Android 6 and above) and it includes some helpful updates to Android Auto, a new Bedtime mode to help you sleep better, enhanced emergency services, and improved accessibility for people with limited vision. For Google, while individually these features might seem mostly unrelated, the goal of these updates is to help make the things you already do just a bit easier while also cutting down on distractions, or in the event of an accident, providing emergency personnel with more info so they can respond better to your situation. First, in Android Auto, Google has updated its user interface so that now alongside directions to wherever you’re going, you can also see a short list of upcoming calendar appointments, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and avoid needing to switch between different apps while you’re driving. For appointments that have an associated contact number, Google has even added a built-in dialer button that will let you call someone with a single tap, instead of being forced to dive deep into your contacts. And thanks to a revamped settings app, Android Auto users should have more control over what they see on their car’s infotainment display. Alternatively, for people trying to wind down at night, Google is pushing out Bedtime mode (which was previously only available on Pixel phones) to all Android devices, which makes it easier to do things like disable notifications after a certain time, set bedtime reminders that will pop up in YouTube (either at an exact time or after your current video is done), or choose from a selection of sounds or songs from YouTube Music or Spotify to help you relax before falling asleep.

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