What you need to know

Google has announced numerous updates to Photos, Close Sharing, Assistant, accessibility features, and more. Gboard’s grammar correction feature will become more widely available after being exclusive to Pixels. The Live Transcribe app has picked up an offline mode and with Assistant you can now pay for parking. Nearby Share is also available for sharing files with multiple users at once.

In addition to the latest updates to the Messages app, Google today announced a plethora of improvements to various products and services, including Photos, Gboard, Assistant, Google TV, Near Share, and more.

Google Photos and Assistant

You can now apply the Portrait Blur feature to more subjects than human images, such as pets, food, and plants. The feature is available if you have one of Google’s best Android phones, such as the Pixel 6, and have a Google One subscription.

It can even be used on old photos taken years ago when the feature didn’t exist.

Google is also expanding its options that allow users to pay for parking. In addition to the parking function of Maps, Assistant follows this example. With the digital assistant, you can now use your voice to pay for parking, check your status or renew your meter.

It works with Google Pay to process your payment. However, it is not available at every parking meter: it is being rolled out to more than 400 cities in the US where ParkMobile is available.

Google Assistant’s pay for parking feature (Image credit: Google)

Google is also making Gboard’s grammar checking tool available to everyone. It initially launched as a Pixel 6 exclusive before rolling out to other Pixel models. Today’s announcement should help any Gboard app user spot grammatical errors in their posts while typing and make necessary corrections. The feature also works on the device to protect your privacy.

The Live Transcribe app, designed for users with hearing impairments, has been given an offline mode. This means that the speech-to-text transcription tool should now be able to support conversations that take place in areas with infrequent internet access. It also comes preloaded on Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones.

Google’s Live Transcribe app (Image credit: Google)

Other updates

In addition, Google gives Near Share a boost with a new option to share a file with multiple users at the same time. The AirDrop clone previously only restricted file transfers between two users. It is rolling out to devices running Android 6 or higher.

Google has also introduced a new Screen Time widget that lets you review three apps you’ve been using heavily during the day. Its purpose is to help you stay on top of your screen time.

Google Screen Time widget (Image credit: Google)

Another minor update is the new Highlights tab on Google TV. The new feature will display a “personalized feed of entertainment news, reviews, and more based on movies and shows you’re interested in.”

The Pixel 6 is one of the most recent smartphones from Google, with a unique design, an improved 50 MP camera and a powerful Tensor chip. With the Pixel 6, you’ll be one of the first to try out new Android features, and Google will support you for years to come.

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