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Google unveils Android and Wear OS updates

Google unveiled several new Android, Chromebook, and Wear OS features to boost connectivity, productivity, and accessibility. MWC, which begins today in Barcelona, was the occasion for the announcement. New features include Chromebook Quick Pair compatibility, Google Keep shortcuts for phones and smartwatches, and Wear OS accessibility modes.

Quick Pair will soon allow Chromebooks to connect new Bluetooth headphones with a tap. Chromebooks immediately link to headphones set up on Android phones. This upgrade will launch “soon,” according to Google.

Today, Google Meet released noise suppression on more Android mobile devices to reduce background noise during meetings.

Chrome users will soon be able to effortlessly raise the size of text, photos, and videos by up to 300% while maintaining page layout. Users can set their desired content size as a default to avoid changing it every time they use the browser. Starting today in Chrome Beta, the upgrade will roll out to all users.


Google Keep will also release a single note widget that lets users manage notes and check off to-do lists from their home screen. The widget syncs with your smartwatch and displays reminders, background colors, and photos from Keep. Two new shortcuts will let users write notes and to-do lists by tapping their watch faces in Google Keep.

Google Drive’s Android app now lets users annotate PDFs using a stylus or touch. Write comments or feedback with different ink strokes, or use the highlighter tool to save essential text on your tablet or phone. After annotating, you can conceal, undo, remove, or save a fresh copy. Android Google Drive has freehand annotation.

Two new sound and display modes for Wear OS increase watch accessibility. Mono-audio mode will reduce split-audio confusion soon. Color-correction and grayscale modes will expand watch display options.

Emoji Kitchen, a Gboard feature that enables users to distribute merged or remixed stickers of Google’s emoji designs, is also getting new combinations. Users can use new basketball teams and spring alternatives to play with and share.

New Google Wallet tap-to-pay animations will help confirm in-store transactions. Google teased “cheerful penguins” and other characters for next week.

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