Google has updated its Android take on the iOS AirDrop app

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For this new update, it’s allowing you to send files automatically without a prompt, so if you’ve got a lot of photos to send at once for example, it will queue up and send to the device you’ve picked without you having to approve it again and again. One of the first women to enter the male-dominated world of percussion. However, Google also announced more updates(opens in new tab) that apply to accessibility, widgets and Google Meet. A new Google Drive widget now includes your Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets files in one place, so you can reach these without having to go into the app.

in addition to a number of additional upgrades. A number of upgrades to Google’s Android and ChromeOS products have been unveiled, but the highlight of the show appears to be a new version of Nearby Share. This is Google’s version of Apple’s AirDrop function, which lets you share files and media to other devices, including your own, and was unveiled earlier this year alongside Android 13.


  • However, the other standout to me is accessibility improvements for Google’s operating systems across the board, from Android to Google TV If a fire alarm rings, for example, you’ll receive a notification on Android about it, where the flashlight on your device will light up, or a unique set of vibrations will occur to help those who are hearing impaired. Accessibility improvements are also coming in the form of audio descriptions on Google TV, so for someone who is hearing impaired, there will be a set of subtitles stating exactly what’s going on during whatever you may be watching.

  • There’s also a fun feature in Gboard, Google’s keyboard. You can type out a phrase, and when you select ‘Emojify’, it will translate the phrase into emojis. Finally, you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos within a Google Meet call, similar to Apple’s SharePlay feature that debuted in 2021. If you’re in a call, you can go to settings, select ‘YouTube’, and you can select any video you wish, which will start playing for everyone in the call.

Daryl had been freelancing for 3 years before joining TechRadar, now reporting on everything software-related. In his spare time he’s written a book, ‘The Making of Tomb Raider’, alongside podcasting and usually found playing games old and new on his PC and MacBook Pro. If you have a story about an updated app, one that’s about to launch, or just anything Software-related, drop him a line.

These are all being rolled out in the coming weeks, and all are useful features that could bring some fun to the daily meetings at your workplace, or just because you want to send across some emoji for no reason to your partner. It’s encouraging to see Google further improve its efforts with accessibility as well, but there’s plenty more to be done in this area in the company, especially regarding wearOS and ChromeOS.

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