Google today announced several new features that will be available on all Android phones as part its quarterly Android feature drop system. These regularly released features will be available to all Android phones in a similar fashion to the Pixel Feature drop idea where Google would add many new features to its Pixel phones.
Google has announced new Gboard features for June. These include Google Play Points, an option to pay at checkout using Google Play Points, improvements in background noise reduction in Sound Amplifier and a new Lookout mode that allows you to view images.
Here’s the breakdown of the new features you’ll soon be playing with:
- Gboard custom stickers: Previously exclusive to Pixel phones, Google has opened up custom text stickers in Gboard to everyone. Now, when you type, you’ll be able to turn that text into a custom sticker of your choosing. All you have to do is start typing, then choose an emoji recommendation for those words, and then you’ll see a new option to customize.
- Summer and Pride stickers in Emoji Kitchen: Another update to Gboard lands as a bunch of new summer and Pride Month-related stickers within Emoji Kitchen. You know we love Emoji Kitchen.
- Google Play Points for checkout: The Google Play Points rewards program will soon start showing as an option to pay during checkout for in-app items. You’ll be able to cover the entire cost of the in-app item or split between points and your other payment methods.
- Sound Amplifier improvement: Google is updating Sound Amplifier to better reduce background noise and bring faster and more accurate sound. The new interface should also be easier to see.
- Google Lookout’s new image mode: Google Lookout is updating with a new Images mode that can take an image and then speak a description of the image. Google is also enhancing Text, Documents, Food labels and Explore modes to be more accurate. Lookout can work offline now as well.
In the coming days and week, all of these new features are expected to be released. Make sure to grab the most recent updates as they become available. The new features will eventually arrive.