Google has announced many Android updates that cover several different apps and services. Google is not only adding new features, but also bringing features that were previously exclusive to the Pixel to other Android smartphones.
Google is launching a new feature called Camera Switches, which allows users with movement disabilities to navigate the phone using eye movements and facial expressions. The camera switch controls can be edited, so gestures shorter or longer than the set time are ignored, so it looks like users will have a relatively fine level of customization to work with. The camera switches can be found in the Android Accessibility Suite as soon as the function is launched.
Also new is the Project Activate app, which uses eye movements and facial gestures, this time to activate predefined actions that allow those who are not talking or have movement disorders to communicate with others. Project Activate will offer a wide range of actions as users can make their phone speak specific phrases, play audio, and send text messages. In addition, Google says it has added handwriting recognition for Latin-based languages to its Lookout app.
The only update coming to Google TV is big, as it will allow you to use your phone as a remote control for your Google TV device. This, in turn, means that you can use your phone’s keyboard to enter search results. To use your phone as a remote control on Google TV and Android TV OS, all you need to do is add the corresponding shortcut to the quick settings on your smartphone.
Google also announced today that Pixel’s Locked Folder feature will be rolling out to other Android phones in the future. Locked Folder is a fairly straightforward feature as it allows you to isolate private photos and videos in a password-protected folder, preventing them from showing up in Google Photos. In addition, Google is developing Assistant support for daily reminders, allowing users to see all of their reminders at a glance by saying, “Hey Google, open my reminders.”
Gboard is streamlining the way copy and paste is done, with Google reporting that the keyboard will automatically sort copied information containing multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and URLs into a set of different paste options. Phones running Android 11 or newer will even be able to compose entire sentences using machine learning-based predictive input.
Google will also tweak Nearby Share visibility options, which will allow users to choose between being visible to everyone, only to people on their contact list, or to no one at all. Finally, Google is introducing Heads Up Mode, which will regularly remind users to look up from their phone when they are using it on the go.
Windows 11 introduces third-party widgets
Microsoft has released a new test build of the Windows 11 operating system in the Developer (Dev) channel.
The assembly is available to members of the Windows Insiders program. The main new feature in build 25217 is the long-awaited support for third-party widgets.
Windows Insiders can now start developing and testing widgets for their apps. Widgets can be added to the widget board, which is currently only populated with web content offered by Microsoft.
Because this is a preview, developers are not yet able to submit widget-enabled apps to the Microsoft Store. Accordingly, users cannot simply find applications with widgets right now.
Elon Musk accused Twitter of recklessness: the company intends to continue to sue
Billionaire Elon Musk, who plans to acquire Twitter, accused the social network’s executives of reckless actions that jeopardize the completion of the deal.
Musk’s advisers sent a notice on Twitter that the entrepreneur intends to complete the deal on the terms stipulated in the agreement dated April 25, 2022. Musk’s lawyers are pushing for the deal to be canceled in Delaware court, scheduled for October 17, in order to raise the necessary funding without hindrance and complete it as early as October 28.
Surprisingly, they (Twitter) are insisting on continuing this lawsuit, recklessly putting the deal at risk and putting the interests of their shareholders at risk.
In April, Musk offered $44 billion for Twitter, but then demanded to check the company’s data that the number of fake accounts used, among other things, to send spam, did not exceed 5%. According to Musk, the social network underestimated the number of such accounts, and also did not provide sufficient information when requested. He was also dissatisfied with the personnel policy of the company. Later, on July 8, Musk notified Twitter that he was refusing to buy it. The social network filed a lawsuit against the businessman in a Delaware court.
The other day, Elon Musk said that the purchase of Twitter is “an accelerator for creating X, an application for everything.” The service may be very similar to WeChat, the Chinese super app that the billionaire openly admired and grew out of a mini-internet messaging service with a billion user base.
Pavel Durov’s statement about the danger of WhatsApp called the head of the analytical center Zecurion a fight with a competitor
The head of the Zecurion analytical center, Vladimir Ulyanov, said that the words of Telegram founder Pavel Durov about the dangers of using WhatsApp are PR for his messenger, and also added that such statements should be treated with a certain degree of skepticism.
Any programs that we use, both for ordinary users and corporate ones, are all vulnerable in one way or another. If now we do not know about the existence of any vulnerabilities, this does not mean that they do not exist at all.
Vladimir Ulyanov said that messenger vulnerabilities always have a human factor, and their detection is a matter of time.
You should not assume that there is one messenger that is absolutely unique in terms of device and security, and the other is full of holes and bad, and you should not use it. No, this statement is rather made within the framework of competition.
The head of the Zecurion analytical center also noted that in any application there are settings that allow you to increase its security level. He reminded that you should not follow dubious links sent from an unknown addressee.
Earlier, Pavel Durov said that WhatsApp has been a surveillance tool for 13 years.
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