Note Shortcuts to Noise Cancellation, Google introduces enhancements to Android and Wear OS at MWC 2023
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Wear OS, focusing on productivity, accessibility, and customization.
- From native PDF annotation in Google Drive to note shortcuts for
WearOS 3, these features are designed to enhance users' quality of life.
- Additionally, users can enjoy noise cancellation in Google Meet and new sound and display modes in Wear OS 3.
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Most of these features are designed to enhance users’ quality of life, focusing on productivity, accessibility, and customization. These improvements are set to be released in stages, with some available immediately and others rolling out later. Further, let's explore each of them below.
Annotation in Google Drive
Users now have the ability to annotate PDFs natively using their fingers or a stylus directly in the Google Drive app for Android. This new feature allows users to utilize various tools, including markers, pens, highlighters, erasers, and undo and redo functions. They can also display or hide their annotations and save a fresh copy of the annotated document.
Widgets of preferred notes
The Keep app now enables users to add a widget of their preferred notes directly onto the home screen of their Android device. This widget showcases reminders, background colors, and images and allows users to effortlessly mark off their to-do lists straight from their home screen.
Note shortcut to Wear OS
Users of Wear OS 3 can now conveniently create Keep notes directly from their watch face using a new shortcut. With just a simple tap, users can easily create a note using either voice commands (the default option) or keyboard input.
Noise Cancellation in Google Meet
Google Meet offers noise cancellation capabilities on certain Android devices. Still, the search giant has announced that this feature will now be extended to additional devices. This means that users can enjoy uninterrupted and distraction-free calls without being disturbed by background noise.
New sound and display modes in Wear OS
Wear OS 3 users can now enjoy enhanced accessibility through the addition of new sound and display modes. Mono-audio mode helps alleviate the disorientation caused by split audio, while color-correction and grayscale modes are designed to ease eye strain.
Fast Pair in ChromeOS
Chromebook users can now take advantage of Fast Pair, allowing them to effortlessly connect their compatible Bluetooth earphones with just a single tap. Furthermore, earphones already set up with an Android smartphone will automatically connect to a Chromebook.
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