Health Connect is a framework module in Android that syncs various parameters of fitness data across all fitness apps on your Android devices. For example, you could sync data between two fitness apps like Fitbit and Samsung Health since the data is stored and synced via the Health Connect framework.
Although the new features are not groundbreaking, Google has announced some key AI features for all of its platforms including Android, Android Auto, Wear OS, Google Docs, etc. You can chat with Gemini in the Google Messages app, have all your notifications summarized in Android Auto, view your boarding pass and other cards on your Wear OS smartwatch, and more.
The developer preview of Android 15 introduces a new feature called "Notification cooldown". It slowly, gradually reduces notification volume and vibrations for repeat notifications from the same app within a short period. The feature is enabled by default, but users can disable it or enable it for specific conversation apps. This feature is a welcome addition for those who receive a lot of notifications and want to reduce distractions.
The Android Safe Browsing feature will alert you of potentially harmful websites, redirect links, or phishing links in supported apps. Safe Browsing uses Google's SafetyNet Safe Browsing API from the Google Play Services to weed out harmful links. It can be enabled by going to Settings -> Security and Privacy -> More Security and Privacy -> Android Safe Browsing.
Read Aloud is an essential accessibility feature and Google has improved the functionality using the Reading Mode app on Android. You can install the Reading mode app from the Play Store for free, and it will read aloud the content on your screen effortlessly. It works on web pages and most apps like Gmail and WhatsApp, which is great. Alternatively, you can use Google Assistant's Read Aloud mode to read the contents of any webpage.
Bluetooth Absolute Volume is a feature that acts as a middle-man between your Android's DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) and the audio that goes to your earphones. You can disable it by going to Settings -> Developer Options -> Toggle off "Disable Absolute Volume" option.
A custom ROM is one of the ways by which you can revive your old Phone that's no longer supported by the manufacturer. For starters, Pixel Experience, Evolution X, Paranoid Android and Project Elixir are all great ROMs. However, if you want to avoid Google services and its data tracking, you could give CalyxOS and GrapheneOS a try.
Google is rebranding it's Nearby Share feature to Quick Share. The change was first spotted by tipster Kamila Wojciechowska in GMS version 23.50.13. Notably, Quick Share is the moniker used by Samsung. This suggests that Apple and Samsung are probably collaborating to merge the feature under Quick Share moniker.
Tipster AssembleDebug found and enabled a feature flag in the Google Play Store that allows users to remotely uninstall apps from connected devices. The feature should arrive soon to all Android devices.
Beeper Mini is a trending app that emulates iMessage for Android. It allows for seamless communication from Android to Apple devices and is touted to feature 'end to end encryption'. However, Apple broke the app recently and essentially shut it down - and despite this, the developers of Beeper Mini have brought it back alive! After all, the dream of blue bubbles & green bubbles staying friends could come true.
Beeper Mini utilizes research from reverse-engineering the iMessage protocol. With this, iMessage for Android is easy to start using - simply download the Beeper Mini app and get started. Moreover, the Beeper developers are being quite forthcoming with how their technology works. No servers, or middlemen are required, to make iMessage for Android possible. Beeper Mini is available on Play Store right now, however it is a paid app. It costs $1.99 per month to use, with a free 7 day trial.
Google Play Services is an important component of the Android operating system. It gives users access to Google apps and services such as Gmail, Google Play Store, and YouTube. Updating the app might bring new features to your device, and to do so, you can use the Google Play Store or a third-party store, or sideload the application to update it.
Android System Webview is an important system component that helps apps open web pages within an app, without the need of opening them in your default browser. You will mostly interact with the Webview app when you click on a link inside an app and a new window pops above the app to show you its web contents.
Android System Inteligence is a core Android app that enables a slew of new smart features such as Live Captions, Live Translate, Smart Autorotate, etc. Although the app is available across all Android devices, there are certain features that it enables that are Pixel-exclusive.