In the latest update to Android, users will receive a batch of security updates and useful features such as:
- Password Checkup tool
- Text scheduler
- Improvements to Maps, Assistant, TalkBack and Android Auto
The update resembles iOS ‘point releases’, which aim to introduce additional features and functionality to the OS outside of the larger update cycle.
Devices running Android 9.0 and above will receive a Password Checkup tool that will let you know whether the passwords you are using have been exposed in the past.
For instance, the next time you use Autofill with Google, the tool will compare the password you are entering against a list of known passwords that have been compromised.
If there is a match, you will be alerted about it on the spot and instructed on what to do next.
The tool can also help you navigate to Google’s Password Manager page, where you can review all your saved passwords and evaluate them in a similar manner.
As part of the update, you will also receive a much-demanded text messaging functionality that will let you schedule your SMS messages.
This can come in handy if, for instance, you want to message someone who lives in a different timezone to avoid waking them up.
When the feature goes live, you will need to hold the send button instead of tapping it if you want to schedule the text message.
TalkBack 9.1, the screen reader geared towards individuals with impaired or low vision, will include new multi-finger features for:
- Controlling apps
- Text editing
- Getting help
- Performing common actions
The new reading controls will allow for more control in regard to how you consume written content.
You will be able to:
- Skim a page
- Read it word-by-word
- Read it character-by-character
- Read only headlines
The new features will roll out in the “coming days” for devices running Android 6.0 and above.