One of the best improvements to Android over the years has been the way it delivers updates. Google started separating functions from Android so that it could update them individually without a total OS update. To prove that, Google is sending out new updates to improve password security, add SMS scheduling, and improve accessibility for blind and partially sighted users.
Password control built into Android
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If you’ve used a weak password on several sites and one of them is in breach, the rest can also be accessed. The best thing to do is to use a different complex password for each site and change it if necessary.
That’s what Android will help with. If you store your passwords with Google and use auto-complete to enter the password, Google will compare the password against databases with known stolen credentials.
If you have a username and password combination, Google will let you know so you can change your credentials immediately. Just turn any site that uses that password into something unique.
Schedule your text messages, write now and send later
Sometimes you know to send a text message, but right now is not the best time to send it. Maybe you’re thinking about a birthday tomorrow, or it’s 3:00 AM, and you can’t forget an important detail.
That’s where Android’s planned text messaging feature comes into play. To take advantage of this, you must be using the Google version of the Messages app and not a carrier-supplied app or a third-party text messaging app.
But once you’ve installed the latest Messages app update, you can type your text and then press and hold the send button. Android will display scheduling options so you can choose when to post.
TalkBack helps you use your phone without seeing the screen
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 253 million blind and partially sighted people worldwide. And touchscreen smartphones are, by their nature, visual devices that rely on vision.
Android’s TalkBack feature hopes to help with that, and it’s getting an overhaul to make it more user-friendly. By partnering with blind and partially sighted people, Google says it has developed a better screen reader that allows you to navigate your smartphone by scrolling and listening.
It includes gestures to make interacting with apps and sites easier, such as tapping twice with two fingers to play a video. You can now also speed up or slow down reading speeds so you can process news faster or listen to menu options more carefully.
And Google has merged TalkBack’s dual-screen menu system into one screen to make navigation easier. TalkBack will also continue to host Google’s braille keyboard. Install the Android Accessibility Suite to get started.
All updates are now being rolled out to individual apps and Android. If you don’t see them yet, you should soon.