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Google May Launch New Set of Controls at Google I/O

Its rival Apple offers "do not disturb" modes that limit an iPhone's function overnight or while driving.

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To help users manage time spend on Android mobile devices, Google may launch a new set of controls to its operating system at its annual developer conference “Google I/O” scheduled to kick-off on Tuesday.

In his keynote address in US’ Mountain View city in California, Indian-origin Chief Executive Officer of Google, Sundar Pichai, was expected to emphasise the theme of responsibility, The Washington Post reported late on Monday.

This anticipated shift is reportedly due to the increased public scrutiny of the industry that revolves around the so-called negative consequences of technology products that are used by people.

“Some of the criticism centres on the suspected addictive nature of many devices and programmes,” the report said.

However, when it comes to family controls, Google is a step ahead with “Family Link” — a suite of tools allows parents to regulate how much time their children can spend on apps and remotely lock their child’s device.

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Its rival Apple offers “do not disturb” modes that limit an iPhone’s function overnight or while driving.

Google might also announce new capabilities to its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Google Assistant to make its products more interactive and helpful.

It might also launch the latest version of Android operating system, called Android P. An early iteration of Android P was released to developers and anyone who owns Google’s Pixel phones in early March.

According to the media reports, the next OS might be called “Android Popsicle”.

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In March, Google released the first developer preview of Android P that was mostly focused on the changes that will affect developers and not on user interface (UI) adjustments.

Google added a built-in support for a notch cutting into the display at the top of the screen, called “display cutout support”.

The company also tweaked the look for the “Quick Settings” panel and the notification drawer with rounded corners. (IANS)

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Twitter to Customise Twemojis for Android

This update appears to target users using the Twitter app on Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 7.1 Nougat, tech website Emojipedia reported late on Monday

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On the issue of missing emoji characters on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform has rolled out updated versions of its Twemoji designs for its Android users.

This update appears to target users using the Twitter app on Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 7.1 Nougat, tech website Emojipedia reported late on Monday.

Over one-third of the users were reported to be still using Android versions dating back to 2014 or earlier leading to the lack of new emoji support.

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The emoji implementation has been done using Google-owned “EmojiCompat library” that was created in 2017 to allow apps to support new emojis even on old systems, giving the app developers a choice of not having to choose Google’s own emojis.

“At least 50 per cent of eligible Twitter users should now see this change, with the feature being enabled for more users over the course of this week,” Emojipedia quoted Bryan Haggerty, Twitter Design Lead, as saying.

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Users, however, would have an option to choose between the native and Twitter emoji set. This feature was being tested on select users since March before being officially rolled out. (IANS)

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