You may not know this, but many phones let you add information about yourself that's accessible even when the phone is locked — the idea is to help first responders help you in an emergency even if you can't talk to them. On Pixel phones, Google Contacts now highlights which of your contacts will be shown in that emergency information.
It looks like Google is silently removing the option to send peer-to-peer transactions via Google Pay Send from its apps in the US. This follows the complete shutdown of the P2P service in the UK. For two of our tipsters, the option to send and receive money from friends via the Messages app has been missing for a few days, and now a Google support page has surfaced that confirms that the functionality is being stripped from the Assistant, Gmail, and Contacts, but it has returned to the latter mysteriously.
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When setting up a phone for someone who's not especially tech-savvy (or simply doesn't care to learn about their phone), Android offers a nice amount of flexibility in terms of what you do or don't have to do. But just because the flexibility is there doesn't mean there aren't a few highly advisable, if technically totally optional, steps you can take to make that phone (and potentially the person using it) a lot less annoying. Here are 10 things we think will make any beginner's experience on an Android smartphone less frustrating, both for them and the person tasked with setting them up.
Google Contacts is particularly useful if you want to sync your contacts to your Google account and ensure you never lose them, but until now it hasn't been able to back up information stored on a phone's internal storage. On many Android phones, this is where details end up being stored thanks to alternative apps included by OEMs, so Google has now added a feature that will capture these contacts.
Last year, Google finished its slow rollout of the newly Material-themed web interface for Contacts. While the visual upgrade was inarguably prettier, it ended up losing a pretty handy feature: the ability to add multiple names and/or email addresses at once. Fortunately, the feature recently reappeared, and you're now able to create multiple contacts, choose a label for them, or import them from a CSV or vCard file.
Google Contacts is among the more popular contacts app, even on phones with preinstalled OEM alternatives, mainly for its clean look. The app got a dark mode much before it became a fad, and received the account switching gesture recently. That “clean look” part, however, may be up for a change as the company is now testing a redesign that seemingly clutters the contacts editing page.
It feels like there are a thousand ways to find the information you need these days, but folks set in their workflow may rely on at most one or two of them to get the job done. Unfortunately for fans of "basic" search, we recently lost a pretty useful one: Contacts no longer appear in autocomplete when searching via the Google app or Search widget.
Chrome 76 was a massive release with a huge amount of changes and new features. Chrome 77 is a much smaller update by comparison, but there are still a few aspects worth highlighting. Without further ado, let's jump in!