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June's Pixel Feature Drop is here, and there's more new stuff than we expected

June's Pixel Feature Drop is here, and there's more new stuff than we expected

It's June, and that means a few things: Nice weather, Pride Month, gardening, donut day, and the latest Pixel Feature Drop update. This month we're getting several new features: previously leaked long-exposure Night Sight videos for animated astrophotography, the debut of the Locked Folder feature for Google Photos, a new Heads Up feature for Digital Wellbeing that leaked last year to help pedestrians, Assistant-based voice controls for answering or rejecting calls, a new Gboard feature to pull details like phone numbers or URLs from bigger chunks of text in your clipboard, and an expansion of car crash detection. Recorder and Call Screen are also coming to more markets and languages, plus a set of new Pride-themed ringtones and backgrounds.

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Gboard's rounded Material You redesign is starting to roll out more widely

Gboard's rounded Material You redesign is starting to roll out more widely

Google has been testing different Gboard redesigns for quite some time, but it seems some of these changes are now coming to more people. No sign yet of the updated typeface — Google Sans Text looks like it will be replacing Roboto eventually — but rounded buttons are being spotted that align with the big Material You update coming with Android 12.

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Android 12 themes might spruce up your keyboard too

Android 12 themes might spruce up your keyboard too

If you ever wished for Android to offer extensive theming support, Android 12 is going to meet this expectation with flying colors (pun intended, obviously). We've already seen how the new wallpaper-based theming system on Android 12 affects elements like the quick settings panel (possibly even Google Assistant), and now Google is letting Gboard in on the fun.

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Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is probably one of Google's best Android apps — it's constantly evolving and gaining useful new features. Last year, its clipboard was expanded to allow for easier copying and pasting of images, and now screenshots are being added into the mix for your convenience.

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Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Wear OS isn't quite in a place to compete directly with gadgets like the Apple Watch and Samsung's wearables, but it's not time to throw in the towel just yet. For the first time in years, Google is bringing an all-new app to its smartwatch lineup, designed to improve communication from your wrist. Gboard is finally coming to Wear OS, complete with a fresh design and multi-language support. We've also got a link to download it at the bottom of this post.

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Gboard is testing side-scrolling clipboard suggestions

Gboard is testing side-scrolling clipboard suggestions

A built-in clipboard manager is one of the most valuable tools in Gboard's arsenal. Not only does it make copying and pasting text on Android much easier, but it also saves multiple clippings at once with full auto-deletion support. Last year, Google added clipboard suggestions to its app to save you from manually opening your copied content. Now, a new scrolling bar along the top of Gboard makes it even easier to paste across Android.

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Gboard's glorious Emoji Kitchen combos now support Unicode 13.1 (APK Download)

Gboard's glorious Emoji Kitchen combos now support Unicode 13.1 (APK Download)

Emoji Kitchen is one of the funnest things to make its way into Gboard in years, and Google is constantly working on improving the emoji mix-and-match feature. In its latest iteration, we finally get support for the newest emoji that were introduced as part of Unicode 13.1.

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160 awesome, ridiculous, and downright creepy Gboard emoji combos you should try out

160 awesome, ridiculous, and downright creepy Gboard emoji combos you should try out

Of all the new devices, apps, services, and features we saw in 2020, one of my favorite and most used has been the ability to combine two emojis in Gboard to create a totally new mashup sticker that embodies both. And I'm not alone. My Android Police colleague Taylor loves them just as much, as do many of our readers. There are thousands of possibilities and the choices are quite overwhelming, but we've spent enough time trying out many of the combos and discovering the results, from cutesy to disturbing, and feel it's time we shared with you our favorites.

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Our 10 favorite Android features from 2020

Our 10 favorite Android features from 2020

2020 has been a standout year in more ways than one. On personal, national, and global levels, many of us have faced hardships and had to adapt to new realities and life-altering changes. On this day, though, I'd like to put the negative thoughts aside and focus on what has kept us rolling here at Android Police despite it all.

We love gadgets (duh), we love Android, and we love digging, finding, and reporting on the smallest and biggest features that come to those metal and glass sheets that we carry with us everywhere. Some of them are bad, bad, evil changes; others are much more welcome.

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Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

The new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4, 4a, and 5 is much faster and more capable than the regular voice control interface on other Android phones. It's tightly integrated with system functions, allowing you to use it to reply to messages and interact with apps without ever touching your screen. We also covered that the advanced Assistant can even power voice typing in Gboard. After a brief period of a wider rollout, it appears that Google is halting the update again and reverting back to the old voice typing experience for many.

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