June 28, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google announces new app updates available now or coming soon to Android phones.
  • Gboard receives new Emoji Kitchen mashups for Pride as custom text stickers roll out to all Android smartphones.
  • Accessibility features such as Sound Amplifier and Lookout are receiving helpful new updates.
  • Users will soon be able to use Play Points for in-app purchases on the Play Store.

Summer is almost here, and Google is announcing a handful of features arriving for Android smartphones. These new features will make it easier to communicate and interact with the world around them with fun updates to Gboard and improvements to accessibility features. The Play Store is also receiving a nice update to help users make in-app purchases.

Custom text stickers and new Emoji Kitchen mashups

Custom text stickers are one of the best new features to arrive on Gboard recently. The feature lets users easily convert just about any text into a fun sticker, adding a nice touch to a greeting or celebratory text. The feature was previously exclusive to Pixel smartphones, but Google is soon enabling the feature on all the best Android phones.

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It’s easy enough to create a custom text sticker with Gboard, and it will definitely make your texts stand out. Google says it will be available on non-Pixel Android phones “soon,” although we’ve already noticed the feature arrive on some of our devices like the Galaxy S22.

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Gboard Emoji Kitchen Summer 2022

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Gboard is also receiving a bunch of new Emoji Kitchen mashups to help get ready for the summer. There are 1600 fun new combinations to try out, including a soccerball watermelon. And to celebrate Pride Month, Google also includes a bunch of new rainbow stickers.

Accessibility gets a boost