Google app v9.0 beta has surfaced, and it actually reveals some of the upcoming features that are coming to the app in general. Now, none of the features that we’ll talk about are available in the app itself at this point, but a teardown of this application does reveal some interesting things are coming.
Now, the most interesting feature that will probably make its way to the Google app in the future is account detection with third-party services. Based on the provided code, Google may begin supporting a semi-automated check of sorts, and it will tell you if a service already has your e-mail address on record or not. Now, one line reports that the check is pretty basic, while another line of code says that the check will include the user’s name, address, and profile picture. All in all, it remains to be seen what will happen in this case, but whatever Google ends up opting for in the end, account detection with third-party applications is coming, and it will be quite useful for those of you who registered with a ton of websites / services and forgot about that over time.
Lines of code also reveal that Google is working on bringing Google Assistant to cars, well, helping OEMs do that, actually, by providing proper software support. Companies have started announcing that Google Assistant features will be available in cars, JBL and Anker had something to say about that recently, and it seems like Google will push those ideas forward via software.
Speaking of Google Assistant, the “Interpreter mode” has also been spotted in a line of code in this application. This feature will basically put Google Assistant into an always-listening mode which can translate anything you say from one language to the other, making it extremely useful if you’re conversing with someone who does not speak your language.
As already mentioned, all of these features / changes are not yet available in the Google app, not ever this beta v9.0 app, as all of those changes have been dug up from lines of code by the source. All of these features will probably become available in the near future, though, but at this point, we can only sit and wait.
Google Assistant In Your Car & Interpreter Mode
Now, we’ve already talked about this in the article, but the fact that references to new features related to in-car Google Assistant and Interpreter Mode popped up is not a coincidence, at all. Earlier this month, Google made it clear that Google Assistant will support Interpreter Mode, and it was revealed that the feature will begin rolling out soon.
As far as in-car features are concerned, both JBL and Anker announced its Google Assistant-supported car accessories during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. JBL introduced the JBL Link Drive, an accessory which plugs into your 12V cigarette lighter socket, and can pair with both your phone and your car via Bluetooth.
The Anker Roav Bolt, on the other hand, is Anker’s in-car Google Assistant speaker. This product also plugs into a 12V cigarette lighter socket, and it also can be connected to other devices via Bluetooth.