Google has revealed a number of new features, including new privacy settings, AI tools, and the first beta of Android 12 that will roll out over the course of the year.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, kicked off Google I/O 2021 in a virtual format from the Mountain View campus, said that Google is releasing a new “quick delete” option for better privacy, which will allow users to delete the last 15 minutes of search history with a single tap from the Google account menu.
Google is also introducing location history reminders in maps timeline.
“Locked Folder” is a new passcode-protection feature in Google Photos that allows users to keep selected photos separately so they don’t show up in their grid or in shared albums.
Google Pixel phones will be the first to get the functionality, with other Android devices following later in the year.
Google’s password manager, which helps users create, remember, save, and auto-fill passwords across the web, has also been updated.
This will allow users to quickly change compromised passwords using Google Assistant, as well as provide immediate, proactive notification of compromised passwords and provide a new tool for importing passwords from files or other password managers.
The most recent version incorporates features that provide greater insight into which apps are accessing user data and provide additional controls so that users can make informed choices.