Google unveils refreshed Android logo and bugdroid, rolls out new feature drop
Google has unveiled a refreshed Android logo and bugdroid, with a new 3D look for the mascot. The new logo and bugdroid will start appearing on Android devices and elsewhere later this year.
Google has also revealed the details of the quarterly Android feature drop. The headline feature is a new widget called Assistant At a Glance, which uses AI to surface helpful information such as weather alerts, event reminders, and travel updates.
Another notable new feature is Image Q&A on Lookout, an accessibility feature that allows users to use voice commands or type questions to find out more details about AI-generated audio descriptions of visual content. Google designed the feature with blind and low-vision people in mind.
Other new features include:
- The ability to add passes with barcodes and QR codes (such as library and gym cards) to Google Wallet.
- The option to add Fitbit/Google Fit activity and sleep data to personal routines.
- A redesigned Personal Safety app with the goal of making it easier for users to share their live location, record surroundings, and call 911.
- Webex and Zoom support for Android Auto.
These features are rolling out gradually, starting today on the Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, and Pixel 4a. They will land on Pixel 6 and Pixel 7-series phones as well as the Pixel Fold over the next few weeks. You can expect all of these features on the latest batch of Pixel devices that Google will announce next month too.
Overall, this is a positive update for Android users. The new logo and bugdroid look great, and the new features are all useful and well-considered. I’m particularly excited about Image Q&A on Lookout, as it has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of blind and low-vision people.
In addition to the new features mentioned above, I’m also looking forward to the following:
- Improvements to performance and battery life.
- New customization options, such as the ability to change the font and icon pack.
- More privacy and security features.
I’m confident that Android 14 will be a great update for all users.