New 'Collections' feature coming to Android soon: Here's what we know so far | Technology News


Google is reportedly testing a new feature for Android that will show related content from the apps installed on your device. Called 'Collections', the feature will be initially available in the US and will be rolled out to other countries later.

Previously known as 'Cubes', the new feature has been under development since January last year and will allow Android users to view their apps on the home screen.

At the recently concluded Google I/O developer conference, the company announced new tools for developers that will help users reconnect with the apps they've already installed, but didn't reveal what that would look like.

But a new APK teardown from the Google Play store (v41.6.26) Android Authority It is suggested that the Collection will have a widget that will have sections such as Create, Watch, Read, Listen, Shop, and Social that will display content from user-selected apps.

Android Collection Widget The Collection will show relevant content from your installed apps. (Image source: Android Authority)

When users select a category, Collections will show all relevant app content in a dedicated space. At Google I/O, the company also said that it has over 35 developers testing the new functionality, some of which include Spotify, Pinterest, TikTok, Tumblr, and Shopify.

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The collection can also be accessed by long-pressing the Play Store icon and as a full-screen overlay. At Google I/O, the company shared a few examples of how its new tools will show content from your cart from e-commerce apps and how apps like Uber Eats can show users their favorite or most-ordered food. The tech giant also said that app developers will be able to show “personalized recommendations and promotions” so they can discover content and deals they may have missed.

It seems that the Collection for Android is still under development and it's still unclear when it will be available, so we might have to wait a while before it arrives.

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First uploaded: 29-06-2024 at 14:24 IST

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