Google App update brings a new Labs section to beta test new features

Google App update brings a new Labs section to beta test new features

Back in March last year, an APK teardown of the Google App revealed that the company was working on a new Labs feature that will let you try new features before their public release. At the time, the app included two new features for testing, one that helped you discover content related to your collections and the other that let you pinch to zoom in on search result pages. Almost a year down the line, the company is finally rolling out the Labs section in the latest update of the Google app with another upcoming feature.

As per a recent report from Android Police, the feature is slowly showing up for people worldwide. To access the Labs section, users will need to navigate to the More tab in the Google app and then tap on the Labs option. The following window has a list of features currently being tested by Google, along with a brief description of what they’re intended to do. To try out a feature, you just need to tap on the toggle next to it and you’re good to go. As of now, the Labs section has two features, including the aforementioned pinch to zoom feature and a screenshot editing/sharing feature.

Additionally, tapping on the Learn More button for each feature brings up clear instructions on how to use the experimental feature, along with extra steps you might need to take in order to enable the feature. The Labs section also has a feedback button to help you directly submit feedback based on your experiences with the new feature. The Labs feature is being rolled out via a server-side update and it wasn’t available on any of my devices at the time of writing. As of now, Google hasn’t revealed any specific timeline for its rollout, but expect the feature to reach more users in the coming week.


Via: Android Police

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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.