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Samsung Bixby 2023 update introduces new smart features

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Samsung has introduced the Bixby app, which enables voice assistants; the company has introduced this feature for its Galaxy devices to compete with other voice assistants available in the market, including Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. But if we talk about the current status of this voice assistant, it does not work as smoothly as others; it only provides as many features as we get in other voice assistant apps.

What’s new in Samsung Bixby version 3.2.46.0

Therefore, Samsung is constantly updating its Bixby app to make it more capable and provide more functionalities that enhance the experience of Galaxy users. To keep the continuity, Samsung has now released a new update for the Bixby app; it comes with version number 3.2.46.0.

The latest update comes in the 56.51MB software package, and Samsung has introduced some new features. For now, the ‘talk to Bixby without wake-up’ feature is working with any 3rd party app of your choice; this feature is supported by the device running on Android 13 or higher.

The ‘Voice Filter’ feature is now introduced, improving speech recognition performance in a noisy environment. Bixby has now enhanced its analysis process and recommends automation routines based on your past device control commands.

Do more with Bixby! Here’s what’s new:  
 
• 'Talk to Bixby without wake-up' feature now works with any 3rd party phone application of your choice
When you answer the phone with your preferred app set as the default phone app in device settings, say “Answer phone” right away without any “Hi, Bixby” wake-up.
* This feature is supported by devices with Android 13 version or higher.
* Supported Languages : Korean, English (United States)
 
• Voice Filter - Improves speech recognition performance in noisy environments by filtering out other people's voices and background noise.
* This feature is automatically activated when 'Respond to my voice' and 'On-device mode' are turned ON in Bixby settings
* Supported Languages : Korean, English (United States)
 
• Bixby now recommends automation routines based on your past device control commands
When a device control command is detected multiple times, Bixby recommends the command as an automation routine.
* Only ON/OFF toggle operations on SmartThings registered devices are supported.
* If you register a routine recommended by Bixby, it will be also be added to the automated routine list in the SmartThings app.
 
Additionally, functional improvements and bug fixes have been applied.

Samsung device users can easily install the latest update of the Bixby app through the Galaxy store. It will work as before after installing successfully; one thing you have to make sure of is that your device has Android 13 on board; otherwise, your device isn’t available for some new features mentioned above.


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Google Messages Could Bring Parental Controls To Stop Users from Sending A Message

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Google is gearing up to add an extra layer of parental control that can prevent a user from sending a message until they are approved. 

The Google Messages app permits users to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, and videos. Now,  to enhance users’ experiences, the brand is working on adding new support for powerful parental control that can offer extra security since it stops a person from sending a message without approval. 

Google Messages has pretty much become the default messaging application on Android devices, and the RCS is the backbone behind this, so it’s quite widely used. That’s the reason why Google realizes the need to offer this parental control support to parents. It might come as good news that Messages appears to be adding new convenient support. 

However, it is not officially clear yet that this support is coming to Google Messages. This report is being speculated on in Google Messages v20240416_00_RC01 and shared by PiunikaWeb. This support will be efficient in scenarios where parents block their children from sending messages until they are approved. 

The unapproved conversations will have a message stating, “To send, ask your parent for approval.” Although at the moment it is not exactly clear yet how this functionality will work, it is expected that it could work on a per-contact basis and be controlled by the parent from Google’s existing Family Link application; this could cover both SMS and RCS messages.


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Samsung Unintentionally Made Secure Folder App Unremovable

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Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 14-based One UI 6.1 update. Initially, the Galaxy S24 series came out of the box on One UI 6.1, then the 2023 Galaxy flagship received the update, and now 2022 Galaxy high-end devices are in the line. Now Samsung has confirmed that you can’t delete Secure Folder after One UI 6.1. 

Samsung Secure Folder is a private, encrypted space available on Galaxy devices that stores images, videos, files, apps, and data, but despite this, it can’t get enough appreciation, and it is one of the most underrated features on Galaxy devices. 

Now, after installing the latest One UI 6.1 update, it seems that some of the users can’t delete the Secure Folder application. This is being acknowledged by a Samsung representative who confirmed this issue on the Korean Community forum. The inability to delete Secure Folder was related to a “Google security policy” that was applied to One UI 6.1. 

The issue only affects the Secure Folder app, which is running on 1.9.10.27. Apart from this, Samsung has also confirmed that this issue affected the devices that are running on One UI 6.1, including the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5, and the Galaxy Tab S9 series. 

The giant noted that it plans to update the Secure Folder through the Galaxy Store so users will have the power to delete it again as per their preference. Although this issue isn’t a major one, Samsung will soon fix it. At the time, the brand has not revealed the exact timeline for the update, but it is expected to arrive in the coming week. 


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Disney Plus Could Also Offer Always-on Channels Soon Similar To Samsung TV Plus

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Samsung TV Plus is inspiring the Walt Disney brand as it is now gearing up to offer something on the Disney Plus platform similar to how Samsung TV Plus offers live channels on Galaxy devices. 

Samsung never shies away from providing new convenient features or upgrades to enhance users’ experiences. Here’s the evidence: Samsung TV Plus offers free live channels on Samsung devices. Now Disney Plus is appearing to add always-on channels to its streaming platform. These channels would continuously show content, allowing users to jump in and watch without even having to choose a particular program. 

If the reports are to be believed, the Walt Disney Company is setting up to deliver always-on channels in the Disney Plus application. It is expected that Disney would mainly show Star Wars and Marvel content on these channels; it might also offer Disney’s classic animated movies from Pixar on them. 

However, you are only able to access these always-on channels if you have a paid subscription to the platform. Despite paid service, these channels will also show advertisements, the same as a traditional TV channel on a cable network or a DTH service. This will also offer the option to just start watching content instead of choosing what to watch, searching for it, and then playing the show. 

At the moment, apart from the information mentioned above, there are no other details to come to know regarding exactly when Disney will roll out the new feature. However, it could happen in the next few months. It seems that lately, other streaming platforms, for instance, Amazon and Fox, have also started offering ad-supported channels.


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