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Samsung Foldable and Tablets will get better UI optimizations for Android Apps

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Wider screen devices such as Tablets or Foldable phones require a slightly different interface than regular smartphones. Not only for the OS, but the applications also need a modified UI that can fit in with their wider screens. To deliver a better experience, the Big G Google last year focused on large-screen mobile Android devices and made the OS/UI design suitable for them with Android 12L. It also updated many first-party apps.

Informatively, in Google I/O 2023 event, the Mountain View giant announced that it is planning to update more than 50+ Android applications. Specifically, the company will redesign these applications’ User Interfaces, which will make them easier to use on foldable phones and tablets. After this upgrade, these applications will offer multi-pane UI and large-screen optimizations. Now, let’s know which apps are included in this list.

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Before that, let us tell you this list contains applications that have already been updated or are in the process of being updated with Big G’s new tablet-optimized designs. Besides the first-party applications, Google stated that it is working closely with other partners like Samsung and other third-party developers so that they can bring a tablet or foldable-optimized UI designs to their applications as well. Let’s see the list now.

  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Gmail
  • Google Assistant
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Camera
  • Google Chat
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Clock
  • Google Contacts
  • Google Dialer
  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • Google Family Link
  • Google Files
  • Google Fit
  • Google Home
  • Google Keep
  • Google Keyboard
  • Google Kids Space
  • Google Lens
  • Google Maps
  • Google Meet
  • Google Messages
  • Google News
  • Google One
  • Google Pay
  • Google Personal Safety
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play
  • Google Play Games
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Podcasts
  • Google Search
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google TV
  • Google Translate
  • Google Voice Recorder
  • Google Wallet
  • Google Weather
  • YouTube
  • YouTube Kids
  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube TV

Nota bene, if you are a Samsung Galaxy Tablet or Galaxy Foldable device user, these aforementioned applications will deliver an even more amazing experience than before. The good thing is, just like Google, the Korean firm Samsung also started to optimize its own apps for bigger screens.

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Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Samsung Messages App Crashing! Here’s How to Fix It

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Samsung users are facing an inconvenient crashing issue occurring on their native Messages app. Now Samsung is announcing the fix has arrived to avoid the app crashing issue. Let’s take a closer look at the constantly crashing issue and a new fix. 

The Galaxy users are claiming that, in the past 12 hours, their native Message application has been constantly crashing, which is quite irritating. A reason behind the fuss appears in a recent update to the Google Meet app, which conflicts with Samsung’s Messages app. We’re not sure why, but uninstalling or disabling Meet will stop messages from crashing.

However, recently on Reddit and Samsung’s official forums, users have claimed constant crashes for the Samsung Messages app. There seems to be a crashing bug while trying to enter conversations within a health app. Force-closing the app, clearing the cache, restarting the phone, and even entering the phone in Safe Mode don’t fix the issue. 

A moderator in Samsung’s forums confirmed this temporary workaround and also said that “Samsung is aware of the concern and is working towards resolving the matter.”

Finally, regarding this issue, Samsung has officially informed its users that this unwanted issue is about to settle down since Google has issued an update for the Google Meet app, which will stop Samsung’s Messages app from crashing continuously. 

If you are also going through inconvenient crashing issues, you can easily settle them by downloading the latest Google Meet update available in the Google Play Store. It will fix the crashing issues.

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Latest Samsung Health App Update Aims to Outdo Previous Versions

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Samsung Health has expanded its functionality to enhance your health and fitness monitoring experience by adding a new way to stay more competitive. 

Samsung offers a free app for tracking health and fitness activities named Samsung Health that can be used with compatible devices, such as Galaxy smartphones, Galaxy smartwatches, Galaxy Buds, and a few Samsung smart TVs. Samsung Health is now introducing a new mode that will permit you to challenge yourself by racing against your own previous best times. 

The Korean giant has pushed out a new update that adds a new competitive mode that will allow you to race against yourself. With the new mode, users will have more options for setting daily activity goals. It lets you set goals beyond just steps. Now you can easily choose to track floors climbed or active hours to better reflect your activity style. 

Currently, it only offers limited options for particular activities. Future updates might add more variety to help users reach their fitness goals in their preferred ways. Apart from all these, another change that has been implemented with the latest update is a new quick-access menu that will appear while logging your menstrual cycle. Now you can also set custom moods to improve and reflect your emotional state throughout the day. 

For an enhanced and upgraded experience, you can download this latest update. This app is not just for tracking fitness goals, but you can also use it to track sleep, stress, meditation, and more.

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Android Auto 12.1 Beta Released and Ready for Download

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Android Auto 11.1 Stable

Android Auto is one of the unique services from Google that aims to provide utility features of smartphones to the car display. With this capability, the company is successful in making its presence in the automobile industry. However, due to some internal issues, Android Auto isn’t as appreciated as it should be, but now, with frequent updates, the company is making it more useful and convenient for users. Now, with the latest development, the company is introducing a new beta update for devices.

Android Auto 12.1 beta: what’s new? 

Following the same sequence, Android Auto is now getting a new 12.1 beta update. With the latest update, the company hasn’t provided a new changelog, which may indicate that it may not provide any significant changes for the application. However, in the recent I/O 2024 event, Google announced some new changes that will provide new capabilities like gaming and more compatible applications in the future, so it is possible that Google has already started working on it and you may see some enhancements for it.

How do I install the new beta update?

To install the latest update, you need to enroll in the beta program. To do that, simply go to the Play Store and search for Android Auto or directly tap on this link. Here,  tap on the join button. Once you register, you will immediately receive a new update. Install it and enjoy all the new features and improvements.

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