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Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 get new Google Home update with Redesign, Favorites, media controls, & more

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Google Home is one of Google’s applications that helps users to set up, manage, automate, and control various compatible devices in their homes. Last week, the company announced a big functionality update and redesign for its Google Home app for WearOS. Now, Big G started rolling out version 2.66 of the Google Home app. This newer version will bring changes to the app’s media controls, favorites, and more.

Informatively, as Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 & Galaxy Watch 5 are running on WearOS, the new Google Home update will be rolled out for them as well. Now, let’s know in-depth about the modifications this new version 2.66 is bringing to your Galaxy Watch’s Google Home app. These changes are listed below. 

Google Home 2.66: What changes will it bring?

After updating your WearOS smartwatch’s Google Home app, the first change you will notice will be its Favorite feed; the application will directly lead you to a Favorites feed that will show you the content you’ve saved on Google Home for Android. Here, the app will show you up to five devices and automation/routines, along with a “View all” option.

Apart from the Favorite feed, at the bottom, you can see the Devices (It is a list that groups things by rooms and is basically the previous main feed), Automation, and Settings. Additionally, this update brings more control over lights and thermostats as well. The newer version has brought additional features as well.

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Besides adjusting the temperature, you can now switch between modes also. To adjust Temperature and Color, you just need to press long on a tile. The updated version also offers full media controls for content, like songs Cast to Nest Hub. It shows you the currently playing song, and it offers play/pause and next/back options. 

Not only that, but the updated Google Home app will also let you lock or unlock any supported device. Nota bene, the Mountain View giant has started to distribute the Google Home 2.66 redesign today. If you want, you can download it through the Google Play Store. Besides, its “Preview” variant is also available. If you are a Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 5 user, check if your watch received it, and install it to enjoy the advancements. 

Thanks to “9to5google


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Google Maps in Android Auto gets new interface with redesigns

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The Google Maps app for Android Auto is getting some improvements for its interface, with some redesigned icons that will provide an elegant look to the UI. According to the information, the Android Auto buttons in Google Maps, including ‘Home and “Work,” will get a bold, dark icon. These are decades to provide shortcuts to preset locations.

Additionally, the updated user interface also features a more noticeable search bar. Google has already made some more changes in the past to provide useful buttons in Google Maps, such as replacing the icons in the interface to make it usable with one hand.

For your information, these new icon changes appeared just after the latest Google Maps update, which has also provided a new ability to synchronize the ‘3D Buildings” feature.

Apart from these, Google has dedicatedly brought several new changes to Google Maps, which aim to provide a smooth experience for its Android Auto’s navigation services. For instance, it has included a bolder design to drive time to match the mobile app and the ability to quickly save parking information when you reach your destination.

Google Maps play an important role in navigation, whether it is for smartphones, tablets, or Android Auto. It is a commonly used application on all Android devices for navigation. So to make it more engaging and useful, the Mountain View company frequently brings new updates to the application, so to take advantage of new features related to navigation, you should always keep the application up-to-date.

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Samsung Galaxy and Pixel phones could soone get new features for Circle to Search

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Samsung introduced the AI-powered Circle to Search with Google features on the Galaxy S24 series, which is already available on Google Pixel 8 phones. Now this feature is getting a few new capabilities to enhance users’ experience. 

The Galaxy AI includes various generational AI features, but Circle to Search is the most praised one. This feature permits you to search for anything on the display by just circling the image or text without even switching between the apps. Now the reports are unveiling that the Circle to Search feature could get two new functionalities soon, which are mentioned below: 

  • Copy Image 
  • Share Image 

It is being speculated by a well-known tipster, @AssembleDebug, on X that Circle to Search on Pixel will soon permit to copy and share selected areas as images. 

At the moment, Circle to Search only authorizes users to search images or text by circling them, but soon this feature will offer new functionalities that will permit you to copy and share selected areas as images. You can easily select the portion on display you want with a tap, circle, or scribble with Circle to Search, and then this will let you tweak the selected area. 

Copy image and Share image buttons will pop up while you select something; undoubtedly, it is effectively a quick as well as easy way of capturing part of the screen to go alongside the existing screenshot options on Android devices. However, at the moment, it is not exactly clear when these two options will be rolled out widely, but they are soon to be expected. 

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Android Auto 11.8 stable version update is available to everyone

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Android Auto brings some crucial functionality to your car screen; it enables users to intersect almost all the smartphone applications from the head unit of the car. Google regularly provides updates to the application to make it compatible with the car display, but due to some issues, users aren’t able to get a seamless experience.

However, Google is working hard to bring Android Auto back on track and frequently serves new updates that will specifically bring improvements to the infotainment system functionalities. In the latest development, the company has started rolling out Android Auto’s new update with version number 11.8. It is worth noting that this is a stable update, so every user who hasn’t enrolled in the beta program will receive it. 

Following the same tradition, the company doesn’t attach any new changelog for the application, so it is hard to say what’s new with the latest update. But if we talk about the last beta updates, it has brought some improvements, like Google Maps, where it has synchronized the 3D building feature. 

Along with this, there may be some other new changes that can improve Android Auto’s overall performance and stability. So, if you want to take advantage of the new update, you should update the application to the latest version. To do that, you need to go to the Google Play Store and search for Android Auto. If the update is available, hit the button to get it.


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