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Android Auto 9.7 directly in stable version: What’s new

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Traditionally, Google follows a pattern of releasing a Beta version of Android Auto before launching the stable version. This approach allows them to identify bugs or issues with a limited number of users more likely to provide feedback. By doing so, they can address any problems and ensure a smoother experience when the stable version is released. However, Android Auto 9.7 version appears to deviate from this practice and opt for a different release strategy, skipping the Beta version entirely in favor of directly launching the stable version.

It is important to note that Google has not provided any official statement regarding the reasons behind their decision, leaving us to speculate on the matter. Many Pixel users may have noticed a slight delay in the release of the June Pixel Feature Drop, an update that includes the latest security fixes and brings a range of new features.

Android Auto 9.7 Stable Update

This delay in the Pixel Feature Drop could catalyze Google’s change in release strategy for the upcoming version of Android Auto. Google may have some surprises in store, not just for the Pixel series smartphones but also for Android Auto. With version 9.7, Google may deviate from the usual Beta release and adopt a different development approach.

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If so, we can expect Android Auto 9.7 to become available on compatible devices shortly. However, considering the known issues with Android Auto, we hope that Google has thoroughly tested and resolved any potential bugs before releasing the stable version.

If you wish to check for the update on your device, you can rely on the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can manually install the latest version by downloading the APK file from APKMirror.


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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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Samsung Good Lock 2.2.04.92 update improves the ‘Update all Plugin’ feature

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Samsung hasn’t released any major updates for the Good Lock application; for instance, last time, it brought a significant update where it made changes in the interface of the application, aiming to provide convenience for the users. Now, with the latest update, it is rolling out some improvements for some features.

Samsung has rolled out a new update for the Good Lock application, coming with version number 2.2.04.92. According to the changelog, the update will improve the ‘Update All’ button. It means that after installing the update, users will have more convenience while updating applications. It allows users to update all the modules of Good Lock with a single tap.

Apart from that, the update has also improved some other functionalities of the Good Lock, but the changelog doesn’t mention the full description of other changes. But if you are having any issues while using any feature of the application, then you should try to update the application.

To update the Good Lock application, you need to go to the Galaxy Store and search for Good Lock. If it shows a new update available, then tap on the update button. Once you tap it, it will get installed to the latest version automatically.

For starters, Good Lock is a powerful application for Galaxy devices that provides several modules and some options to customize the different UI functions of Samsung devices. There are several modules available that dedicatedly provide options for multiple UI elements, such as wallpaper, themes, notifications, navigation, lock screen, and many more.


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Google Messages Now Lets You Make 3-Second Selfie GIFs

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In recent weeks, Google has made a lot of improvements to its dedicated messaging application. Recently, the most useful addition has been the custom camera, which provides a simple camera interface for users to quickly click or shoot videos for instant messaging. Now, it has introduced a new capability that allows users to quickly create selfie GIFs.

As of writing, this feature isn’t seen anywhere in the Google message, but the company has already shared a dedicated article with information on how to create a selfie GIF in the application.

According to the official information, to create the selfie GIF, you have to follow these steps: Open a conversation on Google Messenger, now taught, and hold the camera icon. It will start a countdown to give you time to prepare, and the recording starts and ends automatically. Finally, it will be automatically saved on the camera roll, and you can send it to anyone.

Google has also officially said, “You can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.” It is like one of the suggested action prompts, which already includes recent photos, sharing locations, and starting a video call.

As far as the availability of the new feature is concerned, it currently has not appeared anywhere near its stable channel or the beta channel. But as Google officially suggested steps for the feature, it is expected that the company may soon provide the feature for every user.

How to Create a selfie GIF on Google Messages

  1. Open Google Messages
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. In the message bar, touch and hold the Camera
    • If available, you can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.
  4. A countdown appears to give you time to prepare. The recording starts and ends automatically.
    • You can also manually start recording by pressing a red button.
    • You don’t have an option to send the selfie GIF while recording.
  5. When the recording ends, tap Send 

Tips:

  • You can record a selfie GIF for 3 seconds.
  • You can access selfie GIF that are saved on your device’s camera roll.
  • You can’t edit recordings. To redo a recording, tap Restart.

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