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Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue strengthen their collaboration in UAE

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With the goal of revolutionizing the smart home movie, music, and lighting experience, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings have expanded their collaboration. Philips Hue can seamlessly integrate into Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem by utilizing the company’s high-tech and connectivity expertise. Customers of Galaxy devices may now use their smartphones or tablets to sync their lighting with well-known music streaming services by utilizing the Hue Sync app, which has been integrated into the SmartThings platform.

When it took part in Samsung’s private “Smart Entertainment Home” event, which was hosted in Dubai, a top international lighting firm showed off its “Philips Hue” smart lighting system to consumers. The user-friendly application gives people the ability to create their own lighting scenes, select from more than 16 million colours, and set up automatic lighting changes. The flexible and extensible Hue Light-Strip Plus highlights architectural details with colourful, dynamic lighting effects. The Hue Play light bar effortlessly syncs to your favourite videos, music, and games to turn your entertainment space into a wonderland.

“Consumers expect lighting to be an essential feature of smart home living and are looking for a seamless, easy-to-use solution that enhances their everyday experience. Hue fulfils this commitment associated with the smart home ecosystem, thus enabling a seamless experience,” said the CEO of Signify Middle East (excluding Saudi Arabia), Gregory Lefebvre.

Further, Omar Sahib, Regional Marketing Director of Samsung Middle East and North America,“Philips Hue integration with SmartThings is the first solution of its kind to synchronise lighting and content from Samsung TVs without additional hardware, allowing SmartThings users to seamlessly control mood, viewing experience and express their mood from the comfort of their homes. For the first time, SmartThings users can sync content, music and lights to customise their perfect home.”

This creates a connected, synchronized home environment where lighting interacts with other smart devices to improve security and features for smart home automation.

Thanks to “Samsung Newsroom UAE


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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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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