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Samsung Wallet launches a service for students

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Student IDs play a vital role in college life, and it is necessary to always have their student ID with them for attendance purposes, etc. Samsung has now announced a feature that will allow students to add IDs to their phones’ digital wallets in the United States. With its Samsung Wallet, which was launched earlier this year, the firm combines the mobile payment experiences of Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. The firm extends its hands-over adoption of digital IDs, such as NFC dorm room locks and classroom check-ins, by adding support for student IDs from a few US institutions to Samsung Wallet.

Through a collaboration with Transact Campus, mobile-centric platforms across several schools, support for student IDs has been expanded. Now students can use their phones in the place of their ID card to open their dorm room and other facilities by saving their ID in Samsung Wallet. Additionally, they can also make contactless purchases if their phone and campus support NFC(Near Field Communications) with their IDs through phones.

Institutions such as Penn State, the University of Florida, Central Michigan University, the University of North Alabama, and the Stevens Institute of Technology will support student IDs on Samsung Wallet. Samsung America also launched the initiative at 68 colleges and educational institutions across the country, and the firm is actively working to expand to more institutions. However, it is obvious that the student should be a Samsung user.

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Further, the software uses a function called fast mode which enables users to submit their NFC ID without having to unlock their handset and activate the power reserve to use their gadget after the battery gets down.

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Jude Buckley, executive vice president of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics America, opened up,”We’re always looking to innovate and improve the Galaxy experience for every kind of user. Technology plays a big part in today’s college experience, and with student ID for Samsung Wallet, we created a way for students to use the technology they already have on hand to simplify their busy lives.”

Here’s Samsung Wallet supported smartphones full list:

  • Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S21 Fan Edition 5G, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G
  • Galaxy Note Series: Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Series A: Galaxy A53 5G

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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YouTube Music Rolls Out Hum to Search Song Feature on Android

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YouTube Music has over 70 million official tracks and millions of active users. Now,  to maintain the legacy and enhance the experience, the platform is rolling out a new feature for song identification with Hum to Search on Android.

YouTube Music for Android is delivering a long-awaited feature that permits you to “play, sing, or hum a song” to search. This feature will surely enhance your song-searching experience. To experience this feature, all you have to do is tap on the magnifying glass icon housed in the top-right corner, and then you will see a new waveform icon beside the microphone. 

Whereas the two side-by-side buttons appear somewhat odd, however, it’s pretty better as compared to the main YouTube app, which houses both search features on one screen with a switcher up top. A vibrant search page on YouTube Music will prompt you to search for songs effortlessly by playing, singing, or even humming. This functionality was initially introduced in 2020 for Google Search. It is based on the Pixel’s Now Playing feature and then came to the YouTube app last year in October. To function with this feature properly, AI is used “to match the sound to the original recording.” 

The identification process can be pretty fast, and a full-screen results page shows cover art, song name, artist, album, year, and even download/offline status, as well as Play or Save to your library shortcuts. Users are also permitted to exit this screen from the top-left corner or perform another search at the bottom. The new feature for YouTube Music arrives with Version 7.02 for Android. 

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WhatsApp Testing a Handy Upgrade for Replies and Reactions

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WhatsApp is testing a new convenience feature that will help users directly react and reply to media content. This will be a crucial addition that offers the ability to easily give the opinion of the different content in the form of a reaction or reply. 

Earlier, when you received any message or any media content and wanted to reply to it, you needed to press and hold it and tap on the replay button. But now, with the new beta update, the WhatsApp team is testing a new way where, when you open the media, it will come with a new interface where three buttons are available in the button, which will help you reply to the message directly from there.

The latest development is spotted in the new WhatsApp beta update with the version number 2.24.11.18. As it is in the testing stage, the availability of the change is limited to some users who have already enrolled in the beta program. If you want to try the new feature, you can still do that by joining the beta update from the Play Store.

Apart from this, WhatsApp has brought several new features and improvements for the user so they can have conversations with each other more smoothly and with new creative options, including new AI-generated stickers, the “ability to create, view, and follow channels,”  new chat filters, and many more.

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Google Weather Redesign Now Available on More Android Devices

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Google revamped its Google Weather app to make it more user-friendly and enhance the experience by bringing with it Material You design standards.

Google’s Weather app has received a major renovation with Material You aesthetics and additional information. After being available on Pixel devices since September 2023 and Samsung Galaxy devices since December, Google finally decided to push it out to most Android devices in May 2024. 

It is being reported that the new Google Weather app is appearing on many more manufacturers’ Android devices, except Pixels and Samsungs. The app has been spotted on various devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the OnePlus Open, the Honor Magic 6 RSR, and even an older Nokia 4.2 running Android 11. 

For so long, its availability was limited to specific devices; now, finally, Google has started rolling it out widely. Users who have access to the new Weather app will also have noticed a recent update for the Google app. The new app introduces a simpler layout with hourly and 10-day forecasts on a single page, replacing the multiple tabs of the old application. Earlier this year, in February, Google updated its At a Glance and Weather widget icons on Pixel smartphones. 

The Weather app is not the only application that Google has brought weather data to. Previously, it was reported that the company was finally bringing real-time weather information within Google Maps; however, that has been available for years on iOS. The Google Weather app’s redesign is highly pleasing to the eyes, and the Material You Impact is quite notably on display. 

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