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Samsung Bixby brings new features and improvements

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Bixby is a virtual assistant from Samsung that makes using your phone simpler and works alongside your preferred applications and services to help you get more done as it learns, develops, and adapts to what you want to do. Bixby Home, Bixby Vision, Bixby Voice, and Bixby Routines are the features offered by Bixby. Samsung has brought up some significant changes in the Bixby vision and Bixby’s voice. Bixby Wakeup is developed to enhance the functions of Bixby voice.

As of July 2023, the updated versions of the Bixby wakeup and Bixby Voice apps are 2.3.25.14 and 3.7.80.7. A sophisticated speech assistant called Bixby voice makes the usage of the gadget easier. On your Galaxy phone or tablet, calling Bixby may be done hands-free using Voice wakeup without tapping on any button. Once this function is configured, all you need to do is say “Hi, Bixby,” followed by a phrase of command or inquiry, and the virtual assistant will respond to you. A Galaxy Watch can also have voice wakeup enabled.

To enable the wakeup feature, open Bixby and, tap on the discover symbol, select more alternatives. Voice wakeup is accessed after selecting settings. Turn it on by tapping the top switch, and turn it off by tapping again. A great addition to the current version is the addition of Bixby for children. Within the Samsung account, parents can create a kid account, and after that, they can register it on Bixby.

Samsung Bixby becomes more smarter with new update

But currently, this functionality is limited only to South Korea and the US. Samsung has also made some functionality changes in Bixby Vision. Bixby Vision offers blind people a straightforward interface and uncomplicated setup while audibly describing what it observes, assisting users with the happenings around their surroundings.

The enhanced feature allows users to get pertinent information by looking for photos, identifying characters, and translating foreign languages, and Bixby Vision can also read aloud text or colors from the camera screen and scan QR codes. To use this software, the user just needs a Wi-Fi connection and a Samsung account.


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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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