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Google Maps Embraces AI with Immersive View, Lens and More

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In order to assist your search with trip planning, navigating new areas, locating electric vehicles, charging stations, and discovering new locations and activities, Google has announced a number of new AI-enhanced features that will be soon available in Google Maps.

Immersive view support:

With Immersive View for routes, customers can see a comprehensive overview of their whole journey, making it the most graphically sophisticated new feature. According to Google, immersive view will allow users to enjoy simulated travels as if they were actually there by fusing billions of street view and aerial photos using sophisticated AI, which gives you advanced knowledge about a restaurant or monument.

Following this week’s debut of photorealistic 3D tiles on the Google Maps platform, developers may now also construct their own immersive experiences. Available on Android and iOS, Immersive View will launch in a few cities this week, including:

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Dublin
  • Florence
  • Italy
  • Las Vegas
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • California 
  • Seattle
  • Tokyo
  • Venice
  •  Italy.

Lens in Map:

Launched in November 2022 for London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo Lens in Map was formerly known as Search with Live View. Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, Lens in Map is used in a new environment, whether you are exploring a new city or finding hidden gems nearby. When you hold your phone up, Maps’ AI lens shows you information on the events, restaurants, ATMs, and train stations in the area. The service will be added this week to around 50 countries, including:

  • Austin
  • Las Vegas
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Taipei 

Added EV charging:

EV drivers on Android and iOS will now be able to get even more useful charging station information starting this week. This information includes finding a charging station that best suits your needs by determining whether the charger is compatible with your car. It also determines whether the available chargers are fast, medium, or slow. It also allows you to see the charger you used the last time so that you can avoid spending time with the broken one. Developers using the Google Maps Platform and Places API will also have access to EV charging information.

Advanced search with Google Maps:

AI-powered visual results are revolutionizing search on Google Maps. Users will now receive photo results of venues that match their specific activity searches, such as “animal latte art”. The Google Maps community has submitted a billion photographs, all of which have been analyzed using AI and sophisticated image recognition models to get these results. You can find new locations with this visual list of sites that precisely match your search criteria. Simply browse the results, tap a photo to get additional information, and proceed directly from there.

Google claims to be improving the way it arranges the search results for iOS and Android in the coming weeks. The first countries to enjoy this new feature from Google Maps will be

  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • UK
  • US 

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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Samsung Messages App Crashing! Here’s How to Fix It

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Samsung users are facing an inconvenient crashing issue occurring on their native Messages app. Now Samsung is announcing the fix has arrived to avoid the app crashing issue. Let’s take a closer look at the constantly crashing issue and a new fix. 

The Galaxy users are claiming that, in the past 12 hours, their native Message application has been constantly crashing, which is quite irritating. A reason behind the fuss appears in a recent update to the Google Meet app, which conflicts with Samsung’s Messages app. We’re not sure why, but uninstalling or disabling Meet will stop messages from crashing.

However, recently on Reddit and Samsung’s official forums, users have claimed constant crashes for the Samsung Messages app. There seems to be a crashing bug while trying to enter conversations within a health app. Force-closing the app, clearing the cache, restarting the phone, and even entering the phone in Safe Mode don’t fix the issue. 

A moderator in Samsung’s forums confirmed this temporary workaround and also said that “Samsung is aware of the concern and is working towards resolving the matter.”

Finally, regarding this issue, Samsung has officially informed its users that this unwanted issue is about to settle down since Google has issued an update for the Google Meet app, which will stop Samsung’s Messages app from crashing continuously. 

If you are also going through inconvenient crashing issues, you can easily settle them by downloading the latest Google Meet update available in the Google Play Store. It will fix the crashing issues.

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Latest Samsung Health App Update Aims to Outdo Previous Versions

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Samsung Health has expanded its functionality to enhance your health and fitness monitoring experience by adding a new way to stay more competitive. 

Samsung offers a free app for tracking health and fitness activities named Samsung Health that can be used with compatible devices, such as Galaxy smartphones, Galaxy smartwatches, Galaxy Buds, and a few Samsung smart TVs. Samsung Health is now introducing a new mode that will permit you to challenge yourself by racing against your own previous best times. 

The Korean giant has pushed out a new update that adds a new competitive mode that will allow you to race against yourself. With the new mode, users will have more options for setting daily activity goals. It lets you set goals beyond just steps. Now you can easily choose to track floors climbed or active hours to better reflect your activity style. 

Currently, it only offers limited options for particular activities. Future updates might add more variety to help users reach their fitness goals in their preferred ways. Apart from all these, another change that has been implemented with the latest update is a new quick-access menu that will appear while logging your menstrual cycle. Now you can also set custom moods to improve and reflect your emotional state throughout the day. 

For an enhanced and upgraded experience, you can download this latest update. This app is not just for tracking fitness goals, but you can also use it to track sleep, stress, meditation, and more.

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Android Auto 12.1 Beta Released and Ready for Download

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Android Auto 11.1 Stable

Android Auto is one of the unique services from Google that aims to provide utility features of smartphones to the car display. With this capability, the company is successful in making its presence in the automobile industry. However, due to some internal issues, Android Auto isn’t as appreciated as it should be, but now, with frequent updates, the company is making it more useful and convenient for users. Now, with the latest development, the company is introducing a new beta update for devices.

Android Auto 12.1 beta: what’s new? 

Following the same sequence, Android Auto is now getting a new 12.1 beta update. With the latest update, the company hasn’t provided a new changelog, which may indicate that it may not provide any significant changes for the application. However, in the recent I/O 2024 event, Google announced some new changes that will provide new capabilities like gaming and more compatible applications in the future, so it is possible that Google has already started working on it and you may see some enhancements for it.

How do I install the new beta update?

To install the latest update, you need to enroll in the beta program. To do that, simply go to the Play Store and search for Android Auto or directly tap on this link. Here,  tap on the join button. Once you register, you will immediately receive a new update. Install it and enjoy all the new features and improvements.

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