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Google Lens adds voice command support

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Under the same category, tools such as Google Lens and Assistant act as vehicles to improve search. But one is clearly more attentive to visual clues, whereas the other is listening for instructions and questions. It seems that Google is now exploring voice prompts for Lens, particularly for query refinement similar to multisearch. Simply aim your camera at the question and press the shutter button to receive the answers with Lens, which is compatible with all of our favorite Android phones. Lens can be used for homework assistance, real-time text translation, copying printed text to the clipboard on your device, and price comparison shopping.

Google has discovered that Lens is just the beginning of a user’s search experience; frequently, users will open a new tab in their browser or use the Google bar to do a follow-up search with a more specific question in mind. This led to the creation of Multisearch and Multisearch nearby in Lens the previous year. You may easily refine your search term in Lens using Multisearch. In other words, you may take a picture of a dress that you like, then use Multisearch to see what other colors it comes in. You still need to take a picture of the item touch again to activate Multisearch and manually type your search query, even though this eliminates the photo of opening a new browser tab and searching.

AssembleDebug, a well-known feature spotter and tinkerer from the GAppsLeaks telegram group, has discovered that Google is covertly developing a new method to better simplify Lens. The new functionality lets you just point the smartphone at an object and speak your search refinement parameters aloud after turning on a few hidden flags in the app. It is believed that it will be a simplified version; it’s not going to be a full Google Assistant. However, it remains to be seen when Google will introduce it. It seems more likely that the firm will make a formal announcement to the public rather than implementing it covertly. Though we anticipate it will take some time, this is a very welcome and natural addition to Lens.


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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Android Auto 12.1 Beta Released and Ready for Download

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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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Samsung Defends Bixby and Galaxy Buds Patents Successfully in the USA

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Samsung has won a lawsuit in the US in opposition to a former employee who charged them with copying technology for Bixby and Galaxy Buds. The ex-employee used to lead Samsung’s patent team in their fights against Apple. 

The report says a US court has rejected a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics. This lawsuit was filed by a patent management firm named Synergy IP Pte. and Statern Tekiya LLC. Synergy IP Pte was brought into being by Ahn Seung-ho, a former senior Samsung Electronics employee who oversaw several audio and voice-related patents while he worked as Samsung’s head of the intellectual property center for over a decade. 

Back in 2020, he left Samsung Electronics. After leaving the firm, Ahn Seung-ho sued their former employer in 2021, claiming that the brand violated ten patents owned by an audio firm called Statern. It was claimed that Samsung Electronics unfairly used Statern’s audio technologies to develop Bixby, Galaxy Buds, and other audio devices. 

Four more patent lawsuits were filed against Samsung in 2022. However, fortunately, the court dismissed the first lawsuit against Samsung and stated that there was no need to judge whether the patents were infringed as the lawsuit itself could not be established. 

If the report is to be believed, personal Ahn Seung-ho stole confidential information on Statern from the Korean giant with the help of the brand’s trade sector official, his former subordinate. That information was used to file a patent failure to observe lawsuit against Samsung. The US court also stated that Ahn Seung-ho caused irreparable damage to Samsung Electronics by filing the lawsuit in his favor, using his position as a lawyer and the company’s internal confidential information.

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Samsung Galaxy S23’s May Security Patch Cause Unknown Error on Google Wallet

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Samsung has delivered this month’s May 2024 security patch for the Galaxy S23 device. Now, users of the device from several regions are reporting that after installing the patch, their Google Wallet isn’t working seamlessly. 

A couple of days ago, Google officially released a statement saying that from June 10th, Google Wallet will only be compatible with devices that at least run on Android 9 or above. Now the report is saying that Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S23, users are facing issues while using Google Wallet. 

A recent report suggest that a lot of Samsung Galaxy S23 users have reported through the Korean manufacturer’s community forums that, after installing the May 2024 security patch, they cannot use the Google Wallet seamlessly and flawlessly as before. These users have claimed that right after downloading the latest Android security patch, the Google Wallet app displays an unknown error message indicating that the phone does not meet the required security standards, causing them to be unable to make contactless payments. 

Galaxy S23 users are not even able to access the cards that were linked to the platform. Noticeably, a huge percentage of reports come from Galaxy S23 users belonging to Europe; however, this issue has also been detected in other regions, including Australia, the US, or the United Arab Emirates, and other devices like the Galaxy S22 or the Pixel 8 Pro. 

If you are going through this inconvenient issue, here’s a temporary solution. You can uninstall the application updates in the Google Play Store. This will help you in a way; the error message will still appear in the app, but it will let you make payments with it again.

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