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Google Maps Gets a Refreshing Makeover in UI with New Color Palette

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The popular navigation tool Google Maps, which is used by millions of people worldwide, has had a major visual makeover. A color design of bluer tokens has taken the place of the platform’s long-standing signature yellow and white style. Users’ responses to this upgrade, which deviates from Google Maps’ conventional layout, have been mixed. Google Maps users have expressed a white range of view points in response to the launch of the new color scheme. While some people have embraced the modern style, others have stated that they prefer the traditional yellow and white combination. Supporters of the new design commend its elegant and refined appearance, arguing that it is consistent with Google’s current focus on a simple user interface. They also like that map features are now more visible, especially in low-light conditions.

A fresh range of new colors:

  • Parks and other natural places are painted a paler shade of green, which creates a lovely contrast with the highways, which are painted grey instead of off-white.
  • Speaking of the natural world, the new color makes the dashed trail routes much less noticeable.
  • Depending on their prominence, buildings and other structures are still either light yellow or gray.
  • Oceans and lakes, for example, seem to have a paler hue of blue these days. To further set it apart from the surrounding map section, the traffic green has also been enhanced.
  • For good thematic coherence with roadways, motorways are colored much darker gray with blue undertones.
  • Restaurant pins are orange and stand out significantly more when there is less yellow.

The intention to improve map features’ readability and visibility is Google’s justification for this modification. July saw the start of the testing, and in October, Google announced that updated colors throughout the maps would be returning. A bigger deployment for Android and iOS is currently in process, while some users have had this updated palette for a few weeks. Try forcing Google Maps to cease multitasking or shutting down if you don’t already have it to get the updated colors to load.

Google’s choice to update the look of Google Maps is indicative of its dedication to changing to accommodate changing customer tastes and breakthroughs in technology. On the other hand, the sentimental link to the previous design highlights how crucial it is to honor user familiarity with the brand.

Thanks to “9to5google


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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