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Google Chrome and Calendar Say Goodbye to Older Android Versions

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Google has made the announcement that it will soon stop supporting some older Android versions for Google Calendar and Chrome apps. On the other hand, upgrades to apps and features for previous Android versions are frequently released; technology must eventually advance. Security concerns are most likely the reason behind the removal of support for older Android versions. Google wants to ensure that its users are safe, as data hacking has become more frequent with older versions of Android.

Chrome will thus no longer support Android Nougat for versions around 7.1 and lower. A notification encouraging users to update their operating system in order to keep using Chrome will be sent to those using these older Android versions. The news affected Chrome on Android as well as Chrome on PC. Therefore, Chrome 120 does not support Android Nougat or any other operating system version.

Now that millions of people use Google Calendar, which helps organize their daily plans, the company has chosen to apply the same idea to this popular software. Notably, an outdated Android version might mean that the manufacturer has discontinued support for updated versions. Users are faced with the decision in this case that comes under two options: either purchase a new device that comes with improved security features or Otherwise, they need to look at other choices, like installing custom software like LineageOS.

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Just 3% of smartphones were running Android 7.1 as of June 2023, and the devices running earlier versions made up less than 5% of the total. The latest version of Chrome for Android that is supported for smartphones running Android 7.1 and below is version 119, as of late November. Android 8.0, which is now at version 2023-46-0-5817-92699 and hasn’t been released widely yet, is also the minimum version required for Google Calendar on Android devices.


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 News Gets a Big Update for the USA

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Samsung News is a reliable news application among Galaxy device owners that offers cataloged news and personalized feeds. Now the Korean giant is looking forward to upgrading the app.

Samsung New expands facilities for Galaxy owners: News, Sports & More in the USA

Samsung is not gearing up to expand the functionalities within its Samsung News app by offering a new update. The latest update on the app will bring a new feature to include coverage of major forthcoming events, including the 2024 US Presidential Election and new sports programming. This update is available now to everyone in the U.S. and makes following the electoral process even easier, more engaging, and more accessible. 

The Vice President of Product Development for Samsung, Avner Ronen, stated that “Samsung News has become a daily touchpoint for millions of people looking for easy-to-access updates from their favorite local and national news outlets.” More people than ever before are getting their news digitally, with 86% of Americans turning to mobile phones, tablets, or computers. With the 2024 U.S. presidential elections on the horizon, the Korean giant is introducing a dedicated tab within the Samsung News application that will serve as your hub for comprehensive election coverage. 

The latest update for Samsung News will bring a dedicated tab for the 2024 US Presidential Elections. It will offer all the latest news from trusted sources, a calendar of key election dates, candidate profiles, and regularly updated pools. 

Apart from the exciting product update, the brand is also introducing LALIGA, one of the largest soccer leagues in the world, as its newest content partner. Samsung New has also welcomed new partners like Yahoo, Sports, ESPN, CNBC, Good Morning America, and many more to the app over the previous year, ensuring the service meets audiences’ continued esurience for trending, breaking, and local news. 

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Samsung QuickStar’s New Update Allows Users to Hide Mobile Hotspot Icon

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QuickStar is a good lock module that allows users to do customization to the Quick Panel. user can personalize the status bar; for instance, you can check layouts, set off Google Basic Quickpanel, and handle new features of notifications that the module provides. Now,  with the latest update, the application is getting a new ability.

Samsung Users can hide the Hotspot icon from the status bar

Samsung has rolled out a new update for QuickStar with the firmware version number v7.3.06.50. Now,  with the latest update, users can hide the hotspot icon from the status bar. This will be beneficial for the user to not control the traffic of the icon on the status bar, so if you don’t want to display the hotspot icon, you can do that by tuning it off from the QuickStar.

Along with the new ability, users will also get some performance enhancement and stability within the functionality of the application. In simple words, if you are having any issues while using the application, then you should try  the latest update. 

The latest update for Good Lock QuickStar is now live. Users who own the Good Lock compatible Samsung smartphone can now install the latest update via the Galaxy Store. In case the update doesn’t arrive on your device, you can also sideload the latest version of the application via external sources.

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WhatsApp Enhances Video Calls with New Effects and Filters

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WhatsApp is testing some new features for video calls. The company is bringing some new filters and AR effects that will elevate the joy of conversation. Along with this, this feature may also provide more privacy with the ability to add different filters to the video.

According to the information shared by WAbetainfo, WhatsApp has brought new AR effects that will allow users to do more interactive things with video calls and also get an overall visual experience. Along with this, users will also get the ability to change facial filters to make their skin appear more smooth and increase visibility in low-light conditions.

Apart from testing the new filters and AR effects, WhatsApp is also developing the ability to change and edit the background during video calls. With this ability, users can benefit from customizing their surroundings or blurring distractions. The report also mentions that the call background feature will also be available on the desktop in the future.

According to the screenshot shared, all their features, including filters, backgrounds, and effects, will be available to use on the bottom side of the video call screen. As we already said, these features are under development, so they will be available for those users who have enrolled in the beta program and have the latest version, 2.24.13.14. Meanwhile, if we talk about the available features for every user, as of now, there is no concrete information available about them. 

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