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Google Chat Gets Major Makeover for Android and iOS

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Google Chats announced a major revamp is going to roll out on Android and iOS devices, which is going to better complement its new icon. With the introduction of a new visual layout and navigation system, the latest update brings a new bottom navigation bar with four distinctive sections and tabs.

Meanwhile, in the earlier version, there were only two tab sections, including Chats and Spaces, respectively, within its mobile version. With correspondence to the newest update, the four tabs include a Home tab, Direct messages, Spaces, and Mentions.

To begin with, the first tab is the Home tab, which helps users get a much better and more unified view of their conversations, along with a new filter that helps to access all unread messages. Next is the Direct Messages tab, which allows users to view their 1:1 as well as group messages by also including their pinned conversations.

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Coming to the third tab, Spaces, which helps users see a streamlined list of their spaces with all their pinned conversations, Apart from this, there’s a last Mentions tab that allows users to conveniently find their messages as well as conversations where they have been mentioned.

By sharing how exactly the recent update will look within the integrated Gmail mobile app, Google states that now there will only be a single Chat tab among the email and Google Meet, rather than two tabs, Chats and Spaces, in the bottom bar.

While the above-mentioned four new tabs will now appear in a floating pill-shaped container placed just above the bottom bar, with a new FAB, or floating action button, moved towards the right side, Whereas in the bottom bar, you will now see an unread badge for every tab, along with a unified count for each.

However, Google is yet to clear the exact design for the standalone Google Chat app and whether it will adopt the same structural revamp to the Gmail integration or whether it will retain just a conventional bottom bar as well as FAB.

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Additionally, this revamp of Google Chat comes soon after the platform released the Chat Bubbles feature, and it will gradually roll out the major revamp on Android and iOS users in the coming weeks, available for all the Google Workspace customers and the users having their personal Google Accounts.


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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.

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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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