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Apple TV+ and Paramount+ Considering Bundle Offer for Subscribers

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Apple and Paramount Global could be the newest media and technology businesses to get involved in the streaming service package market. The Wall Street Journal reported on December 1st that Apple and Paramount Global had discussed combining their streaming services, Apple TV+ and Paramount+. The plan is to bring it at a lower cost than if consumers subscribed to each one separately. The early stage of the discussions means that details like cost and availability are still unknown.

A Paramount spokesman contacted by PYMNTS declined to comment on the findings. To PYMNTS’s request for a comment, Apple did not respond right away. When it came to several of its subscription-based services, Apple said in October that it was raising the costs. Apple TV+ annual subscriptions now cost $99 instead of $69 for individuals who pay on a yearly basis. Earlier, the service cost $6.99 per month, but it was raised to $9.99, an increase of $3. However, the source claims that Paramount hiked the cost of the ad-free tier and opted to merge the two into one new package called Paramount+.

Prior to this, the firm offered a bundle consisting of Showtime and Paramount+. A survey published in August revealed that streaming services accounted for 38.7% of all TV use in the United States in July, recording record viewership levels. On the other hand, cable and conventional broadcast combined lost viewers for the first time, falling below 50% of the total.

Research company Antenna claimed in May that Apple TV+ had about 20 million customers. But Apple has not disclosed subscriber or revenue data for the service.

Despite being unrelated to the company’s primary goods, like phones and laptops, Apple TV+ is a component of its services division, which is growing more and more important to its business plan. In their desire for partnerships, Paramount and Apple are not alone. Warner Bros. Discovery is thinking of combining Netflix and its Max service into a limited-edition offering for Verizon customers. Disney, on the other hand, provides a discount to customers who sign up for its three owned streaming services: Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.

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Android Auto 12.2 beta is available to download

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Google is constantly releasing new updates for its infotainment system, and within a short period after its launch, Android Auto has already reached the 12th generation. With each new update, the company aims to innovate the system and elevate the overall user experience. Now, moving forward, Android Auto 12.2 beta is live for Android devices.

Android Auto 12.2 beta: what’s new 

Android Auto doesn’t sometimes bring significant changes with new updates; sometimes, it gets some internal changes that users may need to see visually. However, it may provide some improvement under the hood, enhancing the performance and stability of different existing applications. Meanwhile, if we talk about the changelog, the company has brought the same old changelog, so we cannot say directly what changes it comes with. Still, we hope the update may bring some innovation that will give Android Auto a new direction and make it more compatible with more applications.

How to get the latest beta update 

To get the latest beta update of Android Auto, you just need to go to the Google Play store and search for Android Auto. Now, scroll down to the beta program section. Here, you get the Join button. Just tap on it. Once the registration is confirmed, you will get a new update. Install it and enjoy the latest developments. Alternatively, you can also join the beta program through this link.

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Samsung One UI Home gets updated with June 2024 security patch

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Samsung has already started introducing the June 2024 security patch update for the eligible devices; as of writing, the update is available for the flagship devices, including Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S23 devices; with this update, the company hasn’t reached specific changes for the devices. However, a tipster has noticed that One UI Home has been updated to a new version.

For your information, earlier, the One UI Home was running with version 15.1.01.3, but after the update, it was updated to version 15.1.03.41. This indicates that users will get some visible changes to the home screen functionality that enhance the overall experience of the device interface.

As the new update for One UI Home comes with the June 2024 patch, you don’t have to do anything manually as usual. When you update your device to the latest version, it will push a new update and update the device to the latest version, automatically updating the One UI Home.

If you want to check whether a new update is available for your device, you can do that by following simple steps: On the Home screen, perform the pinch-out gesture, tap on the setting icon, and tap on the About Home screen. Alternatively, you can check the update from the Galaxy store app. It is worth noting that the new update for One UI Home has arrived for Galaxy S24 devices, and it is expected to be available to more devices with the update.

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Samsung might reintroduce two useful features of Good Lock’s Theme Park

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Samsung’s Good Lock is an application with an endless troop of software customization options that significantly makes Samsung’s One UI much better and highly customizable. This app has been around for years, while Samsung always focuses on integrating several useful features or modules along with certain relevant enhancements that ensure users a custom software experience. However, Samsung carried away two most useful features from its Good Lock’s Theme Park, but they’re probably coming back. 

After updating the Good Lock app recently, Samsung significantly separated two useful features from the theme park, including support for image customization folders and keycap shapes. Meanwhile, users faced a lot of inconvenience due to the changes held within the Good Lock’s theme park. Now, it appears like Samsung is thinking about restoring these features to Theme Park. 

Samsung could bring back the customizable folders and keycaps to Theme Park:

According to the information provided by Good Lock’s moderator from Samsung, some changes have been performed within the Theme Park module that certainly removed the ability to create customizable folders and keycaps. Meanwhile, the team is thoroughly reviewing this issue and could consider whether they could revert the features back to Theme Park. 

However, the moderator further stated that they are not sure whether both features will return to the theme park. In addition, it’s possible that Samsung could bring them back to the Good Lock’s functionality due to their usefulness and after listening to the user’s feedback. 

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