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Google Wallet on Wear OS Smartwatches Now Supports Loyalty Cards

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Google Wallet has been providing several services for Wear OS for a long time. It has a clean interface for doing further transactions by tapping to pay with credit or debit cards, and transit support was limited to Clipper (BART) in San Francisco. Now with the new update, the company has started rolling out the update, which will give the ability to show the loyalty cards.

The latest update for Google Wallet has started rolling out, which is available from Wear OS 3.5+ to the latest watches. It comes with version number 23.46.x, so if you also want to take advantage of new features, then you should update the application to the latest version.

Loyalty cards are a type of card that provides services for payment for specific products and services. To use these services on your Google Pay, you need to add them first. To do that, you need to follow some simple steps: scan the QR code of a specific card from Google Lens, open the link that is generated through it, and it will redirect you to a specific web page. Here, fill in all the necessary details, then tap the join button. Once it’s finished, you can save it to your phone and store it in Google Pay. For easy access, Google has linked the service to WearOS as well.

The loyalty cards will show up after payment methods, with a rectangular preview. However, it is worth noticing that it will not be able to show some cards like COVID, health insurance cards, and other private passes and will be used only through the phone, and the expired passes will also not appear on the smartwatches.


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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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