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December 2023 Play System Update: Google Play service gets some new changes

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Google is constantly bringing some new changes to its all-stock applications. The main aim of bringing new changes is to provide better services for Android device users. For your information, there are mainly two original Google applications, including the Google Play Store and Google Play Service, which frequently get new updates, and this time the company has rolled out a new update for the Google Play Service.

Google Play service: What’s new?

Google Play is the central application of Android devices and offers many features to provide convenience for the functioning of the devices. To make the application work more smoothly, Google frequently provides new updates for the application, like now when it has rolled out a new version of Google Play Service v23.49.

With the latest update, the company has introduced a new feature under support, which provides a new section for updating the user education experience and offers new Android features. Along with this, the update also brought some new system management services, so you will get improved battery life, device performance, and network usage.

The latest update for Google Play services is now available to download. You can easily download the latest version of Google Play services by clicking on this link. Earlier, the Mountain View Company also made some more changes to its stock applications; for more information, you can check out the previous article.


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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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