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New Google Wallet App Shortcuts Let You Access Cards

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Google Wallet is offering new support for app shortcuts to permit you to place credit and debit cards on the home screen. 

Google Wallet already offers lots of power to users, such as store payment cards, loyalty cards, digital keys, and so on. It is now offering new power to Android users so that they can place credit as well as debit cards on their home screen. Once you get this support, long-pressing on Google Wallet will reveal application shortcuts for your stored credit as well as a debit card. 

Apart from the picture of the card, it will also include the credit card network and the last four digits. Google decided to show four dots in front in a bid for consistency, but it’s a little essential. You can drag it to a spot on the phone’s home screen, similar to any other app shortcut, to create a permanent icon. This will offer one-tap access to the card that opens the card page with a bigger view and a list of “recent activity.” 

If the user desires instant card switching, they can save these cards by first opening Wallet, using the in-app carousel, and then integrating them with the Quick Settings Tile and the lock screen shortcut. However, at the time, Google did not make these card shortcuts available widely yet, but they are seen in version 24.12.x of Google Wallet after a server-side update. 

To experience these card shortcuts, users must make sure that they have the latest Google Play Services installed with version number 24.10.17. 


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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Circle to Search is no longer exclusive to Samsung and Pixel devices

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We are in the tech era where nothing lasts limited, and Android’s exclusive Circle to Search feature is a hot topic in the tech market after being a couple of months older than how it cannot be available on iOS. The reportedly new Circle to Search feature could come to Chrome on iOS. 

Samsung is the one who brought Circle to Search into existence, initially introduced on its recently launched Galaxy S24series, but the backbone of the feature is Google since this feature uses Google’s algorithm to run. It later came to the Pixel smartphones and tablets. 

Circle to Search Expands Reach: Feature Spotted in Chrome for iOS

At the I/O 2024 event, Google promised to expand the Circle to Search feature’s reach to 200 million devices by the end of 2024. Probably, this could include the iPhone as well. 

This probability is being speculated by the reports from Mac Observer, who spotted something interesting hiding in Chrome for iOS. As per his analysis, a new “Lens Circle to Search” flag appears that was silently added to the app, and once the flag is enabled, the Circle to Search feature will be available within Google Lens on iOS. 

If this analysis comes true, then iPhone users could get the power to start circling and searching to their hearts’s content. However, it is quite obvious that there will be little difference in the way of functionality or appearance as compared to the system-wide integration Circle to Search has on Android. 

As a result, the feature appears to be limited to being used on Chrome for iOS. At the moment, it is not clear whether this feature would only be limited to the iPhone or if it could also make its way to the iPad. Google is also yet to officially confirm its plans to roll out the Cirlce to Search feature for iOS. 

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Samsung Care+ Lets You Two Claims Per Year With No Extra Cost

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Samsung India introduced upgrades to its Samsung Care+ program to enhance the convenience of customers by offering them two claims per year at no extra cost

Samsung Care+ is an extra insurance package for accidental damage to your Galaxy devices, including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and notebooks. It goes beyond Samsung’s usual warranty period to offer extended protection. Usually, Samsung Care+ only offers two claims within two years, but now things have changed as Samsung releases a new announcement. 

The new announcement asserts that it will cover both screen protection as well as accidental and liquid damage. Samsung Care+ is the exclusive authorized program for Galaxy devices, providing full coverage without even a decrease in value. 

Interested customers can register claims through walk-in, pick-up, and drop-off facilities. This exclusive Samsung Care+ is provided by Samsung-authorized technicians who are specially trained to repair Samsung Galaxy devices, and they use actual Samsung parts to ensure optimal device performance and endurance. 

Samsung Care+ provides some convenient offers, which are mentioned below: 

  • Hardware repair: instant repairs by authorized technicians using genuine parts. 
  • Battery replacements: unexacting battery replacements to keep your device powered up. 
  • Water damage repair: offers hassle-free service for accidental liquid damage. 
  • Software coverage: This offer helps in fixing issues to deliver smooth device operation. 

The giant offers four protection plans to meet various user needs. The claim process is hassle-free, requiring no documentation and ensuring data privacy. 

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Android Auto 12 stable update available for everyone

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Last week, Google introduced the beta update for Android Auto with v12. Now, after testing for a week, the search giant has started rolling out the stable version for Android Auto Stable version 12, compatible with cars.

For starters, Android Auto is an infotainment system that offers a whole bunch of functionality that you usually use on smartphones, but to provide convenience to car drivers, Google has introduced Android Auto, which offers almost all the features of smartphones accessible directly from the car display. For instance, users can easily find information on the internet, access different video or music streaming apps, etc.

Being a Google product is not yet successful in providing seamless services as compared to other devices; however, with the new Android Auto 12 stable update, the company is trying its best to make Android Auto an important part of cars. To do that, the company frequently brings new updates to the application.

With the continuous upgrade, now Android Auto has reached the twelfth edition in a very short time; however, with the latest major update, the company hasn’t brought any changelog, so there are currently no details on whether any changes happened to the application or not.

Based on the recent announcement, it is possible that the company may start preparing for the new changes that will reshape Android Auto compatibility for new applications. The company has also decided to introduce new guidelines for the developers, so it is possible that I may initiate the platform to make it more compatible for better access to new applications. To take advantage of new updates, you can install the latest update from the Google Play Store.

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