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Android Auto 11.9 stable update now available for everyone

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Android Auto is a platform that enables users to take advantage of various application services directly via car display. In simple words, Android Auto allows the car head unit to use almost all of the smartphone’s functions. To make it more convenient and useful, the company is constantly bringing new updates to the application, and as a result, the application has reached its 11th generation stable update in a very short period of time.

Android Auto 11.9 stable update

Google has rolled out the new Android Auto 11.9 stable update. With the new version, the company hasn’t brought any new changelog, so there is no official information available about the new changes. However, as the Android Auto team aims to bring innovations to offer more comfort for the drivers, it is possible that after installation you could find some useful iterations of the existing functions.

For your information, Android Auto has recently made several interface changes to the main screen of Android Auto, including the functionality of Material You, which allows it to change the color dynamically. Along with this, previous updates have also brought new changes to the settings.

Always get seamless services with the latest update

So to get rid of the issue and get several new functionalities, Android Auto users would keep the application up to date. To achieve this, simply monitor the Google Play Store and search for the availability of the latest update for your entertainment system. Like now, the latest 11.9 stable update is available for all users; you can now update it from the Google Play Store.

Android Auto features

For starters, Android Auto enables the user to take advantage of different types of services via car display with more convenience, for instance, users can easily message via different applications including WhatsApp, Telegram etc. In addition, it offers entertainment-based applications that allow you to stream music and videos. The infotainment system provides a fully optimized Google Map interface that lets drivers navigate to their destination with ease. It is worth noticing that to use all these features, users can take advantage of voice command services.

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Samsung’s Copilot+ PCs with Qualcomm Chips Won’t Support Several Apps including ‘Fortnite’

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Samsung released Copilot+ PCs in its home country, South Korea, that use Qualcomm processors. These PCs are beneficial for AI tasks, but the giant has also claimed that several common applications won’t run on them. 

Microsoft introduced the term “Copilot+ PC” for powerful laptops with built-in AI features. These laptops are powered by Snapdragon X Elite chipsets with a special chip (NPU) for running AI tasks super fast at 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS).

Most of the PCs use the X86 architecture, and machines built around Arm raise the prospect of old software being orphaned, which would hardly encourage buyers. Microsoft, however, created an emulation layer named Prism that it claims will make “your apps run great, whether native or emulated” on Copilot+ PCs.

Samsung warns that several security applications like Adobe Illustrator and Google Drive won’t run on its GalaxyBook Edge 4 Copilot+ PCs via a compatibility notice. Games including Fortnite, League of Legends, and Microsoft’s flagship shooter Halo Infinite are also not satisfied under Windows 11 for Arm and Snapdragon silicon, reportedly. 

Websites for some South Korean financial services providers are also incompatible with the machines. It is also mentioned in the compatibility notice that particular printers may not work with the machines without new software. The Register has checked Samsung sites outside South Korea and was unable to find similar compatibility notices. However, it seems that this could be regarded as an old antitrust case where Microsoft had to offer a different version of Windows in South Korea. 

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Samsung Galaxy Devices to Receive Circle to Search Audio Upgrade

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Samsung introduced an AI-powered handy tool called Circle to Search with Google on the Galaxy S24 series. Now, with the latest update, this convenient feature will get a new audio upgrade. 

Samsung Galaxy users, if you have Circle to Search on your devices, then get ready for the new upgrade, since soon this feature will become more intuitive with potential audio search capabilities on the horizon. At the moment, this feature is only capable of searching for any image or text on the display. With the latest update, it will have the new capability of audio searching. 

Google’s Assistant and Gemini also offer similar functions, such as identifying songs or language translations, making Google services even more versatile. While Circle to Search is quite similar to Lens or reverse image search in a browser, the feature is expected to adopt multimodal input similar to Gemini and assist with audio input as well. 

A tipster on @AssembleDebug shared a post on X that pointed out a new audio input button appearing beside the search button in beta version 15.24.28.29 of the app. However, the button doesn’t appear by default, but the researcher found a way to activate an audio search function in the Cirlce to Search feature. At the moment, it is not clear yet exactly what the button will do when pressed. But it seems that the hidden audio search button might permit multimodal input (Circle to Search). This means you could combine voice and on-screen interaction for a more precise search, similar to what’s already possible with Lens.

This could also facilitate a voice search, like Assistant, to let you find the songs playing in your vicinity or perform a simple voice search. It will be interesting to see exactly how this new novelty will function. 

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WhatsApp Update Ends Low-Resolution Media Sharing

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Meta-owned WhatsApp is finally taking steps to upgrade image and video quality for shared files by releasing a new update. With this latest update, there will be no more sacrificing resolution for speed. 

WhatsApp is dedicated to releasing an update that improves the resolution of shared files without even resorting to further steps. It is looking forward to improving the file-sharing process. Previously, it boosted the maximum file size to 2 GB per file, and last year, WhatsApp introduced the option to share images and videos in “HD.” 

A couple of months ago, it introduced the option to share high-quality images and videos in “HD” to avoid losing the quality of the content. While this doesn’t mean completely uncompressed files, it was a beneficial way to enhance quality sharing. A recent beta version of the app with version number 2.24.13.10 introduced the ability to turn media quality on and off. This function already exists on several devices. 

Now you can check this by just following the steps mentioned here: Open the app and go to Settings >> Storage & Data >> Media Upload Quality. 

After taking these steps, a window appears that permits you to select the quality of the photos and videos to send in the chats. You will be able to choose between Standard Quality, which will allow you to send faster and smaller files, and HD Quality, which will be slower to send and can be six times larger. WhatsApp will offer this new functionality in the beta version before a wider release, and it might also extend HD sharing to status updates in the future.

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