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Google Wallet Ending Support for older Galaxy Phones & Wear OS Watches

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Your secure and private digital wallet, ‘Google Wallet’, is dropping support for old Android and Wear OS versions, starting next month. 

Google Wallet is a digital wallet facility on Android that allows you to quickly access payment cards, passes, tickets, keys, or IDs that you choose to store on it. Google Pay plays an essential role in helping you manage your money and your finances. The new support document reveals that from June 10, Google Wallet will only support Android smartphones that at least run Android 9 or higher. It means you can use Google Wallet on Samsung devices released in or around 2014, including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Tab E 9.6.

“Google Wallet will require Android 9 or higher on your phone and OS 2.x or higher on your smartwatch.” 

While using Google Wallet on your smartwatch, your watch should be running on Wear OS 2.x or higher. The good news is that Samsung Galaxy Watches with Wear OS are all compatible with the latest Wear OS 4, so none will be impacted by this change.

Google Wallet says the reason behind this new change is that “security updates aren’t available for Android versions below 9.” 

Another support page, which is yet to be updated, shows Android 7.0 as the basic requirement. When Google Walled debuted in 2022, Android 5.0 was listed. With this new change, users who are using Android Nougat (7.0, 7.1) and Oreo (8.0, 8.1) are impacted. As reported by Android Studio, Android 9 Pie has a cumulative distribution of 86.4%.

Whereas, at launch, Wear OS 2 was based on Android 8.0 Oreo but was later updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Previously, Google ended Play Services support back in August 2023 for Android KitKat. 

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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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