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Google to Expand Circle to Search Feature Over 200 Million Devices, Thanks to Samsung

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Finally, we’re anticipating the start of Google’s annual I/O developer conference today, and our expectations have been met as a dedicated section of the event focuses on intelligent tools.

As we expected, Google’s AI will be the focus of its upcoming event, and finally, as expected, Google’s upcoming annual I/O developer conference will reveal more about the generative AI tools to make our daily lives more convenient. Among all the announcements, the expansion of the Circle to Search feature is one of them. 

Google promised to expand the availability of the Circle to Search feature to 200 million devices by the end of 2024. Presently, this feature is running on over 100 million smartphones. 

Initially, Samsung introduced this feature exclusively on its Galaxy S24 series under the Galaxy AI package. Later, Google expanded its availability and made it available on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 7 series. On Galaxy devices, users can easily use this Circle to Search with Google feature by pressing and holding the bottom navigation bar. users can circle to highlight text or images from the screen, and then it instantly triggers a Google search for related information. 

After the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung, along with the One UI 6.1 update, expanded this Circle to Search feature under theGalaxy AI. It is expected that this feature will become a standard offering on next-generation Google and Samsung smartphones later this year. It is also revealed that Google is also looking forward to bringing Circle to Search into the classroom so that students can now use the Circle to Search feature to get step-by-step help with tricky physics and math problems right from their phones or tablets effortlessly. 

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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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Wear OS: Samsung Internet Browser Adds New Functionality

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Samsung has created a well-connected ecosystem for its devices, where most of its useful applications are available on smartphones and smartwatches. One of those applications is the Samsung Internet Browser, which allows users to use several tools to explore the content available on the Internet. Now the smartwatch-based application is getting a new useful back-and-forward feature with the latest update.

Samsung Internet Browser update (WearOS)

Samsung is rolling out a new update for the wearOS-based Samsung internet browser with version number 3.2.00.8. With the latest update, the company has introduced a new feature that will enable users to easily navigate web pages to forward or backward directions on all the WearOS smartwatches.

It is worth noticing that the Galaxy smartwatches previously supported the ability to navigate to previous web pages, and they will also have forward options, which will level up the browsing experience. It is worth noting that the Samsung Internet Browser is available for every WearOS watch, so the latest feature will be available for all those watches.

However, it is not clear yet if the update will give some dedicated buttons to navigate pages forward and backward, if it will work with simply swiping right and left gestures, or if it will work with the physical button on the smartwatches.

To update the Samsung Internet Browser on your watch, go to the Google Play Store, then swipe from the menu at the bottom of the screen and select My Apps. If you see a new update available, then hit the update button.

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