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Google Wallet Getting Series Of New Features

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At Google I/O 2024, Google introduced a series of new features already active or coming to Google Wallet to enhance the overall functionality of the digital wallet for a seamless net banking experience. 

As expected, Google’s I/O 2024 event brings bundles of new announcements regarding new changes, improvements, updates, and more. Google also revealed new features coming to Android soon, especially a new generative AI, updates to their Gemini assistant, and improved protection against device theft. 

Apart from AI tools, Google Wallet also gained a particular section at the event, in which it was revealed that Google Wallet will bring a whole series of new features to the table, which include the ability to create digital passes for any type of paper pass or extended notifications. 

Google teased the possibility of creating a digital version of any paper pass containing text within it; currently, it only offers the power to create a pass of any card containing a QR code or a barcode simply by scanning it with the smartphone camera using the Add to Wallet button >> Photos. 

Soon, this option will be replaced by a new tab called “Everything else,” which will permit you to create a digital version of a card containing written text; for instance, tickets, library cards, car insurance policies, or gym memberships. Later on, push notifications will be upgraded, which will inform the user of changes regarding a certain pass. 

The next feature, presently in closed alpha and available in a stable version starting in 2025 as part of the Android Credential Manager APIs, will permit Google Wallet to provide details to other applications; for instance, your age, name, or address if your digital ID is saved within the wallet, subject to the users’ consent within the application. 

Google Wallet now has the power to automatically group related passes; for instance, if you have a concert ticket in your wallet, it can automatically link the parking pass for a similar venue to it. You can link the related cards to boarding passes, event tickets, loyalty cards, gift cards, and other documents, for instance, such as library cards, car insurance, and more. 

One can easily activate them by simply heading into the Google Wallet settings, clicking on the profile picture at the top right, and enabling the check mark on Automatically add linked cards. 

The annual developer conference is still in full swing, and the company continues.

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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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