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Samsung Internet browser brings advanced video controls via the Video assistant feature

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Web browsers are one of the most used applications on smartphones. While users heavily rely on web browsers to search content, read articles, do research, and what not, video content on the webpages is, without a doubt, quite engaging.

Samsung Internet Browser takes the user experiences to another level by providing advanced video controls via the Video assistant feature.

This application browser with enhanced security features for Android devices, especially Galaxy smartphones. This application browser provides a safe, secure, speed, and privacy while browsing the internet.

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Similarly, a Video assistant enhances the video watching experience of the user by providing extra controls on the screen for changing the video configuration. When a user plays a video on any website, the video assistant controls appear right below the video.

How to enable Video Assistant:

In your Samsung Internet Browser, go to More menu > Settings > Useful features > Video Assistant > Turn it on.

Once enabled, the Video Assistant provides the user with these additional controls appearing in a purple balloon- view full screen, view on TV, view in the pop-up player.

Full-screen mode

Users prefer to watch videos in Full-Screen mode but it becomes very annoying to see every other content provider providing different controls on full screen and most of them providing bare minimum controls like play/pause and rotate only.

The Full-Screen mode offered by Video Assistant overcome these inconsistencies, providing a standard set of easy to use controls for user convenience.

Apart from the play/pause/rotate, the full-screen mode provides additional controls like touch lock, aspect ratio, and playback speed.

However, the real advantage of this model is that users can control the brightness and volume very easily. A simple scroll up or down gesture near the left edge of the screen adjusts the brightness and on the right edge of the screen changes the volume.

Users can also navigate the video by either scrolling the small dot over the timeline or by simply swiping a finger to the left or right anywhere on the screen. The screen orientation can be conveniently changed to landscape or portrait by tapping the rotate icon at the bottom.

While in full-screen mode, you can also tap on the “More Menu” at the top right to use the other options such as share, playback speed and save.

Tap the icon to mirror your smartphone screen on a TV. The TV, however, should support Smart View, Chromecast, or a similar casting device.

View in a pop-up player

By activating the pop-up player mode, the video starts playing in a separate small popup window and can be easily dragged anywhere on the screen. The main benefit of playing a video in pop-up mode is that the user can now switch to another tab on the browser or to another application on the device and can still continue watching the video.

Bear in mind that pop-up player mode works only if supported by the website and the icon is greyed out when not supported.

Video Tab on the homepage

Samsung Internet Browser has also introduced a new “Video tab” next to the existing “News tab”. This video newsfeed section is powered by Dailyhunt and presents content from diverse genres such as entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, science, etc.

How to get Video Tab:

Go to Internet Settings > Homepage > Choose Quick access from the top options.

The videos can be easily streamed in the browser itself with all the “Video assistant controls” available. In case you want to disable Video assistant controls, tap and hold these icons and then drag these icons to the “Remove” button that appears on the screen.

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Samsung caught developing Satellite Connectivity for Galaxy phones

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Samsung Galaxy S24 July 2024 update

Satellite connectivity feature is lacking in the most recent Samsung Galaxy phones. Apple and many Chinese phone makers adopted this technology about two years ago. Meanwhile, Samsung has been keeping it reserved with the Galaxy S23 and S24 series devices.

Samsung is now preparing to deploy a Satellite connectivity feature to Galaxy phones. Various Samsung apps show signs of the under-development feature. Galaxy phones are likely to get it through various communication applications.

Google Messages has been adopting the Satellite SMS feature. Samsung seems to be working with Google to optimize this feature on Galaxy devices. The recent code changes in Samsung Messages suggest that Satellite SMS could be possible on Galaxy through Google Messages.

When required, Samsung Messages will redirect Galaxy users to Google Messages. It will allow them to send SOS messages through Google’s messaging apps by connecting to satellites. It will be quite helpful when your device loses network connection given any reason.

AndroidAuthority performed APKTeardown on several Samsung apps. Native Galaxy apps such as Emergency SOS, Samsung Messages, and Samsung Phone show signs of satellite messaging feature. The deployment to general consumers could take place with Android 15 later this year.

The recent Apple iPhone models are equipped with Satellite connectivity technology. Huawei and Honor have also debuted it in their recent flagship phones. Beyond that, Huawei’s flagship smartwatch is also capable to let to sending SOS through satellite.

While the feature isn’t in demand, Samsung is lacking in the deployment on Galaxy. A small number of users would have been waiting for it on Galaxy. Hence, the company isn’t in the mood to lag behind its rivals in any aspect that has become a basic functionality in the industry.

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series may get the satellite connectivity tech through Google Messages. The development is running well thanks to the inclusion of strings in the latest app versions. We will keep you updated with further developments.

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Samsung Single Take 6.0 update brings One UI 6.1.1 support

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Samsung Single Take 6.0

Samsung is rolling out the Single Take 6.0 update for its One UI devices, which can be identified with the full version number 6.0.00.34. This update enhances the overall performance of the feature by bringing One UI 6.1.1 support.

Single Take is one of the popular features of Samsung phones. It allows users to capture multiple photos and videos with just one tap. Using AI, the feature helps users choose the best moments from a scene automatically. With the version 6.0 update, Samsung is improving the Single Take feature to make it more user-friendly and efficient.

The update improves some functions of the Single Take feature to enhance the quality of photos and videos it captures. Additionally, the update includes fixes for various issues for smoother and more reliable performance.

It is recommended to install the update promptly to enjoy the latest features and improvements. The Single Take update is mainly automatically installed on your devices. You can sometimes see it on your Galaxy Store >> Menu option >> Updates.

Also, you can download it directly from the third-party app link mentioned here but it is not recommended. Notably, the update makes the app compatible with Android 14-based One UI 6.1.1 software. After updating to One UI 6.1.1, you can use the Single Take feature without any crashes.

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3 new Weather Widgets coming to your Android smartphone

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Samsung Weather Widget January 2024 update

Your Android phone will soon receive 3 new Google Weather widgets. AndroidAuthority discovered that Google is developing new weather widgets. The new addition has been spotted in the latest Beta version of the Google app for Android.

These upcoming Google widgets will offer users a variety of weather info at a glance. The new widgets will join the existing two options. The current widget options are 3×2 and 4×2 – both are resizable, but the content and shape change when you modify them.

Google Weather widgets in development:

  1. A square 2×2 widget
  2. A 4×2 widget with a day-at-a-glance hourly forecast
  3. An expanded 4×3 widget incorporating a forecast for the next few days

Google’s upcoming Weather widgets feature more info than the current ones. As the new options are hidden behind flags/strings, Google may make further improvements. However, the current state of these new widgets seems quite stable and ready to be deployed.

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The company could also delay the release of new widgets or squash them prior to release. The development stage and progress don’t solidify a sure arrival. Consumers should wait for Google to release new widgets through the Google app for Android.

Google continues to enhance the user experience of its services on Android. The upcoming widgets are part of the company’s commitment to level up the Android ecosystem. Most of the under-development features are available for general consumers post-testing.

Samsung Galaxy devices will also benefit from Google’s addition of new widget options. Samsung’s Weather app already powers many dynamic weather widgets on the home screen. However, Galaxy consumers will benefit from being Android smartphone users.

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