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Recently, Samsung introduced the re-imagined version of its SmartThings application. For those who unaware, SmartThings has become the premier technology that enables connected living and driving the future of IoT.

The company has also launched a new interface for SmartThings as part of its ongoing commitment to simplify the connected home experience. The new UI also offers an easier, more robust user journey, and faster load times.

Samsung claims the new SmartThings interface lets users easily discover connected home experiences compared to the older generation. The latest update breaks down the SmartThings app into five different sections: Favorites, Devices, Life, Automations, and Menu.

  • Favorites is the new home screen within SmartThings and gathers the devices, scenes, and services used most for quicker access
  • Devices lets users view and control all devices, connecting TVs, light bulbs, appliances, and more.
  • Life is a place to explore the growing world of connected living where users can discover new SmartThings services that transform physical products into meaningful user experiences. Users can learn about enhanced functions that improve their overall living experience, such as SmartThings Cooking, a one-stop-shop that creates seamless kitchen and meal-prepping experiences.
  • Automations connects devices and allows them to work together and respond to specific conditions in the home, such as a door opening and a light turning on.
  • Menu will house additional SmartThings features including SmartThings Labs, Notifications, History, and Settings.

At the same time, Samsung confirmed that the new interface is available for Android devices starting today, while iOS users have to wait a while. However, the new update follows SmartThings’ recent announcement of its Windows application that extends a similar experience from a Galaxy Book and Windows PCs.

Samsung’s Corporate Vice President, Jaeyeon Jung said“We’ve listened to our customers and have invested in our technology to enhance the user experience to make it simpler. As smart homes continue to surge in popularity, SmartThings is the ideal platform that allows everyone to enjoy a smarter life with connected devices.”

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WhatsApp introduces transfer ownership and media viewing features for community groups

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WhatsApp new community feature

WhatsApp is working on new features to enhance its community group chat functionality. The feature for better Media organization is currently in development and spotted in the WhatsApp beta version 2.24.11.20 for Android.

The new feature will allow users to view all media, such as photos and videos, shared within their community groups. It will improve the organization of shared content and make it easier for users to find specific media items.

For community moderators, this new feature will be mainly useful. It will provide a quick way to overview all shared media to ensure that content aligns with the community’s standards.

Inactive members will also find it beneficial, as it allows them to stay updated by accessing shared media without having to scroll through numerous messages.

Whatsapp community features

In addition to this media feature, WhatsApp is also developing a ‘transfer ownership’ function, which was noted in the previous beta update. This will give community admins the ability to hand over their admin duties to another member.

Whatsapp community features

These features will improve the user experience, especially for those who engage in community group chats. More information about these features will be provided as they become available.

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Samsung Music app brings Touch and Hold support to Galaxy Buds

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Samsung Music touch and hold support

Samsung is enhancing the music listening experience for Galaxy smartphone users with the latest update to its Music app. The new version 16.2.36.2 of the Samsung Music app introduces the Galaxy Buds Touch and Hold Support.

This new function of the Samsung Music app allows users to control their music playback seamlessly using touch and hold gestures on their Galaxy Buds. It aims to provide a more intuitive and hands-free experience.

Moreover, the update also fixes some issues to ensure a smoother and more stable performance for all its users. Aside from this, the update does not include any new features or changes.

Users can install the update via Galaxy Store >> Menu option >> Updates. Also, they can download it directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

Samsung Music offers robust music playback and a superior interface to Galaxy devices. It supports multiple audio formats like MP3, AAC, and FLAC, although availability may differ by device.

The app organizes songs by various categories for easy management and features a simple user interface. Additionally, it integrates Spotify playlist recommendations within the Spotify tab. Samsung advises installing the latest version of the Music app to enjoy new features on your Galaxy devices.

Samsung Music touch and hold support

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WhatsApp working on ‘AI Profile Photos’ feature for enhanced privacy

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WhatsApp new community feature

WhatsApp is developing a new feature called AI profile photos to enhance profile images. This new feature has been spotted with the WhatsApp latest beta update (version 2.24.11.17) available on the Google Play Store.

With this new feature, WhatsApp users will be able to create unique and personalized profile photos using AI. Instead of sharing real photos, users can describe the kind of image they want. The AI then creates a custom profile photo based on that description.

Through this feature, WhatsApp aims to enhance privacy by allowing users to avoid sharing personal pictures, reducing the risk of misuse or unauthorized sharing.

This is also beneficial when users are unsure which photo to use, they can simply provide details, and the AI will create a personalized image. No need to spend time searching for the perfect picture.

WhatsApp AI Profile Photos

AI Profile Photos feature is currently under development and will be available in a future update. Previously, WhatsApp introduced a feature to create and share AI stickers. Users will soon be able to create AI-generated photos for their profile.

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