Earlier this year Google introduced the YouTube Music app for Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic watches using Wear OS 3. Now it’s doing the same for older Wear OS watches using Wear OS 2.
Not all watches will be available immediately, however. The company will first ship it to selected Android smartwatches, before releasing it to multiple devices “over the course of the year” via the Google Play Store.
The first app release will come sometime this week, and will hit the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch (version of Michael Kors Access 6 installed), Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE, and TicWatch E3.
While Google may not say exactly what, these are powerful Snapdragon Wear 4100 watches. The company may still need more time to make an application with older Wear OS watches that usually have very weak hardware.
As for the YouTube Music app itself, it seems to be the same program available for Wear OS 3. Users can expect to stream music without ads, listen to selected playlists, or download their playlists and albums offline using Smart Downloads for YouTube feature.
While Google may have introduced a new version of Wear OS, most people will not see it for very long. The company could have beaten Samsung during the special Wear OS 3, after which other Wear OS watchmakers will be able to download the device to their devices.
That’s why Google supports older versions of Wear OS and newer ones, rather than locking in new features after the update of a new version. In addition to YouTube Music, Google also brought updates to older products including Gboard, the Google Play app, Google Messages, and Google Pay over the past month.
YouTube Music was much needed on the Wear OS. While Google previously supported Google Play Music on its viewing platform, killing the service without replacement left a gap in the information. Although Spotify was there, the app did not support offline play until a few weeks ago. Google support may be late, but (cliche appeal) is better than ever before.
Pixel boost crucial for Android, Google Search as Samsung, Huawei loom large: Source
Samsung may have made Google its biggest rival in the smartphone market. Previously, Samsung considered replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. This attempt by Samsung may have triggered Google to seek Pixel boost for Android and Search.
According to a report, Google managed to achieve a milestone of selling 10 million Pixel devices in 2023. The company sets an ambitious target to exceed 10 million Pixel sales target this year as well. There are multiple motives for Google apart from expanding the smartphone business.
A source with direct knowledge told Nikkei Asia that keeping Google’s Pixel phone business thriving is important for the sustainability of its search engine and mobile operating system ecosystem when Huawei’s HarmonyOS user base is growing and Samsung attempted to switch default search engine.
HarmonyOS is a direct competitor to Google’s Android, which is growing rapidly. Whereas, Samsung is becoming a big threat to Google’s hold on its OS due to the highest number of shipments. We are also seeing Galaxy-exclusive Android features launching over the past two years.
Apart from this, the US tech giant has also told suppliers to start making its Pixel smartphones in India by the next quarter at the earliest to further diversify its supply chain away from China and capture the booming Indian smartphone market.
Samsung reveals 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to S23, Z Flip/Fold 5 and Tab S9
It’s a big day for Samsung fans waiting for the Galaxy AI and One UI 6.1 update. The Galaxy maker not only announced the update’s late March availability but also revealed 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features that are coming to the Galaxy S23 series, Tab S9 series, S23 FE, Z Flip 5, and Z Fold 5.
Eleven One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to your Galaxy
Samsung’s update will bring many new AI-derived features to eligible devices. The list includes the ability to adjust message tone and translate messages in 13 different languages using Chat Assist. Besides, Galaxy users can experience the power of real-time interactions through Live Translate.
With Interpreter, Galaxy users can also engage in spontaneous conversations with locals while traveling as the split-screen feature generates text translations for live conversations. Circle to Search also expands to more Galaxies, which generates intuitive search results with a swift circle-motioned gesture.
The upcoming Note Assist functionality will allow users to create formats, generate summaries, and translate notes. In addition, Samsung Internet’s Browsing Assist enables individuals to stay up to speed faster by generating comprehensive summaries of news articles.
Transcript Assist can also easily transcribe meeting recordings and generate summaries and translations. Through Generative Edit, AI-supported devices can easily resize, reposition, or realign objects in photos to perfect a great shot.
Users can also polish any photo faster and easier than ever with Edit Suggestion. The most interesting feature of Galaxy AI is Instant Slow-Mo which can generate additional frames for slow-motion videos to capture action-packed moments.
Last but not least, Galaxy AI also has futuristic customization capabilities for Galaxy consumers. Customizing Galaxy devices is even easier than before through AI-generated wallpapers, enabling AI-supported devices to bring users’ creativity to life.
Official: Here’s when One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI 6.1 update coming to Samsung devices
Google initiated the Android 15 development program intending to seed it to the Public by September this year. Samsung, on the other side, today announced the One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI update rollout timeline for many smartphones and tablets.
Samsung officially revealed that the One UI 6.1 update with Galaxy AI features coming to eligible flagship devices by the end of March 2024. The company reiterated that the Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, as well as Tab S9 series are eligible for this major upgrade.
The South Korean tech giant has been testing the One UI 6.1 for various older Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, it should be noted that Galaxy AI features won’t be available on any lineup released before 2023. The company is keeping the availability limited so people consider upgrading to a new Galaxy.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series with a hybrid approach, bringing both on-device and cloud-based AI and Generative AI features. President Roh also stated that Samsung plans to bring the Galaxy AI experience to over 100 million Galaxy users within 2024.
Galaxy AI Features:
- Chat Assist
- Live Translate
- Circle to Search
- Note Assist
- Browsing Assist
- Transcript Assist
- Generative Edit
- Edit Suggestion
- Instant Slow-Mo
- AI Wallpaper Generator
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