Yesterday, Samsung confirmed the arrival of Windows 11 to the Galaxy laptops, which comes with big changes in the user interface and new features as well as updated applications. The all new upgraded applications include Microsoft Store, which now lets users get Samsung Bixby for all Windows 10/11 PCs.
As Microsoft’s appointed partner for Windows “Your Phone”, Samsung has released its Bixby application to the Microsoft Store. Surprisingly, Samsung’s native assistant becomes available for all the PCs and laptops running Windows 10 or 11.
However, the Korean tech giant revealed that its smart assistant AKA Samsung Bixby is highly optimized for the Galaxy Book laptops and it may restrict use or use when using other OEM devices. You can check out the features of this new application below.
- You can use your voice to wake up applications.
- Easily open the complex setting interface by voice.
- Wake up Bixby by voice to check the weather information.
- You can search for files and pictures by voice.
- You can view the current time in different places in the world.
- You can control the devices registered in SmartThings by voice.
It’s important to mention that the Samsung Bixby app is especially designed for the Galaxy Book series (Galaxy Book Pro 360, Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey, Galaxy Book Go, Galaxy Book Go 5G) released after May 2021 or running Windows 10 21H1 or higher.
Google Messages adds waveforms to Voice Recorder UI
Instead of holding down the mic to record, you will now see a panel with a start/stop button and options to cancel, delete, or attach the recording. You will also see a waveform and a timer while recording, and you can play back the recording before sending it.
The voice messages preview will also show a waveform between the play/pause button and the timer, making it more noticeable than the current straight line.
These changes are not widely available yet, but some users have reported seeing them on their phones. These new changes are part of a bigger redesign that Google is working on for Messages, which includes a revamped home screen that is still in beta testing. Google might announce new features soon.
Google Weather with new Dynamic User Interface starts rolling out
Google has started releasing a new Dyanamic UI for its Weather app to bring a more consistent and modern look to the weather information on Android phones. The new Google Weather UI was first spotted on the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold, according to tipster Mishaal Rahman. And, in the last few days, some Pixel phone users have also reported seeing the new UI on their devices.
Interestingly, some Samsung smartphone users have also claimed to have the new UI on their phones, suggesting that the rollout is not exclusive to Google devices.
The new UI has a darker and more professional look than the previous one, and it still features the cute frog character that changes according to the weather conditions.
The new Google Weather UI is still not widely available, and it seems that Google is testing it with a small number of users before rolling it out to everyone. However, it is not clear when Google will roll out the new UI to all users, but we will keep you updated on any developments.
Samsung improves Global Goals app functionalities for Wear OS devices
Samsung has updated its Global Goals functions to the new version for Wear OS devices. Launched in 2019 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Goals app aims to raise awareness and funds for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Korean tech giant is releasing a new update for Global Goals functions including Digital, Spin, Countdown, and Classic to provide a better experience. The update is rolling out for Samsung users running Wear OS devices such as Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 6.
The fresh versions of these functions fix some issues that users encountered after the last update. You can get the latest update from the Galaxy Store.
Samsung Global Goals Digital
- Version: 2.0.01.0
- Package size: 2.97MB
Samsung Global Goals Spin
- Version: 1.1.01.1
- Package size: 3.11MB
Samsung Global Goals Countdown
- Version: 1.0.01.0
- Package size: 3.22MB
Samsung Global Goals Classic
- Version: 2.0.01.0
- Package size: 2.89 MB