Today, Samsung officially launched the Samsung Wallet app. This is the combination of old Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass apps to provide users with a single comprehensive digital wallet that can store everything from digital tickets to IDs, credit and debit cards, and others.
Samsung Wallet is safe to use and is protected by defense-grade security from Samsung Knox. The app also uses the Open Galaxy ecosystem by integrating with the Samsung Blockchain Wallet to help users easily monitor cryptocurrencies and SmartThings to unlock doors with a digital key.
Introducing the application, the company says that this is a new platform for Galaxy users that lets them organize digital keys, boarding passes, identification cards, and more. However, Samsung also says that the Wallet app doesn’t support official IDs such as driver’s licenses and student IDs for now. But it will release this functionality later this year.
Samsung Wallet app availability
At this time, the Samsung Wallet is available in six countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. It requires Samsung Pay-enabled Galaxy phones running Android 9 Pie or later. Some elements require an eSE-enabled device. For the full list of compatible devices, visit the official Samsung website.
In order to use this application, users in these regions can simply open the Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass apps on their phones and then follow the on-screen instructions to update and migrate to the new wallet app. You can also directly install it from Galaxy Store.
Here’s what Jeanie Han, EVP and Head of Digital Life, MX Business at Samsung Electronics, said – “Samsung Wallet is bringing a new level of everyday convenience to mobile devices with a totally safe and secure environment for storing digital keys, cards, and more. As a part of our ongoing commitment to open ecosystems, we will continue to expand on the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted partners and developers.”
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