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Samsung Bixby now lets you ‘accept call’ without saying ‘Hi, Bixby’

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Similar to Google Assistant, Samsung also has a Galaxy-exclusive assistant app called Bixby. Today, Samsung started rolling out the June 2022 update to the Bixby app, which will now allow users to accept the incoming call without waking it up by saying “Hi, Bixby”.

Samsung Bixby v3.2.14.0 update comes with a hefty package size of 54.25MB. This new release brings the ability to let users pick up phone calls by just saying “accept call”, making you free of the need to say “Hi, Bixby.” In addition, you can also stop the alarm without waking up the Samsung assistant.

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The company confirmed that the feature is currently rolling out for English (US) and Korean languages on the Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone users. Also, more Galaxy devices will gain support for this feature in the coming days.

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Easily, you can access and enable the latest Samsung Bixby feature by heading to the Bixby settings > Turn on ‘Talk to Bixby without wake-up.’ Once done, the assistant will automatically start listening to your while there’s an incoming call or an alarm ringing.

Aside from this, it also includes additional functional improvements and bug fixes. While the update is officially available for select models, you need to wait in case you aren’t using a Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold 3, or Galaxy Z Flip 3. For more details, check the changelog below.

Samsung Bixby 3.2.14.0 Changelog

  • Whenever there’s an incoming call or an alarm ringing, you can accept the call or stop the alarm without waking-up Bixby.
  • In case of an incoming call, just say “accept call” without needing to say “Hi, Bixby” first.
  • This feature is currently supported in English (US) and Korean and available on the Galaxy S22, Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold 3.
  • Support for additional models will be added soon.
  • Bixby settings > Turn on ‘Talk to Bixby without wake-up’, Bixby automatically listens to you while there’s an incoming call or an alarm ringing.
  • Additionally, functional improvements and bug fixes have been applied

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WhatsApp developing secure file-sharing feature for Android, iOS

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You will soon be able to securely share files across Android and iOS devices using WhatsApp. The latest WhatsApp Beta for iOS brings evidence of signaling the addition of file-sharing capability.

WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is crafting an offline file-sharing tool for Android and iOS. The feature is slated to allow users to share encrypted files with others nearby by scanning the QR Code.

Notably, the existence of this feature was first spotted for the Android app in April this year. The inclusion of this tool in the iOS app indicates that WhatsApp has progressed in development.

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WhatsApp for iOS could require the recipient to scan a QR code to trigger the file transfer. The previous finding for the Android app revealed that file sharing would be possible with any nearby WhatsApp user.

While WhatsApp for Android appeared months ago, the iOS-inspired sharing method might be deployed across platforms. The QR scanning functionality is comparatively more secure and the option to share with any nearby device.

Android phones have Quick Share and iOS-powered iPhones have AirDrop. WhatsApp explored beyond as part of simplifying the file-sharing experience across platforms. The approach would significantly uplevel the overall user experience.

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WhatsApp introduces background gradient filter for status updates

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WhatsApp is releasing a new beta update for Android users with version 2.24.16.2. With the new beta, WhatsApp is introducing a cool new feature for its status updates, a background gradient filter. This new feature makes photos and videos look smoother and more polished.

The Background Gradient filter feature of WhatsApp automatically works when your photos or videos don’t cover the entire screen. It adjusts the background to blend colors from the media to create an appealing status update presentation.

Users can easily try out this feature by sharing a 1:1 photo format on their status updates. If they see a gradient around the edges of the photo, it means the feature is activated for their account.

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Through this new filter, WhatsApp just aims to fix the issue of photos or videos not filling the whole screen, which can make updates look uncompleted.

The latest update beta version 2.24.16.2 is available through the Google Play Beta Program for Android users. This update is gradually rolling out to beta testers, so it may take hours or days to reach more users.

In addition to this visual improvement, WhatsApp is also making the status updates screen simpler and easier to use. With the beta version 2.24.15.11, Whatsapp revamped the menu so it now focuses on important things like muting or reporting updates and checking contact information. You can also close the status with a handy button.

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Samsung AR Emoji Stickers app lets you download various facial expressions

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Samsung AR Emoji Stickers are getting a new update with version 6.2.00.18. The new update is available on the Galaxy Store with a package size of 44.36MB. It elevates the user experience with new features and enhancements.

The fresh update introduces the ability to download facial expressions. Users can now expand their AR Emoji sticker collection by downloading a variety of facial expressions.

Moreover, the update includes enhancements to the Edit Stickers screen to make customization more intuitive and user-friendly. By addressing various issues and bugs, the update improves overall stability and performance.

To enjoy these new features, users can update their AR Emoji Stickers to version 6.2.00.18 through the Samsung Galaxy Store. For that open the Galaxy Store app >> Tap on Menu option >> Updates.

Also, they can download the update directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here. Once updated, users can explore the new downloadable facial expressions and improved editing capabilities.

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AR Emoji Stickers is an app for your Samsung devices that allows users to create various stickers and have fun using them. It offers exciting features, such as facial expressions, actions, decorations, and backgrounds, to create your own stickers.

Moreover, it helps you create unique faces by choosing a variety of styles. Samsung regularly updates this update to add new features and fix issues. In addition, you can edit these AR Emoji Stickers through the AR Emoji Editor app.

For better editing, Samsung recently added an improved asset filter and sorting feature to AR Emoji Editor. Also, the company added an upgraded feature for creating AR Emojis using photos so users can convert their selfies into animated versions.

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