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Samsung Messages vs Google Messages: Battle of user interface and features

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If you owned a Samsung device, you might have noticed that it came with two messaging apps already installed: Samsung Messages and Google Messages.

Mid-range and inexpensive Samsung phones choose it instead of the former, the default setting on top Galaxy phones. Let’s know which app is better on the basis of its user interface and features.

User Interface

Although Dark Mode is supported by both applications, Samsung Messages does so much better than Google Messages. The former turns completely black when Dark Mode is enabled, whereas the latter just changes to a grey background while keeping the Material You style.

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Conversations are arranged generally starting at the top of Google Messages. The top portion of the screen on Samsung devices, however, is obliged to replicate the One UI reachability design and simply says “Messages.” To order them from the top, simply click on both applications.

While Google Messages places a small dot on the side, Samsung Messages displays a small symbol next to unread chats along with the number of new messages. The latter displays simply one line of preview text whereas the former displays two. While the latter has a search bar, the former has a search icon.

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Conversations in Google Messages are divided into four groups: Personal, Transactions, OTPs, and Offers. Samsung Messages allows you to manually define categories and displays offers, transactions, and upcoming events under its Useful Cards category in a more glanceable layout.

The Contacts tab in Samsung Messages makes it simple to locate and text your favorite people. When you hit the search bar at the top of Google Messages, suggested contacts are displayed. Swiping is used on the latter to swiftly archive conversations, whereas it is not available on the former.

Samsung vs Google – Messages Features

Both apps let you pin conversations to the top, although only one or two can be pinned at a time in Google Messages and up to 20 in Samsung Messages. Additionally, both apps feature group SMS with up to 20 recipients and let users star messages.

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In order to prevent your inbox from becoming cluttered once you’ve finished using them, Google Messages now gives you the option to automatically remove OTP messages after 24 hours.

Even though Samsung Messages doesn’t offer this specific function, it does let you delete older messages if you’ve sent or received 1000 texts, 100 multimedia messages, or 5000 chats.

Both apps offer floating chat bubbles, the ability to configure custom notification sounds, issue read receipts, and copy codes from the notification panel. Additionally, you can change the text size by pinching the screen in or out.

Only Samsung Messages, however, enables you to select a unique background for each session, add a message to the Reminder app, and choose a moniker that other users who aren’t in your contacts will see when you speak.

However, you can configure iPhone reactions in Google Messages such that they display as emojis rather than text messages. So these were the Google Messages vs Samsung Messages on the basis of their UI and applications Features.

On the basis of the above differences, Google Messages won. What is your view on this? Comment below.

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. This update primarily addresses an issue with the Private space feature.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 comes with the security patch for May 2024 and can be identified through version AP31.240426.023. It is a minor update with a size of around 11-12MB.

The main fix in this update corrects an issue where initially creating a Private space caused the removal of app icons from the Home screen. With this update, the process of setting up a Private space will no longer affect the Home screen’s organization.

Google has also shared some tips on how to manage the Private space. For instance, if you can’t recall how to access a hidden Private space, simply search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar.

Moreover, if you forget the unlock method for Private space, it can be deleted from the reset options in the device settings. Apps can also be installed in Private space by long-pressing the app icon and selecting the ‘Install in private’ option.

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One UI 7 (Android 15) to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 extra hours of standby

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Google’s Android 15 is ready to enhance user experience with its significant battery life enhancement. Announced at Google I/O 2024, the Android 15 update promises up to 3 additional hours of standby battery time on some devices. This enhancement is based on the faster activation of doze mode, a power-saving Android feature.

Doze mode has been part of Android since version 6.0, and with Android 15, devices will enter this mode 50% quicker than before. This change means that phones will use less power when they’re not being used for longer battery life.

Although Wear OS 5 based on Android 14 will also benefit from related battery optimizations. Users can expect these enhancements in the Wear OS 6 update. In addition, One UI 7 based on Android 15 is also expected to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 additional hours of standby.

According to AndroidAuthority, the VP of Engineering of the Android Platform, Dave Burke said, “For Android 15, we’ve sped up the time to doze (doze is when we go into a quiesce state) by 50%. So we get into doze 50% faster, and the result is on some devices we tested up to 3 hours longer standby power. And that’s sort of a general improvement in 15 that applies to all devices.”

Google aims to enhance Android’s core features to ensure all devices upgrading to Android 15 will enjoy 3 hours longer standby battery power feature.

As we highly rely on our devices, Google’s focus on extending battery life is a remarkable development. With Android 15, Google is not just adding new features but also ensuring that the devices are more efficient and reliable.

Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Google is enhancing its security features with the introduction of Passkeys in Android 15 and Wear OS 5 through Gboard. This integration is expected to offer a more efficient and secure user experience.

The new feature will simplify the sign-in process to a single tap, replacing the previous method that required multiple steps. It displays all necessary information at once to make it more efficient for users with several accounts.

The latest version of Credential Manager on Android 15 will include this feature. Additionally, Gboard’s Autofill function will now suggest Credential Manager results, helping in a smoother sign-in process.

Credential Manager will also be available on Wear OS 5, which allows users to log in to apps on their smartwatches using passwords, Passkeys, or Google sign-in. This aims to provide a login experience similar to that on smartphones.

Google’s plans to integrate Passkeys into Gboard for Android 15 and Wear OS 5 were showcased at I/O 2024. This integration is set to be released later this year.

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