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Wear OS brings Material You design for Google Camera



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Material You theming is the most prominent change that Google’s Android 12 introduced last year. In the beginning, the new design supported select apps, while the company is slowly spreading it to more applications.

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After smartphones, Google is now expanding the Material You theme to smartwatches. Recently, the Wear OS running smartwatches began collecting the Google Camera 8.6 version, which brings Material You design for the wearables.

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Prior to the latest update, which was the 8.1 version, the Google Camera design was from the original Wear OS era, if not Android Wear. Additional controls were housed in a lower sheet on which you tap or swipe up.

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Now with Google Camera getting the Material You design, the company has added a hamburger button housed in a pill at the very top of the application on the Wear OS wearables.

When you tap on this menu, you will be able to switch between front and rear cameras. Simultaneously, it enables a 3 seconds timer. This page has the newest Wear OS design guidance for a simple list.

Furthermore, the shutter button now takes after the current phone design. It is placed at the bottom of the screen instead of the center, therefore, it is not covering the subject. Meanwhile, the Camera app will briefly note your current mode when you switch, as it does in the previous version.

New version:

Google Camera Material You design

Adding to this, the zoom controls are placed on the right side, which is good, but the drag handle has been labeled “Infinity” in a manner that is too large for the white circle. The company might fix it in the upcoming updates.

Moving on, Google is widely rolling out the new Google Camera 8.6 version update to Wear OS devices. Compatible watch owners are able to download and install it through Play StoreSamsung Galaxy smartwatches as well as smartphones are not compatible with the Google Camera app.


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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series gets new update in September 2023



Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 September 2023 update

September 2023 is going on and Samsung has started releasing a new update for Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in India. This update brings the June 2023 security patch to improve system security.

The latest software improves system stability and reliability to provide a better performance and bug-free experience. However, the official changelog nowhere mentions that the update brings any features with the smartwatches.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series users can identify the September 2023 update in India with the ending version AWI1. It carries an updated package size of 171.38MB.

Users can download this update through the Galaxy wearable app on a connected Android phone and navigate to Watch settings >> Watch software update >> Download and install. If an update is available, tap the Update now option, and on the Watch software update’ screen, tap Install now.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Revolutionizes Running with University of Michigan Partnership



Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative

Thanks to Samsung’s research partnership, the  Galaxy Watch 6 revolutionizes running with the University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative. This collaboration is launched to help runners manage their health and physical activity by providing more reliable and accurate data.

The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory (MiPR) — ESSI’s core research lab — will oversee an eight-month study that uses the Galaxy Watch series to estimate the VO2 max and sweat loss of participants as they run.

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The study will compare reference data against smartwatch data from both indoor (treadmill) and outdoor running trials of different distances, from 2.5km to 20km.

Runners at all levels grapple with sweat loss, dehydration and heat management, particularly during the summer months. Samsung and University of Michigan teams hope the study’s findings will further enhance smartwatch technology, giving runners more accurate measurements of their health metrics.

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Galaxy Watch 6

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic feature personalized fitness coaching, advanced sleep management, and health monitoring. For runners, the new Personalized Heart Rate Zone feature provides five optimal running intensity levels based on individual physical capabilities.

Additionally, Track Run helps runners record their runs while on a running track. During a run, Galaxy Watch provides in-depth analysis including asymmetry, regularity, and ground contact time to help improve performance and reduce injury.


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Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Leak: 12mm AKG tuned speaker, price ~ $100



Samsung Galaxy Buds FE

Samsung has a range of Fan Edition devices in the pipeline, which could be released soon. The company will launch a new FE smartphone, tablets, and earbuds in the near future. A new leak talks about color variants, pricing, and speaker specifications of the Galaxy Buds FE.

A reliable industry source revealed that the Galaxy Buds FE could be available in Graphite/White color options. It features 12mm speakers tuned by AKG, similar to other Samsung earbuds. Additionally, the source mentioned that the earbuds may cost $99.99 (MSRP).

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The South Korean tech giant is expected to launch the Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series alongside the Galaxy Buds FE later this year. It appears to be a new strategy of debuting affordable variants of previously released flagship products.

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