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Google Messages gets new icon and features, coming to Phone and Contacts soon

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On October 20, Google announced that it’s updating the Messages app icon over the coming weeks with a fresh new look and plenty of features. Google Contacts and Google Phone apps will also have a similar treatment in the near future to better reflect today’s modern experiences.

Let’s explore new Google Messages icon:

As any conversation is incomplete without a second side, a similar thing reflects in the design of the new Google Messages icon with overlapping messaging bubbles coming together as one. The fresh new look can be seen in the motion image showing bubbles turning into the new Messages icon.

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The new icon of the Google Messages app is now live for some, while, Google said that the Phone and Contacts apps will also be updated with the same look and feel as per their purpose. Each is designed to adapt to Material You themes, so they can always match your personal style.

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New Google Messages features:

Apart from new icons, Google is also bringing a set of new features to the Messages app, which you can check below.

  1. Ability to respond to an individual message in a conversation when RCS is enabled
  2. New feature will allow you to react to SMS texts from iPhone users with emoji
  3. Voice Message Transcription – Available now on Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Z Fold 4
  4. Reminders are now included directly in Messages
  5. You can now watch YouTube videos within Messages
  6. Messages will now intelligently suggest you “star” messages that contain texts like addresses, door codes, and phone numbers
  7. If someone sends you texts like “Can you talk now?” Messages will suggest a Meet call by showing an icon right next to the message
  8. Experimental: New feature under testing in some countries that lets you chat with businesses you found on Search and Maps directly through Messages
  9. Seamless connectivity across your favorite devices such as your phone to Chromebook to your smartwatch
  10. Google is partnering with leading Airlines to offer messaging on flights too.

Voice Message Transcription

Google Messages got an intelligent new feature called Voice Message Transcription that auto-transcribes the message so you can access it with ease. If you receive an audio message, the feature will turn it into transcripts to let you “view” the audio like you would a traditional text message.

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Samsung plans to enhance Virtual Touchpad function in H2 2024

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Samsung is planning to improve its virtual touchpad functionality, following valuable user feedback from its community. The company may release a major update for the One Hand Operation + Good Lock module to implement improvements.

A user on the Samsung community suggested including a “lock (fix) button” on the virtual touchpad to stabilize the cursor. This button would address concerns of thumb fatigue and precision aiming during single-handed operation.

This suggestion of a lock button is mainly useful for those who sometimes find the current controls challenging due to the cursor movement when adjusting the pointer speed.

In response, a community moderator has acknowledged the feedback and commitment to reviewing and improving the virtual touchpad by the second half of 2024.

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Moreover, he has assured users that the team is taking a complete approach to integrating these suggestions. Although these improvements may take time to implement. Through this, the company aims to improve the usability of the One Hand Operation+ functions.

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Samsung Wallet/Pay App’s enhanced service now available on Galaxy Watch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch users are getting a new Samsung Wallet/Pay app update via the Galaxy Store. The update arrives with version 5.1.70.210006 and a package size of 53.89MB.

The fresh update of the Samsung Wallet app brings significant service enhancements, improving the overall user experience. Although Samsung hasn’t mentioned any specific functional enhancements, you will surely get enhanced performance by installing the update.

In addition, the update fixes some bugs that users encountered in the previous version. Users can expect smoother transactions and improved features that could enhance their digital payment experiences directly from their Galaxy Watch devices.

By focusing on enhancements, Samsung aims to provide seamless and efficient services through its devices. Galaxy Watch owners are advised to update their Samsung Wallet/Pay app promptly to enjoy enhanced service.

To install the update on your Galaxy Watch, connect it with your smartphone. Now, open the Galaxy Store app >> tap on the Menu option >> Click on Updates. Also, you can get it directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

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Samsung One UI Clock Style app upgrades to version 8.5.66

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One UI 7.0 Clock Format alignment

Samsung Clock Style app is receiving a new update with version 8.5.66, which improves functions and fixes bugs. This update is available on the Galaxy Store with a package size of 16.15MB.

The fresh update enhances user experience by addressing issues that users encountered in the previous version. In addition, it refines some functions for better performance.

The new version 8.5.66 of Samsung’s Clock Style app aims to make interactions smoother and more reliable for users globally. Overall, it delivers improved functionality and reliability.

Users of Galaxy devices can install the update through Galaxy Store by tapping to Menu option and then Updates. Also, they can download it through the third-party app source link mentioned here.

Recently, a community moderator stated that Samsung may improve the Clock format of the QuickStar with One UI 7.0 update. Users of Galaxy devices are currently facing an issue with the QuickStar Good Lock module feature when setting the clock format to ‘AM/PM’, particularly noticeable when the device includes Korean or Chinese characters.

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