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Ultra HDR image is coming in Android 14, probably in One UI 6 too

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Android 14 Beta testing is underway, with a target to achieve the platform stability milestone by the next month. At I/O, Google unveiled Ultra HDR support for Image, which arriving in Android 14, and probably in One UI 6 too for Samsung Galaxy devices.

With Android 13, Google added support for HDR video, and it’s now coming to Image in Android 14 with an Ultra label. This new feature will deliver more realistic stills, courtesy of a greater range of brightness, colors, and contrast. It will be known as the “Ultra HDR” format, which is backward compatible with JPEG.

Following the stable update rollout, expected in August, premium smartphones will offer an Ultra HDR Image feature and the files can also be saved in the original 10-bit high dynamic range. Android’s native Google Photos app will support Ultra HDR for display, backup, editing, sharing, and downloading.

Google expects it to be the default format on both the built-in camera app and any in-app camera views.

Additionally, the search engine giant confirmed that the Android team is working with tech giants such as Qualcomm to optimize hardware capabilities, along with a collaboration with Chrome to make Ultra HDR available on other form factors.

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Ultra HDR Image support for Android 14 is a new feature that allows Android devices to capture and display images with a wider range of colors and contrast than is possible with standard JPEG images. This is achieved by using a new 10-bit HDR image format that can capture up to 1 billion colors.

Its support for Android 14 will be available on devices that have a compatible camera sensor and display. To take advantage of this feature, you will need to update your device to Android 14 and use a camera app that supports Ultra HDR.

Once you have taken an Ultra HDR image, you can view it in HDR mode on a compatible device by opening it in the Google Photos app. The development team says you may be surprised at the difference it makes in your photos. Here are some of the benefits of using Ultra HDR Image support for Android 14:

  • Wider range of colors and contrast
  • More realistic and immersive viewing experience
  • Improved detail in shadows and highlights

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Google Play Store adds button to ask someone else for payment

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Google Play Store is rolling out a significant update regarding the app and in-app payment. Android’s native app market has a vast range of applications and games for free. However, there’s a paid app category as well, which users found worth buying as per their preference.

According to the info, the Google Play Store has added a button that lets you create a payment link while purchasing an app or in-app item. You can use this link to ask someone else for payment on your behalf. It’s starting to roll out in India, with expansion expected gradually.

The user who taps the button is warned that the person who’s paying has to know their full email address, and can see the item that’s being purchased. Notably, app developers don’t have to do any additional work to support Google Play’s new “ask someone else to pay for this item” button.

A system share sheet will be displayed to share the payment link through a range of apps and services. Once generated, the payment link will be valid for 24 hours. The payer will have to make successful payments within 24 hours to buy an app or in-app stuff for the sender.

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Samsung’s Sizing Kit will help you pick the perfect Galaxy Ring

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Samsung will be releasing its Galaxy Ring device in July this year. Potential consumers may have been concerned about picking their ideal size. Well, Samsung will likely offer a Sizing Kit that will be delivered before the Galaxy Ring so you can pick the size.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress. As the formal release is scheduled for July, the company is already working on consumer convenience. As everyone doesn’t know their ideal ring size, Samsung prepared a pretty interesting hack.

Leaker EvanBlass revealed that Samsung would ship a Galaxy Ring Sizing Kit to potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing a Galaxy Ring and unsure about the ring size, you will get a Sizing Kit upon ordering the Galaxy Ring and choosing the “I don’t know my size” option.

Once done, you will receive sample rings, letting you find the best size for your preferred finger. Later, you can pick the preferred size and confirm the order to get the Galaxy Ring delivered. It is expected that the Ring will be available in a total of 9 different sizes.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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