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Google Wallet Adds New Features: Photo Passes and Animation Settings

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Google Wallet is an app that lets you keep and use different cards on your phone. Now, the app has some options for its users, which allow users to turn off the pay animation and make a pass with a barcode or QR code.

You can now create a pass with a picture of a code. This can help you add things like tickets or coupons that the app does not have. To do this, you need to press the “Add to Wallet” button and pick the “Photo” option. Then you can take a picture of the code or choose one from your photos. The app will make a pass that you can use where you need it.

In addition, you can turn off the animation that shows up after you pay or use a pass. The animation changes with the seasons and is above your card. But some people may not like them or want them. By disabling this option, the app will show only a tick and the “G Pay” logo after you do something.

The app also looks different now, with smaller and simpler cards. You can see more cards at once and less details on them. This new look is only on the Pixel 8, 8 Pro, and Fold phones.

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Samsung boosts Gallery Widget performance with bug fixes

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Samsung is releasing a fresh update for its Gallery Widget app, bringing it up to version 5.1.02.0. This update mainly enhances the overall user experience by fixing bugs.

The latest update addresses known issues reported by users to ensure smoother functionality of the Gallery Widget. These bug fixes are expected to resolve common problems that may have previously caused the app’s performance. However, there’s no new feature or change noted.

The Gallery Widget app is an amazing tool as it offers easy access to photos and videos directly from the home screen. The new update makes it more reliable and stable.

The update is available on the Galaxy Store with a package size of 4.29MB. You can easily install the update, need to open the Galaxy Store app >> Menu option >> Updates. For those with automatic updates enabled, the process will happen seamlessly in the background.

Aside from this, some Galaxy users recently reported a playback issue with video editing using the Gallery app after installing the One UI 6.1 update on their devices. It’s causing inconvenience for Galaxy users and disrupting the usability of edited videos on their devices.

This issue specifically occurred when videos shot with the ‘Auto FPS’ feature enabled in the Camera app may stutter or cut out during playback after editing. To resolve this problem, Samsung recommends disabling the ‘Auto FPS’ feature in your Camera settings.

One UI 7 Samsung Gallery Icon

Samsung is preparing to release the One UI 7 Beta update for Galaxy devices in late July or early August 2024. Meanwhile, a tipster recently shared an alleged One UI 7 Gallery icon that looks too ugly.

As per the shared image, the Gallery icon features a solid White background with six leaves of different colors. It’s a complete revamp from the current design that has a solid purplish-red color with White leaves.

Samsung One UI 7 Gallery icon may look this bad

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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.

WhatsApp Nearby Sharing

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.

WhatsApp Background gradient filter

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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