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Gmail improves split screen view for tablets and foldables

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Google is making its apps more suitable for large devices like tablets and foldable phones. One of the latest improvements is the split-screen view for Gmail, which lets users open links and attachments in a separate window without leaving the app.

The split screen view works by opening a link in an email in a side-by-side (Chrome Custom Tab) window on the right side of the screen while keeping the email visible on the left side.

This way, users can easily switch between the email and the web page without losing context. Some links, such as Google Docs and YouTube, will open in their native apps instead of Chrome.

Users can also adjust the split-screen size by dragging the window’s edge. Gmail will return to its normal tablet interface with three columns of information if you shrink the web page slightly.

In addition to Gmail, Google has also optimized Zoom, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, and Todoist apps for large-screen devices.

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Google Maps for Android Auto gets enhanced icons and search bar

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Google Maps has introduced some impactful design changes to its Android Auto app to enhance visibility and user experience.

Now, when you look at the map, the places you go often, like your home and work, stand out with bigger, bolder icons. This change is particularly noticeable in dark mode, where the contrast is more prominent.

In addition to icon updates, the search bar at the top looks cleaner. The previous surrounding bar has been removed from the search bar, adding to the clean and contrasted appearance of the UI.

Furthermore, if you like seeing buildings pop up in 3D when you’re looking at the map on your phone, you’ll be happy to know that now the same setting will work in your car too. They added this cool 3D view earlier, but it didn’t work in the car until now.

These updates not only improve functionality but also ensure a seamless change between mobile and car navigation.

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Google Messages introduces 3-second ‘Selfie GIF’ feature

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Google Messages is enhancing its messaging service by introducing a new feature that allows users to create a Selfie GIF. This feature enables users to record animated GIFs of up to three seconds directly within the messaging app.

The search giant also integrated a quick-access prompt within chats for creating these GIFs, similar to other interactive prompts for sharing photos or initiating video calls.

To use this feature, one must long-press the camera icon in a message thread, which will bring up the camera viewfinder and gallery. The Selfie GIF option is separate from the app’s custom camera.

The recording process of Selfie GIF is very intuitive with a countdown to guide users in Google Messages. Although there are no editing options, users can manually start and restart recording. The completed GIFs are automatically saved to the user’s camera roll, making sharing easy.

The support documentation for the Selfie GIF feature is already available, but the feature itself has not been widely released on either the beta or stable versions of the app. Hopefully, Google will soon make it available for Android users.

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Google Photos bringing ‘Hide Clutter’ feature for organized view

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Google is set to release a new feature named ‘hide clutter’ to the Photos app for a simplified user interface. The function will allow users to maintain a cleaner main photo feed by hiding screenshots, memes, and more

The Hide Clutter feature was discovered in strings of the latest version (6.79.0.624777117) of Google Photos by PiunikaWeb. Once activated, it will automatically hide backed-up photos that fall under the clutter category.

The new feature will not delete these images but will hide them from the main view. Although they will remain accessible in their specific folders.

In addition, the Memories section is being redesigned to offer a better experience. For users in the United States, the Photos app offers AI-generated title suggestions for their memories, adding a touch of personalization and creativity.

With the introduction of ‘hide clutter’ and the existing Photo Stacks feature, Google Photos users now have two powerful tools to keep their photo collections organized and appealing.

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