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Samsung launches Bixby Text Call in India: How to setup/use, supported devices

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Samsung officially released the Bixby Text Call feature in India. Using this feature, Galaxy users can allow Bixby to answer and respond to incoming calls.

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Bixby’s automated voice will answer your incoming calls, then, you can simply start typing with the keyboard, and Bixby will read your messages to the caller. Once a call is over, you can look back on your conversations if needed.

Supported devices

Samsung’s Bixby Text Call is available on Fold5/Flip5, Fold4/Flip4, Fold3/Flip3, Fold2/Flip/Flip 5G/Fold 5G, S23/S23+/S23 Ultra, S22/S22+/S22 Ultra, S21/S21+/S23 Ultra, S20/S20+/S20 Ultra, A34, A54, A52s 5G, A82 5G, A53 5G, A33 5G, S20 FE, Note 20/ Note 20+, A71 5G and A51 5G.

How to set up Bixby Text Call

If your phone supports Bixby Text Call, you can enable the feature by doing the following:

  1. Open the Phone app, tap on More Options (the three vertical dots), and then tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on Bixby text call and then turn on the feature in the Bixby text call window.
    • If you have not installed language package already, you will be prompted to download a language package.
    • Tap Download and then click on Continue to go to the Galaxy Store where you can Install the language package.
  3. Once you have turned on Bixby text call, you can further edit Bixby text call settings such as language and voice. You can also add new quick responses or customize existing ones for Bixby text calls.

How to use Bixby Text Call

Note that Bixby Text call can be used only during incoming calls. Although you will not be able to hear the conversation, you can read the messages during the call. The caller will only hear an automated voice.

  1. Once you have turned on the feature, you can see Bixby text call when you receive a call. Tap on that. On the next screen, swipe up on the green coloured icon to initiate a Bixby text call.
  2. Bixby will let the caller know you are using an automated voice. Bixby will also ask the caller who they are and why they are calling.
  3. Once the caller begins speaking, you will see their response transcribed on the screen.
  4. You can reply to the caller by selecting a quick response at the bottom of the screen, or typing what you would like to say. Tap Send. Bixby will then read your response to the caller.
  5. If you would like to stop using Bixby text call and switch to a voice call instead, tap Voice call at the top of the screen.
  6. Tap End call at the top of the screen to end the call.

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New iOS 18 features that Android phones have for years!

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Apple iOS 18 will be the biggest upgrade for iPhone users in years. As always, Apple managed to take all the credit for changes it made in the iOS 18, but many of the new features have been available in Android phones for years.

iOS 18 is going to be a big upgrade for Apple iPhone users. However, the features are not so innovative as Android users have had most of them for years. Let’s have a look at the most notable ones!

Homescreen personalization

iOS 18 will enable homescreen customization on iPhone, which was not possible till v17. While Android vendors continued to make homescreen and lockscreen heavily personalizable, Apple realized it too late.

Static app grid is gone, and app icon movement is no longer limited. The iOS 18 also introduces custom color palettes that turn app icons into different shades – a similar approach to Android’s Material You.

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Feature-packed Gallery

Android’s Google Photos and Galaxy’s Samsung Gallery are equipped with advanced editing features. Taking inspiration, Apple also made some fruitful changes to its Photos app to uplevel user experience.

iOS 18 improves the search system of Photos app, allowing users to search for details in photos, including numbers, places, and other identifiers. Magic/Object Eraser is also added in the Photos app to remove unwanted objects.

On-device AI

Google introduced Pixel 8 Pro as the first on-device AI-powered smartphone. Later, Samsung launched the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus and S24 Ultra – all are equipped with Gemini Nano AI innovation.

Apple unveiled Apple Intelligence, which is arriving on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with iOS 18. The company partnered with OpenAI to fuel ChatGPT in products ranging in iPhone, as well as iPad and Mac lineups.

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RCS

Google has been criticizing Apple over the lack of RCS messaging in the iMessage app. The iPhone maker was forced by the European Union to adopt RCS messaging innovation, which is debuting with the iOS 18 upgrade.

The integration of RCS tech will allow users to see delivery and read receipts, theoretically typing indicators, and much richer images. Notably, RCS has been available in Android’s Google Messages for several years.

Emoji generator

iOS 18 has a powerful emoji generator functionality, which is better than Android’s emoji kitchen. It lets users generate bespoke emojis with AI in the style of Apple’s existing library of emojis.

Android has an Emoji Kitchen feature, which allows you to create unique stickers. However, the power of artificial intelligence gives an edge to Apple’s version of emoji creator functionality.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price starts at $1899 in the US, a $100 increase

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 US variant’s price, memory configuration, and colors leaked. The company’s next foldable smartphone will be available in three storage variants (up to 1TB) and three standard color options.

According to Onleaks (via Smartprix), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price could start at $1899 in the US. The phone’s 512GB and 1TB variants may cost $2019 and $2259, respectively.

The source also revealed that the Z Fold 6 will be available in Navy, Silver Shadow, and Pink. However, Evleaks yesterday revealed additional information on colorways alongside the upcoming exclusive hues.

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, all three variants of the Z Fold 6 could be $100 expensive. Foldable phones are already expensive, and another $100 increment will make it harder to prove worthy in challenging markets.

Integration of Galaxy AI and rising prices of Snapdragon chips are the likely reasons. However, the Korean tech giant may introduce introductory offers and trade-in benefits to make a significant reduction in price initially.

Samsung may launch its new foldables on July 10. The Unpacked event could take place in Paris, France. Aside from phones, the Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring will also be launched at the event.

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June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop brings Gemini Nano, new features

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Google Pixel 8a

Google starts rolling out June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop with incredible new capabilities, including Gemini Nano coming to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a as a developer option. It means, Gemini Nano is no longer exclusive to Pixel 8 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series.

Gemini Nano is arriving for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a with a June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop. Unlike the Pixel 8 Pro, it will be available as a developer option in the Pixel 8 and 8a. Gemini Nano is the company’s most efficient AI model built for on-device tasks.

Summarize in Recorder

Gemini powers Summarize in Recorder to run on-device on Pixel 8 and 8a. The Recorder app now offers more detailed, downloadable summaries, the ability to detect and include the names of speakers, and export transcripts into text files or Google Docs.

Display sharing via USB-C

Google finally enables display output support on the Pixel 8 series through a USB-C port. You can now display content on a larger screen, like your computer monitor. It gives you more space to enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and slides.

Find My Device Offline

Google has been rolling out the Find My Device network over the past few weeks. With the June 2024 Feature Drop, it’s expected to be available on all supported devices. This upgrade allows you to locate your phone even when it’s off or the battery is dead.

Pixel Camera

Pixel Camera is also adding the best face-capturing feature. Now, it can identify the best moment from your photo in HDR+ with just a single shutter press. Besides, the Pixel  Camera will also let you manually pick which camera lens you want to use while taking photos.

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