Google has updated its Clock app for Wear OS, which brings some minor but useful changes to the Alarm and Stopwatch features of the app. The new version of the Google Clock app for Wear OS is 22.214.171.1242642317. It is currently rolling out to the Pixel Watch and Pixel Watch 2.
Now, the Alarm feature allows users to create new alarms more easily, by moving the floating action button (FAB) to the top of the screen, instead of the bottom.
The Stopwatch feature also gets a slight tweak, as it now shows the reset button at all times, instead of only after pausing the timer. This means that users can clear the stopwatch with one tap. However, the update does not affect the Timer feature or the Wear OS Tiles that display the Clock app.
MediaTek and Google bringing Gemini Nano to more smartphones
Google‘s Gemini Nano is an on-device AI model and only a few devices could support this as it requires a lot of computing power and memory. Now, the company is planning to expand its availability to more devices.
MediaTek has announced that some of its chips are now optimized for Gemini Nano. According to the information, MediaTek and Google have collaborated to integrate and optimize Gemini Nano on the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 and 8300 chipsets, which are designed for high-end and mid-range smartphones, respectively.
The press release states that this optimization includes using MediaTek’s NeuroPilot toolkit and porting Gemini Nano to MediaTek’s APU. This will enable Gemini Nano to run more effectively and efficiently on MediaTek-powered devices, without compromising battery life or performance.
MediaTek also says that it will soon release an APK for developers and OEMs to help them deploy Gemini Nano applications on their devices. Additionally, MediaTek will showcase its on-device generative AI capabilities using Llama 2 LLM at the Mobile World Congress 2024 next week.
With this partnership, MediaTek and Google aim to bring on-device generative AI to more users and create new possibilities for smartphone applications and experiences.
Gmail is here to stay: Don’t be fooled by fake Gmail ‘sunsetting’ email
A fake email that claims Google will shut down Gmail in 2024 has been circulating on social media platforms like Twitter/X. The email looks like an official announcement from Google, but it is not. It is a fake email that has no truth to it.
The viral fake email says that Gmail will be “sunsetting” on 1st August 2024, and suggests users switch to other email services. However, this is a lie and Gmail is here to stay. The official Gmail account on Twitter/X has confirmed that “Gmail is here to stay.”
Gmail is here to stay.
— Gmail (@gmail) February 22, 2024
The only thing that Google has announced about Gmail is that its classic “HTML View” will be discontinued in 2024. This is a simple version of Gmail that has fewer features and is used as a backup option. Most users will not be affected by this change, as they use the normal Gmail interface.
Gmail is a reliable and secure email service that will continue to serve its users for years to come. Therefore, users can ignore the fake email that is widely spreading online and enjoy using Gmail. Gmail is not going away.
Google Play Store verifies government apps with a new badge
Google Play Store has started to show a government-verified badge for apps that are affiliated with the government. This badge helps users identify and trust the official apps that provide various government services and schemes.
The government-verified badge feature of the Google Play Store arrives with version 39.7.34. It appears next to the app name on the Google Play Store listing. It is rolling out gradually to provide the badge to all eligible apps.
Currently, the badge is available for apps in 12 countries, including India. Some apps like UMANG and ABHA have received the badge in India. However, Google has not disclosed the full list of eligible countries.
By verifying the government apps, Google aims to provide users with a more secure and reliable experience, especially to reduce fraud and spam on the Google Play Store.