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Google Maps enhances user experience with fresh UI changes

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Google is introducing some significant redesigns to key areas of the Maps app, particularly when searching for directions. The new UI changes aim to make the app more intuitive, less cluttered, and more useful. The changes are currently available on Android with Google Maps version 11.113.x.

Now when you tap a location, you’ll see a new sheet design with Close and Share buttons in the top right corner and a background sheet behind that. This allows you to easily access more information or functions without losing the map.

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Along with this, another change the company has made is that locations are no longer fullscreen, but instead show a piece of the map background on top. This helps you track where you are and where you want to go.

The directions search UI is now smaller and only for addresses. This gives more space and less clutter. You can swipe to change transportation modes, which are lower. Swiping up shows more map behind the UI. This helps you see and compare different navigation options.

These changes are rolling out for limited devices and the company will soon make it available for all Android devices.

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WhatsApp starts releasing a passkey feature for iOS 

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After a long testing procedure, WhatsApp has finally started releasing the most useful and prominent passkey feature for iOS. This feature is designed to offer users an additional layer of security and convenience in accessing their accounts. However, it is already available for Android users.

As per the details, WhatsApp is rolling out a passkey feature for iOS with version 24.4.10.78, also, it’s an optional element providing users with flexibility. Hence, if you don’t feel the need to keep your WhatsApp account screened or secure, then you can keep it disabled, and can also enable it anytime.

But, keeping the passkey enabled will enhance both the security and convenience of user accounts, as it introduces an alternative layer of authentication. By eliminating the necessity for a 6-digit code each time users access their accounts, this feature improves the login process, saving time and effort.

In addition, it aligns with modern authentication methods, enhancing user-friendliness and intuitiveness. This process also caters to user needs and circumstances, making the authentication process faster and enhancing the overall user experience.

Furthermore, the passkey feature is currently rolling out for iOS beta testers and will be available for general consumers in the coming weeks.

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Passkey is a more secure way to log into your WhatsApp account. It enables users to use biometric or facial recognition methods instead of passwords. Once a passkey is configured, it will be automatically saved to the iCloud Keychain, allowing users to log into WhatsApp more seamlessly.

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Samsung AR Emoji Editor March 2024 Update: Revamped eye/eyebrows and more

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Samsung AR Emoji Editor has received the March 2024 update, which significantly improves the overall experience. The latest version of the update is 6.1.00.8 and is available on the Galaxy Store with an installation package size of 196.74MB.

The fresh update of Samsung AR Emoji Editor introduces refined designs for eyes and eyebrows, giving users more expressive avatars. Additionally, the update has improved facial expressions, which allows for a wider range of emotions to be captured and conveyed through the AR Emoji.

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Users of Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 12 to Android 14 are receiving the Samsung AR Emoji Editor app March 2024 update. It is rolling out gradually so it may take some hours or days to reach all eligible devices.

To check and install the update, you just need to visit the Galaxy Store app >> Menu option >> Updates. Also, you can check the update from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

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Android Auto adds a new feature to show which apps work only when parked

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Google is enhancing some functions of the Android Auto app through a new update. The app allows you to use your smartphone apps on your car’s display. Now, the latest update of Android Auto comes with a new feature that shows which apps are only functional when the car is parked.

Some apps on Android Auto, such as GameSnacks, are created to provide entertainment or utility when the vehicle is stopped and parked. However, these apps are not accessible when the car is in motion, and you would get an error message if you tried to open them.

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To make it easier for users to identify which apps are park-only, Android Auto now displays a “P” icon on the app icons. This way, you can avoid tapping on apps that won’t work while driving.

This feature is available in Android Auto version 11.4, which was first spotted by SmartDroid. The update is rolling out so you need to check the Play Store to install it. Android Auto is compatible with most Android phones and cars that support it.

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