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New Gboard OCR feature rolling out for Android, bringing easier text scanning

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Back in 2023, we spotted that Google had been testing a feature, that could make text scanning easier, and now Gboard has started to roll out the Scan Text OCR feature for Android devices. Notably, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a tool that streamlines text recognition within images directly through the keyboard.

To be mentioned, this new OCR Scan Text feature appears in the grid of Gboard capabilities and can be dragged to the toolbar for quick access. To use the feature, users will first need to grant Gboard the camera permission, then, open the Gboard keyboard and tap the new Scan text tile.

Now, just take a photo of the text you want to scan, and once Gboard has processed the photo, it will highlight the recognized text and allow users to select the text and insert the text into the input field. Also, the selection tool remains open in case you want to select something else.

This process is faster than opening Google Lens, especially if you move the Scan text tile to the shortcuts row. Accordingly, this OCR feature of Gboard is extremely helpful for students and multitaskers as it makes text scanning easier than ever. Consequently, the feature has started to release but currently, there is no information available about its wider rollout.

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One UI 6.1’s Home Up app update unveils new capabilities: Finder access, Icon size setting, background blur, and more

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Samsung has rolled out a significant update to its Home Up Good Lock module with version 15.0.01.19 for One UI 6.1 devices. The update introduces new features for devices including the Galaxy S24 series and focuses on enhancing the home screen and folder management.

For the home screen, the update adds the long-awaited  ‘Access Finder’ feature that makes it easier for users to find and open apps quickly. Also, the new ‘App Icon Setting’ allows for the customization of app icons, enabling users to adjust their size and appearance to suit their choices. These home screen features are also available on the Galaxy S24 series

In terms of folder customization, users can now change the background color of their folders, allowing for a more personalized look. They can also adjust the background blur of folders, which can help the home screen appear cleaner and more organized. The update also includes an option to rearrange folder icons, helping users keep their apps in order.

For the Galaxy S24 series, certain functions are not supported by the update but will be made available through the ‘One UI Home’ app update. You can get the update through the Galaxy Store or from the Good Lock app.

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WhatsApp prompts banner to encourage inviting new users

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WhatsApp is enhancing user engagement with a new feature that prompts users to invite their contacts to join the messaging platform. This feature appears as a banner at the top of the chat list and is part of a targeted campaign to increase the app’s user base.

It is currently available to a select group of users who have installed the latest WhatsApp updates on iOS and Android devices. The banner aims to remind users to encourage their friends and family to use WhatsApp.

This approach is especially useful in countries where WhatsApp users are less, as it serves as a visible and convenient prompt for users to invite more people to the platform. By highlighting the advantages of new features and a unified chat experience, WhatsApp is looking to attract more users and maintain its position as a leading messaging service.

The feature is expected to be rolled out more widely in the coming weeks. This new move indicates that WhatsApp wants to keep users informed and connected, using the visibility of in-app notifications.

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Samsung revamps Digital Wellbeing layout with April 2024 update

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We are in mid-April 2024 and Samsung has rolled out an update for its Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls app with version 5.1.00.14. This update brings significant improvements to the app’s layout and reporting features for a better experience.

With the latest update, the main screen has been redesigned for better clarity, allowing users to quickly find and understand their usage information. It makes digital wellbeing more accessible to everyone.

In addition, the weekly report provided by the app has been expanded to include new details. Users will now receive information about any unusual patterns in their device usage, the times when they use their devices the most, and insights into how they balance their screen time throughout the week.

Users can get the April 2024 security update for Samsung Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls through the Galaxy Store app, just need to open the app >> Menu option >> Updates. You can also download the update directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

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