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MediaTek and Google bringing Gemini Nano to more smartphones

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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.

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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.

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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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