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Google releases Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 for Pixel devices

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Google‘s Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 update rolled out for Pixel devices with a bunch of bug fixes. The update is available for the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro as well as the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet.

Identified via version AP21.240305.005, the update carries March 2024 security patch, and Google Play Service version 24.06.16. This update comes as a minor enhancement over the previously released Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 from the preceding month.

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ANDROID 14 QPR3 BETA 2.1

WHAT’S NEW IN ANDROID 14 QPR3 BETA 2.1

  1. Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device’s launcher to crash when trying to view recent apps.
  2. Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Pixel Tablet devices from charging while connected to the dock.
  3. Fixed an issue where swiping up from the bottom of the screen didn’t always return to the home screen.
  4. Fixed an issue that caused the layout of notifications on the lock screen to display with additional padding.
  5. Fixed various issues that were causing frequent “Application not responding” errors for both system and user apps.
  6. Fixed an issue where swiping down from the top of the screen didn’t always show the notification shade.
  7. Fixed an issue for Pixel Fold devices where sometimes when the device was unfolded, only half of the inner screen displayed content.
  8. Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a user’s wallpaper settings from being backed up properly.
  9. Fixed an issue that sometimes stopped the “Quick Tap to start actions” gesture from working.
  10. Fixed various other issues that were impacting system stability, performance, connectivity, interactivity, and camera.

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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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