Android 15 Beta 1.1 focuses on NFC fixes and performance enhancements. (unsplash) News 

Update your smartphone to fix performance issues with Google’s release of Android 15 Beta 1.1

Google has introduced the Android 15 Beta 1.1 update, which comes after the recent milestone released only two weeks ago. This update is focused on fixing bugs that have been reported by users, showing Google’s commitment to improving the user experience before the official launch of Android 15. The new update, named AP31.240322.023, includes the April 2024 security patch. It is available for several supported devices including Pixel 6 series, Pixel 7 series, Pixel 8 series, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold and many more. Users can install…

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Google to prevent accidental triggering of the Circle to Search feature. (Samsung) News 

Details on how Google Circle to Search could potentially solve this irritating issue may be revealed soon

Samsung and Google have introduced the Circle to Search feature with the Galaxy S24 series, which is now available on various flagship devices. However, users have raised concerns about the feature being accidentally triggered. In the Made by Google podcast, it was mentioned that users have provided feedback on the issue. Google is now working on enhancing its AI-based Circle to Search feature to address these concerns. The company is currently in the process of improving the feature. What is Google’s Circle to Search feature? The Circle to Search feature…

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Boost user engagement and relevance in ads without third-party cookies through AdSense's innovative "ad intents" feature. (REUTERS) News 

New feature ‘Ad Intents’ introduced by Google AdSense

Google AdSense is introducing a new feature called “ad intents” that will change the way online advertising works. This feature will turn website text into clickable links that lead to Google Search, creating a more integrated and engaging experience for users. The goal is to make ads more relevant and seamlessly blend them into website content. How ad goals work Available now to website owners, advertising purposes embed links into existing text on web pages. When users interact with these links, a dialog box appears that displays Google search results…

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Google Wallet may soon debut in India, offering local integrations for contactless payments, hint reports. (Google) News 

India to see the launch of Google Wallet

According to a recent report, Google Wallet is expected to launch in India soon with customized integrations for the local market. The tech company quietly introduced the Google Wallet app on the Play Store, highlighting features that cater to Indian banks, airlines, and loyalty programs. While the app is not yet available for direct download in India through the Play Store, users can manually install it and connect their bank cards for easy contactless payments. There are rumors that the app will work in conjunction with Google Pay to meet…

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While innovative, NFC wireless charging poses questions about its practicality for larger gadgets due to power limitations. (Unsplash) News 

Android 15 will feature NFC wireless charging technology

Google’s soon-to-be-released Android 15 is set to transform the way we charge our devices by introducing a new wireless charging feature using Near Field Communication (NFC). This advancement will make wireless charging more accessible to smaller devices such as trackers, styluses, and wireless earbuds. Change from Qi Standard to NFC Typically, wireless charging has been synonymous with the Qi standard. However, Android 15’s support for NFC wireless charging offers a new option that’s especially useful for devices with limited space that may struggle with larger charging coils, Android Authority reports.…

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Google's new Samsung modem promises enhanced cellular connectivity and emergency satellite services for Pixel devices. (Google ) News 

New Samsung modem with satellite connectivity to be featured in Google Pixel 9 smartphones

The upcoming Pixel devices from Google will feature an upgraded Samsung modem with satellite connectivity, providing improved cellular connectivity and access to emergency satellite services while on the move. Pixel 9 series and more for the Sport updated modem Recent reports suggest that Google’s Pixel 9 series, including the Pixel Fold 2 and the new 5G-capable Pixel Tablet, will feature an updated Samsung modem. This change follows Google’s switch from Qualcomm modems to Samsung modems, which matches the Tensor foundation that powers their devices, reports 9to5google. While the current modem has…

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Google Wallet's new 'Linked Passes' feature enhances user convenience by automatically adding related passes to the digital wallet. (AP) News 

Google Wallet introduces new feature called ‘Linked Passes’ setting

Google Wallet is introducing a new feature called ‘Automatically add linked passes’ which will allow users to easily link boarding passes, event tickets, loyalty cards, and other related passes to their digital wallet. Availability and functionality While the Google Linked Passes feature is currently in beta and may not be available for all cards, it provides a convenient way to manage and organize a variety of digital cards. However, the passport issuer must enable the linking feature. If your cards aren’t linked, you’ll need to contact your issuer or merchant…

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Know about Gmail subscription management feature. (Unsplash) News 

New subscription management feature coming to Gmail

Having trouble sorting through your emails to determine what’s important and what’s not? Google is in the process of creating a new feature for Gmail that will help declutter your inbox. Typically, our emails are inundated with spam and newsletters, making it difficult to manage. Deleting or unsubscribing from each email individually can be time-consuming and tedious. With the upcoming “Manage Subscriptions” feature, Gmail users will have more control over what appears in their inbox, allowing for better organization of emails. Stay tuned for more information on this new feature…

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Google One VPN will be discontinued as the company shifts focus to more popular features within the subscription service. (AP) News 

Reason for discontinuation of Google One VPN announced

Google One users were disappointed today when Google announced that it will be discontinuing its VPN feature in the upcoming months. Launched in October 2020, the VPN by Google One was designed to offer additional online security for Android users, ensuring their data safety. However, Google stated that the usage of the VPN feature did not meet expectations, resulting in its discontinuation. Reasons for termination The VPN was originally only available to Premium subscribers for $9.99 per month. The VPN was later offered at a discounted price of $1.99 per…

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Users can now link various offers and event tickets seamlessly with Google Wallet's latest feature. (AP) News 

Here’s how the new setting for “Automatically add linked passes” in Google Wallet functions

Google Wallet users can now anticipate the new “Automatically add linked passes” setting, recently introduced by Google. This feature comes after the recent rollout of transit payment verification settings, which aim to improve the overall functionality of the digital wallet app. The new feature can be found in the “Passes” subsection of Google Wallet’s Android settings. It allows ticket providers to automatically add event tickets, promotions, offers and more to existing cards. This setting is enabled by default and aims to streamline the user experience by seamlessly integrating additional cards…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses AI and product improvement strategies at a recent industry forum. (AP) AI 

Sundar Pichai, CEO, highlights key factors for successful AI chatbots in response to Google Gemini criticism.

During a speech at the 2024 Business, Government & Society Forum, Google CEO Sundar Pichai discussed the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the company’s products. He focused on addressing criticism of Google’s Gemini AI chatbot and highlighted how user expectations drive ongoing improvements to their offerings. Responding to inquiries about Google’s response to such criticism, Pichai emphasized the company’s commitment to include diverse perspectives in its global user base, reflecting the opinions found on the Internet, the Times of India reported. A user-centered approach to product refinement “We’ve always…

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Google is testing a new look for its Android app- Here’s what to expect (unsplash) News 

Google is experimenting with a new design for the search bar on Android, incorporating material 3 elements for a more consistent look.

Google is once again making changes to the design of its app for Android users. The latest update includes a new bottom search bar redesign, which was first introduced in 2021 and then updated in late 2023. This time, Google is experimenting with a Material 3 bottom bar redesign that includes an integrated search field. A lucky user has come across this redesigned bottom bar while using Google Search on Android. This update includes Material 3 elements, including the pill-shaped tab indicator that was previously seen on the iOS version…

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Google Pixel users might soon get a new tool to identify unknown callers directly on their phones. (Pixabay) News 

Google is set to launch a new feature on the Pixel phone app that can identify unknown callers.

Google Pixel users may soon have a solution to the problem of missed calls from unknown numbers. Google is said to be developing a new tool called “Lookup” for its Phone app, which will allow users to identify unfamiliar callers before returning their calls. Currently, services like Truecaller offer similar features, but Google wants to integrate this feature directly into its phone app. Spotted by a tip called AssembleDebug (via PiunikaWeb), the tool was initially only available to Pixel users in Japan. However, it is now being tested in beta…

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Navigate smarter and smoother with these lesser-known features on Google Maps. (AP) News 

Essential hidden features on Google Maps for simplified navigation

Google Maps has transformed from a simple navigation tool to an essential aspect of our everyday routines. Its capabilities extend beyond just providing directions, offering a wide range of functions such as discovering new dining spots in your area and identifying optimal public transportation routes. Whether you are a novice user or a seasoned expert, there are ten secret features within Google Maps that are worth delving into. Gemini AI integration: Thanks to Google Maps and Gemini AI integration, you can now navigate to a specific location using voice commands,…

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Google Gemini is testing AI-generated replies for the Gmail app. (Unsplash) AI 

Google is set to introduce Gemini AI features to Gmail, allowing users to utilize artificial intelligence for email responses – More information revealed

Google is revolutionizing technology usage with its AI initiatives. The introduction of Gemini models to Google Workspace has enabled users to utilize generative AI features in various tools such as Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, and Drive. The company is now looking to enhance the Gemini feature for Gmail by introducing AI-generated replies, making it easier for users to send quick responses without the need to type out a full reply. Stay tuned for more updates on Google’s plans for the Gmail app. AI-generated replies for Gmail A new AI-based feature…

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Google may start charging for advanced AI features in search, potentially reshaping its iconic free service. (AFP) News 

Possible changes to Google Search could result in users no longer having free access; Here’s what to expect from future searches on Google

Google, the dominant force in online search, is considering a departure from its traditional approach by contemplating the introduction of paid, AI-driven upgrades to its renowned search engine. As per sources mentioned in a recent Financial Times article reported by Android Authority, the company is investigating options to incorporate sophisticated AI features into its search function in exchange for a fee. Insiders familiar with Google’s strategies suggest that these premium AI-powered features could be incorporated into existing subscription services such as Gemini Advanced or Google One. It should be noted…

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A tipster has leaked an ‘Announcements’ feature in Google Chats. Check details. (Google) News 

Google Chat could potentially introduce a feature similar to WhatsApp Channels; Learn more about the new ‘Announcements’ feature.

Google is enhancing its messaging service, Chat, to strengthen its position in the social media market. The platform, which replaced Hangouts, enables users to communicate and collaborate on projects. While it currently lacks broadcast communication like WhatsApp Channels, leaks indicate that a new ‘Announcements’ feature may be introduced to Google Chat in the near future. Google Chat’s Notifications feature According to an Android Police report, tipster AssembleDebug shared information about the upcoming Notifications feature. In an X message, the tipster said: “Google Chat is working on a new ‘Notifications’ feature…

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Google continues to pull the plug on its products and in some cases the news does shock people but this time people were informed way earlier. News 

Google is closing down an app and advising users to transfer their data immediately: Here’s the latest information.

The Google Podcast app is the company’s latest product, which will be rolled out to all users from the beginning of April. The podcast is popular across platforms, and Google doesn’t think it needs a separate app to keep the business going. So, starting April 2nd, the Google Podcast app will be retired for good. Yes, the Podcast app will close. But the company is not completely abandoning the podcast segment, in fact, YouTube Music will be the platform for podcasts, as the company is ready to put all its…

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Google's Podcasts app, with over 500 million downloads, will cease operations for U.S. users on April 2, prompting concerns about data migration. (Google) News 

Despite having 500 million downloads, Google is discontinuing this popular podcast app in the US.

Google’s Podcasts app, which has been downloaded over 500 million times worldwide, will no longer be available to users in the United States starting April 2. Despite its popularity, only a small percentage of U.S. podcast listeners, approximately 4%, use the app. The impending shutdown has raised worries among users who will need to transfer their podcast subscriptions to other platforms. However, this transition may be challenging and could put users at risk of scams and credential theft. End of the road for US users Perhaps surprisingly, given its widespread…

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