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iPhone 13 and 14 Will Get Faster Wireless Charging With iOS 17.2

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The impending iOS 17.2 update already adds several major improvements to Apple’s phones, such as the new Journal app and the ability to react to messages with your Live Stickers. According to a new claim, you can now add quicker wireless charging for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 to that list.

 

According to 9to5Mac, the update would bring Qi2 wireless charging to Apple’s previous-generation phones. Qi is a wireless charging standard that device makers use in their products. At its debut, Apple’s iPhone 15 was the first model to embrace the new Qi2 standard.

The second Qi standard has a 15-watt speed maximum. While first-generation Qi chargers that work with iOS and Android phones have been capable of reaching that rate, most of the chargers have been released with 7.5- or 10-watt caps. That hasn’t mattered until recently, as older phones had only been capable of wirelessly charging at 5 or 10 watts.

The Qi2 standard adds magnetic charging based on Apple’s MagSafe technology, though it’ll conceivably be available for device makers to create chargers that juice up both iOS and Android phones. Ultimately, this should allow the iPhone 13, iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 to connect to and wirelessly recharge using third-party Qi2 chargers.

Qi2 charging devices will start hitting store shelves in time for the holiday season, according to the Wireless Power Consortium’s press release announcing the new standard. Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge are set to release Qi2 products.

Apple hasn’t revealed exactly when iOS 17.2 will be available to download, though it’s expected to be available in the next week or two. The update adds the long-awaited Journal app that Apple revealed at WWDC in June, spatial video recording for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (which can be viewed with the Apple Vision Pro headset), and many other small but meaningful improvements.

 

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Google’s Update to “Quick Share” Improves Usability

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In a recent CES announcement, Google disclosed its collaboration with Samsung to extend Quick Share compatibility to all Android phones. Although Samsung’s Quick Share has coexisted with Google’s Nearby Share on Galaxy devices, the two services are now interoperable. The integration eliminates the need for Samsung users to choose between two separate file-sharing services. Google’s update of the Nearby Share branding to align with Samsung’s enhances the cohesion of the file-sharing experience between Galaxy and non-Galaxy devices. It’s important to note that not all functionalities have been retained in the rebranding process.

As Google began the rollout of Quick Share to non-Galaxy devices today, users observed that the enhanced experience lacks certain features present in Quick Share on Samsung devices. Notably, functionalities such as creating a temporary link for file sharing (link sharing) and temporarily sharing encrypted files (private sharing) are unavailable in the updated version.

An included feature in Google’s version of Quick Share, borrowed from Quick Share on Samsung devices, is the capability to display available devices directly in the share sheet. This functionality ensures that nearby Quick Share targets are visible within the share sheet, eliminating the need to tap the Quick Share button to access the full interface when sharing files with your own devices.

The alteration simplifies the process of file sharing across your devices. While Google has been working on integrating Nearby Share targets into the share sheet since last year, the introduction of Quick Share on Android marks the official rollout of this feature. Although observed on devices like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, and OnePlus 11, some users have reported not seeing Quick Share targets in their share sheets. This change may be associated with a server-side flag independent of the Quick Share rollout, so users are advised to watch for Quick Share devices appearing in Android’s share sheet.

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Google lauches “Circle to Search”

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Today, Google has globally launched the Circle to Search feature on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S24 series. This recently unveiled feature enables users to perform searches anywhere on their phones through gestures such as circling, highlighting, scribbling, or tapping.

The technology company sees the new feature as an effort to seamlessly integrate Google Search into everyday moments. Whether you’re watching a video or browsing images on a social app, the goal is to make it easier to pose spontaneous questions. As an illustration, while watching a video of someone enjoying a Korean corn dog, you can circle the corn dog and inquire, “Why are these so popular?”

The feature extends beyond circles to include various gestures. For instance, while conversing in a messaging app about a restaurant with a friend, you can effortlessly tap on the restaurant’s name to access additional details without exiting the app.

Circle to Search simplifies the process of looking up definitions for words or phrases. Imagine watching a video with a drink labeled “prebiotic,” and you’re unsure of its meaning compared to “probiotic.” Previously, you’d have to switch to your browser to search. Now, you can activate Circle to Search by long-pressing the home button or navigation bar, highlight “prebiotic,” learn more, and seamlessly resume the video with a swipe.

Circle to Search allows you to initiate searches from any app, eliminating the need to pause your current task and open a browser for a search. Additionally, if you typically take screenshots as reminders to search later, this is no longer necessary; you can search immediately without disrupting your ongoing activities.

On January 31, Circle to Search will debut on the recently unveiled Galaxy S24 Series smartphones at the Samsung event. Additionally, it will be accessible on premium Android devices like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, supporting all languages and locations where these phones are sold. Google anticipates expanding support to more Android smartphones over time.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6 Set to Bolster Battery Life

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip6 is set to tackle battery life concerns by featuring a larger 4,000 mAh battery, addressing the criticisms of the smaller cells in previous Flip models like the Galaxy Z Flip5, which had a 3,700 mAh battery. While still smaller than some competitors, such as Oppo’s Find N3 Flip with a 4,300 mAh battery, the 4,000 mAh in the Flip6 represents about an 8% increase from the Flip 5. The Flip6 will maintain a dual-cell configuration, with one cell rated at 1,097 mAh and the other at 2,790 mAh, totaling a 3,887 mAh rated capacity, likely resulting in a 4,000 mAh typical capacity. Additional rumored upgrades include a larger 3.9″ cover display (up from 3.4″ in the Flip5) and a significant camera improvement with a 50 MP main camera compared to the 12 MP in the Flip5. The Galaxy Z Flip6 is expected to be officially announced in the middle of this year.

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