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LG has Announced A Dual-Hz OLED Monitor Featuring 4K 240Hz And FullHD 480Hz Settings

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LG has revealed the UltraGear OLED gaming displays that will be on display at CES 2024. The new 32GS95UE, in particular, has an intriguing trick up its sleeve.

LG names the 32-inch 32GS95UE’s display Dual-Hz. This enables the monitor to transition between two modes: one in which it runs the display at its native 4K (3840×2160) resolution at a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, and another in which it runs it at a reduced FullHD (1920×1080) resolution but at the panel’s maximum 480Hz refresh rate.The user can simply switch between these settings by using a hotkey or the monitor’s joystick. When you change modes, the system should recognize the display as 4K 240Hz or 1080p 480Hz and scale accordingly. It appears that the screen is artificially limited to 240Hz at 4K, but no existing display standards allow you to access the full 480Hz at 4K.

The 32GS95UE also has 98.5% DCI-P3 coverage, 0.03ms GtG reaction times, DisplayHDR True Black 400 compatibility, and two HDMI 2.1 connectors. Unfortunately, the single DisplayPort is only certified at 1.4, rather than the latest DisplayPort 2.1, so you’ll have to rely extensively on Display Stream Compression (DSC) to get the full resolution and refresh rates the panel is capable of.

Finally, the 32GS95UE includes a built-in speaker system with dual woofers. The speakers are located directly below the OLED panel and use the front surface to emit sound, which LG refers to as Pixel Sound technology. DTS Virtual:X is also supported via the speakers and the headphone jack.

LG also launched five new OLED monitors, including the 34-inch and 39-inch 34GS95QE and 39GS95QE, which have curved 3440×1440 displays with a 240Hz refresh rate, 800R curvature, and similar connections to the 32GS95UE.

The 45GS95QE and 45GS96QB are both 45-inch 3440×1440 240Hz curved OLED displays, with the main difference being that the 45GS96QB features built-in speakers and USB-C 65W charging. Finally, the 27GS95QE sports a 27-inch 2560×1440 240Hz flat panel with features comparable to the preceding models.

 

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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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