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The Galaxy Watch 3 Upgrade Includes New Wear OS 4 Watch Faces

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The Galaxy Watch 3 has received a fresh update, with the Tizen-powered smartwatch now accepting watch faces from Samsung’s latest Wear OS skin, One UI Watch 5, which debuted on the Galaxy Watch 6.

The Galaxy Watch 3 was announced in 2020 and ended up being Samsung’s final smartwatch running Tizen. A year later, the business transitioned to Wear OS 3 as its foundation, with a pretty hefty One UI shell on top that made the entire device appear and feel a lot like Tizen, but with access to Google and other apps.

While Samsung no longer releases significant Tizen system upgrades, the firm has committed to at least three years of support for its smartwatches, which includes this newest update.

According to SamMobile, this new update with a firmware version ending in DWK2 does not modify the Tizen OS version number, but it does add two new watch faces to the Galaxy Watch 3. The two new faces are “Perpetual” and “Stretched Time,” which debuted earlier this year on the Galaxy Watch 6 series and have now been extended to the Watch 5 and Watch 4 with the One UI Watch 5 update, which is based on Wear OS 4.

Perpetual,” in particular, is the watch face that Samsung had to alter due to a typo of the word “April,” which had been in use for a few months.

These faces will also be available on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in 2019, however they are not yet available. For Watch 3 owners, the update is now only available in Europe, but it should be available in other locations soon.

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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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