Fitbit Charge 4 Gets Smart Wake, Dynamic GPS And More With The Latest Update

Fitbit’s latest fitness and activity tracker, Fitbit Charge 4, released an update with two major upgrades. The changes to the software version 1.96.29 includes ‘Smart Wake’ and ‘Dynamic GPS’. The device already comes with 24/7 heart-rate tracking, sleep tracking and spotify control.

With the new smart wake feature, your Fitbit will set alarm and wake you up at the most appropriate time when you feel well rested. The aim of the feature is to wake the user up when they are in ‘light sleep’ within 30 mins prior to the scheduled alarm, to avoid disturbing the user when in deep sleep. However, if a more optimal time isn’t identified by Fitbit before the alarm, it will simply go off at its usual time. Smart Wake feature is also available on the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa series. Another useful new feature is the Dynamic GPS. This mode when enabled, will switch to using your phone’s GPS when nearby and in range to track your route, pace and other stats. Since the fitness tracker cannot use its internal GPS for more than five hours, the shared GPS usage will save battery and give you time for more workouts. However, when a phone is not nearby, the device will go back to relying on its built-in GPS.  Read More

Google Home Will Now Let You Control Smart Plugs Better With Custom ‘Device Types’ Option

With advancement in technology, we have all started living smart, from Smartphones to Smart TVs, and now Smart Plugs. A smart plug lets you control appliances with the help of a smart home platform. It can be used with a TV, table lamp, room fan, coffee maker, or whatever appliance you want to control ‘smartly’. The Google Home app will now let you regulate what the smart plug is controlling by changing the ‘device type’ manually. Until this update, intelligent outlets had no way of telling what’s plugged into them. This feature is made available in Google Home for iOS, but will soon make its way to Android. Read More

Google’s Failed Social Networking Service, Google+, Is Officially Replaced By Google Currents

Google shut down personal accounts from its social networking service, Google+ in April 2019 after a series of security concerns and its failure in keeping the audience engaged. The service was still available for enterprise customers to communicate within the organisation and launched Currents in beta version shortly after the shut down. Google+ is now officially gone and is rebranded to Google Currents. Google Currents has moved from beta and is now available widely for iOS and Android users. The tech giant had sent out a notice to G Suite admins last month about the rebranding and the general availability of the service. If you search for Google+ on App Store or Google Play, the result will show Google Currents with the Google+ logo changed to a blue waveform like icon giving it a Google Material Theme design. The existing URLs will continue to function and automatically redirect the users to Read More

Chrome For Android Is Shifting To 64-bit For Performance Optimization

Google announced in December 2017 that Google Play Store will require new apps and app updates to provide with 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions to ensure apps are built on latest APIs optimized for security and performance. Almost all Android devices can run 64-bit apps. Now, the 64-bit Chrome for Android is imminent. But, the app only supports Android devices running at least Android 10. Older devices that do not support Android 10 will keep running the 32-bit version of the web browser. If you visit chrome://version on the Chrome Stable (version 83) and Chrome Beta (version 84) for Android, you will notice they are listed as 32-bit applications. However, Chrome Dev (version 85) and Chrome Canary, (version 86) show 64-bit. So, it is certain that the next versions of the browser will switch to 64-bit.  Read More

Google Is Bringing Jurassic World To Your Home With AR Dinosaurs

Google added Augmented Reality objects to Google Search after announcing the feature at its I/O conference in 2019. Since then, Google has been adding on to the list of 3D animals that one can view in search using AR. You can view Lion, Tiger, Dog, Cat, Shark and other animals right in your living room. Google has updated the list and added 10 new dinosaur options from Jurassic World. Google has collaborated with Universe Brand Development, Amblin Entertainment and Ludia Games, the studio behind the Jurassic World Alive game to bring to you this fun and interactive feature along with gaining knowledge about the dinosaur.

The dinosaurs viewable in AR include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus. These 3D-modelled animated figures make the right sound when the volume is turned up. Since these animals have a massive size, the auto-scale feature of your smartphone will detect the distance between your phone and the space of your surriunding and resize the animal so it fits in your phone screen. Additionally, you can also record the animated figure and make your own AR video.  Read More

Google Expands Its SmartReply Feature To YouTube Comments

The AI-powered SmartReply feature by Google is supported by Gmail, Android Messaging App and Play Developer Console to suggest responses, now Google is bringing the feature to YouTube creators. The updated feature anounced by Google today will help YouTube video creators to quickly and easily interact with their audience. For creators, with a huge following, managing their core audience comments can be cumbersome. This is exactly where SmartReply aims to help. The feature is being launched for YouTube Studio that helps creators manage their page. Google recently announced the Smart Fill feature for Google Sheets and Smart Compose for Spanish speaking Google Docs users, that is built on the similar machine learning technology. Read More

Google Makes Creating Spreadsheets Easier With Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup

Working on spreadsheets and analyzing data has always been a tedious task. Google announced several new updates to Google Sheets, which will make filling data and building spreadsheets a bit easier. Google is bringing Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup to Google Sheets, leveraging G Suite AI. With Smart Fill, the data entry in sheets will be automated, similar to Smart Compose in Gmail that helps users to write faster by predicting repetitive phrases. Product Manager of G Suite, Ryan Weber explained how Smart Fill will work in a blog post, saying, “Say you have a column of full names, but you want to split it into two columns, first and last name, for example. As you start typing first names into a column, Sheets will automatically detect the pattern, generate the corresponding formula, and then autocomplete the rest of the column for you.”

Google will not literally auto-fill a coloumn for you, but instead will build a formula and suggest to fill it based on patterns that it collects, giving the user flexibility to manage it accordingly. Read More

Google Discontinues Pixel 3a and 3a XL – Hints At Imminent Launch Of Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were discontinued in March this year and now the company confirms that its discontinuing the production of Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. 3a is listed as out of stock on the Google Store. However, 3a and 3a XL will still be available on third-party platforms who have units available with them. Google said in a statement to Android Police that, “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3A. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3A, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.” The discontinuation of the duo marks the end to entire Pixel 3 line.  Read More

AirDrop Competitor, Google’s Nearby Sharing To Be Availabe Soon

Google has finally made ‘Nearby Sharing’ official. The AirDrop competitor is available as beta version for testing. The feature will allow users to share photos, videos, links and other files between Android devices quickly, easily, and wirelessly, similar to how AirDrop works on iOS and MacOS. The feature will be launched with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms, including Chrome OS, Windows and Mac. The feature has already started to show up in the settings of Chrome OS Canary . For mobile Android devices, it will be available through Google Play Store.

Nearby Share will let users share files with those in their contact list and devices that are near them. It appeared to work best when the devices sharing the files were within a foot of each other. If you aren’t a beta Google Play user, you cannot test the App, unless you download the Play Services beta APK (at your own risk). Read More

This Is How Google Is Helping Small Businesses In India To Tackle COVID-19

We are in midst of a global pandemic and small businesses have been largely affected by the slowdown of the economy. In light of this, Google has introduced new features on Google My Business App and Google Pay for Business to help local businesses to adapt to the COVID-19 situation. A shift of consumer behaviour to online shopping and digital payments, has made it essential for every business to have a digital presence.”The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns have accelerated the need for many more businesses, especially small businesses to adopt technology and get online to minimise the disruption and recover,” says Shalini Girish, Director-India, Google Customer Solutions.  Read More

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