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3 months ago

Google Calendar is soon getting a Material Design overhaul on the desktop

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Google will soon be rolling out Material Design to the Google Calendar website

The Google Calendar app for Android first received Material Design way back in 2014, but the same cannot be said of the website. It has been over three years since Google first introduced the Material Design language, but the company has yet to roll it out to its web properties such as Gmail and Calendar.

That will soon change, at least for Calendar. Reddit user xDawnut has shared images over the new UI, released as part of the Trusted Tester program. The new layout looks very similar to the Google Calendar Android application, as one may expect. There are new designs for day, week, month and list view as well as the settings menu.

The current (left) and Material (right) New Event pages

The differences between the old and new design (as seen above) are...drastic. I'm not sure why it took Google this long to get the Calendar web site updated, but it's good that it's almost complete. Most importantly, it seems Google hasn't deprecated any functionality while rolling out this new design. Here is a gallery of the new design:

Looking forward to the design improvements to Google Calendar? Let us know down below!

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3 months ago

Google Play Movies & TV now available for Vizio smart TVs

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Vizio TV owners will now have another option to watch their purchased content.

Google has announced its Movies and TV application is now available to Vizio TV owners.

Vizio previously used Google Cast as the only smarts for its TVs, but the company rolled out an actual interface for the TVs earlier this month following customer feedback. The company was also fined $2.2 million by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for improperly collecting customer data and selling that data to data brokers.

Google Play Movies and TV is also available for Samsung's smart TVs, LG's WebOS TVs, Roku and of course, Android TV and Chromecast. Play Movies and TV also integrates with Disney Movies Anywhere, and most recent Disney releases come with a code for a digital version of the movie that can be added to a Play Movies and TV library.

Learn more about Google Play Movies and TV

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3 months ago

You can now use Samsung's browser on nearly every Android phone, but should you?

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Browser includes features such as extensions and night mode.

Samsung's Internet application may seem superfluous when a smartphone or tablet already has Google Chrome, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. The most well-known feature is extension support, so users can download a separate content blocker to filter out malicious advertisements. There are also some handy features including a night mode that darkens a web page's interface, and battery life is reportedly better than Chrome, though that assertion is certainly subjective. Before today, the browser was only available for Samsung devices and the Google Pixel, but that has changed.

Samsung's Internet browser comes with Adblock and other great features.

Samsung has announced that any user using a device with Android 5.0 Lollipop and newer (75% of all Android devices) can download the beta version of Samsung Internet and get access to those extra features. While it is advertised as a beta, the application worked just fine for me. It downloaded and installed to my OnePlus 3T without issue, and I haven't encountered any crashes or errors when browsing. One of the Adblock plugins did say it was not compatible with my 3T, but I'll wager that's an issue with that specific plugin. I was able to download a different Adblock plugin and the browser loaded pages just fine whether I had the content blocker enabled or not.

To streamline setup, Chrome desktop users can download the Samsung Internet plugin to synchronize their bookmarks and passwords. This does mean creating a Samsung ID to sync the data, but that's not too big of an issue. Once signed into the account on both mobile and inside the Chrome browser, importing bookmarks is as easy as clicking the "Import" button inside the extension's settings. The default home screen and search engine for Samsung Internet are Google, as most Android users would expect.

Do you plan on using the Samsung Browser over Chrome? Let us know down below!

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3 months ago

Most popular Bixby Voice commands

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Commands can let Bixby do all sorts of things for you.

Bixby Voice for Galaxy S8, and Galaxy Note 8, brings an assistant to your pocket. There is plenty that Bixby is capable of doing by using commands, from playing music from your favorite app, to adding items to your calendar. We've got the details on the most awesome commands to aid you in your Bixby adventures!

Navigation

When it comes to making it from point A to point B, many of us use our phones as maps and get turn-by-turn directions for them. If you end up needing to use Maps, you can interact verbally by getting Bixby to help you out.

  • Navigate to location.
  • Start/Stop Navigation.
  • Change destination to location.

Music

Bixby is able to connect with a few different music services, including Pandora and Google Play. This means that once you know how to ask, you can have your tunes in just a few words, rather than having to manually open the app and find what you want to listen to. While there are a variety of different commands available depending on which music service you're using, there are a few that are pretty universal.

  • Play Music
  • Stop Music
  • Pause Music
  • Play Music from specific album

Camera

There are times when trying to get the perfect angle for your selfie and managing to hit the shutter button without ruining it is an effort in futility. For those of us with small hands, this is even worse thanks to that super tall infinity display that the Galaxy S8 is rocking. Thankfully, there are a solid handful of camera commands you can use with Bixby. These are especially handy for getting group shots without losing your balance or for getting that perfect angle.

  • Take a selfie
  • Set the timer for x seconds
  • Rotate the camera

Calendar

The calendar on your phone can be used as a powerful tool to keep track of everything going on in your busy schedule. Bixby can read off what is coming up on your calendar, as well as add items to your itinerary. That makes it handy to add things when you're busy, without having to type anything out.

  • Add an event to my calendar.
  • What is on my calendar for x date?
  • Do I have anything on my calendar for x date?

Questions?

Do you have a favorite command for use with Bixby Voice? Did we miss an excellent command or set of commands that ought to be here? Let us know about it in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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3 months ago

Google's mobile app now suggests shortcuts to help you get stuff done

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Google's mobile app now shows shortcuts above the news feed.

Google is rolling out an update to its mobile app in India that introduces shortcuts to the home screen. The shortcuts live above the news feed, and give you an easy way to find the latest score in a cricket match, or view the weather information or driving time to a nearby point of interest.

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3 months ago

Google Maps beta adds news features, including Android O's picture-in-picture support

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Google Maps beta adds new features tailored to Google's next Android release.

Android 8.0 is set to release anytime soon, and Google has been hard at work getting its own applications ready to take advantage of the new system APIs. Picture-in-Picture, originally available in Android 7.0 Nougat for Android TV users, will be available for phone and tablet users after the launch of Android O.

To take advantage of this, the latest beta version of the Google Maps app is adding support for picture-in-picture. I don't think this will be advantageous on most smartphones, but it will be a good feature for larger screened phones and LTE-connected tablets. Android Police notes that the feature is currently buggy, but that's beta software for you.

Also along for the ride is the ability for the application to log monthly driving statistics such as average speed, total distance and time spent in traffic. My brother drives hundreds of miles a day for his job, so this will be a nice feature for users like him that need to get compensated for their mileage. There are already third party applications to do this, but adding the feature to Maps means one less application to worry about.

One last piece to prepare for Android O is support for more notification channels. The Maps application already supports this feature, but this beta adds the ability to move some navigation notifications into their own channel. One channel is for when the application is in the foreground and another channel for when navigation is running in the background. Google did not provide a timeline to expect these features to be added to the stable version of the application, but we will report back when that happens.

If you're not already a Google Maps beta tester, you can sign up for it very easily!

Do you think you'll use the new features? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 months ago

TripIt launches in-airport point-to-point navigation for Pro users

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Never get lost in an airport again.

Air travel is often frustrating, as we all know, but TripIt is doing its best to smooth out the experience with a new feature in its app that takes airport maps to a new level. Its new in-app airport maps not only give you a top-down view of the entire airport with every bit of information you need, but also now complete navigation between points in the airport.

So now whether you're navigating a new airport, are somewhere international with an unfamiliar language or just have a tight connection between terminals, the TripIt app has you covered. You just enter your start and end points and it will walk you through the fastest route to get there, even estimating your travel time. Entrance to gate, gate to gate, or maybe just gate to bathroom. You can also leverage the map's information to search for the nearest restaurant and then navigate there.

TripIt says the point-to-point airport mapping and navigation is available in "nearly" 50 airports around the world.

As usual, this big of a feature is tied to being a TripIt Pro subscriber, which comes in at $49 per year and offers a whole host of features and benefits above and beyond this one. The new feature will also require an update to the TripIt app, which is rolling out imminently.

Press release:

TripIt Pro Takes the Hassle Out of Getting to Your Gate

New Interactive Maps Help Travelers Navigate the Airport with Ease

SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2017 – TripIt® from Concur®, the world's highest-rated travel-organizing app, released interactive airport maps that give travelers everything they need to quickly and easily find their way through the airport. The new TripIt Pro feature allows travelers to search for what's available at the airport and get step-by-step walking directions that include an estimate of how long it'll take to get there.

"Airports can be overwhelming, especially when you're rushing to board a flight," said Jen Moyse, director of product at TripIt from Concur. "Whether you're trying to make a connecting flight or looking for something to eat before you take off, TripIt Pro will make sure you never wander around lost in an airport again."

With TripIt Pro's newly enhanced airport maps, travelers can pull up easy-to-follow directions between any two points in an airport. This includes navigating a terminal, finding your departure gate, and airport amenities—such as restaurants, charging stations, ATMs, restrooms, and more. The maps also show walking times, and other useful information that makes it easier for travelers to:

Go from security to gate: Quickly find the fastest route to the departure gate after getting through security. Make a tight connection: See how long it'll take to get from gate to gate, or from one terminal to the next, and give them directions that show them the most direct route. Find the best dining options: Search for restaurants, bars or cafes, and TripIt Pro will show what's available, what's open and exactly how much time it should take to get there—taking the guesswork out of deciding where to go.

Airport maps are shown for each leg of a trip, including departure, arrival and layover airports, and can be found within flight-details screens in the TripIt mobile app. The new interactive airport maps are available for nearly 50 airports worldwide and require Internet to access.

While TripIt organizes travel plans in one place for free, a subscription to TripIt Pro ($49/year) is required to access the new feature. To learn more about how TripIt Pro can help you stay one step ahead, visit www.TripIt.com/pro.

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3 months ago

This is how Android Oreo is going to be more user-friendly

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Brighter colors and simplified iconography help make Android Oreo one of the more appealing versions of the mobile operating system yet.

I confess: I've only been living with Android Oreo for a couple of days. I know that plenty of Pixel and Nexus users have already had the opportunity to roll with the new notification dots and bright white notification shade for a while now. They've also had time to get used to Android O's new, horrifically expressive emoji. I'm barely through the first cycle of recovery myself, but am using them despite my apparent state of denial.

Sorry — we're not here to talk about the emoji (I've already talked about that). We're here to speak of the Android Oreo Developer Preview, which recently hit its fourth and penultimate beta stage. I finally downloaded it in an attempt to prepare myself for Android Oreo's imminent arrival, despite its knock on my Pixel XL's battery life. Soon, we'll finally learn what dessert it's named after, and those who upgrade to it will have the pick of a few more user-friendly features compared to its predecessor. Here's a look at some of the new and improved interface elements to look forward to in Android Oreo.

Big and little notifications

I still don't know how to feel about the dynamic notification panel for Spotify. Apparently, this is something that we'll see more of as support sprouts up in the Play Store. The gradients are gentle, and I appreciate the larger playback controls, but sometimes the algorithm that determines the color scheme is completely off.

Android Oreo's notification shade is more dynamic with better music controls and smaller notifications for the minor things.

I like the smaller, subdued notification panels, however, particularly for things like traffic reports and minor updates. I don't have as much of an inclination to immediately swipe them out of the way, even when the data becomes outdated. They also look nicer paired with the giant music controls.

Type in your wake-up time

Frankly, I hated the dial method of setting the alarm in the default Android clock app. If I'm tired — or perhaps still a bit full from dinner — the last thing I want to do is attempt to set the alarm at a precise time by dragging my finger across the screen. The old method of setting up an alarm resulted in my waking up at the oddest times — 6:57, 7:14, and 8:23, to recall a few.

Forget the dial — Android Oreo lets you set the alarm by typing it in.

In Android Oreo, there's a little keyboard icon that pops up when you're setting your alarm so that you can be accurate with your time without a finicky dial to set it up. All you have to do is type in the time and select whether it's for AM or PM.

There's also a new alarm indicator in the notifications panel, which you'll see after you swipe down twice. You can tap it to immediately jump to the alarm section of the clock app.

Know your volume

I'm so sorry for all the times I brought my smartphone into the yoga studio, and my ringer was still on. Even with Nougat's robust notifications letting me know whether my ringer would go off, I'd often forget to check the nuance of the sound profile.

This is just a very obvious reminder — you won't be able to hear your phone!

In Android Oreo, when you hit the volume button all the way down, you'll see a bright blue notification alert that notifies you of your volume profile. It's much more apparent than the way Nougat does it!

It's easier to see in the sun

While storming through San Francisco's uncharacteristically sunny streets, I noticed Android Oreo's lighter notification background is easier to see in direct sunlight. The background is a mix of stark white and soft gray with black on top, so there's contrast working in your favor even when there's daylight glare working against you.

The settings panel is easily accessibility from the notifications shade in Android Oreo.

I also appreciate the attention to detail in the notification shade, at least concerning how the buttons have been laid out. The settings button isn't as big as it used to be, but it's right there in the first swipe down, as opposed to the two swipes it took in Nougat. Another swipe down lets you edit your Quick Settings and offers immediate access to switch between your account and the guest profile so that you can hand your phone off to your little tyke to use it for playing games and nothing else.

Quietly more informative

My favorite part of Android Oreo is the fact that there are little indicators laid throughout the interface to let you know how things are doing in the background. I mentioned my battery life isn't doing so well — I'm not sure what's causing that the time of writing this, but at least I can see the battery percentage drop in real time in the status bar.

Need to know how you're doing on battery life? You can have it permanently displayed in the status bar.

If you swipe or tap into the Settings panel, you'll see other helpful indicators listed throughout, like which settings exist within certain categories, and how much storage and battery life you have left for the day. There's a new Connected devices category, too, which displays what's casting on your network and offers quick access to things like Android Beam and Printing options.

What's your favorite part of Android Oreo?

How's the latest developer preview treating you? Do you have favorite parts of Android O that you're enjoying? Or is there anything from past versions of Android that you miss? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Android Oreo

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3 months ago

How to customize Bixby Home

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Bixby is more than just a voice.

Bixby Home is the central hub where Bixby can deliver summaries of what is going on in your apps in the form of cards, provided of course that you're rocking a Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8 . We've got the details on how to customize the look of Bixby Home, as well as the information it displays for you!

How to add cards to Bixby Home

Cards are how you add what kind of information is displayed within Bixby Home. By adding cards you can customize exactly what you're looking at when the app is open.

  1. Open Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen (it looks like three vertical dots).
  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Cards.
  5. Tap the toggle to add or remove a card from Bixby Home.

How to find compatible apps

Bixby Home is only compatible with specific apps, but you can find a list of all of these from within your settings menu.

  1. Open Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen (it looks like three vertical dots).
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Apps with Cards.

How to pin a card in Bixby Home

If you always want to have specific info displayed at the top of your Bixby Home, then you can pin a card there. This is particularly handy for the weather, or email updates.

  1. Open Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the menu button on the card you want to pin.
  3. Tap Pin to Top.

How to unpin a card in Bixby Home

If you want to replace the pinned card at the top of your Bixby Home, first you'll need to unpin the current card.

  1. Open Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the menu button on the card you want to unpin.
  3. Tap Unpin.

How to change the background color in Bixby Voice

When you have Bixby Voice open to full screen, there is a background color which can be changed. As you use Bixby, and go up in level you'll unlock new background colors.

  1. Open Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen (it looks like three vertical dots)
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Background color.

  5. Tap the available color you want to use.
  6. Tap Apply.

Questions?

Have you tweaked the look of your Bixby Home? Do you prefer plenty of cards, or as few as possible?Let us know about it in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint Unlocked

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3 months ago

How to improve Bixby Voice using Samsung Feedback

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Bixby improves as you interact.

Bixby Voice is the built in pocket assistant for Galaxy S8, and Galaxy Note 8 users and it can easily answer your questions and help you access the apps you want with just a few words. However, if Bixby Voice doesn't understand what you are saying, then you definitely aren't going to get the results that you've been hoping for. There is an easy way to help fine tune what Bixby hears while you're speaking to it, and it's by using feedback to correct incorrect words or phrases.

We've got the details for you here.

How to use feedback with Bixby

  1. Ask Bixby a question.
  2. Tap Teach Me under Bixby's response.
  3. Tap the word that Bixby misunderstood.

    Tap Teach Me under Bixby's response, tap the word that Bixby misunderstood

  4. Type out the correct word or phrase.
  5. Tap the arrow icon to teach Bixby.

    Type out the correct word or phrase, tap the arrow icon.

Questions?

Have you had issues with having to regularly teach Bixby? Do you try to correct Bixby if it does make a mistake? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint Unlocked

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3 months ago

What is Tasker and how does it work?

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Tasker is the essence of Android.

Android is about customization and making your phone work for you, and nothing exemplifies that quite as well as Tasker… except maybe Nova Launcher. Tasker is an automation app that lets us mere mortals work a little Android magic. Yes, magic. Magic is science we don't understand yet, and that makes it a perfect analogy for Tasker, as really the biggest obstacle the app faces is people not knowing what it is, how it works, and just what it can do for you.

So, let's answer those questions and make a little magic.

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3 months ago

Fleksy's new developers strive to revive the app as the next keyboard platform

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Fleksy isn't dead. Instead, it's being ushered into a new direction by ThingThing in a bid to make the smartphone keyboard app into a platform of its own.

Consider the fact the way you type to a friend or family member is kind of like a language of its own. Think about it: the emoji you use, the shorthand you elect, and the sentences you choose to complete are all part of a system of rhetoric you've developed around communicating with others via a smartphone.

The plan is to open up Fleksy to third-party developers to turn it into a bonafide platform.

And what if your keyboard doesn't support the kind of fluidity you need to have conversations? Well, then it's frustrating to use. These sorts of scenarios are what ThingThing is attempting to eliminate, in addition to seeking to make its users feel like they're able to express themselves regardless of the messaging app they're conversing in.

"We take for granted the keyboard for just being a key input, but if [what you need] is one tap away, you can eliminate having to switch between apps," said Olivier Plante, the co-founder of ThingThing. The popular iOS keyboard app recently announced it would take over development for another popular keyboard app on Android, Fleksy, which wasn't actually left for dead as we'd all initially thought.

The idea is to bundle in ThingThing's integrated services abilities with Fleksy's impressive auto-correct capabilities. "We started to exchange visions — of what is the role of the keyboard in the market, and how the OS is going to evolve in the future," Plante told TechCrunch last month. "[Our visions were] aligned in values."

The plan is to open up Fleksy to third-party developers to turn it into a bonafide platform of sorts with plug-ins and quick access to shortcuts and other apps and services. I spoke to Plante about what's next for Fleksy, and what users of the iOS and Android apps can expect with something like a "keyboard platform."

ThingThing's declaration of love for Fleksy from its official blogpost.

The keyboard as a platform

If you're a seasoned Android user, you're already privy to the idea of the keyboard as a platform in of itself. Think about it: you've always had the option to ditch whatever default keyboard app came with your Android-powered device. Well, that's the same idea behind the next version of Fleksy; essentially, that it becomes the app you want to type with in every app that supports keyboard input because it offers everything you could need.

We see the keyboard as the perfect gateway to sort actions in any app.

"We see the keyboard as the perfect gateway to sort actions in any app," explained Plante in a Skype call. "As Facebook Messenger has evolved into a platform, as iMessage had enabled the ability for developers to build micro-apps…if you have this approach of having a silo, it ends up being a big mess for developers. It creates a cluster of multiple things to manage."

Plante continues, "The platform enables users to access content in any app and share it in any app where the keyboard is. It's as simple as that. We'll enable third-party developers and service providers to build on it but in a very careful way. We're talking about different types of services, from GIF services to places on Yelp to songs from Spotify. But it's always the same principle of being able to access things and share them."

What separates it from other keyboard apps?

With GBoard already featuring integrations into its services and plenty of users flocking to Google's stock offerings, it may seem like using any other third-party keyboard app is moot. But not so, explains Plante:

"We see other keyboard apps have tried something similar…who have created a bloated experience, something that is very messy. [Our] team is very attentive to the core user experience — It's one of our core values: to create an experience that's simple to use."

Plante added that what will help separate the next Fleksy is how much more private it is compared to other keyboard apps. "The users know that, with us, they will have a private experience that's completely local with nothing in the cloud. The algorithm sits on the phone; everything is processed on the phone, and we're [the ones] directing services."

Any unique features for Android users?

Android users will see the same keyboard experience as their iOS counterparts when the new app relaunches. However, Plante promises, the app will continue to be developed specifically for the Android user:

"We want to unify the experience, so if a user has an Android tablet and an iPhone, he'll be able to have the same experience. We're going to focus our attention on making both platforms compatible. But we know Android has specificities, and we'll always care about those specific features."

"We want to provide a premium feeling product, so we're thinking carefully about behaviors of users and asking people if they understand how things can be used. We're centered in on that experience of the user."

How Fleksy plans to remain private

We want to empower what the user wants while being respectful of their privacy.

"We're very serious about this. We want to empower what the user wants [while also being] respectful of their privacy. Do you want to search with Google? Fine, but you don't need to tell anyone what's happening behind the scenes — cross marketing, advertising that suddenly shown what you've been typing to your friend. We don't believe this is the future. These kinds of things are happening, and we think we need to bring something valuable to the world. It's what we care about."

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3 months ago

Disney Emoji Blitz perfectly captures Android's emoji problem

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Emoji are really, really complicated, and they don't need to be.

Emoji are supposed to be easy, cute, and even fun. They're whimsical ways to communicate with your friends, allowing you to create and converse in sometimes-cryptic pictographic codes. Emoji can say a million things, and while they should translate across platforms and people easily, the truth is, they don't, especially on Android. This is doubly true for custom emoji keyboards on Android, which are all either massive disappointments or straight-up lies.

No keyboard is this more true for than Disney Emoji Blitz, but it doesn't have to be like this.

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3 months ago

How to change the language and speaking style of Bixby Voice

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How do I change the language or speaking style of Bixby?

Bixby Voice responds to your queries as a virtual assistant that lives in your pocket. Some folks might not want to listen to the Bixby voice "Stephanie" or you might be hoping to switch those responses to another language. This is a pretty simple process from within the settings of the Bixby app, and it should only take you a few moments to do.

Get the details here!

How to change the language of Bixby Voice

  1. Launch the Bixby app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen. (It looks like three vertical dots).
  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Language and speaking style.
  5. Tap Languages.
  6. Tap the language you want Bixby to speak in.

How to change the speaking style of Bixby Voice

  1. Launch the Bixby app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen. (It looks like three vertical dots).
  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Language and speaking style.
  5. Tap on the Bixby icon next to the speaking style you want Bixby to use.

Questions?

Do you still have questions about changing the language or speaking style of Bixby? Do you prefer one speaking style over another? Be sure to drop us a comment and let us know about it!

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Google Play has changed its ranking algorithms to surface high-performance apps

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There's more to an app than just its features and price.

How stable an app is, how well it performs, and its consistency are just as important to the app experience as anything else — and Google knows it. That's why it has announced today that Google Play has changed its ranking algorithms to surface apps that exhibit the best performance, lowest number of crashes, and the highest stability, rather than just the most installs or highest ratings.

Looking at app reviews across the Play Store, Google says that half of 1-star reviews are related to general app stability. These types of apps that have higher crash rates or drain battery consistently won't be ranked as highly as those that exhibit less of these issues, even if they actually have a relatively high overall rating. Google's data shows that people consistently use these stable apps more and uninstall them less often, as you'd expect.

In aggregate, it means higher-quality apps for every single Android user.

That all makes sense, but before now, you wouldn't necessarily be getting the best-performing app if you simply searched and installed the top result for your query. So that's what makes this change so intriguing, as it hopefully entices developers to focus on the core experience of their app — how much power it uses, how often it crashes, etc. — rather than just adding new features or changing the interface. It's hard to use "higher app stability" as a selling point for your app, but it does lead to higher overall satisfaction in the end, and Google's making sure that that counts for something in searches.

If you've followed any of the developer-focused talks surrounding Google I/O in the past couple of years, this won't come as any big surprise. Google's developer advocates have constantly espoused the importance of making your apps rock solid and mindful of the resources on a user's phone, only taking up what you need while tracking and fixing problems in the code that lead to instability.

On the end user side of things, the next time you go to the Play Store to search for an app, you won't necessarily notice anything different at the time — but in the aggregate, you'll hopefully be installing better apps that do their part to improve your overall Android experience.

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