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Samsung Good Lock updates aim to help reduce your typos and tweak your share screen - Android Police
Galaxy phone owners have access to a whole bunch of customization options through Samsung’s Good Lock app. This month alone, the app got two major
Galaxy phone owners have access to a whole bunch of customization options through Samsung’s Good Lock app. This month alone, the app got two major modules in the form of Pentastic and Wonderland, for tweaking the S Pen and device wallpapers, respectively. Now, Good Lock is all set to add a few new capabilities to improve your typing experience, better manage who gets priority on the share screen, and how apps respond to device rotation. Keys Cafe is a catchy name for an upcoming app that handles keyboard customizations. Besides some themes to personalize the on-screen keyboard, the app will introduce some sort of game that will score you to “help minimize your typos.” In addition to that, you’ll get the standard stuff like the option to change the keyboard height and width to match what you’re comfortable using. An update to the Home Up app, meanwhile, will help you better manage your phone’s share screen. You’ll be able to prioritize or hide apps and contacts using Share Manager. We're also seeing the MultiStar app get a section called I ♡ Galaxy Tablet (totally not making this up). Wireless Keyboard Share under it lets you connect your tablet’s physical keyboard with your Galaxy phone and even quickly switch between the two. The changes introduced in the MultiStar app have already been going live for Galaxy tablet owners over the past week. Samsung says that Keys Cafe and the updated Home Up are coming to compatible devices sometime early next month.
Google Meet's impressive live noise-cancellation is rolling out to more countries - Android Police
We've all been in a video conference where background noise coming from someone's microphone ruined the entire conversation. Although this is easily
This story was originally published 2020/06/09 4:50am PDTon Jun 9, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/01 6:11am PDTon Jul 1, 2020. We've all been in a video conference where background noise coming from someone's microphone ruined the entire conversation. Although this is easily solved by going on mute, the problem persists if the participant needs to speak. Thankfully, Google announced a noise cancellation feature for Meet, preventing the attendees from hearing unwanted background, back in April. After the company already rolled out the feature to most G Suite Enterprise users, it plans on bringing the feature to more G Suite organizations in more markets. In a support document, Google says noise cancellation will roll out to users in "Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, and New Zealand in the coming weeks." The company makes clear that it won't come to people "in South Africa, UAE, and the immediately surrounding areas" without stating why. The technology has been in the making since 2018 and uses artificial intelligence models to filter out background noises from actual speech. It has been trained over time by Google teams using internal meeting recordings, as well as YouTube videos, to understand what sounds need to be canceled. Given the current coronavirus context, a lot more people were working from home, which naturally led to more unwanted noises in the background, such as kids screaming or dogs barking. This gave the teams a great opportunity to test out the feature and accelerate its rollout. As the technology is still recent, the research teams are starting with a relatively soft approach, meaning the "denoiser," as it's colloquially called, may not block "noise" if your child speaks to you during a meeting, as this could still be considered speech. Similarly, breathing and coughing will not be filtered out initially, to avoid making the experience unnatural. Noise cancellation is still being fine-tuned, as it's very tough to filter out noises that are too close to the microphone, such as keystrokes or music, which can be hard to isolate. The ultimate goal is to make the conversation smoother, so whether background noise is fully canceled out or merely muffled doesn't matter that much, as long as people can remain focused on the conversation and understand each other clearly. Even though the feature is becoming more widely available, Google is still working on improving it. However, it's also managing privacy expectations and doesn't plan to record meetings to improve the algorithm. Similarly, even though your audio needs to go through the company's servers to be "denoised," it remains encrypted, and the company's employees won't have access to it. Noise cancellation has gradually started rolling out to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. The company expects all users to have it by the end of the month on the web, with iOS and Android apps receiving the feature later on. Once it's available, the "denoiser" will be turned on by default, as shown above. There won't be a visual indication during the meeting showing noise is being filtered out, making the interface cleaner. You might want to ensure it's on before your call, though, as co-workers might hear you vacuuming during your team meeting. In all cases, the noise cancellation feature is still work in progress; and the company is working on improving the overall experience, so we'll probably see some changes and improvements in the coming months. Interestingly, Zoom has had a noise cancellation feature since 2018, which may not be as advanced as Google's, but already cancels keystrokes and minor noise. I'm curious to see how the competition will adapt, especially given the current context, and since Teams has built a similar technology.
Weekend poll: Which video call or conferencing services do you use? - Android Police
Over the last few months, the popularity of videoconferencing services like Zoom has exploded. With so many of us working at home and unable to visit
Over the last few months, the popularity of videoconferencing services like Zoom has exploded. With so many of us working at home and unable to visit friends or family, video calls are a close (or distant) second when it comes to both work meetings and general human contact. Now that Google is stepping up its own competition against Zoom, we're curious to know which video call or conferencing services you might use. In case you're out of the loop, Google has decided to start bundling its Meet videoconferencing service directly into the Gmail app, leveraging the fact that it's a default app on all phones that ship with Google's app suite to ensure almost every Android user has immediate access to it. For frequent users, that might be an advantage, though others could see the move as hamfisted and anticompetitive. Either way, it's videoconferencing war. But Zoom and Meet aren't the only two services out there. If you're making more personal calls than attending remote business meetings, you might be using Google's other service Duo, or you might have an extensive legacy contact list curated in Microsoft-owned Skype. And that's not to mention all the other services out there. There are quite a lot of niche solutions, so our poll can't be all-encompassing, but let us know which video calling apps and services you use these days, and feel free to select all that apply.
Google will launch the Nest Mini in New Zealand on June 25 - Android Police
Google will finally bring its first-party Assistant speakers to New Zealand, three years after it first introduced them in Australia.
Despite being a stone's throw away from Australia, New Zealand seems to have been massively neglected by Google. The company's official Store in NZ barely carries a few Nest cams and Chromecasts, whereas it's nearly fully-decked for Aussies. Things are looking up for Kiwis, though, as Google is gearing up to launch the Nest Mini in their country on June 25. The Nest Mini will be the first Google Assistant speaker to officially come to New Zealand, as none of the previous Home speakers or displays made it there. It'll be available in two colors, chalk (white) and charcoal (dark grey), at several retailers — Spark, Noel Leeming, JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman, and The Warehouse — and will cost NZD $89 (approx. USD $58). Previous trends taught us that Google never introduces a Home/Nest speaker in a new market without supporting its primary language first, so even though Assistant doesn't currently offer New Zealand English as a language option, it'll likely be added before or around the time the Nest speaker launches in the country. If you'd like to know more about Google's littlest speaker, you can read our full review in preparation for the launch. With this addition, the Nest Mini will have spread its wings to 22 countries, two more than the first-gen Home Mini ever did in its lifetime. Hopefully, it'll make its way to many more markets soon.