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Google Lens is Coming to all Android Phones Running Google Photos

Google Lens is Coming to all Android Phones Running Google Photos

Android devices having Google Photos will soon get Google Lens

Google has finally decided to bring the Google Lens to the Android devices but it comes with a catch. Only those devices which already have Google Photos installed will be able to get the Google Lens. This app will allow users to scan a number of things right from their smartphone in order to receive information like a flower type or the dog’s breed and much more. The best thing about it is that users can simply scan the business card by simply scanning it identify their surrounding by just scanning the landmark present in the area.

A number of phones are already able to access the Google Lens features through the Google Assistant. This includes some of the premium flagship of last year from major manufacturers like Sony, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Motorola and Huawei.

Google will be rolling out the Google Lens update in varied batches depending upon the location so some users might have to wait longer than the others.

Google lens comes loaded with great features

At first Google Lens can play a great role in identifying addresses. By simply pointing the Google Lens to any kind of document, poster or a flier which has an address on it and it will simply bring the location right in front of you.

Apart from the addresses Google Lens can also easily identify as well as save the phone numbers and email ids. On giving a simple tap on the number users can make the call or even create a new contact of the same number and similar feature is applicable for the email id.

If any user points the Google Lens to any famous person image or even name written anywhere then it  will work smartly to bring relevant information about it right on the screen instantly.

It is smart enough to recognize the popular brands and offer other relevant information regarding by simply looking the product or logo. Users can even use to scan the barcodes and QR codes instantly without the need of downloading any additional app.

Google Lens also comes with a feature which can be found on the Pinterest and it happens to be ability to show visually similar images with better acceptance rate.

If you want to know about any movie or book then point the Google Lens and it will provide some valuable information like review rating, show timing or book release date and so on.

Making sense of the visual world

Google has announced its plan of expanding the launch of the GoogleLens in the upcoming at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

However Google has not revealed the timing for the launch at that time and it quick expansion is a surprise for everyone. Sadly there is no news regarding the launch of the it on the iOS devices.

Google has asserted that Google Lens will allow users to make better sense of the visual world in future and it will help users further in easily identifying and annotating the objects around them with perfection.

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Android P, Now Available in Developer Preview

Android P, Now Available in Developer Preview

What you can see from Android P

Google has just released the developer preview for Android P and let me tell you this will be one colorful new OS. The official Android P OS will be available for download in the autumn so up till then we will get updates to the developer OS. Since this this is the first  developer preview for the app, we can hope to see a lot more changes till the final version of Android P comes out in autumn of this year.The next Android P developers preview is supposed to come out in May, maybe with a lot more changes but for now let’s look at all things new that Android P brings to the OS.

Android P relocates the Time stamp on the Screen:

Don’t be alarmed this is one, small relocation of the time stamp from the far right to the far left of the status bar on the screen. Android P also makes room for the iPhone X-like- notch. Notifications can be seen near the time stamp on the status bar with 4 icons depicting the apps to which the notifications belong to. After that all the other notifications appear as a dot with the user pulling down the status bar to see more.

Android P gives you a more colorful Settings:

Googles likes to change the settings menu with every new Android OS it releases. This time is no different too. While the actual layout may not have undergone any major changes, there are new colorful icons to the left of the settings menu to depict the various categories. The grey- scale of the icons is gone and more colorful icons have taken their place.

Android 9.0 makes the Dock Stand Out:

The dock on your screen that contains the Google search bar and various apps on the home screen is given a cloudy background to make the apps in the dock stand out more.

New Quick Settings Pulldown in Android P:

The quick settings menu has undergone some minor changes in Android 9.0 with the corners being rounded off and the icons appearing in a bubble. The icons become blue when switched on and take a grey color when the respective icon is off.

Changes to the Volume Slider with Android P:

After changing the power option in Android Oreo, Google has now moved on to the volume slider in it. The volume slider appears with arrows facing left and right to change between media, ringtone and such. The volume can then be adjusted by moving the slider up or down.

Android P is trying to bring Pixel’s Product Sans Font to the OS:

A minor change noticed with the font in Android 9.0 is that the Pixel’s font is being seen in more places in the OS. Whether this is intentional or just that this is default font appearing on the OS because of its early developer version is not known.

The power Menu Now lets you take a screen shot in Android P:

The power off/ restart pop-up now includes another feature- the screenshot option in it.

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Social Media

WhatsApp Beta Extends Delete for Everyone Option Duration

WhatsApp Beta Extends Delete for Everyone Option Duration

Now users will get 1 hour to get rid of sent messages with Delete for Everyone on WhatsApp

When WhatsApp rolled out the Delete for everyone, few months ago every user was thrilled but its short duration wasn’t loved by all. Finally WhatsApp heard the desperate call of the users and had decided to boost the duration of time by more than 1 hour with the upcoming update.

This update is in beta version and it is being tested on a number of devices globally to get rid of any flaws or issues emerging out of it. It is expected to be made available to the users worldwide in the stable version very soon enough.

Delete for Everyone:  Much needed feature but came too late

WhatsApp has launched the delete for everyone feature in the month of November 2017. This feature allowed the users to delete any sent message but within seven minutes of sending it out. Though this feature was ridiculed by many as the time frame offered by WhatsApp was too less.

However upcoming update to the WhatsApp will allow the users to delete sent messages within 4096 seconds which equals to 4096 seconds or 68 minutes and 16 seconds to be precise.

The beta version of WhatsApp 2.18.69 already comes with this enhanced deleting functionality but this number does sound quite random and weird. However it is a great improvement over the earlier available 420 seconds which simply offered to less time to take action.

More new features like Delete for Everyone coming to WhatsApp

WhatsApp is not just extending the period for delete for everyone but it will be also bringing the ability to forward stickers in the upcoming update. The 2.18.69 will come with the support for the sticker app but at the moment the beta version is dealing with a notorious bug which caused the app to crash whenever a user tries to send GIFs to others. WhatsApp engineers are working tirelessly to get rid of this bug along with other before it is rolled out to other devices.

In the meantime WhatsApp has already brought two updates right to the beta program in order to address the issues engulfing the new features. These version numbers are 2.18.70 and 2.18.71 and the first one is aimed at fixing the issue for sending GIFs while the second one brings the ability to add new voice note sending icon right in the chat window.

In upcoming days users will be able to record just a portion of the voice and lock it before they send it out to them. Earlier users had the ability to record and send the voice note to others without even getting the chance to listen to the recording.

Now the lock feature will allow the users to lock the microphone button when it is not to be used. WhatsApp is also gearing up to offer a number of sticker pack in the upcoming days which can be downloaded with a simple click and use it in the messages for more interactive conversation.

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Technology

Physicists Create New Form of Light

Physicists Create New Form of Light

New Form of Light to help in Quantum Computing?

Using light to transfer information is nothing new. Today we see optical fibers being used for just that. But what if light or photons could be used in distributing quantum information in a unique never-seen-before-kind of way? Researchers have found a way to create a new form of light by getting photons to come together and stay together.

Taking a simple example of placing two torches facing one and another with the beams on, you will notice that the light just passes by the other beam without anything interesting happening.

This is what light or photons do, they do not interact with other photon particles. But researchers have found a way to create a situation in which these light particles or photons interact with one and another to create a new form of light. What’s more is that this new form of light does not even require bending the laws of physics to achieve this scenario.

How can these photons be made to interact to create this new form of light?

Researchers have observed that photons can stick together and create a new form of light. With current experimentation, they have found groups of three photons sticking together to create a new form of photonic matter.

Researchers shone a very weak beam of light through a cloud of rubidium atoms and discovered that the photons came out in groups of two and three creating a new form of light.

Further observation also noted that photons, that normally travel at the speed of light now became slower and more sluggish than before, the newly combined photons now took on a fraction of an electron’s mass. The newly formed photonic matter now moved at 100,000 times slower than what it did before. If photons could be made to interact in such ways to create a new form of light, then these newly formed photonic matter could be harnessed to perform incredibly complex quantum computations in a very short span of time.

The Experiment in creating a new form of Light:

Getting photons to interact with one and other has been a life long struggle for many scientists but not anymore. In 2013 scientists struggles came to fruition when they were able to combine photons and create a new form of photonic matter or new form of light.

In the experiment, researchers used a cloud of rubidium atoms that they cooled to create a state of immobilized atoms. Researchers then shone a very weak beam of light through the cloud. Measurements after this process yielded a solution that researchers were waiting years for. The photons combined with each other in groups of twos and threes and remained together even after the experiment, creating a new form of matter.

The newly formed photonic matter or new form of light was found have a strong bond meaning that the photons had interacted with the other photons strongly.

Scientists came up with an explanation as to how this was happening. When photons pass through the cloud of rubidium atoms, they land from one atom to the next and while landing on an atom, the photon becomes a polariton which is a hybrid between a photon and a rubidium atom. Two polaritons react with one and other through their atomic component. At reaching the edge of the cloud, the atom component remains back and the newly joined photons leave the cloud, giving a new form of light.

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Google Announced ARCore 1.0 New Updates to Google Lens and Smartphones

Google Announced ARCore 1.0 New Updates to Google Lens and Smartphones

Google’s ARCore to begin its 1.0 journey

Google’s ARCore has just entered its 1.0 phase. The augmented reality platform has moved on from the experimental stage and onto actual usage in over 100 million android devices worldwide. Currently pixel phone users could place “Stranger Things” and “Stars Wars” objects into the real world. With ARCore 1.0, users of augmented reality can now develop their own creations and place them in the augmented reality context.

Phones that did not fall under the preview stage of ARCore 1.0 can now have a first time look at augmented reality through the ARCore concept.

Phones that ARCore 1.0 compatible:

Google launched ARCore 1.0as a preview in August 2017 in only on a limited number of phones.

Google has brought ARCore 1.0 to pixel, pixel 2 and their XL counterparts, Galaxy S7, S8, S7 edge, S8+, Note 8, One Plus 5, ASUS Zenfone AR and LGE’s V30 and V30 +. This may be only a small portion of the total phones that are out there but Google had hit the target market with this lot achieving a total of 100 million phones at launch.

But all is not lost, Google is closely partnering up with LGE, Samsung, Huawei, ASUS, Motorola, Xiaomi, Vivo and Sony Mobile to bring the AR world to the world. We can hope to see ARCore on soon to be launched phones by these brands. With the-soon-to-be-launched Samsung Galaxy S9, you can hope to see ARCore 1.0 as one of the apps marketed on the phone.

Will ARCore 1.0 be better than what is already out there?

Google’s ARCore is much like Apple’s ARKit, but the one essential difference is that with Google’s ARCore you can place any creation or creations on a number of surfaces, be it horizontal or vertical. Google’s ARCore 1.0 has a better understanding of the environment and the surfaces on which objects can be placed.

You will be able to place virtual objects on any sort of plane be it a floor, wall, table or cabinet. Moving forward and being a bit more creative you could also place objects onto the palm of your hand or on your pillow.

With ARCore 1.0 you can now put virtual objects on a lot more surfaces even textured surfaces.

Other Google products to hit the floor soon:

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