Samsung brings the ‘Try Galaxy’ app to Android with a Galaxy AI demo

What you need to know

  • Samsung states it has made the “Try Galaxy” app available to Android users, and an update to the app brings a Galaxy AI demo.
  • Users will find a widget that hosts several “core” Galaxy AI features users can see through tutorial demonstrations.
  • Samsung confirmed it plans to bring Galaxy AI features to several older devices in March.

Previously only available to Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s “Try Galaxy” app is available today on Android, and with it comes demos of the company’s Galaxy AI features.

According to Samsung, as we move into the “era of mobile AI,” the Korean OEM is looking to give more users a chance to playtest its offerings. The Try Galaxy app simulates Samsung’s latest flagship device. That said, the company states users will find a new widget on the second page of the home screen, which highlights its “core” AI features and One UI 6.1.

Tapping a feature will provide a quick video explanation of how the feature would work if you had a Galaxy S24.

There are five features users can playtest, beginning with “Live Translate.” The app will offer a quick demonstration of what it’d be like to communicate with someone in a different language. Samsung states its “two-way call translation” is built into its phone app and supports 13 languages for text and audio transcriptions.

Note Assist offers AI-based summaries and note organization, turning chunky paragraphs into easy-to-read bullet points. Chat Assist enters with the ability to translate messages in real-time as it’s built directly into the Samsung Keyboard.

Users will also gain an up-close example of how Google’s “Circle to Search” tool can be used whenever a question arises.

Samsung's "Try Galaxy" app comes to Android with a Galaxy AI demo.

(Image credit: Samsung)

The demos continue for photos as the app features a tutorial about Samsung’s “Photo Assist.”

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Test Firefox Android extensions and help developers prepare for an open mobile ecosystem in December

In August we encouraged developers to start preparing their desktop extensions for Firefox Android open availability on addons.mozilla.org (AMO). The project is progressing well and we’re on track to launch the open mobile ecosystem on AMO in December. We have more infrastructure development and testing to complete in the coming weeks, but as we move toward release we’ll keep you informed of the project’s status right here on this blog, add-ons forums, and social channels.

To help our developer community prepare for Firefox Android open extension availability on AMO — and to ensure Firefox Android users have an exciting selection of extensions to choose from — we’ve compiled a list of popular desktop extensions (with mobile API compatibility) we’re inviting the add-ons community to help test on Firefox Android. If you’re intrigued to try some new extensions on your Firefox Android phone and offer feedback, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

How to test Firefox Android extensions (Beta, Nightly)

Test extensions are only currently discoverable on AMO via 119 Beta and 120 Nightly versions of Firefox Android. If you’re not already on Beta or Nightly, please follow these links for installing Firefox Android Beta and Nightly.

Once you’re ready to roll with Firefox Android (Beta/Nightly) on your phone, just follow these simple test steps:

  1. Check out this spreadsheet of test extensions. They were compiled because they possess a combination of Android API compatibility and relative popularity on Firefox desktop.
  2. Find a test extension that interests you and navigate to addons.mozilla.org on your Firefox Android (Beta/Nightly) phone and search for the extension you want to test, then install it.
  3. Follow the testing guide on this feedback form and play around with the extension.
  4. Report your impressions of the experience on the feedback form.

Then feel free

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Samsung Galaxy AI is now available on the Try Galaxy App for iOS and other Android Users

Each year, Samsung brings out something eye-catching or innovative that becomes a major standout feature of its latest flagship phones. Last year, it was the brand-new 200 MP main camera and Snapdragon for Galaxy chipset. This year, it’s the Samsung Galaxy AI, which brings a bunch of AI-enhanced features to enhance the user experience.

But what’s the point of having a standout feature when people can’t experience it before buying the smartphone? Well, Samsung thought of that. To make the other Android and iPhone users experience what the new smartphones bring to the table, Samsung has updated the Try Galaxy web app. It now has the Galaxy AI features.

About Samsung Galaxy AI on Try Galaxy

The thing about the Galaxy AI features is that they are best experienced first-hand. These AI-enhanced features aren’t something that you can gauge by taking a look at the spec sheet. But any company can promise vague marketing terms and make users jump to their new products.

Samsung Try Galaxy One UI 5.1.1

Well, Samsung wants people to get a glimpse of what Galaxy AI can offer before they make the switch. That’s why it has updated the Try Galaxy app with a couple of new features. Users of other Android phones and iOS devices can test them out by themselves to figure out whether the new smartphones are worth it.

Of course, it should be noted that Samsung launched the Try Galaxy focusing on iOS users. The South Korean firm wanted to win Apple users over. But, now, the app is available for all Android devices. So, you can say that Samsung is now trying to win over customers from other companies too.

How’s the Experience on the New and Updated Web App?

To try out the new and updated Try Galaxy web, you just need to visit

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Google Brings Gemini to Messages App in AI-Flavored Android Feature Drop

BARCELONA–Google opened MWC 2024 with a grab-bag of new features for Android phones. And as in previous Android feature drops, you don’t have to look hard here to spy AI.

An advance copy of the company’s announcement, posted Monday, leads off with the news that Android’s Messages app will now let you talk to an entity that we trust isn’t in any of your contacts lists: Google’s Gemini AI chatbot, renamed earlier this month from Google Bard. 

Google’s post features a GIF of Gemini suggesting ways to optimize a joke that was already in dad-joke territory. The results suggest that humor remains something best left to analog jokesters.

AI to work inside Android Auto

(Credit: Google)

Another new feature, earlier spotted in Android code by 9to5Google, puts AI to work inside Android Auto to reduce the cognitive load for drivers by auto-summarizing texts and chats and suggesting situationally relevant replies and actions, like sharing your estimated arrival time.

Accessibility also figures in this feature drop. Google Maps will be able to speak important details about nearby places, such as hours of business, when you point your phone’s camera at your surroundings. And Lookout, the vision-assistance app Google debuted in 2019, expands its support for auto-generated, English-language captions of images to places outside the US. 

For the Android versions of Google Docs, the news involves adding the option of leaving handwritten annotations in documents in your choice of colors. Writing on a phone’s screen with swipes of a fingertip may not allow for long-form comments, but “huh?” probably comes off more forcefully when drawn in large virtual red ink. 

Google’s Fitbit app, meanwhile, supports the Health Connect enclave shipped in Android 14 to show data from apps that have been updated to work with this secure data platform co-developed by Google and Samsung.

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How to connect AirPods to an Android phone

Since debuting in 2016, AirPods have exploded in popularity. They have been so appreciated that even users from the Android community have sought ways to benefit from them, begging the question, “Can AirPods connect to Android?” The answer is yes. However, in typical Apple fashion, you will lose some features, like spatial audio, Adaptive EQ, the ear tip fit test, control customization, battery life status indicator, and more. If you don’t mind these drawbacks, keep reading to find out how to connect your AirPods to an Android phone.

QUICK ANSWER

Hold the Setup button on the AirPods case while the earbuds are inside to connect AirPods to your Android device. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Pair New Device on your phone and select the AirPods to pair.


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How to connect AirPods to an Android phone or tablet

The idea of pairing AirPods with an Android phone may sound like crossing enemy lines. But this seemingly incompatible pairing is possible thanks to Bluetooth, a common technology utilized by Apple and Android devices. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the AirPods case lid with the AirPods well seated inside (for AirPods Max, take them out of the case).
  2. Hold down the setup button at the back of the AirPods case until you see the LED light flashing. This indicates that your AirPods are now in pairing mode.
  3. Initiate the pairing process on your Android device by opening Settings.
  4. Navigate to Connected devices.
  5. Select Bluetooth and turn it on using the toggle.
  6. The AirPods will appear in the list of available devices.
  1. Click on the name of your AirPods to begin pairing.
  2. A dialogue box will appear; click on Pair.
  3. Once paired, you’ll see a notification confirming the connection. The LED on the AirPods case should
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Your Google TV’s home screen is getting a nice makeover

Summary

  • Google TV’s latest visual overhaul introduces circular icons, saving space and offering a new look to the home screen.
  • The redesign also adds more apps in the Your apps section, with customization options for reordering and adding apps included as well.
  • Google TV now includes a shortcut to free TV channels in the Your apps section for users to enjoy a variety of TV content at no cost.



We really love the Google TV platform for all that it brings to the table, with the platform receiving a performance upgrade back in December, bringing faster load times and other enhancements. Google is now announcing a visual overhaul for Google TV with a couple of visual changes and minor tweaks to existing functionality.


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Google TV has been prepping this redesign of icons in the Your apps section for a while now. Back in November, Google revealed how developers would need to make changes to their icons for Google TV apps. Android expert and AP contributor Mishaal Rahman’s post on X explained this new requirement in great detail back then.

Google TV Redesign 2024 Feb

The circular app icons provide a new look to the Google TV home screen, which currently features chunky rectangular boxes/icons for each app in the Your apps row. This new design also saves plenty of space, with Google saying it has increased the number of apps in the Your apps section, while also adding reorder and add apps buttons for additional customization of the horizontal row. In its current form, scrolling to the end of the Your apps row offers a See all option, which opens a page showing all the apps installed on the Google TV product.


The Top picks for you section of the Google TV homescreen.

Here’s what the Your apps row looks like right now

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