Google delists AI Test Kitchen app on Android and iOS [Updated]

Once a miniature playground for the public to test Google’s blossoming AI-powered tools, the AI Test Kitchen app has been delisted for both Android and iOS, moving solely to the web.

Update: Google has shared additional details about the shutdown of these mobile apps.

When it first launched last August, AI Test Kitchen was home to three initial experimental demos with the promise of more to come.

AI Test Kitchen will be home to a “rotating set of experimental demos” and three are currently available. They are based on the “latest version of LaMDA, which has undergone key safety improvements.”

  • Imagine It: Name a place and LaMDA will offer paths to explore your imagination.
  • List It: Name a goal or topic and see how much LaMDA can break it down into multiple lists of subtasks.
  • Talk About It (Dogs Edition): Roll with the conversation and see where it goes. It’s just a fun, kinda-weird, open-ended chat.

While Google announced that a “Season 2” for the app would be coming, even detailing what new tools would appear, it seems those plans were scrapped at some point. Instead, AI Test Kitchen gained MusicLM at this past Google I/O and simultaneously dropped support for the earlier demos.

Update 8/1: A Google spokesperson has confirmed that while AI Test Kitchen’s mobile apps are shutting down, the playground itself is simply moving to the web. In the hours after the mobile apps were delisted, the apps themselves stopped working, pushing users to use the web experience instead.

The move is intended to allow AI Test Kitchen to be updated more rapidly and easily across all devices instead of pushing separate updates to Android, iOS, and the web.

We’ve updated our coverage to reflect that this latest change only affects the mobile apps.

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Another Galaxy S23 Android 14 One UI 6.0 test firmware spotted!

July is shaping up to be an exciting month for Samsung fans on both the hardware and software fronts. On July 26, the Korean giant will unveil its new flagship foldables, tablets, and smartwatches, and, if everything goes to plan, Samsung will also launch the Android 14 One UI 6.0 beta program for the Galaxy S23 lineup.

Samsung has been working on the One UI 6.0 firmware for the Galaxy S23 series for some time, as evidenced by the fact that test builds of the new software were spotted in Europe and India in early July. And it seems Samsung has made further headway since then, as this week a Galaxy S23 Ultra One UI 6.0 beta build — sporting firmware version S918NKSU2ZWG6 — has been spotted on Samsung’s Korean servers.

Galaxy S23 One UI 6 beta release is getting closer

Like previous One UI betas, the One UI 6.0 beta program is likely to make its debut in Korea and the USA before it expands to other countries. Samsung is also likely to bring the One UI 6.0 beta to other devices, including most of the flagship phones in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Z lineups that are eligible for Android 14, before the finished update starts rolling out globally later in the year.

As for what One UI 6.0 will bring to Samsung smartphones and tablets, not a lot is known. We could get home screen widgets on the lock screen and some minor UI changes, but at this time all we can do is wait and see exactly what the update has in store for us. Thankfully, provided Samsung manages to avoid delays, it won’t be long before we get all the answers.

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Minor UI change discovered in pre-release One UI 6.0 test firmware, allegedly

Last updated: May 23rd, 2023 at 11:25 UTC+02:00

Samsung began testing its Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update earlier this month. It’s an early build to which nobody but Samsung engineers have access, but a new rumor claims to have uncovered one of the UI changes that are present in this One UI 6.0 pre-release firmware.

Earlier this month, it was found that the company is testing One UI 6.0 on a handful of flagship phones. The list includes the Galaxy S23 series (S918BXXU1BWE2), the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (F721BXXU2DWD7), and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (F936BXXU2DWE1).

Now, a new rumor that may be a bit too ambitious to be taken at face value claims that this pre-release firmware brings at least one design change (via @tarunvats33). Namely, it makes the Quick Toggles in the notification shade bigger. There are no screenshots to prove this claim, and even if it is true, it’s not that much of an exciting UI change.

Nevertheless, One UI 6.0 should bring more UI changes in general, so if Samsung intends to enlarge the quick toggles, this will be one minor UI tweak of many.

When will Samsung release One UI 6.0

One UI 6.0 doesn’t yet have an official release schedule, but the company is certainly working on the firmware behind closed doors. And judging by Samsung’s release schedule for One UI 5.0 last year, the One UI 6.0 public beta program could go live around August.

The first flagship to gain access to the beta will be the Galaxy S23 series. After that, Samsung may expand the beta to more devices, including the Galaxy S22 series, the latest foldable phones, and even the Galaxy A53 and/or A54.

Samsung should be ready to release the first stable

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Roblox reports early positive organic lift after advertising beta test

Roblox is still developing its advertising offerings — but data from its advertising beta test, shared exclusively with Digiday, indicates that the platform’s Portals advertising product results in considerable organic lift for brands, a metric that has encouraged both Roblox and its partners as it progresses toward the full rollout of ads later this year.

Roblox announced that advertisements would be coming to its virtual experience platform last year, with Roblox ads coming in the form of digital billboards, video ads and “Portals” that allow users to jump from one experience to another. Since the announcement, Roblox has been beta testing its advertising offerings with a select group of brand partners, including Puma and the NFL.

In a test that ran between Feb. 1 and March 12, Roblox worked with over a dozen brands across verticals such as fashion, sports, entertainment and retail to measure the organic lift generated by its in-game Portals. The test involved portal activity by millions of users across Roblox’s 180 supported countries and territories.

Data from the test showed an aggregate nine percent of users who either returned to the branded experience they discovered through a Portal or saw some friends portaled into a branded experience and joined them organically. In other words, that brands can generally factor in a nearly ten percent increase on the traffic and engagement figures they see through Portal ads. Roblox also found that up to 20 percent of users were redeeming digital items in experiences they joined via Portals.

“We also noticed an uptick in homepage discovery during the beta test, which further highlights the potential lift of the immersive ad unit,” said Ivan Dashkov, head of Web3 at Puma. “Overall, we’re happy with the results of the beta test, and we’re excited to explore more opportunities to collaborate

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