Google Apps New Features, Tips & Tricks – Ep.30 – August 2021 Week 1 & 2 Round-up

In this video am going to share with you Google’s New Features & Changes across all Google Apps in the first 2 weeks of August 2021 using my Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 running Android 12 Beta 4.

from in-depth tech reviews and here is
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google apps updates roundup number 30
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and in this video i’m gonna show you all
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the new changes i spotted in google apps
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in the first two weeks of august so
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without further ado let’s jump in i will
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start with google photos and the first
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change is under memories now when you
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open anyone and then tap the three dots
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at the bottom right corner or swipe up
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you will get a card similar to the one
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we get when we swipe up on any photo
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from here you can jump right away to the
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photos of that day you can tap on hide
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and in this case it will give you two
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options either to hide date from all
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memories or hide certain people and pets
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you can also add the currently showing
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photo to any album by tapping on add to
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album
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here also you have the date and time the
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people
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the location of the photo the file name
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the phone that took the photo and
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finally you will get the memory settings
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which will take you to the same memories
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settings page we used to have in the
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previous version this new approach will
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give you more information about the
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photos in your memories plus it matches
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the same design of the info pane in the
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normal photos which makes it more
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consistent one more thing worth
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mentioning here when you open any memory
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other than recent highlights and then
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tap on add to album in this case it will
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give you two options either to add all
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items in this memory to an album or only
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add this item so i’m not sure why the
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recent highlights is the only memory
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that when you tap on add
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to album it will only give you the
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option to add one photo the second
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change is the new memories widget and
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google finally started to roll out the
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feature more widely and that’s why when
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you tap and hold on the photos icon now
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we have the widgets shortcut when you
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tap on it you will only get one widget
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which is your memories and it’s the
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default size is 2×2 so let me add it to
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a new page to show you how it works
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once you add the widget to your home
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screen it will ask you which google
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account would you like to link it to so
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i’m gonna choose my personal one
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and then wait for few seconds
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and you will start to see your memories
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popping out on the screen right away the
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smallest size you can get is this one
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which is two by two you cannot go any
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smaller but you still can make it a lot
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bigger if you want to and as you see
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here every time i change the size the
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image will adjust accordingly to fill
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the entire space and i can go as big as
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the entire screen the widget will pick
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random photos either from your memories
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or your gallery so for example in this
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case it picked up a photo and that’s why
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you can see the date of this photo right
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here at the bottom and when you tap on
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it it will take you right away to google
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photos showing you the same image you
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have on your home screen and once you go
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back to your home screen the image will
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it change with another one so let me
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show you another example
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when it picks up a photo from the memory
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and here’s what happens when it picks a
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photo from your memories in this case
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you won’t see the date in the center
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however you will see the name of the
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memory at the bottom left corner and
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when you tap on it it will start playing
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the memory for you so you can go through
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the rest of the images and the third
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exchange is under people and pets now
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when you tap on view all you will be
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presented with one consolidated wizard
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that includes all the required
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confirmations for the people in your
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gallery from here you can do it for more
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than one person without the need to go
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inside each and every one and the last
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change is in the advanced search filters
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let’s say you are looking for specific
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photos using the search once you get the
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filters at the top and then tap on more
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you will get a redesigned card with a
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smaller thumbnails font and the far more
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options to choose from now let’s move on
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to youtube and it got a couple of new
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playback gestures the first one will
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allow you to jump between chapters by
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double tapping on the screen using two
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fingers so let me show you how it works
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now i jump to the next chapter and by
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doing this i can jump to the previous
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one you will also notice the name of the
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chapter will be written on the screen
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briefly and then it will go away
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the second gesture is the ability to
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scrop through the video by tapping and
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holding on the screen and it will give
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you this animation explaining to you how
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it works when you start dragging your
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finger you will be able to seek forward
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and backward those two gestures will
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work in portrait mode and landscape mode
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as well the second change in youtube is
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in the captions when the video starts to
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play automatically on your home screen
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on the right i have my pixel 4a which
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you got the new change my pixel 5 is
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running the same youtube version but i
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didn’t see this new feature if you take
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a look closely here you will see on my
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pixel 5 the captions are using a light
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gray color and they are always in a
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rectangular shape on my pixel 5 the
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background color is black and it’s
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wrapping around the text in contrast
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when you tap on the video to play it
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normally the captions look exactly the
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same next youtube music and i only have
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one change here in one of my videos i
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showed you when you search for something
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you will get the results from youtube
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music and your own library but now
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google expanded the search to include
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your downloads and if you have any songs
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uploaded you will get a fourth one
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called uploads which will make your
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search much more useful now let’s talk
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about gboard and it got plenty of new
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changes the first one when you type any
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word it will always appear in the first
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spot of your suggestions strip and it
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will have an underline it wasn’t clear
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to me why this new feature exists but
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after using it for a while i found that
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if you have the autocorrect feature
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turned on but you still want to use your
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own words you can do this by tapping
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your word in the suggestion strip and by
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this the keyboard will ignore any auto
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correction and keep the word as it is
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also if you have the autocorrect feature
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turned on now gboard will tell you which
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word it’s going to use once you hit the
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spacebar so in this case the word those
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is highlighted once i hit the spacebar
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as you see here this is the word of
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choice and this feature will let you
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know beforehand which word gboard is
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going to use based on the autocorrect
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feature so you can either go with it or
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choose a different one next now you can
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resize the floating keyboard using these
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four handles but it works in reverse so
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for example if you want to make it
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bigger you need to drag your finger
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inwards and vice versa next when you go
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to the emoji’s keyboard and start
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scrolling the navigation bar at the
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bottom will disappear to give you more
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space and once you stop for few seconds
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it will show back again this new
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behavior applies to all the tabs you
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have at the bottom and if you are using
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android 12 and have the dynamic theme
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selected under settings you will get
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this redesigned number pad that matches
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your device theme and also the buttons
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are now more rounded to match android 12
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design language now let’s talk about the
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settings page of g board and it got some
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changes the first one is the initial
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support of material u and that’s why you
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see this highlight at the top and you
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can see it in each and every page it
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doesn’t work 100 yet but this will give
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us a hint about how it will look in the
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future the second change is the new menu
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item which is called emojis stickers and
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gifs this one will include each and
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every setting related to those three
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features and instead of having them
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separated under different categories
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like preferences and text correction so
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now you have everything related in one
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place which is a better approach and
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finally as you may know when you copy
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text gboard will automatically look for
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the important information like phone
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numbers emails and addresses and then it
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will give you separate suggestions to
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paste these ports only and ignore
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anything else but what’s new now is the
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ability to turn off this feature under
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settings all you need to do is to go to
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settings and then clipboard and the
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second toggle here called show items
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such as addresses phone numbers within
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the recently copied text once you turn
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off the feature this behavior will stop
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now let’s talk about google phone app
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and contacts starting with the contacts
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app now it supports material you and
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that’s why the search bar at the top is
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matching my device theme same as the
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side menu
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you’ll also see the floating button here
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at the bottom right corner and when you
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try to add a new contact everything is
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matching my device theme now other than
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this it works exactly the same no
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difference and you will see the same
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change when you try to add a contact
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using the phone app so for example when
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i tap on create a new contact as you see
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here i’m getting the same design because
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it’s an extension for the contacts app
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talking about the phone app if you are
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using android 12 and have an ongoing
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call you will see a chip here at the top
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left corner next to the clock instead of
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the floating bubble like before so let
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me show you how it works
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so now i have an ongoing call and once i
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go to the home screen as you see here
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the chip started to appear with the
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counter and when you tap on it it will
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take you back to the call screen
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and when you pull down your notification
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shade you will see this permanent
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notification with the ability to hang up
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mute or turn on the speaker one more
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thing worth mentioning here after
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connecting my bluetooth headphones now
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the option to change the audio source
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disappeared but i used to be able to do
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this using the bubble so i’m not sure if
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it’s a bug in android 12 or this is how
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it should work in the future the last
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thing to talk about in the phone app is
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the core recording google started to
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roll out the feature more widely to
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pixel devices and i have it here on my
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pixel 5. however this feature doesn’t
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work in each and every country i used to
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have it up and running in egypt but once
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i came back to the uae the feature
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stopped working and to confirm this when
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i go to settings i have the option code
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recording but when i go inside it says
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core recording isn’t available in your
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location the only thing it allows me to
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do here is to choose when to delete the
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recordings and choose between those four
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options other than this it doesn’t work
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so to give you an idea about the feature
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i’m gonna leave a link in the
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description for an article from nine to
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five google that talks about the core
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recording and how it works using some
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screenshots and the screen recordings
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next where os and google started to roll
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out material yo for google play store
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and i have it here on my fossil gen 3
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smart watch so let me show you how it
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looks
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so now everything
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is using a build-shaped design as you
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see here all the items in the list are
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using the same design also the buttons
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when you go inside things like for
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example my apps
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you see the update all button is now
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bigger and it has the same design
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and let’s go inside one of the apps to
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see how it looks
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same the open and uninstall buttons are
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now bigger than before
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and
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this is how it looks on where osner now
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let’s talk about some various changes in
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different apps and i will start with
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google keep now when you try to set a
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reminder in any of your notes and to
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choose to pick the time yourself you
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will see a redesigned time picker that
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matches android 12 material u and this
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is the only place where i found this
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redesigned time picker next google do
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and it got a redesigned home screen and
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instead of having the old split design
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that shows your camera viewfinder at the
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top and then your contact list at the
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bottom now all you get is one page with
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the history of your calls and one button
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here called the new call when you tap on
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it it will populate your contact list
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from here you can create a group by
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choosing up to 31 people and also search
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for the contact you want other than this
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it works exactly the same so that’s
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pretty much it for today those are all
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the new changes i spotted in google apps
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in the first two weeks of august

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