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Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features | English News | GulNews

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The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series marked a new chapter in Wear OS history. New features, including the ability to use OEM skins on top of the platform, are coming alongside performance improvements under the hood. Some of these features might be exclusive to Wear OS 3 smartwatches, which currently only have one representative, but owners of Wear OS 2 devices need not be too jealous as some important features will be arriving on their own smartwatches in the coming weeks.

Google announced a few new experiences for Wear OS 3 on the Galaxy Watch 4, including a new Maps app and a YouTube Music app with support for offline downloads. Of those five experiences, three will, fortunately, be available for existing Wear OS 2 smartwatches as well. For one, Google Pay support is expanding to Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the UAE, with more promised to join the fray.

One of the most notable, however, is the updated Messages by Google app that will let you more easily respond to messages without having to take out your phone. That’s mostly thanks to a new UI that makes it easier to type out text, even on a tiny screen. Messages on Wear OS syncs with the smartphone counterpart, so you’ll never miss out on important, well, messages.

There are also new Tiles coming, Wear OS’ version of home screen widgets that give quick access to an associated app’s content and controls. Those new third-party tiles include ones from Strava, Calm, and Spotify. Spotify recently announced offline listening coming to existing Wear OS devices as well.

This is definitely great news for Wear OS smartwatch owners who might have felt abandoned by the whole Wear OS 3 situation. It still isn’t clear at this point if smartwatches launched within the last 12 months will even get the chance to be upgraded to the latest version of Wear OS. This way, even if they don’t, they will still get some of the juiciest features as well.

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Instagram updates its anti-abuse features | English News | GulNews

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Everyone who uses social media knows that while it’s a good place to share ideas and communicate with friends and family, social media is also where rampant abuse can happen. Instagram has announced that it’s adding new features to its service to help protect users from abuse. Instagram says it has a responsibility to ensure people feel safe while using the service.

A new set of features are being revealed to ramp up protections for users of the social network. The new protections include the ability to limit comments and DM requests during episodes of increased attention, stronger warnings when users try to post comments that may be deemed offensive, and the global availability of Hidden Words.

The first of the features is called Limits, and users can turn it on to automatically hide comments and DM requests from users who don’t follow them or only recently followed them. The feature is a response to complaints Instagram has had from users about comments and DM requests from people they don’t know. Most negativity towards users comes from people who don’t follow them or only recently followed them, according to Instagram. Limits is available for everyone, not just public figures, and has rolled out globally.

While Instagram currently shows a warning if someone tries to post potentially offensive comments, it typically shows escalating warnings with strongly worded warnings shown only if the user posts potentially offensive comments for the second or third time. With the change to warnings, the strongly worded warning will happen after the first time a user tries to post a potentially offensive comment. Users shown the strongly worded warning edit or delete the comment 50 percent of the time.

Hidden Words allows users to automatically filter any offensive word, phrase, or emoji from being posted in comments to their content. The feature is also able to filter out any DM request that appears to be spam. Instagram previously launched Hidden Words in certain countries, but it’s now rolling out globally. The feature also gets a new “Hide More Comments” option to hide comments that don’t break community guidelines but might be harmful.



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