Google unveils four new features coming to Samsung devices

To celebrate Samsung’s big Unpacked event today, Google revealed four new features it worked on with Samsung that will be available on the Korean company’s devices.

On the Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6, Google’s Gemini will “soon” make relevant suggestions based on what’s on your screen. When you’re watching a video on the Fold6, you’ll be able to bring up the Gemini overlay and swipe it around the screen for a true multitasking experience. And if you’re watching something on YouTube, Gemini will show you a suggestion to “ask about this video.” These features will be available “in the coming months.”

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Next up, Google wants to let you know that Circle to Search is fully supported on the new Fold6 and Flip6 devices, so you’ll be able to learn complex topics like symbolic math and scan barcodes and QR codes on the screen “this month.” Translation features and homework help for “a range of physics and math problems” are also available.

The Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra run Wear OS 5, in fact being the first smartwatches to do so (Google’s own Pixel Watch 3 will also run Wear OS 5 when it launches next month). The new version of Google’s wearable software boasts improved performance and battery life, and the latter should also be helped by the Galaxy Watch Ultra’s massive battery capacity.

Finally, on the Galaxy Z Fold6, YouTube TV subscribers will be able to watch channels in multiview mode, with up to four different streams on screen at any one time. You’ll be able to choose pre-selected combinations of football, news, weather, and simultaneous sporting events.

Google says it is also working closely with Samsung on a new XR platform, which we hope will soon compete with Apple’s visionOS.