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Truecaller will soon be able to mimic your voice

 

If you're looking for a way to deal with spam calls, Truecaller is a pretty good option. The company has been keeping up with the times by introducing AI features to it. Now it looks like Truecaller is getting another AI upgrade where the app can mimic your voice when answering calls.

 

This is thanks to Truecaller's partnership with Microsoft. They will be using the new Personal Voice technology from Microsoft Azure AI Speech and integrating it into its AI Assistant. With the introduction of this feature, Truecaller users can train the Truecaller Assistant with their voice, ultimately allowing it to mimic them in the future.

 

So what does this mean for users? Basically when answering a call on behalf of users, it will sound more "natural". Previously, users could only choose from pre-set digital voices. Truecaller says that they will still inform the caller that they are speaking with a digital version of the user, so it's not as if you are going to fool anyone.

 

The idea of using AI to speak on our behalf isn't new. Some of you might recall that a few years ago, Google introduced a similar feature where Google Assistant could help make reservations or stay on the line on behalf of users.


Google launches a paid version of Chrome

 

One of the ways Google has managed to ingrain itself into our lives is by making the majority of its products and services free of charge. The company does sell products and services that require a fee, such as Google One, but it looks like they'll be extending that to Chrome by introducing a paid version of the browser.

 

Before you get too upset, note that the current version of Chrome you're probably using right now will remain free. Instead, this paid version of Chrome, also known as Chrome Enterprise Premium, is entirely optional. You don't have to pay for it if you don't want to, but you might also want to pay for it if its additional features are appealing and could be of use to you.

 

According to Google, Chrome Enterprise Premium is more geared towards users who want advanced security features while they browse the web. For example, IT admins can create things like custom permissions. It also comes with automatic warnings on malware, additional protection against phishing, and AI powered security features.

 

This isn't to say that the current version of Chrome is "less" secure. It is still quite a secure browser with a ton of security features to protect users against online threats, but the paid version will offer more advanced security and malware screening tools that maybe enterprise users might appreciate. Chrome Enterprise Premium will be priced at $6 per user per month.


Gmail on Android could be getting more AI features

 

As far as email apps are concerned, Gmail is a pretty good one. It's free, it does a great job at managing spam, and is filled with tons of useful productivity features. But now it looks like Google could be looking to elevate the Gmail experience on Android even further with some new AI features.

 

A report from PiunikaWeb, they received a tip from AssembleDebug that revealed that Google could be introducing another AI feature to Gmail on Android. This will come in the form of AI-powered summaries. This means that instead of users having to read the entire email, AI will help summarize it for them.

 

If this sounds familiar, it is because Google already offers a similar feature on the web. The web version is only available for Google Workspace users, but it is unclear if the Android version will also be exclusive or will be open to all users. This is also not the first time we're hearing about Gemini AI features coming to Gmail on Android.

 

We previously reported that Google could bring AI-powered reply suggestions to Gmail on mobile. This will be a more enhanced version of the current suggested replies that can take into consideration the context and content of the email.


YouTube will soon let you skip to the best part of a video

 

The problem with some YouTube videos is that the bit that got you to click is somewhere in the middle of the video. Or it could be at the start, or it could be towards the end. Basically, you don't know. This is why we're pretty interested in a new feature YouTube is working on that lets you skip to the best part.

 

According to a report from Android Headlines, YouTube is working on an experimental feature called "Jump Ahead". It is currently only available to users on YouTube Premium. What it does is that YouTube will analyze a video to determine which is the "best" part, and then users can just skip directly to it.

 

At the moment, YouTube does offer certain markers to show which part of a video is the most watched. It isn't always available, but it is useful when it is available. This feature seems like an expansion of that, except that you can now just skip directly to it. We're not sure if YouTube plans to eventually roll it out to non-Premium users in the future.

 

It could be a new feature that will encourage people to subscribe to its Premium service, but we can't say for sure. Either way, it's something to look out for in the future. If you're a Premium subscriber, you might see the feature under the "Try Experimental Features" section of the website, but if you don't, then you're probably not part of the test group.


Firefox for Android won't be getting a tablet optimized UI anytime soon

 

Google Chrome might be the preferred tablet for many Android users. Users who don't really appreciate Google tracking them and collecting their data might opt for alternatives, such as Mozilla Firefox. Unfortunately, Firefox for Android tablet hardly offers the best experience due to the lack of an optimized UI.

 

The bad news is that it does not appear to be changing anytime soon. User abhaykcoc made a post on Reddit in which they discovered a comment left by Firefox's developers in the review section of the Play Store.

 

In response, the developer replied by saying, "The Firefox for Android team would love to invest more in optimizing the browser for tablet devices. At this time, however, the team's focus is directed towards higher priority items on the product roadmap. We do hope to revist this with time and resources permitting."

 

This suggests that an optimized tablet UI for Firefox on Android is a low priority at this point in time. This doesn't imply that the developer is entirely against the idea; rather, users shouldn't anticipate these changes to happen too soon.

 

There is some hope, though. A comment left by another Firefox developer on the Bugzilla forums suggests that users can expect "robust tablet behavior" in H1 2024.

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