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Circle Search is the best new Android feature in years

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I love Circle SearchOn the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. It has added multitasking that I haven’t felt in a very long time to Android. Circle to Search’s core functionality is not revolutionary. It takes a screen shot and then converts the words or images you highlight to a Google Search. But that’s precisely the point. It makes it easy to access the main reason I’m an Android user in the first place: immediate access to Google.

It also hits a differently that it’s debuting on the back of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S24 series launch. It’s a different strategy than pushing it to the Pixel devices first, which often gets the special new Google feature dropsBefore the rest of the platform. Is Google finally acknowledging that Samsung is the primary driving force of its mobile platform in North America and the United States?

Frankly, it’s better for it because it gives Samsung a little boost among the Cool Phone™️-carrying crowd while keeping AI on the minds of the Android faithful. It also brings the feature to the forefront of users’ minds who may not have even considered it if it was simply a software upgrade.

Circle to search: How to use it

If you’re on a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra—all three sizes of the phones start Shipping this week—it’s easy to use Circle to Search, especially once you’ve figured out the cadence of launching the ability.

A screenshot of Circle to Find from a TikTok Still.
Screenshot: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

When using the Android navigation, press the circle button (or what you might call Home button) for a very long time. You’ll see the screen light up around the edges as if taking a screenshot, and then you can circle an area where to conduct a visual Google Search. If you’re using Android’s gestures to navigate around the interface, you can still use the Circle to Search shortcut. Touch and hold down the gesture bar that is hovering up a bit at the bottom.

Circle to Search works because it is easy to use. Feels NativeTo the operating system. Google Search appears below the screen once you have queued the software to fetch the results for your query. You can then swipe upwards on the screen to bring up the search page.

Circle to Search allows you to search for a wide variety of things: people, places and things of all sizes and types. Circle to search is the best way to highlight phrases and words that you want to store. It’s quicker than attempting to long-press and underline the text, and that’s only if the app lets you do that. Apps like Instagram won’t let you touch the typography, but with Circle to Search, I can long-press and then highlight the name of a restaurant to save it to my “Want to Go” list in Google Maps without navigating away and shuffling between app screens. This also works with email addresses and phone numbers.

Circle to Search on other devices

Samsung is the only manufacturer to offer the feature on all Galaxy S24 models. But Google has also The Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8 would have this capability by the end of next month. I’m still waiting for it on my Pixel 8You can also read about the Pixel 8 Pro.

Google and Samsung haven’t said if more devices will receive Circle to Search. We can assume that Circle to Search will be included in the rollout of Samsung’s new devices. Brings Galaxy AI to the rest of its marquee devices—namely, the Galaxy Z Fold 5.The following are some examples of how to get started: Z Flip 5, as well as last generation’s best sellers.

iPhone users, there’s some hope on the horizon in the form of conjecture. There’s nothing in stone about whether Circle to Search would ever make it to iOS, but theoretically speaking, it It is a good idea to use a bilingual translatorGoogle’s app is a popular iOS application. It’s too early at this stage, as Google is likely trialing the feature with Android folks before it attempts to woo the other side. Third-party playersApple fans are already experimenting with AI-enhanced searches.

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