Snapchat’s Android app is pretty universally hated for poor performance and the occasional lack of features next to its iOS counterpart, and it’s been that way since it first launched. Snapchat has teased nebulous “improvements” for a while now, but so far we haven’t actually see anything worth mentioning, besides UI updates that also go […]
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It’s just a month ago since Huawei announced its GPU Turbo technology that promises to boost graphics performance by up to 60% and optimize power consumption while gaming by up to 30%. After a limited beta test, the software update has begun rolling out to the Honor 10 initially with other Huawei and Honor handsets […]
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After a few weeks of being limited to Steam's beta channel, a new Chat feature has rolled out for all users within the desktop app and on the web. Having an integrated friends list and chat system should make it easier to meet up with friends across…
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Microsoft has released a pretty major update for the Microsoft Launcher home screen experience onto the Play Store, bringing a ton of new features centered around Microsoft’s apps and services. The update bumps the app to version 4.11 and includes some interface tweaks on top of the new integrated features. Here’s the changelog: What’s new […]
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Smartwatches are struggling, and Google knows it needs to fix the things people dislike about Wear OS. At the top of the list is battery life, so during I/O, Google announced plans to boost that for Android P. While Qualcomm's new smartwatch-dedicate…
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Heads-up if you own an original Apple Watch: your wristwear is officially obsolete. Apple has confirmed that watchOS 5 will drop support for the first-generation Watch and will require at least a Series 1 timepiece. Like it or not, you'll have to u…
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor is the CPU of choice for most smartphone brands where flagships are concerned, as we’ve seen with the recent Galaxy S9, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6, and HTC U12+ launches. Mid-tier hands have been mostly using the Snapdragon 660 chip but we could soon see a bunch of mid-range flagships sporting […]
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Microsoft took some major cues from browsers to create Sets, which lets you group together Windows apps in tabs. Now, the tech giant is rolling out experimental features to testers that give Sets tabs evenmore browser-like behavior. If you're a Windo…
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When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and…
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The main Google Home news today was the launch of two new devices, the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, but important new features were also announced. Google Home devices are becoming more family friendly with better ways for both kids and parents to interact with the devices. For starters, Google is adding account […]
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A new beta version of the Google app is rolling out to users and a teardown shows several new features that will either be included in the next version or possibly a subsequent version. The improvements and features cover both the Google Assistant and will presumably be available for all users as well as some […]
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Qardio, the company behind smart gadgets like the QardioArm and QardioBase, has just kicked off some new features in their health tracking app to help you stay in shape. If you were looking for an excuse to ditch Fitbit, this might be it. The new app will track your overall steps and activity and allow users […]
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LG rolled out several new interface features with UX 6.0 on the G6 earlier this year, and the V30 aims to make some key refinements with UX 6.0+. The newer software will also take advantage of the unique hardware of the V30, including that fancy new screen. The software still looks like typical LG, but […]
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A month ago, we told you about four new steps we’re taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube. One of our core areas of focus is more work to counter online violent extremism. As a first step we’re now rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method on YouTube.
This early product integration of the Redirect Method on YouTube is our latest effort to provide more resources and more content that can help change minds of people at risk of being radicalized. Over the coming weeks, we hope to build on this by:
This work is made possible by our partnerships with NGOs that are experts in this field, and we will continue to collaborate closely with them to help support their research through our technological tools. We hope our work together will also help open and broaden a dialogue about other work that can be done to counter radicalization of potential recruits.
As we develop this model of the Redirect Method on YouTube, we’ll measure success by how much this content is engaged. Stay tuned for more.
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Earlier today several images showed up that supposedly reveal the design of the forthcoming LG V30 smartphone. Turns out that was not the only LG manufactured device to be the subject of the rumor mill. A new image also surfaced that claims to be the next Google Pixel XL device. Along with the image and […]
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The biggest selling point of HTC’s U11 is obviously its unique Edge Sense features that allow you to literally squeeze the sides of the phone to do things with it. It’s a cool, albeit weird, design that helps the U11 stand out, and you can bet HTC will try to capitalize on it. HTC USA […]
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New features for YouTube were introduced alongside the announcement of a major milestone. Every month there are 1.5 billion logged in viewers on YouTube, which Google says is about 20% of the world’s population. These viewers are watching an hour per day on mobile devices alone. That should mean the 1 billion hours of video […]
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All of Twitter’s platforms will be getting an update over the next few days and weeks, although iOS users may see the most change as the iOS client incorporates more of an Android look. Headlining the changes and the leading example of how Twitter is bringing the Android experience to iOS is a new side […]
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Google’s fancy Gboard keyboard has been updated with some new tricks that should help you type faster and spend less time digging through your emoji drawer. Yep, this update is very focused on helping you find emojis quicker. Instead of looking through all of your emojis, you can now simply draw the emoji you want […]
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Despite what seems like a lot of upstream swimming over the last few years, Google has managed to turn Android Pay into one of the more popular and used mobile payment options available for users. In addition to continuing to add more cards and banks to the program, Google is also hoping to expand usage […]
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Google Photos is one of the best new services that’s come out of the search giant, and it just keeps gaining steam. At today’s I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced that Photos has hit an incredible 500 million monthly users, and they’re rolling out a handful of new features to try and build that number up […]
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Google’s Android has a lot of great phones in the ecosystem, as well as plenty of excellent features from phone-to-phone; however, there are a handful of features that I, and many others, would no doubt like to see become official Android features. This isn’t speaking in terms of one OS is better than the other, […]
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Qualcomm’s introduction of the two new processors indicates the company is serious about serving the mid-range segment. The Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 were made official tonight, and the goal for them is to bring more high-end features to affordable devices. Both are part of the Snapdragon 600 series Qualcomm has positioned for mid-range phones […]
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Sharp has taken the wraps off of its latest smartphone, the Aquos R, which features the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.3-inch QHD display. It also has a weird AI dock that turns to face the user upon getting a phone call.
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Google started updating Allo to version 9.0 recently and those diving into the code for the app found evidence of several features that are not yet enabled. The assumption is that Google will eventually make these available to users, possibly by throwing a server-side switch, but this is not guaranteed. There have been instances in […]
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Samsung’s Value Pack update for the Gear S3 is finally available in most major markets after being released late in March, so now more people will get to enjoy the extra features and functions the update brings. It’s mostly health app upgrades, but there are a few other things here. Samsung Health on the Gear […]
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Amazon is getting ready to launch either one or a handful of new Alexa devices with some new features that’ll truly improve your smart home setup. This new Alexa device will allow owners to initiate phones call through a voice command. And, this Alexa device could have a sort-of intercom setup. It’ll let people talk […]
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Google updated its Android documentation to require that device manufacturers not block or obstruct how notifications work. The news should help keep Android consistent across different devices.
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Google Play Newsstand has been updated to version 4.0, bringing with it a number of major changes to the the design of the app, as well as a few great new features that should help you get your news as soon as you need it.
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Envious of the many new software features on Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones? Don’t fret. With a little bit of tinkering, you can get many of the same flagship features on your current Android device.
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Pebble’s latest software update is here, bringing the smartwatch up to version 4.0. The update tweaks and reworks the health features that Pebble has been polishing up for the past few months, but there are some new UI changes, too. The Pebble app itself has been cleaned up a bit to make it easier to […]
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Google has announced that it is shutting down Android Wear’s Together watch face, which is the company’s version of Apple’s Digital Touch. Some of the features of the Together watch face will be integrated into Android Wear 2.0.
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It often feels like there's a fundamental break in how Oculus and Valve see the future of VR: While Oculus' Rift focuses mostly on seated experiences, Valve wants you to stand up and walk around an area. However, the gap between the two won't be as l…
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Ashton Kutcher has been a Product Engineer for Lenovo for over two-years and during that time he’s helped develop the Yoga family of Android-powered tablets. Now, however, he’s focusing his attention on smartphones. Earlier today, Kutcher published a post on Motorola’s official blog in which he explained that the company has been at the forefront of emerging handheld technology for the past 3o-years, and that he will be spending most of 2016 in the Moto Labs, listening to consumer feedback, to aid future handset enhancement.
The actor also took the opportunity to share three videos from the Moto Labs, highlighting the capabilities of the company’s latest Verizon-exclusive smartphone, the Droid Turbo 2. The first clip showcases the device’s famous shatterproof display, the second video exhibits the firm’s innovative hands-free mode that comes preloaded on all Moto X handsets, and the final movie demonstrates the sheer speed of Motorola’s Turbo Charging feature.
Check them out below:
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With both Apple and Microsoft now supporting a stylus, it seems to be a no-brainer that Google will do the same with Android. Samsung’s developer page seems to indicate that it’s more of a reality than sheer speculation.
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Pressing a photo a little longer on Instagram for Android now gives users the previously Apple exclusive Force Touch features.
Instagram Direct is the social media site’s way of directly sharing content with friends and family, and it’s been a success for the site since it launched a few years back. Today, Direct is getting some new features to make it even better, including threaded messaging and a way to share photos and videos on your feed straight to specific people.
The threaded messaging feature makes Instagram Direct work pretty similarly to text messaging and group messaging. The threads will follow conversations depending on which people are in the conversation, and you can name groups and quickly share things through a dedicated camera button and emoji sticker button.
Instagram is also pushing the sharing aspect of the site, adding a share button directly to posts next to the comment and like button. This will let you send content to direct messages and groups, and is designed to skip the step of mentioning someone in an Instagram comment.
Privacy hasn’t changed with these new features, so anything you share directly will only be seen by whoever you specify, and the photos and videos will only be visible to people that could already see the content normally, so you won’t be able to circumvent private accounts this way.
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We take a quick look at the recently released Android M developer preview. Highlights are a new app drawer, improved permissions management, and tweaked volume controls.
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