Google typically refrains from altering much in final betas of new Android versions, however the latest and final Beta 5 of Android Q addresses many issues introduced in earlier builds while introducing its own. Since the inception of Google‘s Android Beta program with Nougat in 2016, Google has followed a cadence of five pre-release builds […]
Come comment on this article: Penultimate Android Q Beta reaching Pixels with messy gestures and tweaks
In a turnaround on the USA’s ongoing Huawei ban the company has been restored to Google’s Android Q Beta program after the companies’ relationship was severed two weeks ago. Things have been looking pretty grim for Huawei’s global smartphone business after the company’s working relationship with Android’s owner Google broke down a couple weeks ago, […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei Mate 20 reinstated in Google’s Android Q beta program
The OnePlus 7 Pro launched a couple of weeks ago sporting a bunch of nifty new features; some of which the phone maker has committed to bringing to older models such as the OnePlus 5/5T and OnePlus 6/6T. Zen Mode and Screen Recorder are the first such features to come to the OnePlus 6 and […]
Come comment on this article: OnePlus 6/6T get Zen Mode and Screen Recorder from the OnePlus 7 Pro in Open Beta 19/11
While much of the fuss about the Android Q Beta 3 has centered around the number of handsets participating in the beta program, the new navigation gestures, and the presence of a system-wide dark mode, there is also 230 new emoji present in Emoji 12.0. This new batch of emoji includes a yawning face, a […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s Android Q Beta 3 rolls out with 53 gender-neutral emoji
Nintendo has announced when they’ll finally officially be bringing the Mario Kart franchise to mobile later this year, specifically sometime during the summer. But you might not have to wait that long to play it, if you’re cool with beta testing games. Nintendo is currently accepting applications to be in the closed beta for Mario […]
Come comment on this article: Sign up for the closed beta of Mario Kart Tour before its official release this summer
Just a few weeks after Google released the initial beta for Android Q, the company is offering its first update. Android Q beta 2 arrives today, along with an updated SDK for developers. The preview of the upcoming operating system shows off Google's…
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Google has released the first beta version of Chrome 74, and it comes with support for Windows dark mode. You'll find that the browser will now automatically load its darker-colored theme if you've switched on "Dark" in the platform's settings. The m…
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Activision is finally bringing Call of Duty to smartphones, not in the same way as previous spinoff titles. Call of Duty: Mobile is the latest iteration, and it promises to bring classic CoD gameplay to your phone, including some older fan favorite maps from Modern Warfare and Black Ops. The performance and graphics of this […]
Come comment on this article: ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ brings classic gameplay to smartphones, beta signups are live now
Microsoft may have totally abandoned Windows Phone but their Microsoft Launcher for Android is actually one of the better options for third-party launchers for your smartphone. It has a ton of extra features and integration with Microsoft services, and Microsoft frequently updates it with changes, fixes, and new stuff. The latest version of the launcher, […]
Come comment on this article: Microsoft Launcher 5.2 opens up to beta testers with UI changes and better Microsoft Rewards integration
It isn’t long since Samsung began rolling out the Pie-based firmware for Galaxy Note 8’s One UI beta program, and now it seems that the Korean electronics giant is expanding the rollout to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. According to SamMobile, the beta firmware is initially rolling to Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in India, intending to expand […]
Come comment on this article: Android Pie beta registrations open up for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+
The OnePlus 6T launched back on October 30th, I mean 29th, and it’s generally been well received, offering value for money at an admittedly higher price than ever before. With the gorgeous Thunder Purple variant and the speedier McLaren Edition that sports a whopping 10GB of RAM, OnePlus is keeping its latest handsets firmly in […]
Come comment on this article: The first Open Beta build for the OnePlus 6T is now ready to download
OnePlus has released their latest open beta build for the OnePlus 6, and it’s bringing two major new features with it. The beta includes Video Enhancer for better video viewing, and OnePlus Roaming, which is a built-in data roaming service. There are some other smaller tweaks, too, as usual. Here’s the official changelog from OnePlus: […]
Come comment on this article: OxygenOS Beta 7 brings Video Enhancer and OnePlus Roaming to the OnePlus 6
The good thing about Gboard and Chrome on Android is that their beta program handles tests and features prior to them hitting the masses. YouTube has utilized server-side tests that basically use random users as guinea pigs, but it now has an official beta program to (supposedly) stop that practice. I’d much rather have tests […]
Come comment on this article: YouTube app on Android finally gets a beta program
Plex recently launched podcast support in beta, adding yet another type of media that’s supported in your Plex experience. Now that we’ve had a chance to test it out and work through some kinks, Plex is officially taking the beta tag off of podcasts and making it official to everyone with a few new features. […]
Come comment on this article: Plex podcasts comes out of beta, includes Sonos and Android Auto support
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are both getting another version of the Android Oreo beta today, which isn’t a big deal on its own. However, this might be the last version of the beta that we see before it starts to roll out as the official Android 8.0 update. This new build isn’t huge, […]
Come comment on this article: Latest Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta might be the stable version
There’s some not-so-great news about the beta update for the OnePlus 3T; apparently, it was accidentally sending copied clipboard information to a Chinese server owned by Alibaba. Oops. The beta update for Oreo with December’s security update was caught trying to access a suspicious IP address with the built-in clipboard application, and after some digging […]
Come comment on this article: OnePlus 3T beta software was accidentally sending clipboard data off to Chinese servers
You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console — Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first),…
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Microsoft's new mobile strategy? Bring as many of its services as it can to other platforms. That started with Microsoft Office and Cortana, and it's continuing with its Edge browser, which is available in beta on iOS and Android today. For now, the…
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If you are rocking the OxygenOS Open Beta on your OnePlus 3 or 3T, you’ll be happy to note that the phone maker has released a new build with a bunch of optimizations, bugfixes, and an experimental feature. This new firmware brings the build number up to Beta 20 for the OnePlus 3, Beta 11 […]
Come comment on this article: OxygenOS Open Beta 20/11 for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings optimizations and bugfixes
WhatsApp has been working on some updates to make the communications platform a bit more useful and a little bit easier to use. Several of these new features have been available to beta testers, but the final version started rolling out to regular customers as of a couple days ago. The updates includes improvements to […]
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While we wait with bated breath for the official unveiling of the OnePlus 5 on June 20th, the OnePlus 3 and 3T are getting some love in the form of a new OxygenOS Open Beta build that dropped early this morning. This latest Open Beta includes a bunch of bugfixes as well as a new […]
Come comment on this article: New OxygenOS Beta brings a host of bugfixes for OnePlus 3/3T
In last September’s Google for India event we announced YouTube Go, our YouTube app reimagined for the next generation of YouTube users. Today, after months of expanded testing and refinement, we’re happy to announce that we’re making the beta version of YouTube Go available for download on the Google Play Store in India.
You’ll recall that every aspect of YouTube Go was designed from the ground up, with four main principles in mind: It’s relatable, with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to your preferences; the app is designed to be offline first and improve the experience of watching videos on a slower network; it gives you more control over data usage, by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent on streaming or saving videos. And finally, it’s social, allowing you to share videos quickly and easily with friends nearby.
Key features of YouTube Go include:
To get us to this point, we’ve worked hard on refining the features that you’ve inspired us to build, gaining new insights along the way. Some things we’ve learned in the run-up to this beta release include making the home screen fresher and more relevant for users, so they can find amazing videos easily. We’ve also worked hard behind the scenes to make sharing videos with nearby friends an even more seamless experience, and ensuring that the app works well across a wide range of phones and connectivity. While the app is in its beta release, we’ll continue to listen to your feedback and improve the app before launching more broadly. We’ll also be holding several activities in Udaipur over the upcoming weeks to glean more insights from users on the ground.
If you’re in India, we hope you download the beta from the Google Play Store today, and let us know what you think by leaving your feedback within the app. As before, if you’d like to find out when YouTube Go is fully ready, you can sign up at youtubego.com/signup.
With the rapid transformation sweeping India’s mobile internet landscape, we know there will be an even greater demand for a fast and accessible video app. Thank you for continually inspiring us to build better products for the next generation, and to helping us make YouTube Go the best video app for you.
Jay Akkad, Product Manager, YouTube, recently watched “Vidya Vox @ YouTube FanFest India 2017.”
Drivers may not have to wait much longer to get to use Waze with their ride’s infotainment system. Beta invites are currently being sent out to users of the popular navigation app for the upcoming Android Auto version.
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The Apple Watch has come a long way since it was introduced, and Watch OS 3 brings some great improvements to the device. To name a few: New watch faces like Minnie Mouse, handwritten replies, reminders to Breathe, and faster apps. We go hands on.
BlackBerry is planning to rollout a Marshmallow beta test for the Priv this week!
While the BlackBerry Priv is scheduled to get Marshmallow sometime in May, a beta update is reportedly coming this week. Just a few days ago, the director of Handheld Software Product Management at BlackBerry, Michael Clewley, hinted the beta on his Twitter page. More news on this should be coming this week, as said by Michael Clewley himself.
In the meantime, check out this leaked video that reveals some of the features Marshmallow will bring to BlackBerry’s Priv.
Source: Michael Clewley (Twitter)
Come comment on this article: BlackBerry plans to release a Marshmallow beta for the Priv later this week
Apple disabled a few of the Apple Pencil’s navigational features in iOS beta 3, but says it’ll restore them in future releases. That’s despite comments from design chief Jony Ive expressing concern that they’ll “confuse” users.
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A new beta build of WhatsApp has an option that allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook to “improve my Facebook experience.” Screenshots also show a document manager is likely on the way.
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Roughly a month ago we told you Open Whisper Systems’ secure messaging app Signal is available on Android. However, Open Whisper Systems are also bringing a beta version of their app to the Chrome Store.
Signal will still feature end-to-end encryption in Chrome. However, the Android version and desktop version can be linked to share a single login. This means all your messages are displayed consistently on all your devices. This feature is currently only for Android, but will soon come to iOS too.
Source: Open Whisper Systems
Come comment on this article: Signal Desktop beta now available as a Chrome app
Three months after the Android version, the beta of Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana lands on iOS.
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Instagram is taking a page from Twitter’s book by allowing its app users to stay logged in to multiple accounts at the same time. The feature is rolling out to Android users who are part of Instagram’s Play Store beta testing program.
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Windows users patiently waiting to get their translation on don’t need to wait any longer, as Microsoft has put its Translator Beta on the Windows Store for download.
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