A new add-on for Microsoft’s Excel and Google’s Sheets from messaging company MSG91 will users to send text messages directly from spreadsheets that they’re working on. Plug-ins and add-ons are gaining popularity, especially with power users that spend a lot of time in office apps and programs, and a messaging extension that can leverage a spreadsheet’s data can be very useful. Read more
Facebook has brought a new button to their mobile app and website that will make it significantly easier to donate to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Previously, the company had donate buttons for certain organizations that would allow you to quickly make a one-time donation with whatever credit card you had on file with Facebook. This button expands that, but makes things a little less intuitive. Read more
India is a key market for many smartphone manufacturers, but it’s a drastically different landscape compared to places like the US or some other European countries where high-end, premium devices typically account for the bulk of sales. Most India buyers are looking for more affordable devices, which is why smartphones like the Moto G have been so successful in the past, and why we’re seeing Google keep their Android One initiative alive. Read more
Microsoft has opened up their knowledge and action graph APIs for developers to use to help integrate Bing’s snapshot feature into more and more apps. The API will allow Bing to quickly show relevant information to users according to what’s on their screen, essentially imitating Google’s Now on Tap. Read more
A new Play-Doh Jam game has been released onto mobile app stores from Backflip Studios (with Hasbro’s licensing, of course) that aims to offer a simple experience with Play-Doh balls. There’s really not much you can do with Play-Doh in the context of a game besides rolling it up into a ball and crashing into stuff, anyway.
The game is extremely simple, and all you have to do is guide your ball of clay across obstacles from your finger. The more things you roll over, the bigger your Play-Doh ball will grow. There are different monsters in the game, as well as tons of items, and a few different stages to play on, so there’s a decent amount of content to keep you or your kid engaged for a while. Read more
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 doesn’t look it’s moving the needle in a positive direction for the company, as the latest market share numbers show Samsung’s global dominance continuing to slip to Apple and cheaper Chinese OEMs.
In Q2 of 2014, Samsung held 26.2% of the global market, more than doubling Apple’s market share. This year, Apple has steadily increased their market share to nearly 15% while smaller vendors like Huawei and Xiaomi have scooped up more of the low end, leaving Samsung with just 21.9% market share. That’s over a 5% drop from a year ago, which is pretty substantial. Read more
The second device in Motorola’s recently refreshed 2015 lineup, the Moto X Play, will soon be available to purchase in Canada. The water resistant phone was already available in the UK, but Canada will join in on August 18th. Read more
After Google’s massive Alphabet restructuring, the company registered the domain abc.xyz instead of using a traditional .com domain. As you’d expect, this drove a ton of extra traffic for XYZ as a company, and they saw a large increase in domain registration the week following the news. Read more
With all of the recent leaks about an LG made Nexus 5 this year, it’s starting to look pretty likely the phone will be a reality by the holidays. Some new images have surfaced today showing a case of the new Nexus 5, which means we get a fantastic look at all of the angles on the phone. Read more
If you’re a Cricket Wireless customer, you’ll soon have two more options when it comes to picking out your next phone. The carrier is now officially offering LG’s G Stylo and HTC’s Desire 626s on their cheap prepaid service plans. Read more