Hey Google, this is how you should fix Allo

It’s safe to say that Google’s latest instant messaging app, Allo, isn’t setting the world alight in the popularity stakes. It’s faced with strong, entrenched competition in the form of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Apple’s iMessage, and even finds itself competing with other Google products such as Hangouts. It’s also not exactly clear why Google launched a separate video chat app called Duo instead of just including the function within Allo. To its credit, Google has asked Allo users how they would fix the messaging app a couple of days ago, and our readers were quick to offer the search giant some advice.

New leak suggests the Huawei P10 Plus will feature a curved 5.5-inch QHD display

After the earlier leak that showed off the Huawei P10 in blue, gold, and green, this latest leak brings some relief to the eyes by revealing the alleged P10 Plus in black. With just 10 days to go until Huawei officially takes the wraps off the successor to last year’s P9, these latest images don’t leave much to the imagination. The leak alleges that there are two variants, a flat P10, and then the P10 Plus with a curved display with similar specifications. Join us after the break for more details.

LG points out some of the new features of the G6’s UX interface

With MWC 2017 fast approaching, the steady drip of leaks is threatening to become a full-on deluge. Let’s take the LG G6, for instance, in recent weeks we’ve covered stories about its alleged reliability, various renders showing off its all-metal body, that it could be the first non-Google handset with Assistant onboard, and that the G6 will make do with the Snapdragon 821 as opposed to the Snapdragon 835 that the Galaxy S8 to feature. Today, we have an official video from LG teasing version UX 6.0 of the G6’s user interface. 

Facebook brings auto-playing sound to videos in its News Feed and a new app for the living room

 

Facebook has just announced a slew of changes to the way it presents videos in your News Feed, as well as a wider choice of platforms that you can use to watch videos on. One of the tweaks includes the auto-playing of sound when the video plays in your News Feed, which is sure to cause some consternation among some of us. Facebook has also made a new app for viewing videos on televisions and streaming devices. Join us after the break for more details.

Google wants to know how you would fix Allo

There are a ton of messaging apps to choose from, with heavy hitters such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage (iOS) all vying for your attention. Despite already offering the Hangouts and Messenger app (among others), in 2016 Google saw fit to throw two new apps into the mix in the form of the Allo instant messaging app as well as a new video chat app, Duo. While Allo managed to hit the 10 million downloads mark on the Play Store back in December, do you actually know someone who uses the app? If so, Google is now asking for feedback on the app. Join us after the break to find out how you can contribute your two cents.

Check out the creepy #LickOfLove video from OnePlus for Valentine’s Day

Having been around for around 3 years now, OnePlus has developed from an upstart, brash, company that launched various inappropriate campaigns such as this for the breakout OnePlus One, to something more mature, right? Well, it seems that for its Valentine’s Day promotion, OnePlus has chosen to revert to its childhood with the creepy ‘LickOfLove’ campaign that offers a discount and the chance to win a pair of OnePlus 3T‘s. You can you can check out the video for yourself after the break.

Huawei Mate 9 review: Huawei’s best phone yet

When you think of the Huawei brand, you may be reminded of a Chinese company that produces great hardware that is burdened with a heavy-handed interface known as EMUI, right? Well, it may be time to rethink that opinion. With the release of the 5.9-inch Mate 9, Huawei also launched EMUI 5.0, a much lighter, cleaner, and easier-to-use version of its user interface, which combined with the new Kirin 960 processor, offers a slick, mature experience. You get the feeling that Huawei is finally getting it, that slightly less is actually a whole lot more, and that they don’t need to throw in the kitchen sink to offer a full-featured smartphone.

After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the market for big-screened handsets was left wide-open for other manufacturers to grab some market share. Samsung customers who would have normally upgraded to the latest in the Galaxy Note series were left with options such as the Google Pixel and the LG V20, although LG shot itself in the foot when it decided to only launch the V20 in select markets.

Could the Huawei Mate 9 be the big-screened savior many of us were looking for? Join us after the break to find out.

Battery life on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is reportedly 10% down after Nougat update

Samsung has been rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in recent weeks, the product of its beta testing program that began in November 2016. While it’s always good to see a handset updating to the latest version of Android, it has been reported that the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 could have an adverse impact on battery life.

Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle is all about love and pangolins

When it comes to special occasions or events, we’ve come to expect Google offering something a little different in the form of its Doodles, and today (tomorrow as well, presumably), the search giant is all about love, in celebration of Valentine’s Day tomorrow. This latest Doodle brings us the Pangolin game with two star-crossed lovers that are oceans apart with one of the pangolins traveling the world learning how to express its love in a variety of ways to prepare for the first date.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to be code-named ‘Baikal’

Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was on course to be named as the smartphone of the year until production was discontinued and units were recalled due it’s flawed battery design. As a result, there was major doubt whether Samsung would continue the Note series at all, but it was confirmed back in January that the Korean handset maker would indeed be producing a 2017 edition, and it seems that its internal codename is ‘Baikal’.

Google serves notice on app developers that violate the Play Store’s User Data policy

These days, protecting your data is increasingly difficult to achieve, even on the Play Store where there are apps that access your sensitive information without a proper privacy policy. It seems that Google is on the case of these rogue apps, with the search giant sending emails to developers informing them that their apps violate the Play Store‘s User Data policy. Possible repercussions of this could see the offending apps having their visibility limited, or being removed from the Play Store.

Moto G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch FHD display, 12MP camera, and 3,000mAh battery according to leaked image

Lenovo is scheduled to launch the Moto G5 range of handsets at MWC in Barcelona on February 26th, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a few leaks in the meantime. Last week we saw the wallpaper and ringtones for the Moto G5 Plus become available to download, today sees a possible leak of the specifications for the handset, as seen in the image above.

Latest update to YouTube app lets you double-tap forwards or backwards by 10-seconds

Killing time by watching cat videos on YouTube is one of the most relaxing things to do in your spare time, or even when the boss isn’t watching, but fast-forwarding or skipping backward on the Android app involved a lot of guesswork. Either you went way too far forwards or back, or not enough, it was a veritable pain. Not anymore, though, because the YouTube app has received an update that lets users accurately move backward or forwards by 10 seconds by double-tapping on the display.

How to change the navigation bar in Huawei’s EMUI 5

If you own a couple of devices made by different brands, it’s quite likely that at least one of them has a different setup for its navigation bar. For example, Samsung sets its navigation keys out as Recents, Home, and Back, while on Google’s Pixel the default setting is Back, Home, and Recents. Swapping between devices with different layouts can be frustrating, to say the least. If you are using a Huawei or Honor device with EMUI 5, though, you can choose which layout you prefer, and even add an extra option into the mix.

Join us after the break to find out how to change the layout of your navigation bar in EMUI 5.