Did you ever use Samsung’s built-in Movie Maker application on your Galaxy devices? If not, don’t feel bad; it was pretty well hidden, and obviously fairly underutilized as Samsung will be dropping the feature after the next major Android update.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds made a splash in the gaming scene with its addictive Battle Royale style gameplay, and the thought of getting it on mobile has been very exciting. Its main competitor, Fortnite, has already announced an Android version, but PUBG managed to beat it to the punch with a soft launch in Canada.
As the combination of virtual wallet apps and contactless payment solutions using smartphones continues to mature, we can expect to see more innovative uses of these technologies. Today, Google announced a new initiative to enable Google Pay to be used as a virtual ticket for travelers hopping on board the Las Vegas Monorail.
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Google likes to bounce back and forth between light and dark modes on their apps, and we’ve seen our share of both over the past few years. Material Design updates brought its share of bright white app and website interfaces, but we’ve started to see things swing back towards darker themes lately, and YouTube has been caught in the middle of this trend.
After being announced last year and then going into virtual hiding for more development work, Routines for the Google Assistant appear to finally be ready to launch. Initial appearances and impressions drawn from Google’s support page and some actual testing reveal a system that is probably much more limited than what was hoped for by those who have been waiting for this addition to the Google ecosystem. Google is limiting Routines to just six options with each one have a preset list of potential commands and actions that can be added to it. Of the six Routines, two of them are only available on mobile devices like a smartphone with the others being available on phones, tablets, or other devices like Google Home speakers.
Google recently released the web version of Allo, but the desktop client comes with a huge caveat; you have to keep your phone on and connected to the internet to actually use it. That pretty much completely defeats the point of a desktop chat client, but hey, it’s Google.
If you are a regular user of Chrome, Google’ web browser, you have likely seen boxes pop up on a regular basis asking if you would like Chrome to save the username and password combination for sites you log in to. Depending on how paranoid you are about a company like Google having your passwords stored in some way through their services, you may or may not be taking advantage of this feature of Chrome. If you do make use of Chrome’s built-in password manager, especially for lots of sites, some help may be on the way to help you archive the passwords or get them into other managers thanks to a new download option Google is working on.
Facebook uses Messenger Lite as a stripped down version of their Messenger application for developing markets and lower end phones, but the lightweight service does lack a few features that its bigger brother has. Every once in awhile, though, they trickle a new feature into the Lite version.
Google Photos is among the most popular of Google’s apps and it continues to evolve and improve. The latest feature adds location data to the right of date dividers as you scroll through your photos. Photos on the web has been doing this for a few months, but the feature is new to Android.
BlackBerry Ltd. filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court on Tuesday that accused tech giants Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp of stealing intellectual property from BlackBerry Messenger. The 117-page lawsuit claims that the three companies created applications that infringe on BlackBerry Messenger patents and a jury trial has been requested. Financial compensation is being sought, but a dollar figure hasn’t been disclosed.
Google Assistant is Google’s current pride and joy, and Amazon’s Alexa isn’t far behind. Digital voice assistants are a huge deal, and that doesn’t even include Bixby from Samsung and Siri from Apple. Would you expect Huawei to sit out on this market? Of course not.
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Identifying objects, storefronts, and other things via Google Lens has become one of the handiest features of Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly, it was only available to use on the Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones at first, but today the search giant has announced that Google Photos now has Google Lens built-in which means it doesn’t matter who made your handset.