Google’s beloved Maps service recently had its 10-year birthday. It’s been a long road, if you pardon the pun, and it’s amazing to see how far this intrepid project has gone.
But Google definitely isn’t sitting back yet. Starting immediately, the new lane guidance feature in Maps will now be delivering instructions to drivers in 15 new European countries. The feature has been available to certain markets, like the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to name a few, since last year.
If you’re a resident of one of these new locations and are running at least Maps 8.0, you should be noticing lane guidance as of now.
If you own a Samsung device and reside in Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, or New Zealand, you’ll soon have the ability to chat live with a Samsung representative at all hours of the day, any day, for support on your Samsung products.
The app, Galaxy Life, will soon be receiving an update that allows for this 24×7 live chat support. Also mentioned is that there will be a gold tier service for owners of flagship devices, but what services are rendered in that tier have not been disclosed.
The Galaxy Life app currently offers many deals and vouchers for residents of those five countries, including rewards to restaurants and theatres.
No word on when or if we may see this customer service feature expanded to other global markets.
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Earlier today we told you about HERE for Android receiving a global update that added some convenience features to updating maps, along with better viewing of inland waters. What we didn’t tell you was HERE for Android is no longer in beta and has graduated to the Play Store sans beta tag. Besides visual polishing, improved routing and bug fixes, the app offers 3D venues and painless downloading.
For those interested, we have a video for you after the break plus the conventional download and QR links. Enjoy!.
HTC has released an update to the HTC Zoe highlights video app. Like so many apps getting updated now, the big visual change users will notice is the support for Android Lollipop and Google’s Material Design. As part of that support, HTC added in support for the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet.
To promote the launch of a new NBA themed update for its Androidify app, Google has today published a brand new ad over on its Android YouTube channel entitled “Dunk-A-Thon”. In the video, various Droid’s jump around wearing the latest basketball tops whilst taking shots at the hoop. One Droid even uses a cannon to make the drop.
Fleksy has just announced an update to their popular keyboard replacement app, bringing it to version 5.2. This update includes bugfixes, a tweaked Themes tab, the ability to sync shortcuts with the cloud as well as a couple of new additions to their recently announced Extension function.
The first new Extension is called ‘Hotkeys’, and this allows you to specify a button that, when pressed, will insert a custom item which can be anything from an emoji, symbol, email address or even a frequently used phrase. You can choose to customize up to 7 different HotKeys, and it promises to be pretty useful. The other new extension is called ‘Color Pops’ that allows you to choose which color ‘pops’ when you press a key. Other improvements include automatic language updates when your device is charging and connected to WiFi.
Amazon has announced Sling TV is being added exclusively, at least for now, on their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Sling TV joins FOX Sports GO and Flappy Birds Family with exclusive launches on Amazon’s streaming content devices. Amazon also announced selection of their devices by content providers has grown five time since launching in April 2014.
We have always worried about what happens with our possessions after we die, but the 21st century has given us another thing to be concerned about….our online life. Google has already added controls for your Gmail account in the event that you die, and now Facebook is joining the party.
Facebook already had something in place in that someone could report your death and your account would become memorialized, which freezes the account, stopping any further posts or changes. For many Facebook users, that wasn’t enough, so starting today, you should see a new option in your security settings which will allow you to choose someone else to take over managing your account in the event you do pass.
Amazon has the habit of giving away free apps periodically to entice more customers into getting hooked onto their Appstore. Today, the retailer is offering a similar promotion on 37 apps which usually cost close to $140 combined.
Playdead has finally brought the very popular Limbo game to Android. Limbo was originally released on the Xbox 360 back in 2010, and was an instant hit. Soon after, it made it’s way to the PlayStation 3, Windows, and even iOS.
Limbo is a 2D sidescroller puzzle game in which you are a boy in search of his sister. The game is in black and white giving it an eerie feeling as you try to figure out how to get around various traps. Playdead dubbed the style of play as “trial and death” as you are likely to fail before figuring out the correct solution. And when you do fail, expect a heavy does of gory images.