Google started updating Allo to version 9.0 recently and those diving into the code for the app found evidence of several features that are not yet enabled. The assumption is that Google will eventually make these available to users, possibly by throwing a server-side switch, but this is not guaranteed. There have been instances in the past where code for a feature was present in one version and then disappeared in a subsequent update. The potential features include a backup mechanism for chats, a quick selfie mode, an incognito mode for group chats, and yes, a sticker pack.
Although Google is playing catch up with its mobile payments app, Android Pay, the platform received a nice boost today. Android Pay will now be able to hook up with several banks from around the world as a new payment option for users, joining VISA and Mastercard options.
With Android O being released to developers and an almost certain release to the public later this year, password manager app maker LastPass has been busy at work getting their platform ready for the upgrade. One of the new features coming to Android O that the LastPass developers are looking forward to is the new set of Autofill APIs. LastPass thinks the use of these APIs will help them increase security and expand the features available through their app when used on an Android device.
Currently one of the big three television streaming services available is Sling TV, a platform that we gave solid marks to in our review. As one of the first services out of the gate to emulate traditional, live TV and cable service via the Internet, Sling TV offers a solid line-up of content and a stable, consistent user interface across a wide variety of devices. One of Sling TV’s newer features is their Cloud DVR service which has only been available for Amazon devices during its initial release period. Today Sling TV announced they are enabling Cloud DVR “First Look” service on Roku and Android devices.
In 2016, Duo burst onto the scene as Google’s consumer-focused platform for video calling. Like anything, new features were added over time to improve the entire experience. It was only a couple of weeks ago when the company started testing audio calling for Duo in a single market. And one Google employee just revealed that testing has ended.
Screenshots are the one of the easiest ways to share information with your friends, and Google wants to help make that a better experience. Some users are beginning to see some screenshot tools go live in their Google apps today, which is completely separate from Google Assistant’s extra screenshot functionality.
Twitter is a massive platform with smartphone adoption reaching 3.8 billion at the end of 2016. With millions of active users daily, and the ever increasing amount of multimedia being shared across the web and app versions, Twitter can easily consume more data than you may want. Just announced to save the day comes Twitter Lite, which is a version of the mobile web experience that promises to reduce data usage by up to 70%. Let’s see what’s new.