Google Maps making it a little easier to find your way

Google has announced a round of updates that will start rolling out to Google Maps on Android that are designed to enhance the user interface, making it a little quicker and easier for users to access useful information. The data to be accessed via the new update is information already available in the app – Google is just trying to make it a little bit easier for users to get to it with a minimal number of taps of the screen. When users open the new, updated app, they will notice three new tabs at the bottom of the screen. The tabs are intended to provide quick access to real-time information regarding nearby places to eat, commute information, or public transportation schedules.

Streaming Super Bowl LI from your phone, tablet, or media player

Only one team is going to leave NRG Stadium in Houston as the winner of Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5. It’s down to the New England Patriots and the Atlantic Falcons. Based on the regular seasons both teams had, the game could be a real showdown that’s decided at the very end.

Google Now Launcher is going away, but it’s not all bad news

Hopefully you weren’t too attached to the Google Now Launcher, because has decided to take it the way of Google Reader. The good news is that they’re working on making GNL’s features available to pretty much every launcher, but that still means anyone that’s actively using the launcher from the Play Store will have to shift to something else very soon.

Samsung Mini Pay launches in February and will work on any Android running Lollipop

Many Samsung users in the United States, Korea, and 9 other countries will probably be familiar with its mobile payments service called Samsung Pay, but that has been the sole provision of a select few flagship Samsung handsets such as the Galaxy S6 and S7. Now it seems, the electronics manufacturer is set to launch Samsung Pay Mini in South Korea, a new pared-down service that will offer online payment services for Android phones, regardless of which brand it is.

Benchmark cheating resurfaces with OnePlus and Meizu caught in the crosshairs

A few years ago a wave of cheating on benchmarks rolled through the smartphone community thanks to almost all manufacturers trying to obtain top marks on benchmarking tools. As the extent of the cheating was revealed and users became increasingly disillusioned with claims by manufacturers, the companies engaging in the cheating eventually figured out their actions were not worth the customer backlash they were creating. Unfortunately, some recent testing suggests this ugly trend may once again be rearing its head.

Twitter to retry efforts to control harassment on social platform

This is a story we have heard before from Twitter, so the only question that remains is whether they can succeed. Similar to previous attempts, several Twitter execs announced this evening that the social platform would begin rolling out new measures this week to try to better control and eliminate harassment and abuse directed at users on the system. The charge was led by Ed Ho, Twitter’s VP of Engineering, who acknowledged Twitter “didn’t move fast enough last year” in trying to implement changes.

Google Maps gets a ‘parking difficulty’ feature

Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps for Android to help users plan their hunt for a parking space when arriving at a destination. The new feature will provide information on parking difficulty at a destination in 25 metro areas in the U.S. The information will be provided via an icon to help users assess whether they need to be ready to just pull up to their destination or if they may be circling the block for a while in search of a parking space.