Category: Mobile Services
Switch view

‘Talk’ is Path’s new standalone messaging app

by 9 comments

Some of you may be aware of the social network called Path. The service was meant to connect you to your closest people and only allowed up to 150 contacts per person but the service never really saw much use in the light of much bigger and popular services.

Now, the company has released a new messaging app called Talk for the iPhone and Android. The Talk app has some interesting features, that set it apart from its peers. For one, the messages you send are only stored on the server for 24 hours, after which they are automatically erased. Read more »

Google Now links to music apps

by 7 comments

Google Now’s service is constantly evolving to make your Android experience a more personalized one by providing you easier access to the applications and services you use most.

Now, you’re able to click on links to music services for the bands that you search for on Google Now. Read more »

Google expands Play Movies to 21 new countries, Play Books to 11

by 37 comments

Google has announced yet another expansion of its Play services – Play Movies comes to 21 new countries, while Play Books adds 11 new ones. This brings the total for Movies to 90 countries and for Books to 57.

Google Play Movies had a smaller expansion earlier this year and even launched on iOS. Read more »

Fire Phone’s Firefly can recognize 100 million different items

by 18 comments

Fresh off the stage today comes the announcement of Amazon’s new service called Firefly. It’s the ultimate item recognition app. You point your camera to anything that intrigues you and it gives back meaningful information about it.

Amazon Firefly has a dedicated hardware button on the side of Amazon’s new Fire phone. Read more »

Cortana will be available in Canada upon Windows Phone 8.1 launch

by 33 comments

Janet Kennedy, Microsoft Canada President, has detailed the Cortana availability. As it turns out Canada will be among the first wave of countries to get the virtual assistant upon the update rollout.

Microsoft has previously announced the first market where Cortana will be available is USA. The UK and China will be getting the same treatment and now it turns out Cortana will be localized for Canada in time too. Read more »

Samsung may be looking to purchase Nuance, the company behind S Voice, Siri

by 53 comments

Nuance, the folks behind the Samsung’s and Apple’s in-house voice assistant programs S Voice and Siri, as well as other commercial speech recognition applications like Dragon Naturally Speaking, are set to potentially get bought out by the Korean company.

In anticipation of the potential deal, Nuance’s market cap jumped from a valuation of $5.5 billion to almost $6 billion yesterday. Read more »

Cortana coming soon to Windows Phones in the UK and China

by 27 comments

Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.

In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »

Microsoft Mobile now owns PureView, Lumia and ClearBlack brand names

by 136 comments

Over the years Nokia has done alright for itself and established some well-known trademarks in the tech world. PureView is now synonymous with great camera performance, ClearBlack denotes great display hardware and Asha was Nokia’s dumb phone name while Lumia is the name of the best-selling Windows Phones by Nokia.

After Microsoft bought Nokia and transformed it into Microsoft Mobile, there were questions whether Microsoft will gain those famous Nokia trademarks or not. To blow away the mist of the unknown PureView, Lumia, Asha, ClearBlack, Surge and Mural brand names are now all owned by Microsoft Mobile. Read more »

Sprint’s giving 50,000 US students broadband at home

by 10 comments

The White House launched an initiative, ConnectED, which aims to give 99% of US students high-speed internet access within the next five years.

Sprint has decided to partake in ConnectED by pledging broadband internet service to the homes of 50,000 students in the US. Read more »

Google Wallet instant checkout lands on iOS

by 1 comments

Are you a Google Wallet user on iOS that has been looking for a faster way to use the service to buy your stuff?

Well you’re in luck, as Wallet’s 2-tap instant checkout’s been made available for Apple’s mobile platform. Read more »

Nokia Store for Nokia X gets an update

by 14 comments

The Android OS-based Nokia X series lack Google Play services, including Play Store, and that’s why Nokia has provided its own Nokia Store to take care of your app hunger. It isn’t the only app repository for the Nokia X, but it is the default one and surely the most visited one.

Today Nokia rolled out an update for the Store making it even easier to browse the app catalog and install new apps. Read more »

VLC Player for mobiles to get Chromecast support

by 22 comments

VLC Player, the popular multimedia player app for iOS and Android, is set to get support for Google’s new media streaming platform Chromecast.

Paradoxically, native streaming support for Chromecast is set to hit the iOS version of VLC before the Android version, likely due to the latter still being in the beta stages of its development. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11.0 M7 now available

by 19 comments

CyanogenMod 11.0 M7, the latest version of the popular Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based ROM, is now available for download to all compatible devices. It brings UI tweaks and performance improvements, extended media format support, better Bluetooth connectivity and squashes some bugs.

Here is the official change log for the CyanogenMod 11.0 M7: Read more »

MotionSavvy: a tablet app that reads sign language

by 19 comments

So there are plenty of applications for your tablet that are used to kill time and entertain you. Not to say that this pursuit isn’t worthwhile, but then there are apps that can make significant improvements to the way we, on a collective social level, can use to improve our lives.

MotionSavvy looks like it’s one of those apps: as it is designed to read your sign language motions. Read more »

Apple allegedly acquires Spotsetter to improve its Maps app

by 24 comments

Apple’s Maps application has come under fire in the past for offering a navigation solution that leaves much to be desired.

The Cupertino based company has vowed to improve its application and has been acquiring a few companies to help bring Maps up to speed. You may now add Spotsetter to that list. Read more »