Although the basic Google Maps service has been available in India for years now, some of the fancier features such as Navigation remained unavailable. That is, until now.
Google has now enabled the Navigation feature in India, which means now along with being able to get driving directions you will also have a voice reading them out so you can focus on the road instead of your phone’s display. Read more »
Nokia has released yet another teaser video for their upcoming event on September 5. Unlike the last one, which did not tell us much other than how not to ride a bicycle, this one seems to be hinting at something.
We see a woman walking on the street and slowing down near information appearing besides stores regarding products and their online rating and social status. Read more »
The App Store is not without its share of copycat apps. Often you will see developers trying to rip-off a successful app or game by having a similar name, icon or UI and try to benefit from someone else’s success.
For a long time, developers of popular apps could do little but watch copies of their app or game appear on the store. But now Apple has come up with a new Content Dispute system that might just put an end to this situation. Read more »
With the IFA going at full swing we almost missed the new update for Google Now. Today, all Jelly Bean got a cool new version of their virtual assistant, packing several cool new features.
Google Now is capable of displaying various public alerts as well as real time sport results. But wait, there is more! Read more »
The Flickr app for Android has been around for a while now but thanks to its lackluster nature and the growing disinterest in the service itself means not a lot of people know or care about it.
That should change a bit with the release of the new version 1.5 app, which brings some new features along with an updated UI design, which should hopefully make people excited about using Flickr once again. Read more »
The Skype application for iOS has been updated and now boasts the ability to let you send images to your contacts, something that you could only do through the desktop client before. There is no size limit on the images you upload so you can upload as big an image as you want, provided you have a suitable data plan.
Other changes include performance improvements, updated privacy settings, minor visual improvements and bug fixes. Read more »
avast! Mobile Security application for Android has received a major update in version 2.0 and now includes a very useful feature in the form of anti-theft protection. This features were initially found in the beta version but are now part of the main app. With the help of this feature, you will be able to locate your phone on a map and will also be able to use other commands such as remotely trigger a siren, remote lock and even remote wipe using the excellent web portal.
The application is also smart enough to send a message whenever it detects that the SIM has been swapped. This way, if someone steals your phone and swaps the SIM, you will be able to locate the phone on a map and also have the mobile number of the perpetrator, thus making it easier to find your phone. Read more »
The immensely popular photo sharing mobile app Instagram got bumped to version 3.0, people. The update adds a number of new talents to Facebook’s recent acquisition. Among them is the ability to add location to your photographic exploits, as well as infinite scrolling.
The new feature of the application is called Photo Map and allows you to add your shots to a map with a single tap of your finger. Read more »
Google released updates for two of their major apps on the same day. The first is the Google+ app, which gets some cool new features. The first one is that the Google+ app now allows teenagers to create and join Hangouts from their mobile, which wasn’t possible before due to age restrictions.
Another cool feature is that the mobile app now allows you to do Hangouts on Air using your smartphone, something that could only be done on desktop before. In case you are not aware, Hangouts on Air lets you create webcasts over Google+. Read more »
In order to bring it in line with its latest software creations such as the Windows Phone OS and Windows 8, Microsoft has completed a thorough redesign of SkyDrive.com. Along with its new web interface, the software giant’s cloud service sports a number of improvements to its functionality.
The abovementioned tweaks include improved, faster syncing with both Windows and OS X. Read more »
Google is on track to revamp its Search app on iOS and improve the voice search by adding Google Now-flavored recognition.
The update will be available soon with no further specifics provided as to when exactly. Read more »
You may have heard already – AT&T is planning on shutting down its 2G network, GSM voice, GPRS/EDGE data and all. It won’t happen for a long, long time so no need to rush to the store if you don’t have a 3G-enabled smartphone – the shut down is planned for January 1, 2017.
What does that mean for regular users? Not too much for sure. AT&T estimates that only 12% of their postpaid customers still use 2G phones. Virtually all new phones (except a few sub $50 SIM-free featurephones) support 3G, but it won’t matter – how likely are you to keep the phone you have now for 4-5 more years? I wonder if it’s even necessary to wait that long. Read more »
Google released a cloud-based version of their Google Wallet app, which lets you use any credit or debit card by either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
Google Wallet itself is still a very exclusive app that is available only on select devices, like the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, the Galaxy S III, etc., and only in select countries. Read more »
Samsung launched its own mobile music service in the United States. The Samsung Music Hub will be initially available on the Galaxy S III smartphones offered by AT&T and US Cellular. Availability for the rest of the flagship’s carrier versions is yet to be announced.
The service will be offered in free and premium variations with the latter set to cost $9.99 a month. Read more »
Apple has released yet another ad for the iPhone 4S highlighting the Siri functionality. And this time, they have none other than Mr. Martin Scorsese himself.
This new ad sticks to the same formula as the previous ones. The celebrity is using the Siri functionality on the iPhone 4S to manage day to day tasks such as changing appointment schedules, which highlights the ease of using just your voice to do these otherwise tedious tasks while simultaneously highlighting the conversational nature of Siri. Read more »