I know there isn’t a shortage of messaging apps available on mobile devices but every once in a while something new comes up that manages to grab your attention. One such app is Wire.
Wire is a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and OS X, with a browser version arriving later. The app focuses on a simple, minimalist design with a gesture based interface for navigation. The UI features large, legible fonts with inline previews for images, YouTube, and SoundCloud links. Other than one to one chats Wire also supports group messaging. Read more »
Android 5.0.1 factory images have made their way to the Android Open Source Project database. The new OS build is available to download for the wi-fi versions of HTC Nexus 9, Asus Nexus 7, and Samsung Nexus 10.
As its release number suggests, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop will be a minor update over version 5.0. Read more »
Gmail users can now edit office documents straight from their inbox. The button for the new feature is available alongside the options to download a file or save it to Google Drive.
When a user selects the newly available option, Gmail saves the file to Google Drive and automatically converts it to Google’s own office format. Read more »
Microsoft acquired the developer of Acompli – a popular email client for iOS and Android. The deal is reportedly worth more than $200 million.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft plans to merge the high level of functionality of Acompli with its own Outlook platform. Read more »
Opera is now offering mobile operators an easy way to set up their own, customized and branded mobile application store. The service builds upon Opera`s already existing extensive library of applications across multiple mobile platforms, including Android, Java, Symbian and BlackBerry.
Besides access to one of the three largest app stores in the world, Opera also offer mobile operator a very specifically tailored market model. Read more »
Microsoft has updated Skype for Android with support for picture-in-picture, allowing you to keep a video call going while multitasking.
This means that now you can come out of the Skype window in the middle of a video call, switch over to another app, and continue with the conversation. The feature, which is already available on tablets, should be rolling out to smartphones very soon. Read more »
Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a broad partnership that would see the two companies’ mobile apps working together – allowing you to edit Office files from the Dropbox app and access your Dropbox from Office. This integration is now live.
The latest version of the Dropbox app for iOS and Android lets you open any Office document, spreadsheet, or presentation. And the new Edit icon (seen in the image above) lets you start editing stuff in the latest Office apps. Read more »
Google is rolling out a new version of Google Maps for Android, bringing some new useful features to the most popular online mapping service. The update bumps the app version to 9.1, and comes just a few weeks after the version 9.0 was released.
The updated app will provide more information about destinations and alternate routes — it will display the current weather and time at the given location, along with some interesting facts about your destination, and will also let you know exactly how much time the alternate route will save. One of the significant additions in the new version is that the app will now respond audibly to your requests for showing or hiding traffic. Read more »
The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.
The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »
The Adidas MiZX FLUX service allows you to create custom sneaker design and having it shipped to you. Now, the company has made it even easier to do so with its dedicated MiZX FLUX app for Android and iOS.
You just snap a photo of whatever you like to get printed, after selecting your gender, country and shoe size and then scale and adjust the photo to the shoe template. Then, you place an order, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read more »
Motorola released an update for its Camera app in the Google Play store. The latest version of the application brings Material Design and new features to users.
The new additions to the camera app’s already extensive repertoire of tricks include new three and ten-second timer options. Read more »
The SwiftKey third-party keyboard for Android has received a pretty hefty update today. The new version should already be available in the Google Play Store.
Its main claim to fame is the all-round improved performance. The time it takes for the keyboard to appear has been reduced, and the same can be said for the keyboard quit time too. Switching between fields is faster, and typing is said to be more responsive now as well. Read more »
Real time traffic information is great if you’re already on your way, but does little to help you plan a trip ahead of time. Here Maps are getting a new feature, Predictive Traffic, which can improve ETA estimation by up to 20% by accurately predicting the traffic in the next 12 hours.
Nokia’s Here has partnered with Esri, one of the world’s top Geographic Information System (GIS) providers. Read more »
Apple iOS 8 stars in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and offers a ton of new features and under-the-hood changes. We’ve outlined all of them in our all encompassing iOS 8 review, but the guys over at DotComInfoway have made an infographic which quickly sums up what’s new in Apple’s latest iOS iteration.
Ranging from novelties for developers to what’s new in iTunes, the infographic does a great job at showing the effort Apple has put into making iOS 8. Read more »
A Fleksy keyboard user has broken his own Guinness World Record for the fastest typing on a mobile device. Marcel Fernandes Filho, who had a previous record of speed-texting at 18.19 seconds, has set a new record of 17.00 seconds.
The Brazilian teenager used an iPhone 6 Plus with a Fleksy touchscreen keyboard to type the phrase “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” Read more »