The Android version of the popular instant messaging service WhatsApp finally embraced the Material Design language which made a debut with Android 5.0 Lollipop. An experimental build of the redesigned app is available to download directly from the messenger’s official website.
For Android users, the WhatsApp build 2.12.38 version brings revamped appearance with new icons, animations, and color-flipped emoji tray. Read more »
Samsung released the kernel source code for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Interested users can download the source code for a number of variants of the two flagships from the Korean giant’s Opensource Release Center.
Access to a device’s kernel source code allows enthusiasts to develop custom ROMs for it. Read more »
Welcome to our new weekly feature, the Best Apps and Games of the Week. Here we will try to cover some of the most notable apps and and games that were released in the past week or so on the mobile platform.
The list will include both new and apps that received some major update recently. The list is not limited to any particular mobile platform, but considering the current situation you’d likely only be seeing Android and iOS apps in the articles. Read more »
LastPass is one of the most used password storage services, and today it’s unveiled a very big update for its Android app. Along with that, we also get news that LastPass is now part of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts program for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
These two smartphones just became available today, and if you buy either one you’ll be happy to know that you get an upgrade to LastPass Premium for free. Normally that costs $12 per year. Read more »
Microsoft is actively expanding its reach on rival mobile platforms, especially Android. The software giant has added yet another feather to its app hat by releasing the Office Remote for Android app.
As the name suggests, it is your remote to control the PowerPoint presentations and Excel Pivot tables. But first, you will have to connect the phone over Bluetooth with a desktop/laptop running Office 2013 or Office 2016 Preview. Read more »
The Android version of Google’s popular image editor Snapseed received a major update. Version 2.0 of the application delivers sleek new design and new features to its users.
The new Snapseed sports a new icon and sleek design, which lacks textures. Read more »
Instagram has updated its Android app today, with a new iOS version coming soon as well. Both should have the same features. Speaking of which, with this release Instagram intros two new image alteration tools: Color and Fade.
The former lets you tint the highlights or shadows in a photo. You can use yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, or green for this purpose. Read more »
Just over a week after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton revealed that the voice calling feature will be made available to iOS users soon, the company’s support department has confirmed that efforts are underway to bring the feature to Windows Phone also.
“WhatsApp Calling for your platform [Windows Phone] is still in the works,” the company confirmed in an email, although it refused to comment on any release timelines at the moment. Read more »
Vine’s official app for Windows Phone 8.1 has received a pretty big update today, which brings it a few new features. First off, you can now import videos from your camera, just by tapping the new icon in the bottom left corner.
You are also able to edit your Vine, rearranging clips or getting rid of those you don’t need. Drafts can be saved too, so later you may pick up from where you left off. Read more »
An update to HTC Blinkfeed for Android renamed the application to Sense Home. The new app brings BlinkFeed, HTC Themes, as well as HTC Sense Home widget under one roof.
HTC Themes functionality allows users to change icons, colors, wallpapers, and even the sound bundles of their device. Read more »
Today Microsoft has brought its pretty successful Office Lens app from Windows Phone to iOS and Android. Office Lens was initially introduced for the company’s own mobile platform more than a year ago, and Microsoft says it’s now one of the most popular free apps for Windows Phone.
The concept behind it is simple. Office Lens allows you to capture a lot of different things with your smartphone’s camera, then automatically crops and enhances the images and saves them to OneNote or OneDrive. And thanks to optical character recognition, the text inside your captures becomes searchable. The app can even convert images of paper documents into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, or PDFs for easy editing. Read more »
Today Skype has announced updates for both its main app as well as Skype Qik. Skype itself has been renewed for both Android and iOS, but the former platform gets more new features.
For example, Skype 5.3 for Android gives you a new bubble-style chat layout, similar to the one already employed in the iOS and desktop apps. It also receives support for emoji, so you can express yourself better. Read more »
Today Google has launched the latest update to the oft-forgotten News & Weather app for Android. This started life as little more than a widget built into Android, but then got released in the Play Store last year. Since that point, it’s received quite a few big updates, this latest one probably among the biggest yet.
This app is slowly but surely growing up into an interesting source for news, though Google has another app for that purpose – Play Newsstand. Read more »
Microsoft is bringing back MS-DOS but this time on the mobile. The company has announced a new version of MS-DOS for the mobile platform that you can download and install on your Lumia device.
The new (or rather the old) OS takes you back to your roots, back to some of the first computers we used. You can now relive those days in all their grayscale glory on your phone. The OS is also forwards compatible, so you can run Windows Phone apps as well, although pretty sure MS-DOS had more apps than Windows Phone does. Read more »
WhatsApp has included the voice calling update in the latest version of the Android app. The feature is available through the 2.12.19 update and for now has to be downloaded through the company’s website, although should soon be available through the Play Store as well.
WhatsApp started rolling out the voice calling feature a while back but instead of making it available to everyone at once, they used sort of an invite system, where a user who already has the feature has to call you for you to get the calling feature. And this worked within a time window, so if you didn’t manage to get it activated then you’d have to wait for the next time window, whenever it arrived. Read more »