Despite its modest birth WhatsApp has become a veritable force in the messaging realm and has been growing in popularity exponentially over the past few years. Yesterday, Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of the mobile messenger, shared on his Facebook page that the product has reached yet another veritable milestone – 800 million monthly active users.
Last August, this number was around 600 million and this January – 700 million. At this rate of about 25 million new active users per month, the service could very well exceed 1 billion, by the end of the year. Needless to say, this is a huge achievement and the exponential growth of WhatsApp has become even more impressive after Facebook paid a hefty $19 billion and took the platform under its wing in February 2014. Read more »
The new touch-friendly Office universal apps have made their debut on the Windows 10 preview builds in February, but so far they’ve only been available for tablets, laptops, and desktops.
However, before April is over the same Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps will make their way to the Windows 10 preview for phones, which itself was released a couple of months ago. Read more »
Chrome for iOS got a major update today that added several useful new feature. The first one is a new widget that sits in your Today view. The widget allows you to open a new Chrome tab or do a Google voice search right from the notification window. And if you happen to copy a URL from some other app, the URL will appear in the widget so one click will open it straight into Chrome.
Another addition is pull to refresh, which lets you refresh the web page by pulling down on it, which was first implemented in the Android version of the app. What wasn’t in the Android version, however, was that you can pull down and then slide your finger left to quickly open a new tab or right to close the current one, which is displayed with a neat little animation. Read more »
Today Amazon has unveiled yet another of its Android app deals. This time around, you can download 25 apps which normally cost money, entirely for free. There are both apps and games in the bundle, and you can take advantage of the offer until April 19. Added together, the whole thing is a $105 value.
To download the apps you’ll (obviously) need to use the Amazon Appstore for Android. The free apps are basically a way for the retailer to make sure people use its app store. Read more »
Live video streaming app Meerkat, which is currently iOS only and has got a lot of coverage recently, is finally coming to Android. In a tweet sent out yesterday, the company announced that it’s opening up the Android version of the app to external beta testers.
To join the Meerkat Android Beta program, head over to a Google Docs form (click the Source 2 link below), and fill in the required information, which includes your name, Twitter handle, and email. It isn’t yet clear when the app will be released to everyone though. Read more »
Internet giant Yahoo may be developing a messaging application that will not only include text messaging features, but will also let you share live as well as recorded video, according to a report from The Information.
“[Yahoo] will unveil a mobile app that combines live and recorded video and text, blending aspects of live video apps like Meerkat, YouNow, and Skype and the recorded video messages popularized by Snapchat,” the report said, adding that the app will be unveiled later this quarter. Read more »
Google has really become meticulous in its updating habits, especially in the Android realm. Work is done quickly and rollouts are usually quite speedy and come in bulk, especially when an exciting new technology has to be delivered to users.
We’ve already mentioned a few goodies in the newest versions of Google Drive, as well as some brand new releases, like an advanced Handwriting Input app and Android for Work on a broader range of devices. Read more »
Google Drive for Android received a major update. The latest version of the popular application brings new features, as well as support for 23 new languages.
The new Google Drive app build offers a new ‘Add People’ option to let users share a file with others straight from the notification area. Read more »
In February, Google introduced a new program called Android for Work for users who prefer to bring their own smartphone or tablet to work. With this solution, Android devices’ owners can have two profiles that keep work and personal data separate.
After baking these features in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has now released Android for Work for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat. Read more »
Google released a Handwriting Input application for Android devices. The input method allows Android users to handwrite text on their smartphone or tablet in a whopping 82 languages.
Handwriting Input offers support for both printed and cursive writing. Read more »
Yesterday, Opera marked its 10-year birthday by finally ushering Opera Mini 8 for Android out of beta. The app comes with a flashy new, material-inspired look and is still backwards compatible all the way back to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
This move definitely didn’t go unnoticed, but, as it turns out, the team is already hard at work on the next major version on the mobile browser. The Play Store now features a brand new Opera Mini 9 Beta, already up for download by eager early adopters. It still doesn’t pop up in search results though, so here is a direct link. Read more »
Opera Mini was the browser of choice for early phone platforms and has outlived many of them. For the 10-year birthday of thrifty browser Opera is releasing a new version with a native feel on Android along with Private mode.
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing modern browsing even to old devices, the new version of Opera Mini is available even for ancient Android 2.3 phones. Read more »
If our Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge reviews didn’t help you decide if you should get one of the new Galaxy S6 flagships, maybe Samsung’s latest promo app will do the job.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Experience for Android is a nicely designed app demoing and explaining all key features of both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. There you can learn about the benefits of the new camera sensor, the new S-Health app, various themes, the exclusive design, plus you can learn about all available original accessories. Read more »
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 »