Sometimes content is just best accessed in its native app. But just as often, we have no need for that app beyond a single specific instance. To deal with this inefficiency, Google is introducing Android Instant Apps. For content that is deep-linked into participating apps, the app will seamlessly download and install to let you use it in that very moment.
The key to this working out, said Google's Ellie Powers, is having participating apps be built with modules. Read More
Everyone's favorite online Photo management tool, Google Photos, is pretty popular. At the company's annual developer conference, I/O, Google just announced that Photos has over 200 million monthly active users, with over 2 trillion labels automatically applied to a variety of different photos. CEO Sundar Pichai said a lot of these were labelling selfies, which is mind-boggling when you think just how many selfies must be taken every day.
These usage statistics are pretty cool, especially for a product which only launched at last year's I/O. I personally use Google Photos for all my photo management, and can attest to how well thought out I find the entire product. Read More
We knew it was coming eventually, but just before the Google I/O keynote began, Google updated its developer documentation with more details about Family Library. Most important, we have a launch date of sorts: July 2nd. That date marks when app purchases will be shared in the Family Library by default unless the developer opts out.
For those who aren't familiar, Family Library will be a way for trusted family members to share Play Store purchases among one another. We have seen bits and pieces popping up in our APK teardowns for a while now. When it comes to video purchases, for instance, we can tell that you will be restricted to streaming the same title on only one device at a time. Read More
Yo dawg. Google heard you like apps, so it made an app for tracking your apps. Specifically, there's now an app version of the Google Play Developer Console. It just went live in the Play Store, but it'll really only do you any good if you develop apps. Read More
Yahoo Mail might not be the trendiest web mail service on the planet, but it's still used by hundreds of millions of accounts (if not necessarily that many actual people). And somehow, the official Yahoo Mail app for Android has neglected to sync contact information with the operating system before now. That's been rectified, according to the Mail blog on the Yahoo-owned Tumblr. The latest version of the app in the Play Store, 5.5.3, confirms it in the changelog. Read More
WhatsApp is doing something not so cool, but maybe a bit understandable in its latest beta version 2.16.86. When you start WhatsApp Web, you'll get a new notification telling you that the web client is currently active.
The notification seems semi-permanent. You can't manually dismiss it, but it disappears when you don't use the web client for a while, only to re-appear when you switch back to that tab in your browser. I kind of understand the rationale behind it: safety and privacy. Maybe you forgot WhatsApp Web running on a computer that you're not using or maybe you've stepped away from your computer, but someone else has opened your tab and started checking your conversations. Read More
Uber has been testing Family Profiles since March in several cities around the US. But as it is with all things family, you can't be too cautious and it won't hurt to keep an open eye on everyone. That's why the company is introducing Trip Tracker. Read More
Facebook's Marketplace keeps surfacing in the news every few years. The feature was originally announced in 2007, then re-appeared in 2015, and was most recently spotted on iOS last month. And now it's showing up for users of the Android app.
The Marketplace is Facebook's way of tapping into local buying and selling. Right now, there are plenty of Facebook groups that offer you the option to list your used or new items for sale with a price, pictures, and get comments and messages from others about purchasing them. But the option is confined within Facebook's own group limitation: your messages are separate from your sales and as a buyer, you can't see all the items available for purchase around you unless you join and visit each group separately. Read More
I have had a Fitbit One for 3 years now and I couldn't be happier with that purchase or how easy it is to hook on my bra and leave it on all day. But what if you don't have a Fitbit and want to check the platform to see if it could work for you? Or what if your Fitbit stops working for some reason and you're awaiting a replacement, or you're switching from an old Fitbit to a newer model, or your Fitbit's battery dies, or you simply forget it at home? Would you want to lose the activity data from those hours or days? Read More
As a major component of what appears to be a big push to revamp its messaging offerings, Google has announced Duo, a video calling app. As the name suggests, it is focused solely on two-person video conversations.
Unlike Allo, which Google insists is bringing some fundamentally new features, Duo is all about simplicity.
As far as novel features go, the closest we get is that when you receive a video call, you can see the live video of the caller before you answer. Read More