An update to Google's Messenger application rolled out yesterday afternoon. Like a lot of other updates lately, this one appears to be centered around clearing up bugs and issues rather than adding new features. For regular travelers or those that have some compatibility issues with their local carriers, there is now an option to override the automatic country detection the app currently performs. Those users on Android N can also look forward to a fix for a pretty critical bug that could cause Messenger to crash with a simple YouTube link.
Bug Fix: YouTube Links No Longer Crash Android N
For those people living on the edge with the Android N Developer Preview running on their primary (or only) phone, there can be some pretty critical bugs that tend to break things in really unexpected ways. Read More
Over the past years, Google has been unbundling various apps from the system and publishing them on the Play Store to allow for easier and faster changes that reach everyone without the need for a full firmware update. After the Google Calendar, Camera, Keyboard, and plenty of others, today's the day for the Calculator to graduate too.
Calculator is now available on the Play Store and that means updates, but also that you can download it on non Nexus devices (I have it on my LG G4 now). Read More
Instagram is about more than showcasing what you had for dinner. Since 2013, users have been able to upload videos to the hugely popular photo sharing service, and now Instagram has announced that it's increasing the maximum length of these from 15 seconds to a whole minute.
iOS and Android users will be able to share longer videos starting from today. This will gradually be rolled out to all users over the coming months.
According to Instagram, the change is due to a surge of people engaging with video content, with time spent watching videos through the app having increased by more than 40 percent over the past six months. Read More
It seems that it's Music-Wednesday on the Android scene today. Aside from Spotify launching in Indonesia, SoundCloud is starting a new paid subscription (in addition to its free tier) that should transform how everyone perceives the service.
Up until now, SoundCloud has been mostly popular with indie artists and labels, amateur musicians and audio producers, podcasters, and regular users who like recording sound and audio blurbs and sharing them with the world. With SoundCloud Go, the service is announcing that it's made some licensing agreements with Sony, Merlin, Warner, UMG, and other major and indie labels to carry their catalogues. Read More
Indonesian Android users and music fans, we've got some great news for you today. If you were heartbroken last month by the demise of MixRadio, one of the most popular free music streaming services in your country, and you never liked Deezer, and you hated having to pay for Apple Music because it didn't offer any free tier, you'll be happy to know that there's a new player in town and it's bringing all the big guns to the fight.
Spotify is launching today in Indonesia with a catalogue of more than 30 Million songs including Indonesian music (with playlists curated by local experts) and international hits. Read More
The Play Store is getting a new email client. Big deal, right? It's not as if we're suffering for lack of options. Well, MailTime, which debuted on iOS in late 2014, is anything but just another entry in a crowded category. For MailTime, emails are just messages, nothing special. You didn't ask for a bunch of metadata, you just got it. The app parses your emails to separate the actual messages from the rest of the clutter.
The primary interface is, at first glance, much like any other email client. You have a list of threads to choose from. But when you open them up, you see an SMS-esque UI that makes it loud and clear that this is not your father's mail app. Read More
Microsoft has been steadily marching towards getting familiar desktop features onto their mobile apps. Most recently, that meant support for versioning, auto-save, and live collaboration. This time around, all three get the ability to export to PDF, something we take for granted when using the full versions of Office. They also get a new feature allowing users to insert images directly from your camera, which of course is a feature more unique to mobile. For its part, Microsoft Word for Android can now open RTF files, which falls into the "I didn't realize it couldn't already do that" category for many of us. Read More
The PDF format is a common and open standard that works with many programs, but many people still turn to Acrobat Reader when the time comes to open a document. Adobe has given such folks another reason to keep the app around. Reader now integrates with Dropbox accounts. Read More
The design of Samsung's system UI hasn't changed much in the last few years, except when it comes to cosmetic things like icons and colors. There's a whole theme store that can alter that stuff. In the Galaxy Apps store, there's a new app called Good Lock that goes further by enabling an "advanced system UI" on the Galaxy S7. It's really bonkers. Read More