Generally speaking, we're big fans of Wyze's budget-friendly smart home gadgets around here. The company has managed to release everything from security cameras to robot vacuums while undercutting the competition along the way. And while not every single product is a hit, Wyze has still built a great ecosystem of products worth your investment. Its Android app is getting a new update this week, bringing Google Home and Assistant support to the Wyze Lock.
Microsoft is really fleshing out its mobile browser options. Last month the company published a Canary build of Edge to the Play Store, and it's following up with a Dev build today. That's three out of four of the release channels available as an Android version ... oddly, the Beta channel has yet to make its way onto the platform as a dedicated app listing, still relying on the Play Store beta system.
While we're all waiting for Google's revamped Wear OS to drop later this year, there's only one watch running Android worth picking up right now: Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 3. A year after its release, it's still the only wearable with Snapdragon's Wear 4100 chip. Mobvoi has done a great job keeping its flagship watch updated since launch, and now it's doing the same with its partner app. The latest update to its app refreshes the design to make it easier to manage your device and track your fitness.
Google only recently redesigned the Play Store, getting rid of the hamburger menu and moving most of its menu entries to the account switcher in the top right corner. But it looks like the company isn't done revamping the distribution service. Reports of a revamped "My Apps" section surfaced last month, and we didn't like it one bit. And now, for better or worse, the change appears to be rolling out widely.
Any time a developer releases a new feature, the hope is that users will find it helpful. That isn't always the case. For example: the new tab groups feature in Chrome for Android, which is now the default behavior after being introduced in January. While the grouped tabs initially came with a chrome://flags option to turn it off, that option has been removed, and tab groups are now permanently enabled in all current versions of the browser.
Samsung's Reminder app has been getting a lot of new features recently, turning it into a viable alternative to Google Tasks or Microsoft To Do. Samsung is continuing to enhance it further, with improvements to the homescreen widget.
Google recently added the possibility to link to a specific text snippet from a website to Chrome, and it looks like the company wants to expand on that feature. As spotted by Chrome Story, the latest under-development version of Chrome is prepping a "Stylize highlight" sharing option that is sure modeled after Facebook and Instagram.
I'll be the first to admit math isn't my strong suit, which is why having a calculator always available on my phone is such a lifesaver. Google's calculator app is preinstalled on plenty of Android devices, so it's no surprise that it's finally surpassed one billion installs on the Play Store. If my math is correct, that's double the number of installs since 2019.