Google Play Store has a Virtual Hand Sanitizer app, and I am entertained!
It is definitely amusing to see that Google Play has cleared an app that serves almost no purpose to justify its existence.
‘Built in India’, Uber Lite is ‘designed for the world’, tipping the scales at under 5MB
If you need to get a ride in one of over 600 cities where Uber operates, but own a basic Android phone with spotty connectivity, the Lite app is here.
Be My Eyes, Empires & Puzzles and Flipkart top eclectic list of 2018 Google Play Award winners
Far from a popularity contest, the 2018 Google Play Awards were handed out to a mix of mainstream hits and obscure underdogs including BBC Earth: Life in VR and Episode by Pocket Gems.
Spotify’s free music streaming tier gets on-demand playlists for Android and iOS devices
Look for a new, redesigned Spotify app for iOS and Android in the “coming weeks”, providing free access to select on-demand playlists, as well as a more personalized music streaming experience through and through.
Huawei AppGallery expands worldwide on Huawei and Honor phones starting with the P20
Huawei and Honor phone users looking for a “family-friendly app store specifically designed” for them should look no further. Say hello to the global AppGallery.
Google Lens preview officially spreads to iOS devices in Google Photos app
Previously available only on Android devices, the AI-powered Google Lens object recognition tool is now rolling out to both iPhone and iPad users as a neat Google Photos extension.
Google Pay officially launches as Android Pay replacement, starting in the US and UK
Previewed early last month, the Google Pay Android app is now available as a free Play Store download in lieu of the old Android Pay digital wallet service.
More than 700,000 ‘bad’ apps were banned from Google Play last year, up 70 percent
Google Play Protect, machine learning techniques and an overall increased commitment to security made Android’s main app store a more trusted and safer place in 2017 than ever before.
Samsung’s official PyeongChang 2018 app brings you closer to the Olympic action
The only mobile app you’ll need to follow the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics action is available from Samsung as a free Google Play or iOS App Store download.
Google Play changes aim to take Android app security and performance to the next level
Android app security and performance will be a big focus for Google over the next couple of years, as proven by recently announced Play Store policy revisions.
Google unveils several ‘India-first’ products and features, including Assistant for JioPhone
Google has a bunch of lightweight new Android apps designed primarily for smartphone users in India. Also, a special JioPhone version of Google Assistant.
Google unsurprisingly names Super Mario Run 2017’s most popular new Android game
Google Play’s US Best of 2017 lists include Super Mario Run in the lead in the new game category, and Photo Editor as the year’s most popular new app.
You now have seven minutes to delete WhatsApp messages ‘for everyone’
With the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, it’s possible to delete embarrassing messages within seven minutes of their sending.
Convertible HP Chromebook x360 and Asus Chromebook Flip C101 are now up for grabs in the US
The previously education-focused HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE and ultra-low-cost Asus Chromebook Flip C101 are widely available stateside now.
Drooling over that iPhone X notch? These two apps let you easily add it to any Android device
Why would anyone want to voluntarily give up precious screen real estate on their Android devices? To spoof the iPhone X, of course.
Google launches Tez in India for simple and secure online and offline mobile payments
Instead of trying to adapt the NFC-only Android Pay platform to the rigors of the Indian market, Google has released a brand new payments app called Tez.
Google search and Gboard for Android gain voice typing support in 30 new languages
Voice typing is closer and closer to becoming truly ubiquitous on various Google products, including search and the Gboard Android app.
Advanced machine learning helps Google app feed get more intuitive and easier to customize
The already intuitive and versatile Google feed in the search giant’s Android and iOS app is getting a major update focused on personalization.
Uber makes it a lot easier and more intuitive to request rides for friends and family
If you want to help someone who doesn’t own a smartphone or that simply refuses to use the Uber app get around, a new feature makes it hassle-free.
Microsoft’s free Face Swap Android app sounds fun, practical and fairly ‘sophisticated’
You should reserve judgment until downloading it (for free) and taking it for a spin, but Microsoft’s Face Swap Android app looks interesting on paper.
Auto-clicking Judy malware detected after years of Google Play-downloaded nefarious activity
Check Point security researchers believe up to a whopping 36.5 million Android devices may have been tainted by Judy adware roaming free in Google Play.
Samsung’s free new SoundAssistant app comes with personalized audio settings for Galaxy phones
While not exactly a big leap forward for the Galaxy S8’s audio experience, Samsung SoundAssistant seems like it can be quite helpful at times.
These are the 2017 Google Play Award winners, including a mix of favorites and underdogs
The second annual edition of the Google Play Awards includes a group of winners just as diverse and eclectic as the first, from Hearthstone to Woorld.
Facebook Messenger starts showing AI-powered suggestions on Android and iOS
It took quite a while for Facebook Messenger to officially join the AI game, with the M digital assistant available now in the US.
Anyone can now get Cortana assistance ‘on’ Android lock screens and ‘above’ the lock
Microsoft’s Cortana works even better and more naturally on Android devices after the latest app update, with extensive lock screen support.