WhatsApp will start including ads very soon in the ‘Status’ section

Whatsapp will remain free but it will start including apps in the status section in one of the most famous messaging apps around the planet

We may be getting a new shopping app from Instagram

We may see a new shopping application from Instagram called IG Shopping that would let you buy products from the people you follow

Direct from Instagram puts focus on interpersonal pic sharing

Imagine a Snapchat stripped of curated content, just stuff from friends. Now imagine Instagram stuffing payment systems and bots and stickers…

Emonster sues Apple for violating Animoji trademark

The company made an app in 2014 that converted emoji into looped animations that could be sent over iMessage. With the iPhone X, there’s a threat.

Apple Watch app HeartRate logged abnormal rates, may have saved a life

28-year-old James Green is living well with his Apple Watch and an app that was able to detect an abnormal resting heart rate.

Cortana now inside Skype on Android and iOS apps

Cortana can do a lot of what Google Assistant can do on Allo. But instead, it’s Skype. Is it trying hard enough to convert it into a general chat app?

Android Wear app updates can now bring new software features to watches

Over-the-air updates don’t need to happen as often nowadays as new features can be implemented simply through Android Wear app updates on the phone.

AccuWeather and other iOS weather apps may continuously feed location data to ad servers

Multiple weather apps that deliver you a forecast based on your GPS and network data also send it to an ad server. They may take more dips into that data.

Bixby Voice in English may be ready for global launch

The Bixby app and its sub-applications have been updated and there’s mention of Bixby Voice in the app descriptions… but it’s not on yet.

Less blue, more circles for Facebook app in new look

None of the colors will be changing per se, but some cruft will get sanded off and buttons will be made bigger for you to hit with accuracy.

Finally, Google Allo for web debuts, but iOS users must wait

Android phone will only have access to the web client for the Google Allo messaging app, but iOS should get an update to enable access soon.

HMD Global releases Camera app for its Nokia phones

But it’s not anything like the Lumia Camera app that Windows Phone fans have been favoring with good reason. It’s much a mundane rite.

T-Mobile app for Windows Phone won’t be supported from August 25

It’s the end of Windows Mobile as we know it for T-Mobile as its account management app will stop working. Users will have to peruse the website.

Spotify subtly updates subscriber count to 60 million

The music streaming service has actually stepped up its pace in subscriber gains with 10 million additions made from every 6 months to 5 months.

Microsoft transfers Nokia intellectual property to HMD Global

You may see the Lumia Camera app appear on a future Nokia Android smartphone, though under a different name as Microsoft has retained trademark rights.

Apple ARKit developers show off a neat “Take On Me” trick

Trixi Studios developed a mini-app to test out ARKit’s skills. Apparently, it’s taking us back to the 80’s and to A-Ha. Who knew?
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Amazon finally integrating Alexa into its main shopping app for Android

Users will see it pop up on their Amazon app over the next week or so. iOS users also got this integration over the past few months.

HTC Alexa feature now available with a squeeze on the U11

Google Assistant, Sense Companion and now, Amazon Alexa. The U11 has access to all three and they can be had in a squeeze.

SoundCloud insists it will survive without Spotify deal

The struggling music streaming platform cut more than 40 percent of its workforce loose earlier this month. Chance the Rapper may have a way out for it.

Siri loses ground to Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana in a year’s time

Apple’s AI-powered assistant as well as Samsung’s have lost users from May of last year to this May. Google, Microsoft and Hound have made some gains.

HTC U11 gets Alexa link through Edge Sense app update

If you prefer to use Amazon’s assistant over Google Assistant, you’ll soon be able to get to it with a simple squeeze. But not exactly now.

Facebook Messenger home screen ads are going global (no, not THAT home screen)

Advertising that was only shown to Australian and Thai Facebook Messenger users is now spreading around the world. No, not to your lock screen.

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 units with June security patch can’t remap Bixby Button

It’s that magic June Android security patch that did those users in, but at least one Bixby remap app developers already has an update around this hurdle.
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Google Duo reliability up, Google Allo desktop client in weeks

At least you can’t say Google doesn’t take care of Allo and Duo, but its users and observers are moping about being stuck in the mud.

Chrome OS launcher menu redesign should give touchscreen users solace

It’s in the very early stages of testing right now, but it does go along with the touch-ification of the operating system. Android apps are right there.