Mobile

  • Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    As more of today’s consumers shop online using their mobile devices, often bypassing Google for e-commerce sites directly – and especially Amazon – Google has moved to combat the trend by launching its own visual shopping ads. Announced just ahead of its annual I/O developer conference this week, Google unveiled Shopping ads on image search. That means when shoppers… Read More

  • Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Google-owned navigation app Waze is expanding its ride-sharing ambitions with the launch of a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay area which will allow employees of select companies to carpool to and from work via Waze’s carpooling service. This program is similar to the service Waze began testing last year in Tel Aviv, Israel, via an app called “RideWith.” The app… Read More

  • Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google is not giving up on its social ambitions, it seems, despite its failures with Google+. The company announced this morning a new social app called Spaces, which focuses on group sharing. The app allows small groups of users to tap into other Google services, including Google Search, YouTube and Chrome, in order to post links and share content without having to move in between apps. They… Read More

  • YouTube tests an in-app messenger for sharing videos with friends

    YouTube tests an in-app messenger for sharing videos with friends

    YouTube as a messaging app? Sure, why not! Everyone’s doing it, after all. In case you missed it: YouTube announced this week that it’s testing a new feature with a subset of its mobile app user base that will allow them to easily share videos with family and friends. Users with the feature can chat about those videos in a new tab in the app, the company says. The feature… Read More

  • Google launches Gboard, an iOS keyboard that lets you search without a browser

    Google launches Gboard, an iOS keyboard that lets you search without a browser

    Google this morning launched a new application for iOS devices called Gboard that puts the power of Google search directly into your mobile device’s keyboard. This keyboard had been rumored to be in development earlier this year, and it appears the original reports were accurate. Not only does the app allow for an easy way to use Google search, it also offers swipe-based typing and… Read More

  • Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s new icon is pink. Well, it’s pink and purple and yellow and orange. It’s definitely different. And that’s not all the company has changed today. Instagram this morning is rolling out a radical redesign of its mobile application, which not only includes this new, brightly colored app icon but also a revamped user interface that does away with color in favor of… Read More

  • Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Last week’s App Store issues caused headaches for users who, for several hours during the morning on May 5th, were unable to surface apps using keyword searches. This affected top apps like Uber, Spotify, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and many others, as well as apps from smaller developers. Now we know what sort of impact that outage had on the affected applications. According new analysis… Read More

  • Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    A company called Laugh.ly wants to make streaming sets from the best comedians as easy as streaming music on Pandora. Though not yet available to the public, Laugh.ly’s iOS application will allow users to follow both big-name comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, among others, as well as emerging stand-up comics looking for a way to grow and monetize their… Read More

  • Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed to protect users’ privacy – it removes ad blockers, for example – but it’s also marketed towards those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, such as on… Read More

  • MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 hackathon, a team of engineers from MasterCard teamed up to create an app that can help travelers visiting a foreign country better understand what food is being described on a menu. Just by pointing their phone at the restaurant’s menu, the app will recognize the text and translate that into an image of the food item in question which is then overlaid… Read More

  • Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    A new mobile application called Earny has launched with the goal of getting you your money back. That is, the app connects with your email and Amazon accounts in order to track your online purchases and find your e-receipts, then price check those items to see if you got the best deal. If it finds a lower price, Earny will request a refund on your behalf and the difference (minus the… Read More

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