android apps

  • Venmo rolls out QR codes for user profiles in its mobile app

    Venmo rolls out QR codes for user profiles in its mobile app

    Venmo today rolled out a feature designed to make it easier to find friends within its mobile payments app, so you can add them to your connections list or get paid yourself. The feature, found under the new menu option “Scan Code,” is available now in both the iOS and Android version of the Venmo app. When tapped, it launches a new interface that allows you to either use the… Read More

  • Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

    Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

    Google today announced it’s rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps – meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don’t drain your smartphone battery – will be ranked higher than apps with bugs and other performance issues. The goal with this new ranking algorithm is to ensure that the best apps are being promoted, which in… Read More

  • Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Chat fiction apps are among some of the most popular in the App Store, thanks to their highly engaged, largely teenage to young adult fan base who enjoy reading thrilling stories told in the form of text messages. Today, one competitor in this space, Wattpad, is rolling out an upgrade to its chat stories to differentiate its app from others, and further addict its readers. The company is… Read More

  • Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

    Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

    Today’s kids aren’t just reading books. They’re also tapping and playing with interactive stories on tablets as preschoolers, then delving into instant messaging-like chat fiction apps as teens. Amazon’s entry in this space, Amazon Rapids, was announced late last year as a way to bring this style of interactive fiction to readers in the 5 to 12 age range. The company… Read More

  • Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

    Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

    Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos – including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more sharable GIFs. Today, Google says it’s bringing Motion Stills to Android, along with a few changes. Obviously, Android users aren’t in… Read More

  • Outlook’s mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph

    Outlook’s mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph

    Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along with other changes to navigation and conversations. Microsoft Graph, the company’s technology used to make productivity applications smarter, is being used to turn Outlook’s search… Read More

  • The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the… Read More

  • Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

    Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

    Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines, and lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage and even block individual applications from using your mobile data. Read More

  • Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

    Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

    In an effort to better cater to newcomers, Twitter once again is redesigning its app across mobile, desktop and the web. The revamp isn’t a radical departure from its prior look-and-feel or user experience – unlike when it introduced its own stories-like feature called Moments, for example, or when began reordering the tweets in your timeline. Instead, the update involves a series… Read More

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