Mobile

  • Google Maps will now tell you how bad the parking is at your destination

    Google Maps will now tell you how bad the parking is at your destination

    A new feature in Google Maps will help you find parking – or rather, it will mentally prepare you for how difficult it will be to find a parking space at your destination. Google says it’s now using “historical parking data” to calculate a parking difficulty score, which will be displayed in Google Maps’ directions card as “Limited,”… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger begins testing ads…and they’re big

    Facebook Messenger begins testing ads…and they’re big

    Facebook today is beginning to test integrating ads into its mobile messaging app’s user interface. The company says it will launch what it characterizes as a “very small test” in Australia and Thailand, which will allow businesses to place an ad on the Messenger home screen. These fairly prominent card-style ads include image thumbnails accompanied by text and a link. Read More

  • Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match’s new feature shows you who you crossed paths with in the real world

    Match is rolling out a new feature that will help its dating app customers see who they’ve crossed paths with in the real world, and say “hi” if they’re interested in chatting. The opt-in feature called “Missed Connections” takes advantage of location-based services on the users’ phones, but is designed in a way to ensure user privacy, Match… Read More

  • Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

    Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

    Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store – a feature that’s long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS 10.3 beta, when this version of Apple’s mobile operating ships… Read More

  • Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

    Target’s CartWheel application has grown to some 27 million shoppers who have used it over the past three years following its debut to save over $600 million at checkout. Now, the retailer hints it may be adding mobile payments to the app, and potentially its main Target application, as well. The company didn’t confirm which of the two, or if both, would be updated to include… Read More

  • Tumblr brings photo filters and stickers to its iOS, iMessage and Android apps

    Tumblr brings photo filters and stickers to its iOS, iMessage and Android apps

    Tumblr today is launching two new tools for creative expression, stickers and filters, which could become another revenue stream for the Yahoo-owned company, if it chooses to go in that direction in the future. Available only on mobile, users will be able to decorate their photos or GIFs using color filters or stickers from either the main Tumblr app on iOS or Android, or Tumblr’s… Read More

  • Google starts testing Instant Apps in the wild

    Google starts testing Instant Apps in the wild

    One of the biggest surprises at last year’s Google I/O developer conference was the announcement of Instant Apps for Android. These new kinds of apps are meant to help bridge the gap between web apps and native apps. The idea here is to break native apps into very small packets that, because they are so small, can run almost instantly — and without having to go to an app… Read More

  • Snapchat’s big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

    Snapchat’s big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

    Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users “soon.” The app has long been criticized for being too hard to navigate… Read More

  • The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    Confirming reports from earlier this month that a Google Voice update was in the works, Google today has launched a refreshed version of its VoIP calling service on mobile and the web. Largely, the update is about giving the product a more modern look-and-feel, after having not received a major upgrade in years. But the relaunch also includes a few new features, like support for… Read More