Opera launches new mobile browser for Android, iPhone version coming soon

Opera Touch is the name of the new mobile browser coming from the Norwegian software company with a similar name. Unlike the standard Opera mobile browser, Touch has been specifically designed to work together with the desktop version of the browser, regardless of your smartphone’s manufacturer.

Secondly, Opera Touch is very easy to use with just one hand, thus giving users a more comfy experience while browsing the web. All the browser’s key functions have been moved within the thumb’s reach, which is why you should have no issues using Opera Touch with one hand.

When …

Microsoft updates its To-Do beta app for Android

Microsoft has updated its To-Do beta app for Android. Before we get to the new features, suppose we tell you how you can sign up to be a beta tester for the app. Go to the Google Play Store and install Microsoft To-Do. After the app is installed, scroll down to the bottom of the listing page on the Google Play Store, and you’ll be asked if you want to be a beta tester. Opt-in, and that’s all you need to do.

Keep in mind that testing out new features on the app means that some of the new capabilities could be buggy. But that is the risk you take for being among the first to try out new innovations. …

T-Mobile stops the rollout of the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Galaxy Note 8

All major carriers in the United States announced they have successfully deployed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, if you’ve bought your Samsung phablet from T-Mobile, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

If you did not receive the update in early April when T-Mobile kicked off the Android Oreo roll-out, then chances are you won’t be able to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 yet.

The US carrier recently confirmed that the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which was initially available for download on April 1, has been put on …

Google launches new podcast player on Android

Google says its on a mission to “double the amount of podcast listening in the world over the next couple years,” and it begins now, with the introduction of a new podcast player in Google Search. Although it’s not a stand-alone app (yet), the new player is a separate entity from the podcast feature that made its way into Google Play Music in 2016, and provides users with a means to easily surface and stream podcasts from within Google Search or Assistant.

If you’re hoping for an actual dedicated app, you can actually add a “Podcasts” shortcut to …

Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 8.0 Oreo update pushed back to mid-May

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge are probably anxious to get the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update, but it looks like they’ll have to wait a while longer. Although previous rumors suggested the update may arrive in mid-April, it appears that Samsung may have pushed back the release of Android Oreo until next month.

According to the new scheduler published by a Turkish website used by Samsung for official announcements, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge should receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates on May 18. It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy S7/S7 edge Android 8.0 Oreo update is not …

SwiftKey for Android update adds support for five new languages in latest update

Microsoft’s keyboard application, SwiftKey has just received a small update, but only on Android. Although no new features have been added to the app, support for five new languages has been implemented, but also some bug fixes.

Most of you will probably shrug when reading the name of the new languages that got support in the latest SwiftKey update, but here they are anyway: Alsatian, Fongbe, Norman, Urdu (English), and Warlpiri.

As far as bug fixes go, the list isn’t that long at all, but the important thing is more issues have been addressed and SwiftKey is getting better on Android …

How to recertify your custom ROM Android phone for Google apps and services

It was a sad day for all sideloaders when Google announced it will block the Play Store and Gapps suite from all uncertified Android devices. Read: those makers which haven’t paid the licensing fees, or are coming with Chinese/custom ROMs. Oh, and maybe ZTE in the US, but for different reasons.
Bummer, and yesterday we told you how you can check if the phone or tablet on your wishlist is a certified Android device, so that there will be no unpleasant surprises with Play Store availability and the like. 
What if you already have a blocked …

The Moto E5 line might not receive any major Android updates

Motorola isn’t promising any major OS upgrades for its newly-announced Moto E5 series. The company launched the new line of devices yesterday alongside a trio of Moto G6 smartphones. Despite guaranteeing at least one major update for the latter series, though, it appears the company couldn’t make the same promise when it came to its budget line.

In recent history, the company has been historically slow pushing out software updates to its devices, despite the fact that all run a near-stock experience of Android. At yesterday’s launch, however, the company did give a glimmer of hope by announcing …

Motorola confirms new Android Beta Experiences program is on its way

Motorola has confirmed it will be introducing a new software beta program. Earlier today, the company took to the stage in Brazil to unveil a total of six new devices – three Moto G6 models and a further three Moto E5 handsets were revealed. Alongside these, the company’s Vice President of Product Dan Dery also announced plans for an upcoming Beta Experiences program.

The executive didn’t mention any specifics, but the new program will likely allow users to beta test new versions of Motorola’s Android apps and possibly even future OS releases with the hope of gathering feedback and ironing …

Netflix mobile previews are here; iOS now and coming soon to an Android device near you

Netflix today introduced mobile previews for the streamer’s iOS app. These previews, like the trailers you might view at the movie theater, are designed to whet your appetite and get you salivating to watch new content on Netflix. Each preview runs for 30-seconds and is made to view in landscape orientation. The previews are also shown like a slideshow, which means that you can swipe the screen until you find a preview you want to view. Tap on it to watch.

These are not random previews. In this day and age, it is not shocking to find out that these clips are tailored to your preferences. …