Major interface changes coming to Spotify for some Android users

Spotify is prepping up a major redesign for its Android app that will greatly reduce the interface clutter and make the rather popular music app that much sleeker and more streamlined. To be honest, the app has been aching for a similar update for quite some time now as it has a busy interface that’s boasting a few redundant menus and pages which can be done away with.
A trove of screenshots reveal what the app might look like tomorrow or a few months’ from now, as we don’t really know when this update will hit the average Spotify user – the changes seem to …

Grammarly spelling and grammar checking keyboard app is now available on Android

If you’re an Android user looking for a solid proofreading tool, we have good news for you. Grammarly’s keyboard app is finally available on Google Play.
Grammarly looks and feels just like any other virtual keyboard, but what sets it apart is the magic happening in the suggestion bar. 
Most keyboard apps will give you word suggestions and detect simple spelling mistakes, but Grammarly’s goes further by offering sophisticated grammar and contextual spelling checking, and even corrections on punctuation mistakes. …

Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices

It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google’s mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you’re playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better …

Android Oreo Beta 4 update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see what's new

The fourth beta build of Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now rolling out. Users who have signed up for the program can check if the update is available by going to Settings > Software Updates > Download Updates Manually.

The update should bump the software version of the two 2017 flagships to ZQL8. With a size of 850MB, this patch is rather hefty, so make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the download. 
The latest beta version introduces a new security patch (likely …

Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Google announced today that Google Assistant will now be found on Android tablets for the first time. Slates running Android Nougat (7.0) and Android Marshmallow (6.0) will receive an update allowing users to access the feature. In addition, Android powered handsets running Android Lollipop (5.0) will be the recipient of an update that will add the virtual assistant. With Google Assistant, you can set timers and alarms, create lists that will appear on both your phone and tablet, get the latest weather, news, sports scores, stock prices, turn on or off smart appliances, and much more.

Once …

How to take photos of fireworks with a smartphone camera (iPhone and Android tutorial)

Being a photographer in the late 19th century was a job much more dangerous than one might think. Dealing with chemicals was heavily involved, the most spectacular of them being flash powder – the kind of stuff that was lit to illuminate low-light scenes, as you might have seen in movies from the silent era. And by “lit” we mean that the substance was literally set on fire, which resulted in a loud bang, a cloud of smoke, and a bright, fiery explosion. Flash powder is still in use today, but you’ll only find it in fireworks. 
Speaking …

Opera browser for Android gets new UI, desktop site switch button, and other new features in latest update

The Android version of popular web browser Opera has received a new update. The latest patch brings some neat changes, the most notable being a UI that has been redesigned to be more convenient for phones and tablets. 

Also introduced is a new “Desktop mode” toggle that can be accessed via the three dots menu at the top right corner of the screen. Unsurprisingly, the toggle lets you switch to the desktop version of a given website.
Other changes include bug fixes for media notifications, sound, and video playback issues. Last but not least, the update …

Android Oreo beta lands on Nokia 5, Nokia 6 soon to follow; Here's how to enroll

After the release of Android Oreo 8 for the Nokia 8, HMD Global is now hard at work on bringing the latest major version of Google’s mobile OS to the rest of its smartphone lineup. Today, HMD CPO Juho Sarvikas took to Twitter to announce that the mid-range Nokia 5 is the next phone to enter Android Oreo beta through the company’s Nokia Beta Labs program.

#AndroidOreo for #Nokia5 has landed on Nokia phones beta labs! Android has never tasted sweeter.
What’s more, Android 8.0 Oreo™ beta for #Nokia6 is coming soon!— …

These paid Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of these ends soon, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. The …

Google Chrome for Android will soon let users choose custom downloads folder

We recently learned that Google Chrome for Android will soon get a tool for exporting passwords, and that HDR support is also coming further down the line, but there’s yet another cool feature that will soon hit Google’s popular browser and that’s custom download folders.

You may not see it as a big thing, but people who frequently download files on their smartphones through Chrome know the pain of having to stuff everything in the default download folder, just because there’s no option to change the path to something else. This become especially annoying …