Amazon adds Alexa to its shopping app, rollout beginning this week

Owners of Android devices will be able to access Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa straight from the company’s shopping app. The e-commerce site recently confirmed to TechCrunch that the integration has started rolling out this week. 

Apparently, the in-app version of Alexa will be almost the same as the one found on the Amazon Echo and Dot speakers. It will be capable of updating you about weather, traffic, playing music while browsing within the app, providing factual information, and even controlling smart home appliances to a certain extent. 
While …


Google brings its Motion Stills app to Android so you can make your own GIFs

One of the few apps that Google first launched on iOS, Motion Stills has just made its way to Android platform. Apparently, Google has redesigned its current iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming method that processes each frame of a video as it’s being recorded.

Even though Google didn’t have any intentions to bring Motion Stills on Android, fans were so vocal that the search giant was forced to comply. The app is fully compatible with all devices running Android 5.1 and later, so just about anyone with a decent smartphone could use Motion Stills.

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HTC releases its Messaging app in the Google Play Store

HTC is the second big name in the smartphone industry that releases one of its own apps in the Google Play Store in the last week. OnePlus did the same with its Weather app, which is now available for download for free in the Google’s digital store.

However, neither OnePlus’ weather app nor HTC’s messaging app can be installed on other phones but those launched by these two companies. The release of HTC Messaging in the Google Play Store will make it easier for the Taiwanese company to update the app without having to push software updates for specific HTC handsets.

That will certainly …

Nintendo Switch Online companion app launched on Android and iOS

Do you own a Switch handheld game console? If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably already purchased the highly-anticipated Splatoon 2, which is expected to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

Well, it looks like Nintendo has just released Switch Online companion app for its handheld game console. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and it’s been designed to boost the online gameplay experience on the Nintendo Switch.

For example, if you play Splatoon 2, you will be able to take advantage of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service, which will …

OnePlus Weather app now available from the Google Play Store

OnePlus has just released its custom Weather application in the Google Play Store. The app has been installed on the OnePlus smartphones after some of the newest OxygenOS updates rolled out by the Chinese company.

In order to make it possible for its engineers to update the app without having to push a new OxygenOS build every time, OnePlus has decided to release it in the Google Play Store.

Unfortunately, if you don’t own a OnePlus smartphone, you won’t be able to install it via Google Play. In any case, you won’t be losing much since OnePlus Weather is kind of barebone when it comes …

Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

It took nine months for Google’s streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren’t any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, …

"Anytime" is Amazon's entry in the messaging app business?


With messaging apps red hot, Amazon has decided to throw its two cents into the fire according to Amazon focused AFTV News. According to one customer who has taken a survey from Amazon, it appears as though the app is pretty much completed and is called “Anytime by Amazon.” The messaging app will include versions for iOS, Android and the desktop, and will feature text messages and high quality talk and video chat.

A leaked promotional teaser for the service indicates that it will also feature picture sharing. The messages will include the use of GIFs, stickers and emoji. Like Snapchat …

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for iOS is on sale for just $0.99 on the App Store

One of the most popular PC survival games, Don’t Starve made its debut on smaller screens about two years ago. The so-called Pocket Edition version of the game is now up for grabs on both Android and iOS platforms, but it will not come for free.

Developer Klei Entertainment has put a $4.99 price tag on Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition since the game’s release in the App Store and Google Play. However, for a limited time, iOS users can get the game for just $0.99. The promotional offer is available for iOS users only, as the Android version of the game still sells for …

Highly anticipated Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 races its way into App Store

The sequel to one of the best-reviewed motorsport games on the App Store, Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 has finally made its debut on iOS. The game offers an in-depth experience of what it means to be a sports manager.

Players will be able to build their own motorsport team and decide who to hire as drivers. The next step would be to develop the team’s car and make your way to the top of the leaderboards.

The thing with Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 is that the game world evolves from season to season, so expect some drivers to improve, age and even retire. However, …

10,000 steps a day? Largest fitness app study reveals why the US is fatter than Mexico

You must walk at least 10,000 steps a day to be in good health. Ever heard of that mantra? It might not be the most accurate way to measure activity, but the “10,000 steps” theory is built into the vast majority of fitness apps that use our smartphones as pedometers. Various researchers are now looking into the statement, and coming up with numbers smaller or larger, yet their overarching conclusion is that actually we have never had the ability to gain so much insight into people’s moving habits as with the proliferation of iOS and Android phones, or wearables that have activity …