5 apps to mod the Galaxy S8: AMOLED wallpapers, new Bixby key and more (no root)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already finding themselves in the hands of their rightful owners, and after you set them up to your liking, transfer all your account info, and install all the apps you like, there are still a few things you can do to further mod your new flagship with a couple of simple apps, without ever resorting to rooting, flashing, or other shenanigans that would trip your KNOX security. 
Check them out – from making your wallpaper AMOLED-friendly, through enabling your hidden FM radio tuner, to remapping the Bixby key …


List of Top 10 downloaded apps in Q1 shows our supercharged smartphones are basically Facebook machines

The smartphone you are reading this on might not be the latest and greatest model. It could cost $100, or $1000 – doesn’t matter. It’s guaranteed to be at least several hundred times more powerful than the computer in the Apollo 11 that took mankind to the Moon over 40 years ago. So, how does humanity make the most of this immense computing capacity?

In SensorTower’s Top 10 most downloaded apps in Q1 for Google Play and the Apple App Store, the Facebook app is the #1 download on Android; Messenger tops iOS downloads; WhatsApp is the most popular app overall, and …

Changes to Google Play Store UI save you a "tap" when updating your apps

Google has pushed out some subtle and minor changes to the Google Play Store. While not adding any major new features, the improved UI saves you a little time by removing an extra tap that you no longer need when updating an app. Instead of having to head to a specific app’s Play Store listing to tap “Update,” you can now go to the Updates tab and click on the appropriate button without going to the app’s listing.

This is because the new update separates your list of installed apps from the list of apps waiting to be updated. With the Installed tab, you can choose to have your apps listed …

LG G6 to gain 100 customized apps for its 18:9 display

LG Electronics is planning to increase the number of applications optimized for its 2017 flagship – the G6. The Seoul-based tech giant announced that by next month, its app store will boast 300 apps which will fully support the 18:9 “Full Vision” display of the G6.

At the time of writing, there are about 200 apps which support the unusual aspect ratio on the company’s SmartWorld store, so these numbers suggest that we will see a 50% increase in this particular segment of LG’s digital market. 
As Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ …

This week in apps: Uber adds a safety feature, Gorrilaz launch an AR app and Microsoft tries social media

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It’s been a busy week: Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Semi truck is coming soon, Instagram announced reaching 200 million daily active users on stories and Messenger reached 1.2 billion, so it’s understandable if you missed some of this weeks best apps.

Luckily, we’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated products, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your smartphone.

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Google integrates Android Pay with mobile banking apps, official app no longer needed

Google has just announced its official Android Pay application is no longer needed for mobile payments using the service. The search giant integrated the functionality of Android Pay directly in mobile banking apps, including Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank and USAA.

Beginning this week, Android Pay users can add cards to the service directly from their mobile banking applications with a tap of a button. As soon as the setup is complete, they will be able to use their phones to make mobile payments wherever they see the Android Pay button in …

United Airlines mobile apps are getting pummeled with one-star reviews by outraged users

United Airlines made a screw-up of epic proportions, and in such situations, good old Internet mob lynching never fails to entertain. Once fairly regarded, the airline’s Android and iOS apps are being sieged with one-star reviews that burst with outrage and sarcasm. Did you know the UA app was recently updated with a drag and drop feature? Laugh-out-loud!

United Airlines is also being blasted on Yelp, with the service struggling to clean up the trail of angered comments. It’s the kind of mess that could send any modern PR expert to the psych ward. Speaking of which, UA CEO Oscar Munoz actually …

Android O breaks apps like Twilight and Status that draw over the system UI

There is a number of Android apps that draw (or display content) on top of everything else on the screen. Such is the case with popular blue light dimming app Twilight, which applies a color overlay on top of other apps and the system UI, as well as status bar “replacement” tool Status, which enhances the status bar with a host of neat features. Twilight and Status are just two of the most popular examples, but there are other Android apps that also take advantage of the permission to draw over everything else on the screen.

However, with the arrival of Android …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (mid April)

Hey there, app fans. It’s time to do another comb-through of the App Store and Play Store and try to find some fresh new apps that are worth a look, before sinking into obscurity. If you follow us regularly, you know that we do the dirty work for you — just check out the list below and see which apps pique your fancy.

So, this week, we have a brand-new camera app from Apple itself, a cooking app from the fitness gurus at Runtastic, a new social media for music fans and amateur musicians to connect through, and some more cool stuff. You know the drill — check them …

Here are four paid iOS apps free for a limited time only

How would you like to get a steal at the App Store? Today, we have four paid iOS apps that are now free for a limited time only. And when we say a limited time only, we mean that your best bet is to scoop up the apps that you want now before it is too late. To browse through this short list, all you need to do is click on the slideshow below, and you’ll see a link to the App Store listing, a brief description of the app, and images for you to peruse.

Originally, there were eight paid apps that were free. However, when we double checked them, half of the eight were no longer priced at zero. …