Samsung tackling driver distractions with its new app: In-Traffic reply, beta download available

Phone usage while driving is more than a decade-old problem, which we just can’t seem to get rid of. As handsets become more and more advanced and entertaining, so grows our temptation to use them when behind the wheel. But it’s not just a question of resisting the temptation to check your Instagram likes — often, we feel pressure to answer a message or a call in an instant, especially when there is some serious context to it.

Manufacturers have been pressured to figure out a system that blocks a user’s smartphone when the phone’s sensors detect that they are in a car or on a bicycle. For …

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings loads of optimizations, improvements

The only two OnePlus smartphones the Chinese company continues to update on a weekly basis, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have just received a new beta build that optimizes lots of features and fixes some of the issues reported by users.

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 (Open Beta 14 for OnePlus 3) focuses on improvements and fixing any of the problems that were introduced in the previous beta build that added a brand new launcher and support for Android 7.1.1 shortcuts.

For example, OnePlus mentions that they have fixed an issue of system reboot when setting a wallpaper, as …

WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone tests new feature that alerts contacts to your new number

The WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile is taking the hassle out of switching phone numbers. Changing your number as a WhatsApp user is often a pain in the rear because your WhatsApp profile is tied to your phone number. The faster that you can inform your contacts how they can now reach you, the easier life is going to be. The beta for the messaging app’s Windows Phone version allows you to toggle on a feature that alerts your contacts when you change numbers. Regardless of what you decide, your groups will be automatically notified of the new number.

Besides relaying the …

Latest update to the Google app beta hints at a new Google device

The Google app for Android’s latest beta version, v7.0, was pushed out a few days ago, but Android Police’s latest teardown of the app could have possibly revealed the code name of yet another upcoming Google device, following the recently-uncovered fishy names of the possible upcoming Pixel successors, which were found out in much the same way.

The newly-discovered code name is ‘Bisto’, and it doesn’t seem to correspond to any existing device. It was found alongside different device categories, such as Android Auto, Android Wear, Phone, and Pixel, inside …

Apple Beta Software Program members can now install iOS 10.3.2 Beta 2 on their iPhone or iPad

Members of the Apple Beta Software Program are now being allowed to download and install iOS 10.3.2 Beta 2, one day after Apple pushed out the update to iOS developers. The update, which weighs in at 129MB, includes a fix allowing third party virtual private network (VPN) apps to work without a hitch. In addition, the new SiriKit car commands are now working, and some bugs have been exterminated.

If you are a member of the Beta Software Program, keep in mind that by default, Apple will be collecting diagnostic and usage data from members. That said, you can easily opt out by going to Settings …

New Honor Beta program for the US lets users mould phones that are still in the pipeline

The Honor 8 is already one of the best unlocked phones money can buy in the US, but Huawei’s loosely-affiliated brand is ready to take the relationship with US customers to the next level now, by introducing the Honor Beta program.

The brand has been testing the waters with beta software subscription, for example of the Nougat update for the Honor 8, but the new initiative takes listening to users to a whole different level, with the final aim of becoming the best provider of unlocked handsets in the US by incorporating features that users actually want. For the purpose, anyone …

Twitter is beta testing an automatic night mode feature for Android users

Twitter’s night mode allows users to write and read tweets in the dark without getting blinded by the bright white background that makes looking at the screen uncomfortable. Instead of black text on a white background, switching over to night mode reverses those hues, so users are looking at white print on a black background. The result is a screen that is more comfortable for eyes to stare at during the night, or when the lights are out.

While turning on night mode is currently an option that each Twitter user has, a screenshot shows that Twitter is prepping an automatic night mode …

OxygenOS Open Beta 4 for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings new launcher, support for Android 7.1.1 shortcuts

OnePlus relentlessly pushes new software updates to its high-end smartphones, the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The newest one targets users who opted for the Open Beta ring and wish to try out new features and improvements before they are delivered to the general public.

According to OnePlus, the 4th Open Beta build brings many new features that many OnePlus 3 and 3T owners didn’t expect to come so soon. For example, the Chinese company added a brand new launcher, as well as support for shortcuts on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

The app drawer and UI for launcher settings …

Nova Launcher 5.1 (beta) released with Dynamic Badges, small improvements

The fine folks behind one of the most popular Android launchers, Nova Launcher, have just announced a new beta version is now available for download.

Nova Launcher 5.1 beta brings just one important new feature that’s been requested by many users in the past. The new feature is called Dynamic Badges, and it’s now available for testing to everyone installing the latest beta build.

It appears that due to API restrictions more often than not unread counts are misleading. At the same time, since every application counts things in a different way, the numbers shown don’t have a meaning.

For …

Google releases an Android Nougat 7.1.2 beta 2 update, Nexus 6P finally gets fingerprint scanner gestures

Google today started rolling out an Android 7.1.2 beta 2 software update to select devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player.

To be clear, this new Nougat update (build number NPG47I) is only reaching folks enrolled in the Android Beta Program, since it’s a beta. Nevertheless, a stable, final release of Android 7.1.2 should be available to everyone in the near future, possibly in a few weeks’ time. Google previously mentioned that this would be an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements”, including “bug fixes and optimizations, …