LG may not repeat Samsung's Bixby button mistake with the G7

Much like the Samsung’s recent phones, the LG G7 features a separate button on its side, dedicated to calling up a virtual assistant – Bixby, in Samsung’s case; Google Assistant, in LG’s. Another similarity between companies’ implementations of the feature, is that neither allows you to reprogram the dedicated assistant button to do something else.
When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched last year, users were quick to find a way to remap the Bixby button to perform other functions, but Samsung was prompt to step in and disable the option …


Instagram could be adding a slo-mo feature, a mute button and more

According to Jane Manchun Wong, a computer science student who goes by the Twitter handle of @wongmjane, Instagram is testing four new features. One is Story Reactions, including Quick Reactions. One user of the photo and video sharing app says that this has been available in Mexico for several months. Wong also states that Instagram will soon allow users to mute certain accounts that they follow. While posts from muted followers will not show up in a subscriber’s timeline, the account is not unfollowed or blocked, and people being muted will never know about it.

Wong discovered these features …

LG G7 ThinQ to feature dedicated Google Assistant button

Earlier this month, LG announced that it would show off a G7 ThinQ flagship phone in early May. The company hasn’t confirmed anything about the new handset’s design, but multiple leaked renders and photos have shown that the device will probably bring a tall display, a notch, and several side-mounted buttons. 
According to Cnet and people familiar with the matter, one of LG G7 ThinQ’s side buttons (located on the left) is a dedicated Google Assistant button. This means the G7 ThinQ should become the world’s first phone to offer a physical way to call up Google’s …

Google Chrome for Android gets its home button back

According to XDA, Google Chrome for Android is getting its home button back on the address bar. Most browsers, desktop and mobile, feature the button, which takes the user straight to a webpage selected by him/her as the home page. While Google Chrome for the desktop continued to sport the icon, Google removed it from Chrome for Android in an earlier build. Now, the home button appears to have returned.

While earlier reports indicated that the home button was showing up in the latest beta version of Chrome for Android, it turns out that on our stable version of the app, the home button is …

Screenshot shows new Android P navigation bar; multitasking button replaced by gesture?

A screenshot shared on the Android Developers Blog reveals what could be a new navigation bar for Android P. We know that this is something that Google didn’t want the public to see just yet since the search giant has since cropped the photo from the Developers Blog. The new image removes the navigation bar from view. In addition, with the clock on the left side of the screen and the rounded corners of the pop-up box, you can see that this is not Android Oreo. Between the urgency to change the image on the Developers Blog, and the new look of the screen, you can safely assume that this is Android …

Apple unveils iPhone X home button add-on with Touch ID and headphone jack

Apple is about to release something that people have been clamoring for ever since the firs wave of iPhone X leaks last year – a physical home button! What’s more, the new home button add-on will also have Touch ID, which is sure to appease those who dislike Apple’s face unlock tech.

Measuring in at 29 mm × 30 mm × 3.9 mm (1.1 in × 1.18 in × 0.1 in), the home button add-on for the iPhone X is about the size of a 4th gen iPod Shuffle (remember those?). However, unlike the Shuffle, it’s not built from aluminum, but the glossy, …

You know what's bad design? The Bixby button on the Galaxy S9/S9+

You know what inevitably happens when you get a great device, whatever it may be? Eventually, after the initial period of excitement has passed and you’ve settled with the device, you start noticing the small, annoying things. Things that make you go, “Wow, how could they make such a nice thing and do something stupid like that at the same time?” Such is the case with the Bixby button on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, in my experience.

Don’t get me wrong, the phones are good — some of the best on the market right now — and this irk that I have with the Bixby button is likely far from a deal-breaker …

The iPhone X home button "dongle" is bizarre: A journey through the strange world of aftermarket Apple accessories

It’s not easy to let go of things that we are convinced are important to us, in some way or another, be it for their perceived practical or sentimental values. This holds true for many things in life, even when it comes to otherwise inconsequential in the grand scheme of things material possessions, such as souvenirs, old photographs, and other mementos of days past. But the same also holds true not only for items of sentimental value—the merits of which can be defended by their owners, and rightfully so—but also for thoroughly utilitarian things as well. Things like, …

Cutting corners: Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)'s home button isn’t pressure sensitive

Samsung’s latest design achievements are slowly trickling down to its mid-range lineup of devices, namely the fresh new Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) which got official  just yesterday.

Aside from closely following suit to the overall design language of the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 to some extent: with rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, tall 2:1 displays, and bezel-less front, the new mid-rangers are mostly deadringers for the higher-tier flagship devices.

Yet, while the two new phones are getting closely modeled after the S8 and S8+, it seems that …

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 …