Report: Video chats coming to Instagram

According to a report that was published today, Instagram is working on a feature that will allow users to communicate with each other via a video chat. The icon to initiate this will only appear if the user is already engaged in an active chat with the member who will be participating in the video chat. If an Instagram user doesn’t accept a request for a regular chat, the icon for video will not appear, and no video chat will be possible.

The report adds that the UI for Instagram video calls hasn’t leaked since the entire package is still under development. The launch of Instagram video …


New Motorola Moto Mods (including a camera supporting interchangeable lenses) are reportedly coming soon


Motorola Mobility is seemingly getting ready to release
several new Moto Mods for its Moto Z smartphones. The most interesting – and
possibly the most expensive – among them should be a camera Mod with support
for interchangeable lenses (made by the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Sony). Such
a Moto Mod could transform a Moto Z smartphone into a serious alternative to DSLR and
mirrorless cameras, although it remains to be seen how well this can perform.   

 

A second new Moto Mod should be an upgraded projector
(offering 35% more brightness and a larger battery compared to the current …

Samsung Germany's Galaxy S9 support page hints that Dual SIM feature is coming to Europe

Some models of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge came with Dual SIM capabilities. This was offered in the form of a hybrid SIM tray (pictured above) that allowed users to employ the second SIM card holder for a microSD card instead. In 2016, the Dual SIM variation using the hybrid SIM tray was available in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Last year, the hybrid SIM tray was again offered in select markets on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. 

What about this year? Thanks to Samsung Germany’s early posting of its support page for the Samsung Galaxy S9, we can tell …

Android Oreo's notification dots are coming to Android Wear

Google announced today that it has released a new version of the Android Wear SDK. Version 2.2.0 allows developers to add some new features to the faces of Android Wear powered smartwatches. One new feature, Notification Dots, comes from Android 8.0. If there are any unread notifications, a dot will be seen at the bottom of the dial. Developers will be able to customize the color of the indicator, although it is white by default.

The indicator dot can be turned off by developers, and replaced by other methods that show the number of unread notifications. One possibility is to have this number …

Nokia 7 or Nokia 6 (2018) coming soon to the US

Nokia 7 and Nokia 6 (2018) are both mid-range smartphones that were launched in China just a few months from each other. Although they look like decent devices on paper, they are not yet available outside China.

The good news is that’s about to change if we are to believe the latest decisions coming from the Finnish company. Apparently, HMD filed two smartphones for certification at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that goes by model numbers: TA-1045 and TA-1016.

We know for sure that these are variations of the same device since HMD confirmed the information in the documents …

OnePlus confirms Face Unlock is coming soon to the OnePlus 3 and 3T

Great news for OnePlus users, as the Chinese handset maker has just confirmed two other of its smartphones will receive the Face Unlock feature via a software update. Although the OnePlus 5T was the first smartphone launched by the company to include this security feature, the OnePlus 5 got it as well.

Three weeks ago OnePlus announced that by popular demand, Face Unlock will be added to the OnePlus 5, and one week later delivered on that promise via an Open Beta update.

During an interview with CNET, OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei confirmed the OnePlus 3 …

Google Duo might get web app, group calls, other big features, app is coming to smart displays

Popular video chat app Google Duo could be receiving some major new features in the coming months. The news comes from Google Duo creator/lead engineer Justin Uberti who recently took to Twitter to reveal the 2018 roadmap for the service.

First day back at work, time to kick off our 2018 #GoogleDuo roadmap!
Coming soon, smart displays with Duo video calls via #GoogleAssistant:https://t.co/Dkx9TopV1v— Justin Uberti (@juberti) January 9, 2018
Uberti first confirmed that smart displays (smart speakers with a screen) powered by Google Assistant …

BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition unveiled, two new BlackBerry phones coming in 2018

TCL, the company that owns the BlackBerry smartphone brand, has just announced it will expand its portfolio with two new BlackBerry phones, which will land later this year. Depending on how well they will be received, additional smartphones may be introduced by the end of 2018.

With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year.