WhatsApp Android beta allows users to notify contacts when they change their WA number

WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature to those using the Android beta version of the messaging app. Now, when a user changes his/hers WhatsApp phone number, the subscriber will be given the option to alert his/her contacts of the new number via a notification. Found on WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.18.97, the “Change Number feature” offers three notification options.

The three choices users have are to notify all contacts about the new phone number, notify only those contacts that the user has chatted with, or notify those contacts hand-picked by the user. To send the notification, …

Truecaller for Android updated with Backup option and Contacts list

The fine folks at Truecaller have just announced their application has just been updated with a couple of new features, some by popular demand. As the title says, Truecaller now features a backup option, which will allow you to backup all your contacts, call history, call logs, block list, and settings preferences.

According to developers, the backup is stored on your Google Drive for safe-keeping, so if you don’t have an account you’re be prompted to create one the first time you backup Truecaller. The backup option has a setting that enables you to select how often you want the app to …

Contacts sync not working on some Android Oreo devices

One of important, yet basic features of the Android – contacts synchronization seems to be broken for some users. There are many reports spread throughout the internet confirming the issue, but, more importantly, Google has acknowledged the problem as well and is now looking for the cause of it.

For the time being, the only devices affected are those running Android Oreo, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. Most of those affected by the issue claim it started after they updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, but rolling back to Android 8.0 Oreo does not seem …

Google Contacts for Android updated with action buttons, large contact photos, more

Google recently updated the Contacts app for Android devices with several improvements that are supposed to make it much easier to use.

There aren’t any new features added in the update except for the action buttons in the contacts, which will make it easier to call, text, and do other needed stuff.

The developers also announced that they have listened to user feedback and have decided to bring back the large contact photos. Furthermore, the latest version of Contacts will now allow users to merge all their duplicate contacts at once.

Also, you can …

Google Duo 21 hints that users will be able to send audio and video messages to contacts

According to a report published today, video conferencing app Duo could soon be used to send and receive audio and video messages to and from contacts. Breaking down Duo 21 reveals button-like icons that users would press to start and stop the recording of a video message. Also discovered in this teardown are several strings that are related to the message notification that a recipient would receive from Duo. The notification reveals if the message is via voice or video, and who it is from. Of course, a Watch or Listen button would be included depending on the form the message takes.

Speaking …

Google Contacts for Android update adds lots of changes to view and suggestions

Google has just announced new features for its Contacts app for Android devices. A major update was recently released in the Play Store as Google Contacts 2.2, so make sure you get it if you want to benefit from all these improvements.

But let’s start with the most obvious changes that you’ll see at first glance. First off, the large photos have been brought back, although Google dropped them a few iterations ago. Following user feedback, Contacts will now display a larger, more vibrant contact photo.

Furthermore, action buttons under the photo will now make …

Google turns phone numbers, contacts and addresses in Gmail and Inbox into clickable links

Most email clients for Android and iOS allow users to copy/paste contacts, addresses and phone numbers from other apps like Messenger and WhatsApp. Gmail and Inbox are no exceptions, as Google added these features since their release.

However, the Mountain View company announced today that it has improved on that feature to save Gmail and Inbox users a lot of time by skipping the whole copy/paste procedure.

Starting today, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail, on both the Android and iOS platforms, will convert text into hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses …

Google Contacts updated to work on all Android devices running Lollipop and above

The last major Google Contacts update dates from May when a new UI and lots of tweaks have been added to the app. Today, the developers announced another important update, which is meant to expand the availability of the app to even more devices.

Starting with this update, the Contacts application will be available for download on all Android devices running Lollipop and above. Previously, Google Contacts was only available to Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition devices via Play Store.

The compatibility with just about any Android device is the most important change …

Google brings its Trusted Contacts app to iOS, Android version gets more features

Google’s Trusted Contacts made its debut on Android last year but starting today iOS users will be able to reap the benefits of having such an app installed on their devices, too. The search giant has just announced Trusted Contacts is now available for free to all iOS users via App Store.

With Trusted Contacts, users can share their location at the request of their friends and family, even if their handsets are offline. First, you’ll need to make a list of your closest friends and relatives, which will receive your location.

Whenever you’re unable to respond to a request from your …

Google Contacts 2.0 released on Android with new UI, lots of tweaks

The last major update Google’s Contacts app received dates from last year, but with the upcoming launch of Android O, the Mountain View company thought it’s time to refresh the Android app and give it a new look.

The new Contacts 2.0 has been recently released in the Google Play, but an official changelog has yet to be published. The good news is many of the changes included in the update are pretty obvious for anyone using the app on a regular basis.

Contacts 2.0 is all about design, as the app received lots of design enhancements and minor UI tweaks, which should make it more user-friendly. …