Samsung Experience 9.0 vs 8.5, here are the new emojis

A new set of emoji was recently announced by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, meant for adoption by major platforms in 2018. 

Phone makers, however, can mix and match their own versions, and Samsung has apparently been hard at work overhauling its emoji roster for its Experience 9.0 version that is landing on the Galaxy S8 as we speak, and will be present on the Galaxy S9 out of the box, too.

There are plenty of changes to look forward too, the most notable being …


Samsung Experience 9.0 vs 8.5 changelog, here are the new emojis

A new set of emoji was recently announced by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, meant for adoption by major platforms in 2018. 

Phone makers, however, can mix and match their own versions, and Samsung has apparently been hard at work overhauling its emoji roster for its Experience 9.0 version that is landing on the Galaxy S8 as we speak, and will be present on the Galaxy S9 out of the box, too.

There are plenty of changes to look forward too, the most notable being …

New features of Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 detailed in infographic

Android 8 Oreo has been out for quite some time now, but it still hasn’t graced the vast majority of phones running on Google’s OS. Samsung, the biggest player on the Android market, has taken its sweet time with the update, largely due to the fact that it likes to embellish and enhance the software with its own custom overlay called the “Samsung Experience” (previously known as TouchWiz).

Fortunately, we’re not too far off from seeing the first Samsung phones to be officially powered by Android 8. After several months of public beta tests, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are very close …

NVIDIA Shield TV getting Experience Upgrade 6.3, here are all the changes

NVIDIA has just released yet another important update for its Shield TV device. Dubbed Experience Upgrade 6.3, the update contains a security patch for the infamous Spectre exploit, as well as the latest monthly security updates.

When it comes to new features, NVIDIA has delivered quite a few in this update. There’s a new option that allows NVIDIA Shield TV users to listen to SiriusXM, as well as the ability to view the Nest camera directly on the TV.

Cartoon Network has been added too, along with the option to stream any LEGO show. Also, popular shows like America’s Next Top Model …

Apple admits it was questioned by the U.S., says it would never degrade the user experience

Yesterday, we told you that the SEC and DOJ were reportedly investigating Apple’s decision to throttle CPU speed on certain models. These units have weak batteries that might not be up to powering an iPhone through a complex task. And that could lead these handsets to shutdown, requiring the user to reboot the phone. Those with a tendency to reach for a conspiracy theory to explain everything, say that Apple slowed down these older models on purpose in order to generate sales of its newer handsets.

Today, Apple admitted that it has been questioned by the U.S. government in reference to its …

Microsoft updates Bing Search for Android with improved browser experience, more

It’s true that Bing Rewards is not available worldwide, the consumers in the United States can take advantage of the only service that rewards them for their curiosity. Bing Search for Android has just been updated and if you’re wondering what new features Microsoft has added, keep reading.

Google is probably the search engine market share worldwide, but Bing Search is still being used in the US. Microsoft fans will be pleased to know Bing has just received an improved browser experience on Android, including video, image tab and the ability to find text in page.

Also, the latest …

Alcatel reveals its 2018 smartphone lineup, promises immersive 18:9 display experience

Alcatel can’t miss a major tech event like CES (Consumer Electronics Show), even if the smartphone brand is not quite ready to introduce new products. However, a little bit of self-promotion and sneak peeks at what’s to come doesn’t hurt.

So, until the big reveal drops at MWC (Mobile World Congress) next month, the company confirmed its 2018 smartphone lineup will be split in three series: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 1.

Alcatel 5 series will include “affordable premium tier” smartphones, which will offer features like face unlock, 18:9 full view displays …

Truecaller for Android updated with better search experience, improved spam detection

Truecaller, the popular Android dialer has just received a small update that brings a couple of improvements and fixes. With 250 million users, Truecaller helps users block spam and telemarketing calls, but also allows them to share their location with their friends.

According to developers, among the most important changes included in the update, there’s the better search experience with more numbers searchable, as well as improved spam detection with more numbers.

Also, Truecaller has just gained significant improvements in blocking to avoid ringing before …

Microsoft Launcher receives major update, adds Home App Grid, new user experience, more

On its way to the 50 million downloads achievement, Microsoft Launcher scores yet another update that brings some important improvements and new features.

If you’ve been using Microsoft Launcher, then you’ll notice the new version comes with a Home App Grid, which allows you to create a grid with up to 12 columns and 12 rows. Also, you’ll be to move apps and widgets to half of the grid cells.

Furthermore, the update adds a new user experience, so you’ll notice that on the welcome page you’ll be able to import the layout from another launcher, or even restore …

Latest BBM for Android update focuses on media sharing experience

A new version of BlackBerry Messenger has just been released in the Google Play Store. The Canadian company made quite a lot of improvements to the media sharing experience in the latest version of BBM.

Here are some of the most important changes that will benefit BBM users after updating to this new iteration. First off, you’ll now be able to customize you unique BBM PIN for free, as well as the background colors in chat.

There’s also a new grid view in the Discover tab for a better reading experience. More importantly, BBM users will now be able to take …