Microsoft Launcher soon to get Visual Search feature, Microsoft Rewards support

Microsoft plans to add a few new features to its Android launcher in the not so distant future. For the time being, these improvements are available in the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, so if you’re using it, you can already try them out.

But if you don’t, here is what we expect from the next Microsoft Launcher update. As the title says, Visual Search is a new feature that takes advantage of the phone’s camera to capture images and intelligently recognize celebrities, landmarks, items, apparel and more. Microsoft Launcher users will be able to fire up the new feature through the Launcher …


Google Duo gets screen sharing feature in latest update

image source: Android Police

The latest update to Google Duo (v34) introduces the long-awaited screen sharing feature. Now you’ll be able to offer tech support to your parents and friends anywhere and at any time? Ain’t that just great?

To start screen sharing, all you need to do is tap on the screen during a Duo call and select the new screen sharing icon. Unfortunately, the feature seems to be quite buggy right now, for some users at least. Android Police reports that in their tests, they only managed to get a static image of the caller’s …

Group MMS feature comes with OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 5/5T, OnePlus 3/3T

Tomorrow, the OnePlus 6 will be unveiled in London at 12 noon EDT. But right now, members of the manufacturer’s Open Beta program are receiving OxygenOS updates to the OnePlus 5/5T and OnePlus 3/3T. The OnePlus 5 (Open Beta 10) and the OnePlus 5T (Open Beta 8) are receiving the update on Android 8.1, the OnePlus 3 (Open Beta 36) and OnePlus 3T (Open Beta 27) continue on with Android 8.0.

All four phones have the same changelist which includes the May Android security update, and the ability to edit dynamic icons like the ones for the weather, clock and calendar; the update also adds group …

OnePlus 6 to feature Pixel 2 and iPhone X-rivaling camera

The latest OnePlus 6 teaser hints at a camera that will take on some of the best camera mobile offerings out there. OnePlus is currently set to unveil the OnePlus 6 in just five days’ time, with the smartphone expected to boast a number of high-end specs, among which will be a new dual-camera setup. Now, thanks to the brand’s latest teaser, it appears the company is certainly confident in its new smartphone’s photography capabilities.

The teaser in question challenges Twitter users to match four pictures to the respective devices, the options being Google’s Pixel 2, Samsung’s Galaxy …

Android P's most important new feature? Some say battery, others say gestures…

So, with Google I/O going on at the moment, Google, of course, took the time to showcase some of the major new features coming with Android P later this year. There’s not a lot of them, but they are meaningful for sure, and will further change the ways we interact with our smartphones.

We thought we’d ask you which of the 4 biggest new developments is your favorite. Those would be the gesture-based interface, the Digital Wellbeing program, the Adaptive Battery feature for battery life enhancement or the App Actions feature that lets you quickly fire up actions within apps without having …

Which is your favorite new feature coming in Android P?

OK, Google just announced the new features to come in Android P and there’s quite a bit to be excited about! While select smartphone users are now able to install the beta and enjoy some of the new features, the rest will have to wait until whenever the full version hits their handset in the latter half of 2018 or later.

So, what’s there to be excited about? The major new additions are:

Gesture-based interface — the home button turns into a mini-scrollbar, which lets you swap between apps or open the app drawer via simple swipes.

Digital Wellbeing …

New feature in iOS 11.4 designed to prevent law enforcement from unlocking an iPhone

We recently told you about the GrayKey device, which unlocks Apple iPhone models and can even bypass encryption. With two Lightning cables sticking out of the box, this device can crack an iPhone in as quickly as three hours to as long as three days depending on the complexity of the passcode employed. This is obviously a tool that law enforcement agencies love; priced at $15,000 to $30,000, a purchase shouldn’t bust the budget of the FBI, CIA and big city police forces like the NYPD. But Apple has come up with a way to possibly thwart the machines made by companies like GrayShift and Cellebrite.

In …

Twitter has secret encryption feature on its Android app?

Wouldn’t it be great if Twitter had a feature that allowed users to send encrypted direct messages? That would turn the app into a place where you could send private messages without fear of the content being discovered, and put Twitter into a class with WhatsApp and Telegram. Wait a second, Twitter does have such a feature secretly cooked inside its Android app. It was found inside the Twitter for Android APK by Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), a computer science student who has discovered unreleased features on Instagram.

We don’t know when or if Twitter will unleash this beast of a feature, …

Samsung Pay users get new Cash Back feature with select retailers

Samsung has just announced it has expanded its Pay mobile payments service with a brand new feature that offers users a percentage of their purchase price back. The catch is the new option is only available when buying stuff from select retailers, so you’ll have to identify those before placing your order.

The new feature is pretty easy to use, as you’ll find a new Cash Back section in the Samsung Pay app’s home screen. From there, you should find a range of exclusive offers from all retailers that support the new Cash Back feature.

As soon as you tap on one of the offers in the Cash …

Report: Samsung Galaxy S10 will feature in-display fingerprint scanner and perhaps 3D sensing

Earlier today, we passed along the interesting news that Samsung plans on unveiling its 2019 flagship phone in January. The manufacturer wants to leave some room for consumers to digest the Samsung Galaxy S10 and have room left over for dessert. And by dessert, we mean the the foldable Samsung Galaxy X (or whatever moniker the company chooses). Now, a report out of South Korea gives us some ideas about what features could be found on the Galaxy S10 and, we assume, the Galaxy S10+.

The report points out that Samsung has failed for two years with its attempts to include an in-display fingerprint …