Google Maps for iOS gains quick access to transit and traffic info in the latest update

Google Maps development is a little bit ahead on Android, but the iOS app is getting the same features sooner or later as well. The latest update brings one improvement that’s been added to the Maps for Android last year: quick access to transit and traffic info.

The search giant has just announced it is now rolling out the same useful update to Maps for iOS. If you’ve already received the update, you can now swipe up to get access to three tabs: explore, driving, and transit.

These tabs will allow Maps for iOS users find a nearby restaurant much easier, or even catch the next bus. …


Microsoft Outlook for iOS gains new Search-related features, major improvements

Outlook has just received a new update on iOS that brings a handful of improvements meant to enhance the Search experience. The first thing you’ll notice after the update is that Search now has its own tab on a simplified navigation bar.

However, the most important addition to the app is the option to search for emails, files, and contacts in multiple accounts from a single search box. Furthermore, Microsoft added a new sport for the search icon, at the bottom of Outlook. In order to get access to top contacts, upcoming itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments, simply tap on …

Action Launcher gains better AdaptiveZoom, other enhancements in newest update

Great news for Action Launcher users, as developer Chris Lacy has just announced the latest update improves some of the major features that were added in previous versions. The highlight of Action launcher v34 is enhanced AdaptiveZoom.

Some of you probably remember that Action Launcher gained AdaptiveZoom in the previous update, an innovative adaptive icon enhancement that naturally animates an app icon to the center of the screen while an application loads.

However, the latest update further enhances AdaptiveZoom with an API that’s meant to allow devs to control how their app launches. …

Apple's HomePod smart speaker gains FCC approval; launch could be imminent

Amazon and Google made good use of the delay that forced Apple to push back the launch of its HomePod smart speaker from December to sometime early this year. Echo and Home devices helped smart speakers have a very Merry Christmas and Chanukah. The relatively new product (first launched worldwide in 2015) accounted for 7% of gifts handed out this holiday season in the states.

Without Apple’s high-end HomePod out of the way, both Amazon and Google had a clear playing field. While Microsoft’s Invoke was available, along with a few other competitors, the top two smart speaker manufacturers …

Huawei lost AT&T and Verizon due to political pressure, but gains Wonder Woman

China is pretty miffed that Huawei’s deal with Verizon and AT&T to include the excellent Mate 10 line in their carrier roster fell through at the last minute, and is not mincing words about it. “The US is very worried about the impact in the US from the growth of China’s hi-tech industry. It is worried that Chinese companies will transfer US technology through mergers and acquisitions. China should contemplate countermeasures…,” chimed in He Weiwen, who used to work at the Chinese consulate’s business wing in New York.

Huawei’s first major carrier deals were nipped …

YouTube TV gains voice control on Google Home and Google Home Mini

Google has just announced it has improved its YouTube TV service with voice control support on Google Home and Google Home Mini. The search giant also confirmed Google Home Max will receive the same feature soon.

Obviously, you can only use it in those U.S. cities where Google’s YouTube TV service is available, and you’ll also require a subscription. If you don’t have a YouTube TV subscription yet, you can get one now ($35 per month) and receive a Chromecast for free (limited-time offer).

In order to cast YouTube TV on your TV, you must set up your Google …

It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …

Microsoft's Outlook gains full screen view on iPad, many Calendar improvements

Microsoft has just released a new version of Outlook for iOS devices. Among the few important improvements included there’s one aimed at iPad users. The rest of the changes apply to all iOS devices running Outlook app.

With the latest version of Outlook, iPad users will have an easier time reading emails since the app now offers a full-screen view. The rest of the changes include performance improvements and bug fixes meant to make Outlook better than ever.

Finally, the Office team added a small change to the calendar icon, which is now moving as users are scrolling through their days …

Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite “native”, in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.

Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony’s Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming …

Microsoft's SwiftKey gains support for Chinese handwriting and new languages on Android

Acquired by Microsoft last year, SwiftKey continues to improve its apps on both Android and iOS platforms. The last update we reported about dates from one month ago and brought GIF search support and new languages.

Today, developers have pushed another update aimed at Android users. Unlike the previous update, the new one doesn’t necessarily brings any new features, but it definitely adds several tweaks and improvements.

The most important new feature is the addition of Chinese handwriting support, which will allow a large mass of users to use handwriting …