Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more

Android Messages – Google’s messaging app – has just received a new update. While there haven’t been any noticeable changes, what awaits us in the near future could be interesting. After an app “dissection”, performed by Android Police, it was found out we might be getting some awesome new features really, really soon. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change and has not been officially announced by Google.

The first new upcoming feature might be Messages’ web integration. The app could become available to use on a PC through the browser, but you might have …


Huawei invite hints that the P20 and P20 Plus will feature three cameras on back

An invitation sent out by Huawei to the media, reveals that it will be holding an event on March 27th in Paris, France to unveil its three new Huawei P20 handsets. There is speculation that two of the upcoming models, the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Plus, will sport three camera sensors on back. They would be the first handsets to come to market with three cameras adorning the rear, with the third camera believed to offer a 5x hybrid zoom.

The invitation features a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where the unveiling will take place. In the background are three circles, representing the …

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 …

Apple's watchOS 4.3 developer beta update hints that the AirPower release may be near

Concurrently with the iOS 11.3 public beta, Apple released the watchOS 4.3 developers’ beta, too, and, among all the new features in there, there are hints of an imminent AirPower wireless charger announcement. How so?
Well, the Nightstand feature, which lights up the Apple Watch to show time and charge in bright green when the timepiece is resting on its side at the puck charger, has been expanded to include portrait orientation, too. When might this prove useful? When it’s lying on Apple’s upcoming AirPower charging mat, of course, alongside your iPhone …

Microsoft India President asked about the Surface Phone, drops a couple of hints

Over the past month, the rumor of a Microsoft Surface Phone have been revitalized. Some patents popped up, some artist-made renders appeared. While none of these is proof that Microsoft is still working on the phone, it does show that the company has been experimenting with the idea of a tablet that can fold in two to become a smartphone — the ultimate “phablet”.

Digit.in has recently gotten a hold of Anant Mahewari — the President of Microsoft India — for a quick interview. Among the questions, mobile was discussed, and Mr. Mahewari dropped a couple of hints at what may or may not be happening …

Telephoto or wide-angle lens? Nokia camera app update hints at possible dual-camera setup for the Nokia 9

As you might have heard, HMD Global announced an Android Oreo beta program for its Nokia 5 model. Surprisingly, the recently released Oreo beta for the affordable mid-ranger also includes an update for the camera app which reveals some pretty interesting details. 
A teardown of the APK package shows that the camera app now features support for both wide-angle and telephoto dual-camera setups. The Nokia 5 packs a single 13MP main sensor, so these functionalities are obviously not intended for the budget-friendly smartphone. 
Nokia …

Google exec hints at AR shopping, other features coming soon to Google Lens

Google Lens is still in its early stages of development, but the engineering team behind the visual analysis app seems to be on a roll teasing upcoming features. After the recent introduction of direct imports to Google Keep and OCR (optical character recognition), the next big thing coming to Lens is AR shopping.

What this entails, although details are scarce at this point, is pointing your camera at something—say, an article of clothing or whatever else—and automatically getting prices and online store links for it on your phone. The feature is already …

Phil Schiller thinks Apple got the home button-less iPhone X right, hints at a Face ID iPad

Apple went through a number of compromises and soul-searching in its first effort to make an “all-screen” phone, as per another fresh interview with its marketing boss Phil Schiller. Chief among those was the decision to ditch the home button with its integrated Touch ID finger scanner, and replace it with a Face ID biometric solution, achieved by the TrueDepth camera kit that warranted a “notch” cutout at the top of the iPhone X display.

As a result, those coming from a legacy iPhone hit both a muscle memory wall, and aspect ratio compatibility issues. No need …

Apple's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …