In-app purchases coming soon to Facebook Instant Games

Facebook will soon allow developers to add in-app purchases (IAPs) to their Instant Games, the company announced during a session on gaming at its F8 developer conference. Originally launched in 2016, Facebook Instant Games is a platform that allows developers to create casual, mobile-friendly games that seamlessly play across both the web and mobile versions of Facebook Messenger.

Up until now, developers could only monetize their games with ads, but with Facebook’s plans to introduce in-app purchases, this would create another venue for monetization. …


VSCO introduces Instagram-like instant messaging feature

Popular image editing app VSCO has slowly, but steadily, working its way toward becoming a self-contained social network of sorts, where photographers can share their creations and, as of the latest update, get in touch with each other via private messages. The messaging feature is available through the new sharing button, and it lets creators not only text each other, but also share profiles, journal entries, photos, and more.

The news of VSCO’s instant messaging feature come on the heels of Instagram’s announcement that the company is testing a standalone …

Make Siri great again! Apple's smart assistant gets updated, gains on-device learning, instant translation and more

Apple’s smart assistant is about to get a lot smarter. A bunch of important updates was just announced for Siri, which indicates that Cupertino has made some serious efforts to catch up to the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Some of the most intriguing augmentations that you can expect on Siri when iOS 11 goes live include on-device learning that will help out with recommendations and contextual understanding. A Translate service is also being beta tested on the smart assistant, with voice translations offered from English to Chinese, French, German, …

Android Instant Apps on Android O up close


At last year’s Google I/O conference, we were greeted with a preview of Android Instant Apps. The idea behind them is to broaden exposure while also saving on data and storage. Where a natively downloaded Android application may be several dozen megabytes (or a few hundred megabytes) in size, not including related overhead storage or amount of data used, Android Instant Apps use only a fraction of both.

With Android Instant Apps, developers can choose to “deep link” connection requests from compatible Android devices and instead of opening a Chrome browser page, or prompting to install …

New Instant Tethering feature will keep Android users online

Rolling out now to Nexus and Pixel handsets running on Android 7.1.1 is a new feature called Instant Tethering. With this new application, anytime one of your registered Google devices loses a cellular connection, it will automatically send a request to allow the device to tether with your other Android phone or tablet. No setup is required, thanks to Bluetooth. The screen will also show you the battery life of the other device.

Instant Tethering will be available first for Nexus and Pixel devices running on Android 7.1.1. The Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets cannot send out a Wi-Fi signal and …