Snap Inc. introduces Snap Kit for 3rd party Snapchat integration

Today, Snap Inc. introduced a new API called Snap Kit, which will allow 3rd parties to integrate Snapchat features into their apps. Snap Kit consists of four sub-Kits: Creative, Login, Bitmoji, and Story.

Now that Snap is allowing 3rd parties to access user data, privacy is of the utmost concern. Snap is addressing privacy by deactivating apps that are inactive for 90 days, as well as only providing the basic data: your username and Bitmoji. And when you choose to share your data, you are sharing only Your data, not your friends’ data as well.
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Moto Z3 Play lands with free Battery Mod, and deep Google Lens integration

After filling the low-end with the G6 family, it’s time for Motorola to work its way upwards in the 2018 phone crop by announcing the successor to its successful Z2 Play midranger from last year, dubbed lovingly… the Z3 Play, what did you expect.

Design
While Motorola has upgraded specs where it matters, like the processing power, and the camera area, the biggest changes from last year’s generation, to the new Play, are in the design. Sporting the trendy tall an narrow screen aspect ratio, the Z3 Play manages to fit a 6” 1080 x 2160 pixels AMOLED screen in the same dimensions it has …

Google Lens integration starts rolling out to some OnePlus smartphones

Unfortunately, Google Lens integration is not as widespread as one would think, even though Google promised to bring it to as many high-end smartphones as possible. The search giant’s feature made it to Google Photos back in March, but only a handful of smartphones have been “blessed” with Google Lens until now.

If you own the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+ or Note 8, then you should already benefit from Google Lens integration via Google Assistant, but if you have other smartphones it’s unlikely that you can use it. The good news is full Google Lens integration is now rolling out …

Sprint's Google Voice integration will end on June 1st

Sprint has confirmed that it will be ending Google Voice support in June. The partnership between the fourth-largest carrier and Google dates all the way back to 2011 when those on the Sprint network were allowed to use their regular number as a Google Voice number. Now, however, this integration has been confirmed to be ending.

The integration of Google Voice into Sprint’s network was an attempt to broaden the digital service’s reach, but Google ultimately neglected the app, with it often going without any updates for long periods of time. But after Sprint has resisted discontinuing support …

PayPal integration for Samsung Pay rolling out in the US one year after announcement

Samsung and PayPal announced last year a partnership that will provide PayPal users in the United States with the option to make payments via Samsung Pay. Unfortunately, neither company said anything about when exactly PayPal integration will be available for Samsung Pay.

Well, it looks like Samsung needed almost a year to make the option available for users of its mobile payment service. PayPal support in Samsung Pay is not yet live for all users in the United States, but some notice that the option suddenly appeared on their phones.

Speaking of phones, the Galaxy Note 8 seems to …

Instagram brings back GIPHY integration after the database promises to stop racial GIFs

Earlier this month, the discovery of a racial GIF sticker sourced from database GIPHY led Instagram and Snapchat to both remove GIPHY integration from their apps. Today, Instagram has decided to give GIPHY another chance after the latter did a thorough review of its GIF inventory four times, and found nothing offensive. GIPHY also will examine new GIFs before adding them to its library. Snapchat has nothing to announce yet about whether or not it will reinstate its GIPHY integration.

On January 24th, Instagram announced that it would be offering users access to GIPHY’s GIF stickers to use …

Google Play Movies & TV for Android updated with streaming service integration

Google Play Movies & TV app for Android devices has just received a major update that will be rolled out in the United States in over the next couple of days. It’s the only place where Google made the update available, so don’t look for it if you live in another country.

The new version of Google Play Movies & TV turns the app from a platform where Android users could purchase media content into a tool that will show you the availability on other platforms of your favorite shows.

First off, the app now features streaming service integration, which means that Google Play Movies …

Microsoft reportedly bringing Cortana integration to Outlook for Android and iOS

Shortly after Microsoft’s Outlook for Android and iOS boss Javier Soltero moved to leading the Cortana team, new reports claim the Redmond-based company plans to bring the digital assistant to the email app.

Apparently, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that Cortana integration on Outlook for Android and iOS is now being tested internally, and if results are positive, then the feature will be part of a beta program before going public.

The report also mentions Cortana integration will allow Outlook users on Android and iOS to take advantage of voice control features …

Microsoft Launcher for Android now includes Cortana integration

The Microsoft Launcher for Android has received an update that adds Cortana integration to version 4.6 of the app. The update also allows you to add the Daily Bing Wallpaper to your home screen or lock screen, or both. You can also choose which contacts to put on your people card, and place widgets into the dock. Lastly, you can also pin a searched app or contact to the home screen.

The Microsoft Launcher allows you to change the wallpaper on your phone, or use theme colors or icon packs. Take a picture on your phone and it will show up on your Windows PC. With the app, you can set up a …

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 …