Latest YouTube update brings pinch-to-zoom to phones with 18:9 screens

After scoring pinch-to-zoom support on iOS 11, the Android version of the official YouTube app is getting the same treatment in its latest update. Owners of smartphones with 18:9 (and similar) will now have the option to choose between regular letterboxed mode for 16:9 content, or simply pinch with two fingers to make the video fill the entirety of the display.
Since most of the video content on YouTube is still in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future, the pinch-to-zoom gesture is a welcome …


OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …

Nova Launcher adds support for custom Oreo-style dock widgets in latest update

This is how a great deal of the new features are added in Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, and other AOSP-like home screen replacements: Google releases a new version of Android, the developers of said launchers try to implement all the new features as quickly as possible, and after they’re done, they start looking for ways to modify and diversify the experience by granting users a greater freedom for customization.
This is also the case with the docked search bar widget, which was introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo, and which made its way into Nova …

Apple is having a hard time with its competition on the vast Chinese market, latest IDC data reveals

Apple is slowly but steadily deciphering the mysteries of the saturated and rather competitive Chinese smartphone market as the latest quarterly data from IDC shows Cupertino growing 0.6% year over year and claiming some 7.7% of the market in Q3 2017. With 8.8 million iPhones sold for the time period, Apple is currently the 5th key player locally, trailing behind Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. One thing that could make a difference is the iPhone X, which is already being sold in China and will affect Cupertino’s next quarterly results.
Huawei continues its …

Latest video of Apple iPhone X shows how the notch might interfere with some apps

With the launch of the Apple iPhone X less than two-weeks away, a new video of the tenth anniversary model in the wild has been disseminated. The clip reveals that not all apps appear to be optimized to perfectly fit the new 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. Even though the video is only 9-seconds in length, we do get to see how Instagram looks on the phone, and some are not going to be happy with what they see.

The Instagram heading is too close to the dreaded notch at the top of the iPhone X screen, and appears not to be aligned correctly. The picture and video sharing app won’t …

Google App is getting a customizable search bar widget in the latest update

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Most Nova and/or Action Launcher users are well-acquainted with the launchers’ highly-customizable, color-changing, shape-shifting Google search bar widgets, and it seems like Google is taking note. The latest beta update of Google App introduces a customizable search bar widget of its own, and although it’s not as flexible as the ones found in custom launchers, it’s still good news for those who don’t rely on home screen replacements.

At first glance, it looks just like the current search bar, but tapping the menu …

Latest Viber update brings pinned messages, replies in group, more

Viber, one of the many popular messaging apps for mobile devices, is often seen as the underdog. Nevertheless, many favor Viber over other bigger apps like Messenger or WhatsApp, hence the large number of users reported by the developer. If you’re one of those Viber fans, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a new version available for download.

The more important feature included in the latest update – pinned messages – allows group admins to set a specific message to stick to the top of a group chat. That will make important messages more visible in group …

YouTube for iOS finally gets iMessage support in the latest update

Google has just released a brand new version of YouTube on the App Store. The updated app adds a couple of new features that some will definitely find useful.

As the title says, YouTube for iOS finally supports iMessage, so users will now be able to share videos faster and easier than ever before. It also means that all videos that you receive in the Messages chat can be viewed within the app, so there’s no need to exit and open up another app to watch it.

Sharing videos in the Messages app is very easy, so tap the Share button and choose the corresponding option to send the YouTube …

Latest Apple iPhone 8 Plus ad shows off Portrait Lighting feature

The latest television commercial for the Apple iPhone 8 Plus features the company’s new Portrait Lighting feature. From Studio Light, which shines light on the subject’s face without creating shadows, to Stage Light, which isolates the subject by dissolving the background into a sea of black, Portrait Lighting is available on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus (and the iPhone X when that model is released in November). In addition to Studio and Stage Light, Contour Light uses deeper shadows to highlight the edges of the face and creates more contrast. And Stage Light Mono removes the background, replacing …

Latest update allows Samsung users to disable the Bixby button, customization – still a mirage

With Bixby being one of the highlight features of Samsung’s latest devices, many users have had a love-hate relationship with it. While it’s a rather good and capable virtual assistant, Samsung’s unwillingness to make the dedicated Bixby button user-customizable and the constant play of cat and mouse with app developers has proved that Sammy doesn’t want that hardware key to be used for anything else than launching Bixby. 

Yes, Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 users will either use it to open Bixby… or not use it at all!
That’s …