Outlook for Android updated with new navigation bar, other improvements

After revealing all the new changes its Outlook mobile app will get in the coming weeks, Microsoft delivered the first update aimed at Android users. None of the new features and improvements included in this update have been previously mentioned, so it’s a bit of a nice surprise.

Among the most important changes, the addition of a new simplified navigation bar with Search front and center is probably going to appeal to many Outlook users.

Then, Android users will now have direct access to top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments right from …


Screenshot shows new Android P navigation bar; multitasking button replaced by gesture?

A screenshot shared on the Android Developers Blog reveals what could be a new navigation bar for Android P. We know that this is something that Google didn’t want the public to see just yet since the search giant has since cropped the photo from the Developers Blog. The new image removes the navigation bar from view. In addition, with the clock on the left side of the screen and the rounded corners of the pop-up box, you can see that this is not Android Oreo. Between the urgency to change the image on the Developers Blog, and the new look of the screen, you can safely assume that this is Android …

Crowdsourced navigation app Waze blamed for creating traffic jams on side streets

While the highways in L.A. are notorious for creating huge bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, residents of the city are beginning to find local roads filled with cars, all heading in the same direction. As a result, usually less traveled roads like Baxter Street, one of the steepest streets in the U.S., is also filled with traffic. Most drivers aren’t used to the street’s roller coaster like grade, (at 30%, it’s steeper than most streets in San Francisco) and this has led  to the occurrence of numerous accidents.

L.A. residents like Jeff Hartman blame navigation apps in general, …

Soundscape – the app which will help blind people in city navigation

Microsoft has launched its Soundscape app for iOS. It is aimed to help visually impaired people navigate through cities and find shops and landmarks. It is available on iOS currently and nothing is known about an Android launch.

Soundscape works by allowing users to set beacons for different landmarks, which will play sound effects when you are near them. This way, visually impaired people will be able to navigate even if they are in a city they’ve never visited. Currently, the app has three modes – ‘Locate’, which tells your location, ‘Around Me’ …

OnePlus brings iPhone X-like navigation gestures in latest Oreo beta release

An edge-to-edge screen is a great thing to have, but you still have to navigate around this screen and on Android devices this is done via software buttons that take up space and spoil the “all-screen phone” idea a bit.

OnePlus now shows that it can be done in a different way. The company is testing gestures to navigate around the interface, a manner similar to what Apple uses in the iPhone X.
This new OnePlus feature is currently only available for developers to test in the OxygenOS Open Beta 3 version, as Reddit user MisterMrMister notes. We have …

Crowdsourced navigation app Waze directed tourists to drive right into a lake

If you’re the type that blindly follows a navigation/GPS app to get from one place to another, you might think twice about doing that after hearing what happened to three tourists driving a Jeep through the state of Vermont. The driver of the vehicle was using Google-owned Waze for directions. For those unfamiliar with the app, Waze uses crowdsourced information to show drivers where they might encounter accidents, detours, police, or other traffic issues. The app also uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions. You can even setup the app to hear those directions in your own voice.

As …

Android Messages 2.8 introduces a white navigation bar

image courtesy of Reddit user R0BBiNG

In November of last year, it became clear that Google has a plan to mitigate screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by introducing light-colored nav bars in its apps. Well, to be absolutely fair, this won’t negate the problem, per se, but rather “even out” the burn-in, so you don’t end up with an imprint of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The Google app and Google Photos were first in tow to receive the treatment, and now it’s time for Android Messages to follow suit.

One of the …

Google Maps is getting a dedicated motorcycle navigation mode

After Waze received a bunch of new features, including a dedicated motorcycle navigation mode, in its latest update last week, now it’s Google Maps’ turn to join in on the fun. The popular navigation app is receiving its own motorcycle navigation mode, although it’s facing a gradual roll-out across different regions.

So, what’s so different about this new mode? Well, being aimed at motorcyclists, it offers riders routes that may otherwise be unavailable to drivers and also offers ETAs (estimated times of arrival), based on info collected from other riders, …

Waze now supports hands-free navigation, motorcycle mode

Taking a page from its Android Auto counterpart, Waze for Android and iOS now supports hands-free navigation via voice commands. In the US, UK, and Canada, drivers can now initiate hands-free mode simply by saying “Ok Waze” and naming a destination. Traffic jams can also be reported using voice commands. The list of supported regions is likely to grow in the coming months.

Another new feature added to Waze in the latest update concerns motorcyclists. The new motorcycle mode allows Waze to guide riders through routes otherwise unavailable to car …

Google is trying to prevent Pixel 2 display burn-in with a light navigation bar

image source: 9to5Google

Screen burn-in is one of the unfortunate realities of OLED. Manufacturers are well-aware of this shortcoming, and yet, at this point at least, there is not much that can be done to completely prevent it hardware-wise. However, there’s always the option of mitigating the issue through software, and that’s exactly what Google is trying to do for its Pixel lineup of smartphones.

One of the biggest culprits for screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as last year’s models, is the persistent navigation bar …