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

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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 …

How to hide and show the Galaxy S8 navigation bar

Samsung included plenty of customization options for its new, virtual navbar at the bottom of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the ability to rearrange the on-screen keys’ order, or to change the color, the new Experience UI looks like something out of a modded ROM, or an Android overlay coming from China. In any case, those features were more than welcome, but Samsung piled on with its subsequent software updates, giving us the option to easily show and hide the navbar itself in all apps, except the homecreen or app drawer, of course. Here’s what you need to do to play hide …

Microsoft overhauls navigation, conversations and search in Outlook for Android and iOS

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is constantly improving its services due to the fierce competition with other giants in the smartphone industry. Although the company gave up its hardware business, Microsoft still has a lot of apps on just about all mobile platforms.

Outlook is one of those apps that provide one of the most valuable services for consumers and businesses: email. The latest version of Outlook promises to reshape the way users navigate, chat and search within the application.

The Redmond-based company has just announced that it launched a new Outlook …

New Galaxy S8/S8+ patch brings June security update and changes to the navigation bar

A new software update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices around the globe. Weighing in at 453.72MB, the new update packs the June security update and a few changes to the navigation bar.

For security reasons, Samsung doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed. However, the changelog mentions that a total of 119 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to the Galaxy S phones and Android have been resolved. 
As for the navigation bar, there is some good and bad news. A …

Donald Trump is now the voice for your GPS navigation

Wanna get your GPS navigation directions by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump himself? Well, it does not matter if you don’t because this option is now available in Karta GPS, a new maps and navigation app available for Android and iPhone.
Luckily, this is not the default voice for the app, but it is a free download that you can switch to. And yes, you will hear things like:
“Go straight ahead, it’s tremendous!”
“You are approaching a fixed radar and that is not fake news!”
Karta …