WhatsApp gets voice recording lock and in-app YouTube playback in latest update

WhatsApp is getting a pair of neat, new features in the latest update – voice recording lock and in-app YouTube video playback. These features are rolling out on the WhatsApp stable channel on iOS and are also live in WhatsApp beta for Android, version 2.18.102.

The voice recording lock allows users to record voice messages without having to hold down the record button. All you need to do is simply “latch” the lock by sliding the voice recording icon up. This means you can now hold your phone any which way you want, without having to keep your thumb …

Google Assistant gets better with the addition of new Actions, better media playback, more

Google continues to update its digital assistant and adds new features and improvements to offer an even more immersive user experience. This week’s update brings quite a few changes that will be demoed throughout the weekend at South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin.

Apparently, starting this week, due to a new feature for Action that goes by the name Custom Device Actions, device makers will be able to extend the Assistant and add “native” functionality specific to their devices. In real life, it means that Google Assistant users will be able to ask it to activate very specific …

Google adds playback speed option on YouTube for Android and iOS

A brand new feature is slowing rolling out to YouTube users on Android and iOS devices, one that will surely make them happy. Google has just announced it is now allowing YouTube users to choose the playback speed of the videos they are watching.

Variable speed playback is available on the desktop app for several years now but only made it to mobiles this week, even though it was the most highly requested features.

Once Google finishes rolling out the new feature, YouTube users will be able to speed up or slow down videos in the iOS and Android apps. According to developers, the playback …

HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update

The latest update for the YouTube
app (12.34.55) is enabling HDR playback on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices worldwide.


The Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as a
handful of other HDR-certified handsets, recently tapped into Netflix’s
expanding roster of HDR video content, but the latest YouTube app update seems
to have a more limited scope.


After installing the latest update
on our Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6 units, we discovered that the functionality is
available only on Samsung’s phone. Playback at 1440p60 HDR is not perfectly
smooth on either the S8 or S8+ at this point, but this will …

Google Home finally gains Bluetooth support for audio playback

Google promised quite a lot of features will come along with its home assistant back at the I/O event, but some of them have yet to be implemented. Earlier this week, the Mountain View company announced a couple of these features should start rolling out immediately to Google Home users in certain countries.

The most important new feature is support for Bluetooth audio playback, which will allow Google Home users to listen to their favorite music without having to cast to the device directly using Wi-Fi. Rolling out this week, Bluetooth Audio support enables …

YouTube for Android rolls out speed controls for video playback on some devices

One of the special features that YouTube reserves for its desktop version only is speed controls: being able to speed up or slow down a video is especially useful for those trying to learn moves from videos, or just looking for those tiny details that are not easily noticeable.
Now, YouTube seems to be mulling adding speed controls to its mobile application. 9to5Google has noticed the option to select video speed on YouTube for Android, version 12.29.57, but the option is not yet available to everyone out there (we don’t have it yet).
The …