Microsoft Edge Preview app now available for Android users from the Google Play Store

It was exactly one week ago today when we told you that Microsoft Edge for iOS was made official with 10,000 users allowed to sign up for a beta through TestFlight. We also told you that the Android version of the app would be coming soon. Starting today, the Android version of the Microsoft Edge browser is available without restrictions from the Google Play Store. Because Microsoft wants to use the rendering engine that works best for the platform, the Edge app for Android will employ Google’s Blink instead of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML.

The Microsoft Edge app for Android is available globally, …


Microsoft removes restrictions, opens up Edge for iOS Preview to everyone

On Thursday, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its Edge browser available to iOS and Android users. While the Android Preview version is coming soon, the iOS Preview version was available only for Windows Insiders. The latter is Microsoft’s beta testing community. You’ll note that we used the past tense. That is because Microsoft has made a change and has now opened up the preview so that it can be installed by all iOS users.

A tweet from Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore disseminated on Friday evening revealed the change. To apply for access to the Edge for iOS Preview, you should simply …

Concept video by Mi MIX 2 designer Philippe Starck could be a preview of the actual phone

A 38 second video made by designer Philippe Starck and posted on social media could be giving us an advance look at the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. While this is a concept video, keep in mind that the man who made the concept is the actual designer of the first Mi MIX and is the official designer of the sequel. You can see how there is practically nothing to see in the way of bezels on both sides and at the top of the display. At bottom is a “chin” that is about half the size as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Speaking of the bottom bezel, Starck leaves the front-facing camera right where …

Google releases Android Things Developer Preview 5 based on Android O

Even though Google announced last month that Developer Preview 4 will be the last beta release before the launch of Android O. But it’s not too late for another Android Things OS beta release, so if you’re a developer, then now would be a good time to make any last minute changes before the final version is launched.

Android Things Developer Preview 5 is quite important since this is now based on Android O, which is still under development for phones and tablets.

As expected, the 5th Android Things developer preview is aimed at developers and early adopters, …

Google releases last Android O Developer Preview before official launch

The release of the Android O is fast approaching, but until Google decides to out the final version of the platform, those lucky to own a compatible Nexus or Pixel device will be able to install a new Developer Preview build.

This would be the fourth Android O Developer Preview released by Google and the last one before the official launch. As some of you probably already know, Android O should be published later this summer, which means we’re only one month away from the announcement.

Developer Preview 4 is available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, …

Skype Preview for Android update adds option to share links and photos from other apps

The beta version of Skype, better known as Skype Preview has just been updated with a couple of new features. Although the app appears as “unreleased” in the Google Play Store, you can download it on your Android smartphone for free.

So, here is what the Skype has added in the latest update, which will become available to everyone in the coming days if the testing doesn’t reveal any unexpected issues.

First off, users will now be able to share photos and links to Skype from other apps. Also, there’s a new option that enables Skype users to add or remove contacts …

Sony to preview 3D face recognition this week?

For face recognition to be good enough to confirm someone’s identity, it has to use 3D representation. The 2D images that are part of the native Face Unlock feature on Android is not enough to make you feel comfortable about using it to verify identity for financial transactions. But this week, at MWC Shanghai, Sony will display a 3D face recognition system that can be used for biometric readings.

While such 3D scanning will be be used in Augmented Reality, it can also be used for security purposes. That is what Sony has in mind. The company is partnering with Swiss facial recognition firm …

Windows 10 Mobile preview 15223 sent out to fast ring subscribers

Those Windows 10 Mobile users subscribed to the fast ring are now getting access to preview build 15223. Fast ring members get first crack at a new Windows 10 Mobile build, but because this software is not thoroughly tested, there are often some kinks and bugs. That is the price that must be paid for being first to install the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile. Those opting for the slow ring get a more refined and tested build, but they have to wait for the software to be ready for prime time before installing it.

As we said, the fast ring subscribers are receiving build 15223. The changelist …

Business Chat for iMessage available on the developer preview for iOS 11

There are companies like Needle that provide businesses with real time chat and chat operators that consumers and customers can communicate with in order to learn more about a product, place an order, and track a shipment. Apple is making a similar customer service platform available as part of iOS 11 with Business Chat for iMessage. Offered now to those  businesses subscribed to the developer preview, Business Chat for iMessage allows customers and companies to communicate using chat.

The platform lets customers purchase a product, track shipments and more. Simple tasks related to …

Android O Developer Preview 3 overview: stability improvements, visual tweaks and more

Out of the blue, the third Android O Developer Preview hit earlier than expected last night, bringing us one step closer to the official release, with only a single developer preview left before the stable version finally touches down. As such, this release consists primarily of stability improvements, but with a couple of new features added to sweeten the deal. 

Before diving in, though, make sure you’ve also checked out what other new stuff has been added to Android O in the past couple of months:
So …