Google Search gets redesigned with mobile shopping tools, more product information

With just a few days ahead of Black Friday, Google announced that its Search app has been redesigned to help users search for gifts while on the move. The new app features a set of shopping tools, as well as more product information available at first glance.

First off, you can now tap the “Quick View” button in the Google Shopping ad to preview details such as a larger image, product description, reviews, seller rating and so on.

Furthermore, Google announced it is now showing buying guides for broader categories. Moreover, when you search for a specific …


Redesigned ESPN app is coming next Spring to stream live games, real time scores and more

Dah dah dah. Dah dah dah. That, ladies and Gentlemen, is the iconic ESPN Sportscenter theme. If you’re a die hard sports fan, you can hear it playing in your mind. Dah dah dah. Dah dah dah. ESPN even uses it with its app to alert users of a notification. Now, ESPN and its parent company Disney are planning on adding a streaming service next year called ESPN + that will be available from a redesigned ESPN app. Disney CEO Bob Iger says, “This one app (will offer) sports fans far more than they can get on any other app, website or channel.”

The streaming service will allow users to catch the …

Redesigned Snapchat to launch on Android December 4th?; Snap to sell Spectacles at store in London

Yesterday, we told you that Snapchat parent Snap had reported a lower than expected gain of 4.5 million new Active Daily Users during the third quarter. More importantly, founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said that the messaging app will be unveiling a new redesign for the Android version of Snapchat. Following the redesign, Snapchat will be easier to use. While Spiegel didn’t reveal a launch date for the new version of Snapchat, a source familiar with the matter said that employees were internally given the date of December 4th as to when to expect the new look to be available.

The source adds …

Microsoft to update Arrow Launcher with redesigned cards and Me avatar

The newest Arrow Launcher update is not available for download in the Google Play Store unless you’re a beta tester. However, since this is a pretty important update, we thought it would be nice to give you a heads up on what’s coming to Arrow Launcher very soon.

If you’ve been using Arrow Launcher for a while, then you’ll be pleased to know that you will soon be able to rest the app’s settings to default with a tap of a button. A new option will be added to the Setting menu so that you can reset your Arrow Launcher if you want to start customizing it again from scratch.

Furthermore, …

We got to see plenty of the redesigned Pixel launcher at Google I/O

While I was collecting video footage of Android Instant Apps, the Googler who was helping me out said, matter-of-factly, “What do you think of the redesigned Pixel launcher?” He was so nonchalant about it that it did not even occur to me it was something new that would make the interwebz would go all abuzz.

Fortunately, I had gathered several minutes of the launcher in action while we looked at Android Instant Apps, and while I did not dig deep to see what extra (if any) functionality it offered, I can say that I think the design is a winner.

First, it offers up a better use …

Facebook Messenger gets a redesigned home screen, new ways to navigate the app

Facebook has just revealed the new changes that will be added to its Messenger app in the coming days. If the previous update was about the various capabilities inside conversations, the new one will bring some visual changes that are meant to make it easier to navigate across the app.

The most obvious change will be the new home screen, which maintains the same number of features but is better organized. The update is turning the Messenger into a personal hub for connecting with all the people and businesses users care about.

Also, across the top of the …

Moto Z2 Force render leaks with dual-camera setup and re-designed fingerprint scanner


Yesterday, we showed you a render of the Moto Z2, the sequel to last year’s thin (5.2mm) high-end handset. Today, we have a render of the next-gen series’ flagship model, the Moto Z2 Force. Right off the bat, we see a change in the shape of the fingerprint scanner from square to oval. In addition, there is a dual-camera setup on the back. The phone does feature the familiar 16-pin Moto Mod connectors.

The Moto Z line is expected to drop the DROID part of its name in the U.S., where the phones will reportedly not be Verizon exclusives in 2017. Last month, we passed along a tweet disseminated …

Redesigned Google Pixel launcher quietly appears at Google I/O

Google is working on an updated Pixel Launcher and at Google I/O, one could already see Google Pixel phones running on the new launcher.

A new quick search bar within easy reach on the homescreenThe most prominent feature on display is a search bar right in the homescreen. It is located in the bottom part, within easy reach, and reminds us of the Spotlight quick search functionality on Apple’s iOS, where you can swipe down on the homescreen to see a similar search bar. Here, though, the search bar is always visible, which is both convenient, but …

Microsoft's OneNote app gets completely redesigned on iOS

If you’re part of the Office Insiders group, then you already know what’s new in the latest version of OneNote for iOS. Microsoft released a major update for the application a few weeks ago, but the new features were only available to beta testers.

Today, OneNote version 16.0 has been officially released in the App Store, so everyone can give it a try and check out the improvements added by developers. However, the first thing you’ll notice is the complete re-design of the iOS application.

Microsoft changed the way notes are organized by improving the layout. …

First look at the redesigned Google Android N

A sneak peek at the redesigned system settings in Google’s new Android N operating system

According to the rumors floating around, Android N is expected to get its first outing at Google I/O 2016, which is scheduled to take place between May 18, 2016 to May 20, 2016 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

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Now, a new report from Android Police offers even more information on the update along with some new renders.

The latest leak focuses entirely on Android N’s settings menu, which could see a few functional and visual changes. The top-level system settings in Android N will have a bar at the very top with a “Do Not Disturb” status and the apparent ability to switch modes from a drop down. The users will now be able to see the status of settings without actually entering them. The entire design has also been updated, replacing the dividers that were between individual items with dividers for entire sections instead.

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The settings menu now displays more information from its main list, meaning you won’t have to dive into the trenches as much. “Data usage” now shows how much data you’ve actually used while “Display” reveals whether adaptive brightness is on.

Notifications and Sound have been split into separate menus in Android N, with only the former showing up in the top-level settings menu. Finally, there’s the new hamburger menu, which pops up once you’re a level deep into the settings page. The items in this navigation list are the same as what you see in the top-level setting list, but there are a few differences between Marshmallow and N. You can no longer see Home as a top-level entry—it’s probably been moved someplace else.

These are all relatively small changes and nothing is official until Google makes its announcement. With still less than three months to go before the Google I/O 2016 in May, we will have to wait and watch if these changes are implemented until the final product is out.