Telegram 4.0 released with video message support, Telescope and Bot Payments

The team behind Telegram has just announced a range of new features that are now available in the latest version of the application. Telegram 4.0 has been recently released to include important new functions like video messages and Telescope.

Once you download Telegram 4.0, you’ll be able to send video messages to your contacts. Simply head to any chat on Telegram and tap the mic icon to switch to camera mode. Then, tap and hold the camera icon and record your video message.

The application compresses video messages and sends them even as they are being …


Google Contacts 2.0 released on Android with new UI, lots of tweaks

The last major update Google’s Contacts app received dates from last year, but with the upcoming launch of Android O, the Mountain View company thought it’s time to refresh the Android app and give it a new look.

The new Contacts 2.0 has been recently released in the Google Play, but an official changelog has yet to be published. The good news is many of the changes included in the update are pretty obvious for anyone using the app on a regular basis.

Contacts 2.0 is all about design, as the app received lots of design enhancements and minor UI tweaks, which should make it more user-friendly. …

Beta version of Apex Launcher released, stable app coming soon

Once among the most popular Android launchers, Apex Launcher had been left unattended for the last two years, but that’s about to change as developers announced last month they will start updating the app soon.

However, before launching new updates to Apex Launcher, the developer want users feedback, which is why they plan to kick off a beta program that will allow them to test new features and improvements before they go live in the Google Play store.

Those who wish to join the beta program should know that the beta version of Apex Launcher will replace …

Big time Android flaw won't be fixed until next build is released

A serious flaw discovered on Android by cyber security firm Check Point is known by Google, but won’t be fixed until the next build of the Android OS is released later this year. The flaw can lead to a number of malware attacks resulting in “ransomware, banking malware and adware.” And while Android O does remove this vulnerability from the software, it still leaves a large number of phones not expected to receive the upgrade, wide open for attack.

It all revolves around a permissions category that contains one permission, SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW. Originally added with Android Marshmallow, this …

Arrow Launcher 3.4 released with option to create app shortcuts, new Notes card

Arrow Launcher is getting yet another important update that adds new features and improvements. If you’ve been following our latest news about Microsoft’s Android launcher, then you might find the list of changes quite familiar.

About a month ago, the beta version of Arrow Launcher received similar improvements with the promise they will be made available to a wider audience if no serious issues appear during beta testing.

Among the many new features added in version 3.4, it’s worth pointing out the ability to create app shortcuts. Also, Arrow Launcher …

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 to be released only when it can bring meaningful changes

Launched in October 2015, the Surface Pro 4 (pictured above) will soon be 2 years old, so it’s about time for Microsoft to unveil a Surface Pro 5, right? Well, maybe not.

Panos Panay, Vice President of Devices at Microsoft, recently talked to Cnet about the future of the Surface line, mentioning that “there’s no such thing as a Pro 5.” This, however, doesn’t mean that there won’t be a Surface Pro 5 sometime in the future.

Panay said that a fifth-generation Surface Pro would only be released when it can bring “meaningful” changes – which may not necessarily …

A brand new Motorola Android tablet might be released soon

While the traditional tablet market is shrinking, most smartphone makers continue to develop and sell this type of mobile devices. But this hasn’t been the case with Motorola, which released its last tablet back in 2011. Now, however, as part of Lenovo, Motorola Mobility is reportedly getting ready to announce a brand new tablet.

According to Android Police, Motorola is working on an Android tablet that “has a premium look and feel.” For now, there’s little information about the new slate, but it’s said that it likely sports a screen of around 9-10 inches. More …

Opera Max 3.0 released with all new design, data savings for Facebook

Opera Max, the powerful data savings and data management tool for Android devices, has just received a major update that brings a lot of visual changes, as well as under the hood improvements.

The most obvious addition to the Android app is the new design, which was optimized to make Opera Max easier to use. The developers have added a step-by-step tutorial that triggers when you open the app for the first time.

It offers useful tips in the form of cards, which are contextual to one’s usage. The new design can show “app by app” mobile and Wi-Fi data usage. …

HTC U 11 video teaser released ahead of May 16 unveil

HTC has already confirmed it will announce its next flagship smartphone on May 16. The device will be launched on the market as HTC U 11, but we have yet to learn when exactly it will be available and how much it will cost.

Since HTC can’t tell us too much about the upcoming U 11 handset, the Taiwanese company released a video teaser that emphasizes on the smartphone’s unique touch-sensitive edges that can interpret gestures into various actions.

The HTC U 11 allows users to “squeeze” it in order to take advantage of this unique gesture system, so the video …

Google Assistant SDK publicly released so that anyone can put the Assistant into their devices

Google has just made an important step towards convergence by publicly releasing the Google Assistant SDK. The personal digital assistant that’s been added to Google Allo, Google Home, and Pixel phones, is now part of a much larger ecosystem that includes Android Wear, as well as Android phones powered by Marshmallow and Nougat.

Moreover, Google announced that its Assistant would be available in Android Auto and Android TV shortly. However, with the release of the developer preview of the Google Assistant SDK, anyone can port the assistant to their devices.

If …