Microsoft Launcher soon to get Visual Search feature, Microsoft Rewards support

Microsoft plans to add a few new features to its Android launcher in the not so distant future. For the time being, these improvements are available in the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, so if you’re using it, you can already try them out.

But if you don’t, here is what we expect from the next Microsoft Launcher update. As the title says, Visual Search is a new feature that takes advantage of the phone’s camera to capture images and intelligently recognize celebrities, landmarks, items, apparel and more. Microsoft Launcher users will be able to fire up the new feature through the Launcher …


Google Pay support added for more than 170 banks in the US this week

Google Pay and Apple Pay compete in the United States, as both try to appeal to consumers using mobile payment services. However, in order to reach as many customers as possible, both services must be support as many banks and financial institutions in the country.

While Apple Pay adds support for US banks almost every month, Google Pay is struggling to keep up the pace. However, after a hiatus of two months, Google silently added support for no less than 171 banks in the United States.

Back in March, the search giant announced that 61 banks will offer Google Pay support in the United …

Three new Sony and Huawei smartphones gain Netflix HDR support

Netflix has just added three new smartphones to the list of devices that support its HDR service: Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Huawei P20. However, keep in mind that even if you own one of the eleven smartphones that feature Netflix HDR support, you will need the Netflix app version 5.0 (or newer).

Here is the list of smartphones and tablets that currently feature Netflix HDR support: Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, LG V30, LG G6, Razer Phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

The …

Microsoft to add Nearby Share support to Android and iOS platforms

It may have been an unfortunate coincidence that Microsoft and Google had their annual developer conferences almost at the same time, but each had plenty of announcements to make and some of them may have been overlooked.

One such announcement comes from Microsoft, as the Redmond-based company confirmed that the Nearby Share feature, which made its debut in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10, will be available on Android and iOS as well.

Nearby Share allows users to transfer files from one Windows 10 PC to another, as long they are connected to the same Wi-Fi or they’re connected …

Chrome OS to get Gboard keyboard support, Picture-in-Picture mode with Android P

The more companies jump onto the Chrome OS bandwagon, the more often Google adds new features and improvements to make it as appealing as possible to both OEMs and customers alike. At this year Google I/O, the Mountain View company recapped all the enhancements it added to Chrome OS since last year and offered a roadmap of what’s to come.

The most important improvements Google plans to add to Chrome OS by the end of the year, support for its virtual keyboard and Picture-in-Picture mode, are expected to arrive this fall.

On Chrome OS, Gboard keyboard …

Google Pay updated with support for movie, concert and flight tickets

Google Pay got many solid improvements in the last six months, evidence that Google has major plans for the service. At the recent Google I/O conference, the Mountain View company confirmed Google Pay is getting even more improvements starting this week.

So, if you’ve been using Google Pay on a regular basis, you’ll be pleased to know that developers have decided to add support for flight, movie and concert tickets. You’ll find all of these available in the new Tickets section that’s been added after the update.

Once you purchase a ticket, you will also get live alerts, updated departure …

Apple releases iOS 11.4 developer and public betas; all new apps must support iPhone X

Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 4 to developers and a version for public beta testers. Developers will receive the update via the Apple Developer Center, or from an OTA update. The iOS 11.4 build includes ClassKit support. Introduced on March 27th along with the sixth generation Apple iPad, ClassKit allows developers to sync Apple’s school-based software with their educational apps. For example, with the not-yet released Schoolwork app, teachers can add a link that students use to get to specific parts of other apps for a class assignment.

A pair of features that were found in beta versions …

Updated Chromecast with Bluetooth support on its way according to FCC filing

Google is working on a new Bluetooth-equipped Chromecast dongle. The current second-generation Chromecast will be three years old this September, but according to new FCC documents, Google has plans to update its popular product with support for Bluetooth radios.

See, Google’s current offering already supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio frequencies, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. In its current state, though, the Chromecast dongle fails to support traditional Bluetooth frequencies, which is what the FCC documents refer to. This additional support will entail only a small update to …

Google Assistant gets new features on Wear OS, including Actions support

Google has just announced a new set of features are making it to its Assistant on Wear OS. The announcement is a bit of a surprise, as the company is readying for Google I/O, its biggest event of the year.

The new features announced today are meant to make Google Assistant more convenient to use. Smart suggestions are now available for Google Assistant users, who will now be able to choose from contextually relevant follow up questions or replies to continue a conversation.

Another important new feature is the option to hear answers to your questions rather than read them on the smartwatch. …

LG K30 shows up on T-Mobile's support page ahead of launch

Two months ago we reported that two LG smartphones are headed to T-Mobile, although we didn’t know when the K30 and Aristo 2 Plus would make their debut at the US carrier. Today, the former appears to have have been listed by T-Mobile on its support page, even though it hasn’t been officially introduced yet.

No, you can’t yet purchase the LG K30 and we don’t even know how much it will cost. However, we do know just about everything else about the entry-level smartphone, such as the fact that it’s powered by Android 7.1 Nougat and uses a 2,880 mAh battery that provides up to 13 hours of use.

Hardware-wise, …