BlackBerry Hub update brings dual-SIM support, integration with Kik and Telegram, more

BlackBerry recently kicked off the roll-out of March security update to its Android smartphones. Along with the patch, the Canadian company released a couple of updates for some of its Android apps like Hub, Contacts, and DTEK.

Of the three, BlackBerry Hub is getting the most important update, as we reported a few days ago. The new version of Hub adds dual-SIM support for BlackBerry smartphones like the newly announced Aurora. It will allow users to switch between them just like you would with multiple emails.

The newest version of BlackBerry Hub features support for Kik and Telegram, …

Galaxy S8 will support more LTE bands than the S7, almost hitting the iPhone 7 record

We already informed you that the Galaxy S8+ has passed the FCC grind in its unlocked form, and now three versions of the international G955F model are getting their certification chops there, too. While Samsung is careful this time around not to disclose any photos or other info via an FCC filing, and the phone just “incorporates a camera, Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, MP3 /MP4 player, Wireless Charging, MST, OTG and DP,” there is also one very interesting tidbit listed – the number of LTE bands that are supported. 

It turns out that the S8+ will come with support for …

Google empowers Gmail with support for native add-ons

Google has been on fire lately, as the search giant made several announcements in the last couple of days. Hangouts and Gmail are among the significant services improved by Google this week, but we’ve already talked about the former, so let’s see what new changes are now available to those using the powerful email client.

Well, it appears that starting today, Gmail will feature support for native add-ons. Although add-ons have been part of the email service for quite a while, they were available through Chrome extensions.

The new Gmail has support for native …

Google Allo's latest update brings support for Android Auto, animated emoji

As it turns out, Allo isn’t quite the success Google wanted it to be, but the company isn’t giving up on it – quite the opposite, actually. An update to the messaging platform’s Android app today has brought support for a somewhat big new feature: support for Android Auto.

After the update, upon receiving an Allo notification, it will be displayed on the screen as well as read out loud, rather than be hidden behind the app’s interface, as was the case until now. Users can now also dictate a message to reply with, or automatically send a prewritten response.
Apart …

Microsoft Pix update brings flash support, new toolbar and more

Microsoft’s Pix application has just been updated with a few features which aim to improve the overall user experience. The highly-demanded flash support is finally added in version 1.0.28, but there are other nifty additions coming with the new patch as well.

A new collapsible toolbar will display your flash, timer, and grid overlay in order to ensure ease of access and better organization. Microsoft is also improving shutter-to-shutter speeds and the launch time of the app itself, while also reducing it in size.

Microsoft Pix is currently only available …

Google adds support for Exchange tasks in Gmail app for Android

Google raised the size limit for received emails in Gmail to 50MB, but that’s not the only improvement those using the application will be getting in the coming days.

The search giant announced that after it has added support for Exchange accounts in Gmail app for Android, it’s now bringing additional improvements to allow users to take advantage of both their work and personal business.

Starting this week, Google will roll out support for Exchange tasks in Gmail for Android. As the name suggests, the new feature will allow users to synchronize their tasks with Exchange. Moreover, …

Android Studio 2.3 released with new App Link Assistant, copy & paste text support

Google recently launched a new version of Android Studio, so those who create apps for its mobile platform will be pleased to know that there are plenty of improvements to benefit from in this release.

The new Android Studio 2.3 focuses on improvements across the IDE. Among the features that have been updated in this release, Google mentions the WebP support for app images, as well as the ConstraintLayout library support and widget palette in the Layout Editor.

Furthermore, Google added a new App Link Assistant, which should help developers build and get a solid view of their …

Update to Cortana for Android adds lock screen support

There are many Android users who for one reason or another, choose Cortana over Google Now. Unlike the latter, Cortana does have some personality. Microsoft has made Cortana available for both Android and iOS, and a new update found in the Google Play Store takes the app to version 2.5.0. The only new feature, according to the changelist, allows Android users to access Cortana from the lock screen. This was originally discussed last month, and now the new feature is here.

If you already have Cortana installed on your Android phone, you can get the update by opening the Google Play Store …

Like to support the underdog? Google Play Store has an Indie Corner, though, it's a bit hidden

For the past couple of years, Google has been making strides to improve the searching and sorting experience in the Play Store… albeit it has been very, very slow at implementing new features. For example, we have a filter to only see apps with a rating of 4+ stars if we use the desktop version of the Store, but no such option on mobile. But that’s not the only feature you may not know about.

The Play Store has an Indie Corner — a gallery, which highlights the best and most innovative titles from small studios — the smart little games that usually get drowned …

Android Pay adds support for 31 new US banks

Another month, another enlargement of Android Pay’s roster. This time, the number of US banks added by Google is 31, which is quite a sizable update for the service. The list of supported banks now includes the following:

Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit UnionAmerica’s First FCU (Visa)Bank of American ForkBank of Eastman/Magnolia State BankBank of WashingtonCarolina FCUCentral National BankCitizens Commerce National BankCommunity Financial Credit UnionCredit Union of ColoradoDay Air Credit Union, Inc.First Command BankFirst State Bank of ColoradoFort …