YouTube is testing autoplaying videos in its Android app

Don’t you just love it when you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and you keep being bombarded with random, autoplaying videos you couldn’t care less about? No? Something must be wrong with you, then — after all, it’s not just Facebook that’s doing it; there’s also Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and every other second-grade social media platform. So it must be what the consumers want, otherwise no one would be doing it — right?

That appears to be the line of thinking over at Google, at least — not content with falling behind the curve with annoying app design decisions …


Microsoft Edge on iOS is official and available for testing now, Android version coming soon

If you read yesterday’s rumor that Microsoft will be launching its Edge browser on iOS and Android soon and dismissed it as a pipe dream, we have some bad news for you: it’s now official. In a semi-surprising announcement, Microsoft confirmed that a version of its current web browser is available for immediate testing on iOS, with an Android version coming “soon”

And while it basically proves we’re living in an alternate, doomed timeline, the new(ish) browser looks like it has a cool idea or two baked inside. First and foremost is the “Continue on PC” …

38.5% of iOS devices are running iOS 11; Apple executives testing Apple Pay Cash?

Apple launched iOS 11 on September 19th. 24 hours after being released, iOS 11 was running on 10% of iOS devices. After one week, the figure was up to 25.28%. Now, two weeks after the launch, iOS 11 is installed on 38.5% of iPhone and iPad units. As high a figure as that is, last year saw 48.16% of iPhone and iPod models updated to iOS 10 after the same two week time period. So why is the adoption rate for iOS 11 down from last year’s iOS 10? There is speculation that iOS users are waiting for certain features like Apple Pay Cash to be included in a future version of iOS 11 (more on this later) …

OnePlus 5 spotted running Android 8.0 Oreo, beta testing may commence soon

There’s no doubt OnePlus will update at least three of its smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo, but it’s still unclear when exactly that will happen. Fortunately, those who enrolled in the beta program can already test new Oreo builds that OnePlus releases.

However, Android Oreo beta updates have only been released for OnePlus 3 and 3T. Even though the company’s newest flagship, the OnePlus 5 will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo as well, OnePlus may have decided to test the update in-house.

A few days ago, the smartphone was spotted at Geekbench running Android Oreo, which suggests that …

Twitter testing 280 character cap, double the current limit

President Trump might be excited to hear that Twitter is testing out a new cap of 280 characters per message. This would be a doubling of the current 140 character limit per message that has been a trademark of Twitter since its debut on July 15th, 2006. Only a small percentage of Twitter users (a single digit percentage at first) will see the new 280 character limit over the next few weeks until the higher character limit is available to all users.

Not all languages will be taking part in the testing. Those who tap out tweets in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are out of luck, as those languages …

Huawei appears to be testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Mate 9

Huawei could be closing in on updating the Huawei Mate 9 to Android 8.0 (Oreo). The phone appeared on benchmark test website Geekbench, powered by the latest build of Android. With the Huawei Mate 10 expected to be unveiled by the company on October 16th, the same software could be coming installed on Huawei’s upcoming new flagship model. The Mate 9 was launched January 9th of this year with a 5.9-inch LCD display, carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. It is powered by the Kirin 960 chipset, and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage.

While Huawei hasn’t announced a date for the Mate …

Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

Kinrin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

Facebook is testing the waters with a new "Instant Videos" feature

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is aiming to become a “video-first” platform in the future, and it’s already making the first steps. TechCrunch reports that an experimental feature called “Instant Videos” has gone live for some users on mobile.

Instant Videos is similar to Facebook’s Instant Articles, in that it aims to load content faster, and works similarly to how Spotify and other music streaming services cache songs that you’ve played for offline listening. What Instant Videos does, is that it downloads, or caches, videos to your device …

Apple HomePod surfaces in California and China during employee testing of the smart speaker?

Apple’s version of the smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is expected to be launched in December. Apple is hoping that the launch doesn’t come too late to capture some holiday sales. The device, made up of a speaker and the virtual personal assistant Siri, will take on the product that created the category, the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo. Other smart speakers that will compete with the HomePod include the Google Home, the upcoming Cortana powered Microsoft Invoke, the just announced Sony smart speaker (powered by Google Assistant) and a unit being prepped by Samsung that will include AI assistant …