Google tests new YouTube UI for Android with a search bar on top, larger thumbnails and more

Google is testing a new UI for its extremely popular YouTube app for Android. The new look would include a search bar on top, and larger thumbnail images of other videos. Currently, if you want to search for something that you hope is in the video streamer’s vast and ever growing library, you need to click on the search icon in the upper right-hand corner. The UI being tested would feature a search bar that stretches across the left-center of the top of the page. And yes, it would save you a click when you need to search for a video.
The tested UI has larger thumbnails …


Netflix gets a redesigned player UI and additional buttons on Android

Netflix’s mobile app has just received an update that brings some meaningful changes for those who prefer to watch movies on smaller screens on the go. The most important thing you’ll find in the latest version of Netflix is a brand new player with a new UI.

The app’s player UI now features a couple of new buttons, as well as larger controls. The first things you’ll notice when you tap on the screen while a video is running beside the Play/Pause button are the new forward and back 10-second buttons, which should make it easier to jump to the exact point you want.

You’ll also be able …

Update to BBM for Android includes a faster and lighter UI

Do you use BBM as a messaging app on your Android powered device? If you do, you might be interested in knowing that an update is being disseminated that adds several new features including a faster and more responsive UI. If you already have BBM installed on your Android device but have not yet received the update, go to the Google Play Store and tap on that big fat juicy burger menu in the search field. Go to My apps & games and check to see if an update is available for BBM. If so, tap on the box marked update. If you can’t wait for it to hit your phone, you can always re-install BBM from …

Google's new UI for setting up Assistant renames current privacy feature as "Forget me"

In the wake of the recent scandal that has engulfed Facebook, Google apparently is going to rename a privacy and security feature available now with Google Assistant. First, let’s start by discussing the revised user interface for the virtual assistant’s setup process. The first time that new Assistant users open the app, they will be greeted by a series of animated screens that show what the app can do. At top of each page is the Google Assistant logo followed by the phrase, “The new way to talk to Google.” Near the bottom of each page, a feature of Google Assistant is mentioned. These include …

Motorola updates the UI on its camera app

Earlier today, we passed along the image of an invitation that Motorola sent out to announce that it will be holding an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 19th. The green color of the invites matches the green seen on renders of Motorola’s G6 line, which includes the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play. Last week, U.S. electronics retailer Fry’s accidentally posted the G6 and G6 Play on its website, revealing a May 10th launch for the former and a May 17th release for the latter.

Now comes word that Motorola has updated its camera app. Among the changes is a new UI that allows you to …

BBM beta for Android has faster, more responsive UI and several new features

The BBM beta app for Android has received an update that adds several new features that will probably make their way to the non-beta version of the messaging app. Just last month, the BBM beta app became available from the Google Play Store and signing up is as easy as 3.14. Also, if you become a beta tester for the app and change your mind, all you have to do is uninstall it.

One of the new features in the beta allows those with an Android powered BlackBerry handset to quickly import contacts from BlackBerry 10. To do this, go to the Me tab and then to Contacts. There, you will paste your …

ZTE Axon 7's Android Oreo update will bring a near-stock UI, improved battery life

ZTE USA today announced that owners of the Axon 7 smartphone can now register to be part of an Android 8 Oreo beta program – in order to test the software update before ZTE can publicly release it.  
Launched as a flagship phone back in 2016, the ZTE Axon 7 initially ran Android 6 Marshmallow, and was updated to Android 7 Nougat in 2017. According to ZTE, following “a request voiced by consumers,” the Android 8 Oreo update will bring a near-stock Android experience to the Axon 7. Apparently, users aren’t too fond of ZTE’s own MiFavor UI that the phone originally …

Cortana comes to the Apple iPad with an optimized UI that fits the larger screen sizes

Not every iOS user is in love with Siri. Some have installed other virtual assistants including Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana. Speaking of the latter, Cortana for iOS has been updated and now offers Apple iPad users a design made “exclusively” for Apple’s line of tablets. The UI matches the look of the Apple iPhone version of the app, but is made to fit the 7.9-inch to 12.9-inch displays that come with the iOS powered slates.

In addition, the changelist for the app points out that Cortana now opens 20% faster. That means you won’t have to wait long to have your inquiry answered, or …

Samsung Pay update includes an updated UI

What makes Samsung Pay different (at least until LG Pay hits the states in H1 of 2018), is the fact that the mobile payment system works with both NFC enabled check-out platforms, and with older POS registers that do not work with NFC. For the latter, Samsung Pay uses magnetic secure transmission (MST). This allows Samsung Pay to work on any POS system that accepts swiped credit cards, which includes just about any retailer. LG Pay also plans on using both a traditional NFC system and one that works with magnetic card readers.

The Samsung Pay app, found in the Google Play Store, has just …

Microsoft Launcher update brings support for bigger icon layouts, UI adjustments

Microsoft Launcher shapes up to be a huge success for the Redmond-based company. Even though it’s still in beta, the app has more than 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store.

If you’ve been using the Android launcher, then you’ll be happy to know the developers have just pushed out a new update that brings a host of new features and improvements.

First off, the Android app now supports apps grid layout up to a maximum of 12×12 and move apps/widget half grid. Also, with the last version of Microsoft Launcher, new users will be able to migrate their …