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 …

Opera browser for Android gets new UI, desktop site switch button, and other new features in latest update

The Android version of popular web browser Opera has received a new update. The latest patch brings some neat changes, the most notable being a UI that has been redesigned to be more convenient for phones and tablets. 

Also introduced is a new “Desktop mode” toggle that can be accessed via the three dots menu at the top right corner of the screen. Unsurprisingly, the toggle lets you switch to the desktop version of a given website.
Other changes include bug fixes for media notifications, sound, and video playback issues. Last but not least, the update …

Google Maps new UI and icons make it easier to use

Google Maps is getting a new UI and some fresh icons. A change is coming to the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps that will allow each section to focus on what is important to users looks at the specific category. For example, you might see a focus on gas stations in the navigation map, and train stations under transit. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed with information that doesn’t matter to you.

In addition, Google Maps will have a new color scheme and new icons to help you quickly identify certain places of interest. If you need a hospital quickly, knowing the icon and color …

Update to the Google Home app for iOS/Android brings new UI and Night Mode

The day before the Google Home Mini is officially introduced, Google has pushed out an update for the Google Home app for iOS and Android. The Google Home is Google’s vision of a smart speaker, the tech product that was created by Amazon with the Echo. The app version is 1.25.81.13, and it includes a new UI that makes it easier for users to make their way around the app. For example, three tabs (Watch, Listen, and Discover) are gone, replaced with Discover and Browse categories found at the bottom of the screen.

The Discover category shows users how best to use the Google Home smart speakers. …

Dock for Huawei Mate 10 allows it to be used as a PC with a desktop UI for Android apps?

Samsung’s Dex dock offers users a desktop style UI when a Android flavored handset being used is connected to a large screen via the dock. This is obviously an improvement over a simple blown up image of the Android UI that the previous technology was capable of. Now, out of France, comes word that the Huawei Mate 10 will be able to sync with a  Dex-like dock, which will enable users to use a desktop-like UI to access Android apps. This will work even if the phone is connected to a large screen wirelessly through Miracast.

MirAxess CEO Yanis Anteur said in a published report that the …

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge may soon get Galaxy Note 8's new UI

Launched more than a year ago as Samsung’s flagships for the first half of 2016, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have already been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Along with the new OS update, both smartphones receive a newer version of TouchWiz known as Grace UX.

However, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 come with different UIs, which are not available on the last year’s flagships. Samsung Experience 8.1 made its debut on the Galaxy S8 and was later improved to version 8.5 when the Note 8 was released on the market.

While other Samsung smartphones have been updated …

Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8+ UI comparison: are there any major differences?

When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ broke cover back March, it became clear that Samsung did a bit of a visual overhaul on the flagship duo’s TouchWiz interface. The tech giant even renamed TouchWiz to the more regal “Samsung Experience” in accordance with the added layer of polish to the UI.

Today, Sammie unveiled another one of its high-end contenders – the Galaxy Note 8. Apart from the dual-camera setup at the back, the handset’s appearance is almost identical to that of the Galaxy S8+. At a first glance, it looks like the UI has also largely remained …