Google Contacts 2.0 released on Android with new UI, lots of tweaks

The last major update Google’s Contacts app received dates from last year, but with the upcoming launch of Android O, the Mountain View company thought it’s time to refresh the Android app and give it a new look.

The new Contacts 2.0 has been recently released in the Google Play, but an official changelog has yet to be published. The good news is many of the changes included in the update are pretty obvious for anyone using the app on a regular basis.

Contacts 2.0 is all about design, as the app received lots of design enhancements and minor UI tweaks, which should make it more user-friendly. …


Updated UI makes it easier for Android users to video chat on WhatsApp


Video calling launched on WhatsApp last November. Already, the app hosts on an average day 340 million minutes of video calls. There are an average of 55 million video calls made each day on the messaging app, which was purchased by Facebook for a final price of more than $21 billion back in 2014. WhatsApp’s voice and video calls are free, even to other countries. That’s because both features employ a carrier’s internet connection.

Now, WhatsApp has made it easier for Android users to launch video chats thanks to an updated UI. A dedicated video calling button is available that starts …

Google's Fuchsia OS now has a UI for smartphones and tablets

Google has been quietly working on a new operating system called Fuchsia OS, that replaces the Linux kernel used in Android with one called Magenta. This open source OS has expanded from being just a command line to having an actual UI for smartphones and tablets. While Google hasn’t revealed why Fuchsia exists, it is way too early to even speculate on Google’s intentions for the future.

The UI, called Armadillo, scrolls vertically and includes a profile picture, current date, location and battery icon. Above that are a series of cards called “Story cards” that are basically your …

Changes to Google Play Store UI save you a "tap" when updating your apps

Google has pushed out some subtle and minor changes to the Google Play Store. While not adding any major new features, the improved UI saves you a little time by removing an extra tap that you no longer need when updating an app. Instead of having to head to a specific app’s Play Store listing to tap “Update,” you can now go to the Updates tab and click on the appropriate button without going to the app’s listing.

This is because the new update separates your list of installed apps from the list of apps waiting to be updated. With the Installed tab, you can choose to have your apps listed …

Google is testing UI changes for the Android powered YouTube app

Google is apparently testing some changes to be implemented on the Android powered YouTube app. Instead of offering picture-in-a-picture, the new UI includes a “floating” bar on bottom that comes with options to play or pause. It also allows the user to close the app without having to swipe it away. This is the third UI change being tested this month for the Android version of the app; all three will apparently be added via a server-side update.

Besides the aforementioned change, another one shows snapshots from the video you’re watching based on where you tap on the seek bar. This is a …

BlackBerry overhauls BBM's UI in latest update, makes it more friendly to use

Since the launch of BlackBerry Messenger, the application has gone through many design changes meant to turn it into the perfect instant messenger. The most recent BBM update completely overhauls the app’s UI with the sole purpose of making it “more fun and friendly to use.”

BlackBerry included new experiences for BBM users to try out, such as tweaks and optimizations that enhance the app’s functionality. For starters, BBM users can now see how many unread messages they have at a glance with new number badges.

Also, BBM now allows users to optimize their reading and shopping …

Android O breaks apps like Twilight and Status that draw over the system UI

There is a number of Android apps that draw (or display content) on top of everything else on the screen. Such is the case with popular blue light dimming app Twilight, which applies a color overlay on top of other apps and the system UI, as well as status bar “replacement” tool Status, which enhances the status bar with a host of neat features. Twilight and Status are just two of the most popular examples, but there are other Android apps that also take advantage of the permission to draw over everything else on the screen.

However, with the arrival of Android …

Action Launcher 3.13 beta released with many UI and App Shortcuts enhancements

Chris Lacy, the man behind Action Launcher, has just released a new update for one of the most popular launchers for Android devices. According to him, the changes are only available in the beta version, but a public release is not far away.

Action Launcher 3.13 beta brings a couple of well-worth improvements such as Pixel Launcher’s UI styling for App Shortcuts (previously known as Quickcuts).

App Shortcuts is another aspect that received some enhancements, so Action Launcher users will now be able to use them in combination with Shutters. Also, App Shortcuts can now be dragged and …

Google Voice gets updated with new UI and new apps

Launched by Google way back in March 2009, Google Voice had grown to become a beloved app among many. It allowed you to receive phone calls on various devices, including computers. Google touted its service’s voicemail transcripts feature, as well as the ability to archive and search through all the SMS text messages you sent and received. As time went on, however, Google Voice became less appealing. Google brought new apps to the forefront, such as Hangouts, that eventually integrated your Google Voice number, allowing you to forget all about the Google Voice app. The Android …