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 …

LG V30 said to sport a pressure-sensitive TouchSense display, with animated UI to match

Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG is planning to introduce a pressure-sensitive display on the upcoming V30 phablet, tip supply chain sources out of Korea today. Previously, it was reported that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a pressure-sensitive “force touch” display. Samsung already equipped the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with such a tech, but in a limited execution, only where the virtual home button lies, probably for those nostalgically inclined fans that miss the signature physical home key.
What’s not clear for the Note 8 wonder of nature, is whether its …

Leaked Nokia 8 live pictures show the phone's camera UI (hint: it's not pretty)

HMD’s flagship, the Nokia 8 is supposed to be revealed on August 16, which means there’s plenty of time to learn everything there is to know about the flagship. We already know what the handset will look like and we’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s under the hood.

One aspect that remains to be clarified is the software that will power the Nokia 8. Also, we know that the flagship will come with Zeiss optics, but the camera UI might not rise to the expectations some consumers might have.

Although HMD recently transferred the Lumia Camera patent from Microsoft, …

Nokia smartphones might soon come with Lumia Camera UI

Three Nokia-branded smartphones have been unleashed on the market this year, but more are expected to arrive by the end of 2017. Finnish company HMD Global successfully gained possession of many of Microsoft’s design patents after Nokia gave the former the right to use its name for any smartphones, tablets and feature phones plans to launch on the market.

Even though Microsoft still owns trademarks for PureView, ClearBlack and PureMotion technologies, no less than 500 design patents held by the Redmond-based company have been transferred to HMD Global.

These …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (FE) uses Note 7 hardware and specs, but sports Galaxy S8 UI including Bixby


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition (FE) is official, and is being launched on July 7th. As we told you the other day, South Korean carrier LG Uplus is accepting pre-orders at a price of KRW 700,000 which translates into $611 USD. The latest word is that no more than 400,000 units will be sold in South Korea so that the device doesn’t cannibalize the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 phablet. Overseas sales are being considered. The original color options, Black Onyx; Blue Coral; Gold Platinum; and Silver Titanium are available.

There are some small changes from the Samsung Galaxy Note …

OnePlus 5 may get UI themes and a blue light filter, new teasers suggest

Another day, another teaser for the OnePlus 5 has come out ahead of the phone’s official announcement. In fact, two new posts have appeared on the OnePlus Twitter page in the last 24 hours, both giving us hints about changes we can expect.

Te first clue comes in the form of the picture above, captioned “Software designed with style and refinement”, and is obviously pointing to updates in the OxygenOS interface. To be more precise, the various motifs in the background may be a hint at support for UI themes. Currently, OnePlus’s UI only lets you change the color …