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 …

Action Launcher updated with AdaptiveZoom, more Android 8.1 Oreo goodies

The bulk of Android users who decided to customize their smartphones are mostly using three, maybe for Android launchers that are listed in the Google Play Store. One of these popular apps, Action Launcher has just been updated with several new features and improvements.

The latest Action Launcher was recently released in the Google Play Store as version 33 and introduces AdaptiveZoom, a new feature that expands the background of an app icon to the entire screen when you swipe on it. In order to benefit from this feature, you’ll need to use adaptive icons in the …

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …

Nokia 2 to be updated directly to Android 8.1 Oreo

HMD Global plans to update all its Nokia-branded smartphones to Android Oreo, the Finnish company confirmed a while ago. In fact, Nokia 8 has already received the update, while Nokia 5 and 6 are now going through the beta testing.

Although they are aimed at the entry-level segment Nokia 2 and 3 will be updated to Android Oreo as well. Despite the fact that both pack hardware that in theory might not run Android OS as smooth as a mid-range smartphone, thanks to Android Go, at least one of these devices will have no issues with Oreo.

According to HMD’s Juho …

Drivers, warm up your batteries! Tesla app updated with cold weather 'precondition' feature

We deliberately omitted Tesla from our list of brands that let you start, stop or unlock your vehicle remotely with the help of your smartphone, as this car has been developed from the ground up with connectivity and apps in mind. Hey, Tesla cars even get firmware updates, so this latest news from the universe of the world’s most popular electric vehicle is not overly surprising.

How about getting your car battery preconditioned from the comfort of your phone? “Preconditioning” refers to the process of warming up the battery so as the software doesn’t limit the car’s abilities when you …

OneDrive updated with improved Android Oreo support, including notifications enhancements

Although Microsoft’s OneDrive service had some issue in the last couple of weeks, the Redmond-based company had time to add a few new features to the Android app.

Now, OneDrive version 5.2 does not seem to have been uploaded to the Google Play Store yet, or it’s not available everywhere for the time being. However, we do know for sure the new version comes with improved Android Oreo support.

Basically, starting with the new version, OneDrive for Android will feature full support for Android Notification Channels, which will allow users to take control over …

Bing for Android updated with new home page, revamped voice search, more

From time to time, Microsoft redesigns its Bing mobile app or adds important new features and improvements. The latest update brings a little bit of both, so expect some visual changes, but also some new features and under the hood enhancements.

The most important addition to Bing for Android is the new home page, which offers easy access to voice, camera and user’s feed. According to Microsoft, thanks to extensive improvements made to the app, over time, the new feed will learn what you like to read.

Also, Bing users will now have the option to explicitly …

Truecaller for Android updated with better search experience, improved spam detection

Truecaller, the popular Android dialer has just received a small update that brings a couple of improvements and fixes. With 250 million users, Truecaller helps users block spam and telemarketing calls, but also allows them to share their location with their friends.

According to developers, among the most important changes included in the update, there’s the better search experience with more numbers searchable, as well as improved spam detection with more numbers.

Also, Truecaller has just gained significant improvements in blocking to avoid ringing before …

Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

Google’s popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.
If you’d like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on “Language Settings” (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.
Other …

VLC media player for iOS updated with iPhone X and 4k videos support

It’s been less than a week since VLC, one of the most popular media players for mobile devices, received an important update on Android, and the iOS version is getting the same treatment.

As expected, the new update brings support for iPhone X, but also some fixes that should prevent the app from acting erratically on devices powered by iOS 7 and iOS 8. On top of that, the update adds support for HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding ) 4K videos. Some general bug fixes have been implemented too, so you should have a smoother experienced now.

If you haven’t yet …