WhatsApp finally updated with picture-in-picture video calling and text status updates

WhatsApp formally announced that two new highly-anticipated features are now functional for those using its messaging app. As the title says, PiP (picture-in-picture) mode is available for video calls, as well as text status updates.

However, picture-in-picture video calling will only work on devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and higher since it’s the only version of the OS that includes the necessary API for the new feature to function properly. If you do own an Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone, then you can now tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode during a video call.

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Samsung started working on Android 8 Oreo updates for Galaxy S8 and S8+


Samsung is undoubtedly planning to update many of its
high-end and mid-range smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo, but the company has yet
to share specific details on the matter. Fortunately, if you own a Galaxy S8 or
Galaxy S8+, it looks like you won’t have to wait too long to get an official
taste of Oreo.

 

According to SamMobile, Samsung has started working on
Android Oreo updates for both the S8 and S8+. Reportedly, the Oreo firmware version could
be G950FXXU1BQI1 on the Galaxy S8, and G955FXXU1BQI1
on the Galaxy S8+. For now, there is no word on when Samsung is hoping to start
rolling …

Microsoft updates Outlook for Android with add-ins, Gmail will soon get the same treatment

Microsoft launched add-ins for Outlook on iOS early this year but promised to provide the same features on the rival platform. Well, today is the day that Outlook users on Android get to benefit from the same functionality.

The Redmond-based company is now rolling out add-ins to Outlook on Android users with Outlook.com and Office 365 commercial email accounts. On top of the that, Microsoft announced that it will bring add-ins to Gmail users on both Android and iOS platforms.

Aside from the add-ins that made their debut on iOS such as Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, …

BlackBerry updates eight apps including Hub

Yesterday, BlackBerry rolled out updates to eight of its apps that are currently in the Google Play Store. The apps receiving the updates include BlackBerry Hub, Keyboard, Launcher, Calendar, Contacts, Productivity Tab, Notable, and Privacy Shade.  When the updates become available in the Google Play Store, BlackBerry users will receive a notification that the updates have arrived. That is when they should automatically update to your ‘Berry via Wi-Fi.

If you need to manually update the apps, follow these steps:

Connect to a Wi-Fi network, then open the Google Play Store. …

In advance of this week's Galaxy Note 8 unveiling, Samsung updates Bixby globally

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s unveiling this coming Wednesday pretty much a sure thing, Samsung has started rolling out updates for its personal assistant Bixby on a global basis. Updates to Bixby, Bixby Global Action, Bixby Dictation, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby PLM have been seen in markets such as the U.K., South Africa, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iran, the UAE, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia  and Pakistan. While compatible handsets in those markets received the updates, Samsung still needs to press the button that will allow these Bixby related …

Official: No Android 7.0 Nougat updates for Lenovo's Phab2 series

It looks like Lenovo is done with updates for the Phab2 series, even though some of the smartphones were launched less than a year ago. For some reason, the Chinese company has decided that the Phab2 Pro, the first widely-available Tango-enable smartphone, is not worth the trouble and should remain on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Along with the Phab2 Pro, four other smartphones will not receive any other major Android OS updates: Lenovo Phab, Phab Plus, Phab2, and Phab2 Plus. The first two will remain on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the other two will not be updated …

Results: do Android updates matter that much to you?

Android has always been scrutinized for the major issue of slow updates. Sure, Google pushes out the latest Android build to its Nexus and Pixel phones quite fast, but 3rd party manufacturers get left in the dust, trying to make their custom UI play nice with the new OS, then pushing the update to carriers who have to give it the final greenlight before distribution to the users.

But let’s slow down and think about this for a second. Samsung and LG have long had their custom interfaces on top of Google’s OS and they both look radically different to the vanilla Android. On top of that, features …

OK, let's be real – do Android updates matter that much to you?

Android has always been scrutinized for the major issue of slow updates. Sure, Google pushes out the latest Android build to its Nexus and Pixel phones quite fast, but 3rd party manufacturers get left in the dust, trying to make their custom UI play nice with the new OS, then pushing the update to carriers who have to give it the final greenlight before distribution to the users.

But let’s slow down and think about this for a second. Samsung and LG have long had their custom interfaces on top of Google’s OS and they both look radically different to the vanilla Android. …

Apple gets rid of iPod nano and shuffle, updates iPod touch

Apple has dropped the number of iPods it sells to just one, the Apple iPod touch. Today, the company removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website. This has been confirmed by a statement from Apple, and the company has already made the appropriate changes on its website. For the Apple iPod touch, this is the first update since 2015. The device will now be offered with 32GB of native storage for $199, and with 128GB of storage for $299. Previously, the device was available with 16GB and 64GB of native storage at the same price points.

The Apple iPod touch features a 4-inch display …

Skype reintroduces some features lost after the previous Android and iOS updates

Microsoft released a new version of Skype called “the next generation” last month. The new app was launched on both Android and iOS platforms and brought a completely redesigned user interface, as well as new features and improvements.

Due to the new design some of the existent features were removed and replaced with others, but the new once didn’t really worked out for many Skype users. Following users reports, Microsoft has decided to bring back some of the features that were cut out after the last major update. On top of that, the developers have added even more …