Google updates Gboard keyboard app with ability to make GIFs, new sticker gallery

Google has just released a new version of its Gboard keyboard app for Android devices. As expected, the latest update brings support for new languages, but the new app comes with a few new features and improvements as well.

Firstly, Google has added support for 16 new languages: Ahirani, Bahamianese, Kannauji, Fijian, Gagauz, Halbi, Karakalpak, Kanuri, Komi, Moksha, Pangasinan, Sango, Veps, Võro, Wagdi, and Zeeuws.

Also, Gboard now allows users to make their own GIFs using the phone’s camera, and immediately share them with their friends. Moreover, the update adds a sticker gallery …


Mobvoi Ticwatch E and S smartwatches are getting Android Oreo Wear OS updates

Since Google introduced its new platform for wearable devices, Wear OS, many smartwatch makers announced their customers they will provide the update at some point this year. The Mobvoi team said back in February that two of its smartwatches, the Ticwatch S and Tickwach E will be updated to Android Wear sometime during the month of March.

A month later, the company backtracked on its initial statement and said that due to unexpected circumstances, the Android Oreo Wear update for these smartwatches had to be delayed to the end of April.

In early May, Mobvoi finally confirmed that, …

Microsoft updates the mobile Edge browser for iOS (UPDATE: Android version, too)

For those iOS users who would rather use Microsoft Edge than Safari on their Apple iPhone and iPad devices, an update is now available. Taking the mobile version of Edge to version 42.1, the changelist includes an improved Hub design, the usual performance enhancements, and a way to display shortcut keys on an iPad. To do the latter, simply press the command key on a keyboard attached to an iOS powered tablet, and the available shortcut keys will appear on the screen.
With the Edge app on your phone or tablet (there is also a version for Android), you can browse on …

Samsung confirms Galaxy A6 and A6+ will receive quarterly security updates

Samsung’s latest Galaxy A6 series will receive quarterly security updates. The South Korean company’s newest additions to its Galaxy A line currently act as the entry-level models and now, in an unsurprising move, the company’s support page has been updated to reflect the security update schedule for the two new devices.

Samsung currently reserves the monthly security patch privilege for its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, although certain popular mid-range devices such as the Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2017), and the Galaxy A8 (2018) also receive frequent updates. When it …

WhatsApp updates its Windows Phone app to add new features and comply with privacy laws

New European privacy rules take effect on May 25th, which prevent companies like Facebook from using members’ personal data without express consent. Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp has just updated its Windows Phone platform to conform with the new privacy laws on the continent. The update takes the latest version of WhatsApp to v2.18.88, and also includes some other features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

With the update, users of the messaging app can request to see data that the app has collected from them. Similar to Facebook, clicking on “Request Account Info” in settings …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon optimization and Google's Project Treble should make Android P updates faster

Qualcomm announced today that it has already optimized several Snapdragon mobile platforms for Android P. The SoCs that were fine-tuned include the Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 636 mobile platforms. The chip maker said that in partnership with Google, it was able to have early access to the new build of Android, which allowed it to make the changes necessary to allow handset manufacturers to update their handsets faster.

Timely updates for Android users have been a problem going back to Android 2.1. Soon, the “F” word, fragmentation, started to be used in connection with …

Samsung confirms plans to release Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Oreo updates by mid-May

It looks like we’re just a few weeks away from the release of the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge. Not long ago, a Turkish website handled by Samsung said the update will be launched in mid-May, but the information may have been deemed unreliable by many since the same website initially said it would be available much earlier.

Well, it appears that the reason the initial information wasn’t accurate is that these schedules may change according to the development and approval procedures, which is why we’re now looking at a mid-May timeframe for the release …

Microsoft updates Skype with support for Android Calling improvements

Skype is getting new features and improvements, but only on Android. Microsoft silently pushed out another Skype update that delivers some enhancements based on users feedback.

The most important change is support for Android call intents, which will allow users to tap on any phone number in their browsers or other apps to make a call with Skype using Skype Credit. The new option becomes available once you tap on the phone number.

The changelog also mentions some stability and reliability improvements, so expect Skype to work better and smoother after the update. Microsoft had been …

Updates to Alexa will add memory, allow for more conversational responses and more

Bad news for Apple and Siri. The virtual personal assistant that is arguably one of the top two in the business, Alexa, is about to get better. Amazon is going to be pushing out some updates for Alexa, including one that will initially be aimed at users in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. The update will allow Alexa to engage with users in a more conversational style. For example, you will be able to have what Amazon calls “two-turn interactions” with Alexa without the use of pronouns.

An example would be if you asked the virtual personal assistant, “Alexa, how is the weather in Seattle?, and …

Microsoft updates its To-Do beta app for Android

Microsoft has updated its To-Do beta app for Android. Before we get to the new features, suppose we tell you how you can sign up to be a beta tester for the app. Go to the Google Play Store and install Microsoft To-Do. After the app is installed, scroll down to the bottom of the listing page on the Google Play Store, and you’ll be asked if you want to be a beta tester. Opt-in, and that’s all you need to do.

Keep in mind that testing out new features on the app means that some of the new capabilities could be buggy. But that is the risk you take for being among the first to try out new innovations. …