Tag Archive: Features


Amazon Fire TV gets new features for live TV programming

Live TV for your Fire TV.

Amazon’s Fire TV is in the news once again, and this time it’s (thankfully) not about Google removing more content from the streaming platform. Instead, Amazon is finally bringing live television programming to it.

If you’re subscribed to Amazon Channels (more on this in a bit), you’ll see a new row on your home screen that’s titled “On Now.” This is where you’ll see a list of any shows that are  [Read More…]

Google Assistant SDK picks up new languages and features

Google Assistant on third-party speakers is about to get a lot smarter.

Although the Google Assistant first launched as an exclusive feature for the Pixel/Pixel XL and Google Home in 2016, it’s rapidly expanded to other Android phones, tablets, and third-party smart speakers. The Google Assistant SDK is what allows manufacturers to add the virtual assistant to any device with a microphone and speaker, and it’s gaining a few new features to expand its usefulness.

The  [Read More…]

Essential Phone now getting Oreo Beta 2 with new features and bug fixes

Now with picture-in-picture, smart text selection, and more.

Essential rolled out the first beta of Oreo for the PH-1 back in mid-November, and while it’s been great to play around with the new version of Android, there have been some noticeably missing features and multiple bugs that have made us anxious for beta two. This was supposed to be pushed out last week but was delayed due to “a few regressions” that Essential caught “last minute.”

However,  [Read More…]

Jacquard by Google app gets Illuminate and Find My Phone features

Making your jacket even smarter.

If you’re one of the ten people that decided to throw down $ 350 for Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Google’s Jacquard technology, you’ll be happy to know that the companion app is receiving its first major update with a couple new features to keep your jacket as smart as can be.

The latest version of the app is now 1.1.1(5), and the two biggest additions are Illuminate and Find  [Read More…]

Google Lens will gain shopping features, AR component in the works

There are some exciting features planned for Google Lens.

Google Lens wasn’t much more than a party trick when it first launched on the Pixel 2 as a part of Google Photos, but now that Google’s visual search service is integrated right within the Google Assistant, it’s quickly become a truly functional tool for finding more information on objects around you in the real world. Artem Russakovskii from Android Police recently reached out to Lens’ Engineering Lead, Rajan Patel,  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update: Top features + what’s new!

Samsung Galaxy S8 owners around the world will soon be getting their first major Android update. The upgrade to Oreo keeps the core GS8 experience the same, but brings welcome performance tweaks and a handful of new features on top of everything else this phone could already do.

First of all, though, your Galaxy S8 is still a Galaxy S8. This update doesn’t make any drastic changes to the overall look or feel of Samsung’s software, even though technically  [Read More…]

Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 S Pen features!

Iconic smartphone features are few and far between. Yet with the original Galaxy Note back in 2011, Samsung defined an entire category of phones. You can dismiss it as gimmickry, but the S Pen is unique — no-one has managed to do pen input on a phone as well as Samsung.

The new Galaxy Note 8 takes the S Pen’s capabilities to new levels, further refining features that Note owners have appreciated for more than half a decade. In  [Read More…]

Microsoft announces Office 2019, teases new features

As part of its Ignite conference today, Microsoft officially teased the next perpetual Office update, Office 2019.

Microsoft has announced Office 2019, the next perpetual Office update and the follow-up to the most recent release, Office 2016. Due for release in the second half of 2018, Microsoft says that preview versions of the latest Office suite will start rolling out in mid-2018, though it’s unclear when exactly an Android version might be released.

Other than an announcement,  [Read More…]

Material Design UI and new features coming soon to Gmail on web

Gmail on the web will soon get upgraded with a new UI, Smart Replies, email snoozing, and more.

Back in May, Google hosted a NEXT Live EMEA event to talk about new features coming to Google Cloud and G Suite. A lot of information was spewed out at the event, and one announcement that slipped under our radar has to do with a few new additions that are coming to Gmail.

First thing’s first, the most noticeable upgrade for  [Read More…]

OxygenOS 4.5.0 brings several OnePlus 5 features to the 3/3T

Latest OxygenOS update brings a ton of new features to the OnePlus 3/3T.

The OxygenOS 4.5.0 OTA update is now rolling out to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, introducing features from the OnePlus 5 like lift up display and Gaming Do Not Disturb to last year’s devices. Lift up display wakes the screen when you lift the phone, and Gaming DND mutes notifications and locks the navigation buttons when a particular app is running.

The update  [Read More…]