With the markets flooded with the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa etc. Samsung’s Bixby is the latest to join the mixer. The company recently announced that the voice support of its smart assistant is out in US, available to Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners. Samsung states that an opt-in Beta test in US on Bixby’s voice support which will be later available in other markets and an eventual release in India. Over 100,000 Galaxy users issued about 4 million voice commands in the early access programs. The test led to faster response time, improved understanding of phrasing the same query differently, better hands-free functionality and ability to read messages and emails [...]
With the ever increasing messaging apps, here’s another name to add to the messaging app consortium. Though with Facebook, Apple and Google, the messaging apps have reached a saturation point, it reportedly hasn’t stopped Amazon from taking a shot at it. According to reports, Amazon has been working on it’s own messaging app for Android, iOS and desktop.
While it’s a little too early to speculate the app’s features, the Anytime app is rumored to be a full-featured, standalone messaging app for smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart watches. Designed to let people chat via text and video, exchange photos with filters, play games etc. Anytime [...]
A minute of silence as Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Phone 8.1, for those of you who have been paying attention, the inevitable has happened. Effective today, Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows Phone 8.1. Though phones running the platform will not be bricked, but the company will not be pushing any future updates for Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows Phone operating system was Microsoft’s biggest efforts in countering Android and iOS. However, as 99.6% of the smartphones run Android or iOS Microsoft failed to capture the market with Windows Phone and it never truly got off the ground.
While a few good phones were launched in the early days by HTC and then by [...]
Apple has also announced that come April 2017, a new App will hit the App Store from the company. Called clips the app is designed to allow you to combine text, images and videos to make socially sharable posts.
Users will be able to create animated captions called “Live Titles,” and apply effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters.
Clips gives iPhone and iPad users a new way to express themselves through video, and it’s incredibly easy to use,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. The effects, filters and amazing new Live Titles we’ve designed for Clips let anyone make [...]
HTC has officially rolled out the HTC Sense Companion to HTC U Ultra Devices today. The minor update allows users to access the new virtual assistant on their HTC U Ultra devices. HTC is pushing out the update in a phased manner, so users should start to see the assistant in some hours if not immediately.
The HTC Sense Companion is HTC’s answer to the Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s upcoming Bixby. HTC claims that the AI on the Sense Companion leads and improves over time, based on your habits and needs . The update is free and is available via the Google Play store. While, not an interactive assistant like Apple’s Siri or [...]
Samsung Pay, the mobile payment service from Samsung, has been launched in India, and it supports Paytm Wallet too.
The Samsung Pay service will be available for select Samsung Galaxy Android smartphones – Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A7(2016) and A5(2016). Samsung smartphone customers, who had signed up for the Early Access Program can now use their Samsung Pay accounts to make payments. Users can add their debit/credit cards to the Samsung Pay account, which will allow them to make payments almost everywhere.
Samsung Pay is available with the support of patented technologies: Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field [...]
India had come to a standstill (almost) when Ola and Uber drivers called for a strike in February and the cab service was a nightmare. However, after failing to garner attention from their respective employers, Ola and Uber drivers have now decided to introduce their own app. Reports suggest that nearly 8000 cab drivers are in favour of the idea.
The President of Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers And Owners Association, Tanveer Pasha, said in a statement:
We were to start discussing the logistics of the app with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy during the protest at Freedom Park but he could not come due to health concerns. Nevertheless, he has promised his [...]
Google recently announced its decision to roll out the Google Assistant for Android Marshmallow and Nougat smartphones. At the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Google’s Product Management Director Gummi Hafsteinsson hinted that Google Assistant might also be launched across iPhones.
Hafsteinsson revealed at MWC that Google Assistant will now be available on Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and Android Auto.
I don’t think we have anything to announce at this point, but I think the general philosophy is that we would like to have the Assistant available to as many people as possible.
While the search engine giant made a prominent move in introducing [...]
Samsung’s Secure Folder app has been officially launched for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. However, it can operate only on Samsung Galaxy smartphones that run Android 7.0 or higher versions. Also, it can only be downloaded from the Galaxy Apps store.
The initial launch of the Secure Folder app was with the Galaxy Note 7, and was later added to a few Galaxy A-series models. Samsung confirmed that the Secure Folder app puts Samsung’s “defence-grade” Knox security platform into use to create a private, secured safe. This encrypted space can be used to store apps, images and documents. This will be useful for users who want to store [...]
In an effort to engrave Snapchat’s story trend into most of its apps, Facebook has included the feature to WhatsApp. The WhatsApp status, now, would look strikingly similar to Snapchat stories. You can share pictures, videos and also embellish them with drawings, emoticons and texts.
With the indoctrination of the Snapchat story format, WhatsApp has bid adieu to the old school text-based status messages. Like Snapchat, the status updates on WhatsApp will be posted from an in-app camera. The story, once posted, will appear in the new “status” tab and can be viewed by your contacts for 24 hours from then. The feature will be available for users on Android, iOS and Windows [...]
Coding is becoming the quintessential millennial language, and with many new startups and entrepreneurs drifting towards a digital business strategy, writing a great code is not the only requisite. What if you could get a secure place to share and collaborate on your code? What if you could streamline your code workflow, storing revisions and create repositories for download and future referencing? Well, Atlassian Bitbucket is one such solution.
Bitbucket is designed for small businesses and startup code developers, who need an easy and safe environment to code for their business, without the need to set up high end and expensive infrastructure. Bitbucket is available in two [...]
Google has partnered with the Indian Government to launch a toilet finder built into Maps in India. India has one of the worst toilet problems in the world. With over 70 % households lacking basic toilet facilities, this tool aims to help people with access to smartphones, which surprisingly is more than those with toilets.
Google and the Ministry of Urban Development in India have made this tool simple enough that a user can search in multiple Indian languages for words like “toilet,” “lavatory,” “swachhata” and “shulabh.”
This is also a crowd sourced platform which will populate the condition and availability of toilets [...]