Google Photos gains faster backup and sharing on low or spotty connections

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2017

Google’s mobile Photos app recently gained the ability to automatically adjust the white tone of your images to given them a more natural look. During an event in São Paulo, Brazil today, the search company announced that Google Photos for iOS and Android now includes faster backup and sharing on low connectivity. They’re rolling out these improvements in Google Photos for iOS and Android starting today, ahead of a wider rollout in the coming days. Read More

 

File sharing hits Google’s Allo app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2017

Google held a media event today in São Paulo, Brazil, revealing that its messaging app Allo, which debuted last September, has gained a pair of new features: file sharing in group chats and support for the app’s Smart Smiley feature in Portuguese. Noting a lot of users have requested the ability to share documents in group chats, Google said that Android users everywhere can now share documents with friends on Allo, including files like PDF documents, ZIP archives, MP3 tracks and more.

Google didn’t say when file sharing might hit Allo for iOS, but it shouldn’t be too long. Read More

 

Audio calling coming soon to Google’s Duo app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2017

At an event in São Paulo, Brazil today, Google announced that its one-on-one video calling app, Duo, will be soon gaining audio-only calling on iOS and Android. The feature is already available starting today to customers in Brazil and will be rolling out to users around the world in the coming days. With the update, Duo for iPhone now supports both video and audio calling and effectively becomes a viable alternative to Apple’s FaceTime. Read More

 

Google’s Snapseed app picks up new Double Exposure filter + Pose & Expand tools

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2017

Google just pushed a new version of Snapseed for iPhone and iPad to App Store. Snapseed version 2.17 includes a new Face Pose tool, the app’s second tool that focuses on working with portraits and selfies. There’s also a new Double Exposure filter for blending two photos using analog film techniques and digital image processing. You can grab the latest version of Snapseed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at no charge from App Store. Read More

 

Google Maps gains real time location and trip sharing features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2017

Google today announced that you can now let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get there, right from Google Maps for iOS and Android. The answer to “where are you?” is only a tap away—with this useful new feature, people you share with can track your real-time location on iPhone, iPad, mobile web and desktop. Additionally, you can share your trip progress from navigation with others. Read More

 

Google previews Android O, check out the top new features ahead of iOS 11’s June beta

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2017

If you think Apple’s innovation in the smartphone OS space has stalled, wait until you see the next major revision to Google’s Android operating system.

Today, the search giant released a developer-only preview of Android O (it’s the working title). While it won’t release for public consumption before the fall, developers can download Android O and begin testing it right away. Android O adds many of the same features Apple customers have enjoyed for more than six months with iOS 10, or even longer.

These include things such as richer notifications, picture-in-picture modes, wide color gamuts in apps, limits on what apps can do in the background to improve battery life and more. Here’s our preview of Android O’s enhancements and new capabilities available to customers and developers. Read More

 

How to select different still frames of Live Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Live Photos is among the features Apple was selling prominently during the iPhone 6s ad campaign. Live Photos is still around, thanks for asking. As you’ll recall, Live Photos lets you record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photograph.

These images come alive when you touch them in the Photos app and can be set as your Lock screen wallpaper or shared via services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. When you take a Live Photo, the Camera app uses AI to select the best still image.

It’s this still portion of a Live Photo that’s displayed in the Photos app, sent when you share it and more. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to select a different moment in your Live Photo as the still frame. Read More

 

How to disable vocal alerts for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2017

If you use Google Maps to go places you’re not accustomed to, then you’re likely familiar with navigation and the turn-by-turn vocal alerts you hear while you go. These prompts say things like “turn left” or “stay right” as you’re driving, working as an audible guide to get you to your destination.

Vocal alerts are enabled in the app by default, and while they are usually useful, not everyone likes them. You can turn down your device’s volume to combat them, but doing this will also impact any music you might have playing and doesn’t yield satisfactory results.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can properly mute vocal alerts in the Google Maps app. Read More

 

Apple and others join Google in resisting FBI warrant seeking emails stored outside US

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2017

Business Insider reports that Apple has joined Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco in filing a joint amicus brief in support of Google’s opposition to a warrant by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking to extract emails stored on non-US servers.

In response to the FBI warrant, a court in Pennsylvania recently ruled that Google must hand over emails stored on non-US servers. The joint filing claims the warrant could set a troubling precedent and force Google to violate foreign data privacy laws. Read More

 

Watch YouTube videos along with your friends in real time with Google’s new Uptime app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2017

Google today released a new iPhone app designed to let users watch YouTube videos in real-time along with their friends. Called Uptime, the free of charge download is exclusive to iOS and requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.0 or later. The app lets you interact and chat with friends while watching videos, share and curate your favorite clips, get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow and more. Read More

 
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