You may have noticed recently the lack of a 'Gaming Evolved' check box in the AMD driver installation window. As it turns out, the company has discontinued the app, so if you want to record or stream gameplay, you'll have to look externally to Plays.tv, OBS Studio, and so on.
"Starting September 12, 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software," reads the official statement. "The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the AMD Gaming Evolved App dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected."
The news isn't too surprising as most found the app clunky and inefficient, particularly in comparison to competitor GeForce Experience. One hopes then AMD is hard at work on a proper, internal solution.
An overhaul to Microsoft's Paint app has been leaked, and it's a big one. Boasting full-fledged image and 3D object editing capabilities, a fresh new look, and added touch-friendliness, Paint looks like it will offer everything it used to and a whole lot more.
The app seems to be based on the UWP although we can't be 100% on that yet.
As for launch date, you can try it now if you're lucky enough to have received an alpha invite. If not, a wider audience may receive it at Microsoft's Windows 10 event on October 26. Beyond that, speculation suggests sometime next year with the large Redstone 2 update and earlier for Insiders.
Google recent sent out an e-mail to its Mobile Services partners indicating Hangouts will no longer be required to be bundled with hardware. Rather, video calling app Duo will take its place.
"Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products," it reads. "This change will take effect on December 1, 2016."
What's also interesting is Google's text messaging app Allo isn't getting the nod alongside Duo; for whatever reason, the company is content to not push the text side of their new communication apps in this regard, at least for the time being.
Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events, so it made perfect sense for Facebook to introduce it as a standalone app.
Facebook events app is perfect for users who like to have a better overview of the upcoming events, but Facebook doesn't require you to download the app to be able to use Events in your Facebook app, at least not for now.
When you open Events, you can see the events your Facebook friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the pages you like, and updates from events you're already connected to. You can also browse the events based on your interests or location. Events app features an interactive map that will help you browse trough the events easier, something that the Events feature in Facebook's main app doesn't have.
Facebook has announced a "lite" version of its Messenger app - Messenger Lite. The app is designed for older phones that run on slower internet connections.
Messenger Lite will initially launch in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Venezuela, but it will come to other countries as well. The app will have basic Messenger features like sending messages, photos and stickers but compared to the official Messenger app some features will be left out.
The app will be available for Android devices and there is no information if a version of Messenger Lite will be launched for iOS.
Popular leaker Evan Blass has made it known: Google's Allo app is due to launch this week on September 21.
Hello, Allo (launches this week).— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 18, 2016
9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016
The company launched its Duo video messaging app last month; users have been anticipating the text messaging complementary app Allo ever since. Allo was originally slated for a summer release; Google has just a few days to technically meet that deadline, lending credibility to the leak.
Android Pay gets better today with the addition of support for major US bank Chase. As of now, you can add your Chase Visas (Freedom, Slate, Sapphire, United Mileage Explorer, Hyatt Credit Card, etc) to Pay and use them to make quick payments in online and retail stores with your phone.
Note that if you have a Chase card grandfathered in from Google Wallet, you'll have to re-add it to get going.
UK customers will soon get some love, too, as Santander and TSB customers are to be added to the list of supported banks in the region, among others. No exact dates are set, but Google says they will announce each of them on the @Android Twitter account.
Google is giving its Maps-using Android owners a lot more freedom as of today.
A new update for the app means you can enable a Wi-fi only mode so as to save data, avoid spotty service, and/or save battery life.
Additionally, they're giving you the option to download maps for a given area to your SD card, to then be used for offline navigation -- handy if your primary storage is dedicated to other things and nearly full. Now if you could only download maps per country, state, and continent.
The Plex media organization app has been overhauled for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), its latest version now available on the Windows Store with a snazzy new interface and more.
The developer says it was built from the ground up for UWP, and with that comes Cortana support, Hubs and discovery, and Continuum (on mobile).
For now, the new app is only available on desktop; a mobile release will come "later." When it hits, expect a very similar design.
Google has finally updated Hangouts for Android, bringing its own Android version of Hangouts up to the same level of Hangouts for iOS - you know, Google's main competitor's mobile operating system.
Hangouts for iOS has supported video messaging since its February 2014 update, and now Hangouts for Android will allow users to record or upload up to 60 seconds of footage to their friends and family through Hangouts. Hangouts for Android supports 1080p videos, while Hangouts for iOS is limited to 360p.
While Android users win with 1080p video support, the iOS version of Hangouts supports up to two minutes of video, up from the one minute allowed on Hangouts for Android. Google has also ditched the SMS/Hangouts merged conversations, with Google explaining that low usage and confusion being the main driver behind dropping the merged SMS/conversations.
Hangouts for Android should be on the Google Play Store soon.