Traffic app Waze has arguably been the best of its kind for some time now, except for two major flaws: a wretched interface and high battery consumption. Both are fixed today with the new 4.0 update, which brings numerous quality of life improvements:
• Fresh new design for easier navigation, reporting, and sharing.
• Significantly reduced battery consumption.
• Fewer taps to start a drive, send locations and directions.
• New ETA panel organizes everything you need in one place. View reports, check alternate routes, add a stop on the way, or instantly send ETA to friends and family.
• Smart reminders to leave on time for your Calendar events based on traffic conditions and drive times.
While the Windows 10 Facebook app is pretty great for serving your Facebook needs, you may prefer to use the Messenger portion only, as many do on mobile. That's where the upcoming Facebook Messenger Windows 10 app comes in, which we get a first look at today courtesy of screenshots leaked by Windowsblogitalia.
There aren't any big surprises aesthetically: it's pretty much what you get now. However, it includes more features such as GIF support, voice, a like button, and so on.
Not pictured: notifications, live tile support, contact groups, and message forwarding.
If you rely on the Netflix Mobile App to get your fix of drama, action or comedy on a regular basis, it's likely that your phone plan data is suffering as a result.
As seen on Gizmodo Netflix has been, and will be, working on a better experience for users, implementing what Gizmodo's Campbell Simpson explained as "a number of small but significant changes." Recent changes to this service include the evolution of the home screen, with plenty more improvements currently in testing and on the horizon for this media giant.
A large planned change is a 'data saving' feature set for availability to mobile users on iOS and Android platforms. Explained as an algorithm based service, rather than a clear-cut bitrate or resolution limiter, it means that the quality control and limitations will be fluid and change user to user.
The new Google Material design for Facebook Messenger on Android has been revealed. As you can see, it's much cleaner than what's in use currently, and features a 'new conversation' button.
"If you're using Messenger on Android, you've been wanting a brand new material design for a bit," says Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook David Marcus. "Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakingly hard, and that's why we took every precaution to ensure you'd truly enjoy this evolution."
The fresh look will start rolling out approximately... now, if not later today.
According to an article published by Silicon Valley analyst Andrew Chen, most people are the same as me - they install an app, and most of the time they don't use it after a few days.
Chen reports that an average app loses 77% of its users within 72 hours, and after a month, 90% of them stop using the app altogether. After the 3-month mark, just 5% continue to use the app. These figures would strike directly into the hearts of app creators as their biggest hurdle is getting users to continue using their apps - not just past the 3-month/90-day mark, but.. well... forever.
The data used was from over 125 million smartphones, with the apps in his report available from the Google Play Store, with each app having over 10,000 downloads. Chen didn't use any Google apps for the study, either.
Android Auto -- the app that essentially ports your smartphone to your vehicle -- is now available as an update for select 2016 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles from General Motors (click the links to find out if your model is included).
The update expands GM's Android Auto support to more than 30 US vehicles and 40 global vehicles, making it the biggest supporter of the app. To acquire it, you must visit your local dealer and request it, at which point a 30 minute install will take place.
Wells Fargo has been added to the list of banks supported Samsung Pay alongside US Bank, Chase, City, Bank of America, ACU, PNC, and a load of others, so now you don't have to switch banks just to use the service.
The entire list of Wells Fargo cards isn't supported as with some other banks, but the list is still quite long. See it here.
If you don't know about Samsung Pay, it works like Android Pay and Apple Pay in that it lets you pay for items securely with your phone, except it's compatible with nearly every card reader found in stores as opposed to just the newer ones.
It's strangely named but that concern will likely subside after some brief use: SoundHound's Hound app has left beta and is now available to all. If you're looking for a solid voice assistant app (allowing you to search and perform various other tasks with your voice alone), this should be your ticket.
Hound features a slick, fast, and intuitive interface, and appears to be more intelligent than most if not all apps of its kind with language understanding capabilities that combine with speech recognition as well as context and detail comprehension. The result: you can simply say things naturally and get the result you want instead of worrying about accommodating the app.
Google has given its Gmail Snooze functionality a makeover and some appreciable new features today. If you aren't familiar with Snooze, it lets you tell Gmail to resend email notifications later, much like the snooze button on alarm clocks of old.
"Later this week" and "this weekend" snooze times have been added, as has the option to set which weekend days -- if any -- that you prefer to receive email notifications. The latter will be rolled out over the next week.
Now if this functionality could just be added system-wide.
Sources have informed 9to5Mac that Apple will follow Microsoft's lead and add Siri to Mac, starting this fall with OS X 10.12.
Siri has been tested with OS X internally for at least four years now; it's said that Apple is finally happy with its vision and has a polished interface (see the mockup by Michael Steeber above) nearly ready to go. OS X 10.12 is expected to drop in June, so we can surmise that Apple needs a little extra time to polish the Siri integration.
A couple of other tidbits: a keyboard shortcut for Siri is said to be in place, and the app can be set to run on startup.