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Google's Instant Apps was announced last year at a Google event and it has now started to roll out on the Android platform.

What Instant Apps does essentially is let users access apps without needing to download them on the device.

According to Android Central, a few people were able to use the Wish shopping app on their smartphones running on Android 7.0 operating system. If you are using a smartphone running on Nougat too, you could look it up if you got access too, here’s how it works.

  • Go to your phone settings and move to Google settings from there. Look up Instant Apps option in there and switch the toggle on. Check the terms and conditions, if you agree that's that. 
  • Next up, you search for any random website or company, you might see a search result for an Instant App version. Reason for this is that at the moment the search is working only for Wish’s Instant App. So when you open the Instant App suggestion, you will be able to jump right into the app, without needing to download the app in your device.

Explaining why there's the need for Instant Apps, Google stated that it's all an “effort to help users discover and run apps with minimal friction.” 

In the same way streaming works, Instant Apps technology runs an Android app without the user having to install the original app on the device. Now this could be understood as a system where clicking on a link with an associated app will launch the bite-sized version of the app sans the need for installation. The feature is compatible with majority of Android devices that use Google Play services or with those running Jelly Bean and above.

On a deeper level, this means that apps are split into multiple modules and with deep linking Google Play fetches only those modules which are necessary to run it. Using search, social media links, messaging links, and other deep links, developers can thus offer a full app experience without the need to install the app first.

So for those who want to see what an app is like before downloading, much like watching a trailer before seeing the full movie, Instant Apps is for you.

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Facebook's WhatsApp has added a new feature to its plethora of features and that is video calling.
In a highly competitive tech space, apps are trying to one up each other with better updates, features and so on and whatsapp is no different.
With Google duo, Skype and other video call apps, it was only a matter of time before the renown app joined the club. 
Whatsapp now implements free video calling.
Photo crd: Androidpit

Users will be able to hold one-on-one video calls in addition to voice calls and texts. 
According to Whatsapp's blog "There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,"
The feature will not allow for more than two users at a time and while that might be a bummer, it makes up for it by be available across various platforms.
WhatsApp has not announced a specific day for release. But we're keeping our fingers crossed it'll be pretty soon.

Swiftkey is probably the go-to app for your keyboard and typing needs on most android phones. It's rather convenient as it usually learns words making typing even faster.

Its predictive text is mostly what makes it so popular as it means people don't have tp type the same thing again and again. You talk about a certain band all the time, or you are repeating a piece of information to loads of different people, Swiftkey covers you. 
Now they have added a new update to the app brings a new incognito mode, plus several additional keyboard layouts that Swiss speaking and reading friends will find useful. Plus of course you get the usual bug fixes that we can’t really see on the surface but makes using the app smoother.
When you use incognito mode on a browser, this means that whatever you’re using will not be able to collect data from you since it disables your browsing history and web cache as well. With SwiftKey, the new incognito mode temporarily disables the app from collecting data or more specifically, it stops learning the words and phrases that you use when you type. So if you're discussing something sensitive with a contact, or you're visiting 'interesting' sites and don't want your keyboard to learn the words, then this feature works for you.
That's not all the update does though as it also adds new keyboard layouts, like the QWERTZ Swiss French layout and the QWERTZ extended layout for Swiss German and Swiss Italian. This will be more convenient for native speakers (or typers) in that language. Some errors from previous versions have also been fixed, like dragging the cursor for Chinese keyboards will no longer crash the app or downloading the themes will load after the first tap.
You can always get the app from the google Play Store and if you already have it, just update and boom, you'll have all the new fixes and updates.

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Download it here WhatsApp Plus Apk but before you go ahead here's why WhatsApp Messenger is one of the fastest mobile messaging App in the World, in fact it has taking over traditional SMS. We all know the story that Facebook now owns WhatsApp and are steadily working on it to improve it much better but when it comes to customization, WhatsApp inventors aren't down for that, that's why we have WhatsApp Plus

So what is WhatsApp Plus and who created it ?

WhatsApp Plus was developed by a Spanish developer named Rafelete, this genius wasn't ok with the way WhatsApp security is so he decided to modify the Original WhatsApp which now makes his a third party version.

So what's can WhatsApp Plus do ?

Apart from the normal feature from WhatsApp, with WhatsApp Plus you can use custom themes, Send large files to your friends and some other cool stuffs you might wanna check under the hood.

Haven said that, WhatsApp Plus is a good app and you'll enjoy the hidden features it has. Enjoy your privacy even better!


P.S: This is a third party App and you are responsible for the download. We did not claim WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus are in partnership. They are two different entities but with the same goal.

With the advancement of technology scientist through research are discovering new ways to help save lives, "iLifesaver" is an iphone app that has been tested to be able to detect cancer with 99% accuracy.
According to TechRadar a research was carried out with the Apple Iphone 5 by a research team led by assistant professor Lei Li from Washington State University, which led to the development of a portable gadget that can detect cancerous cells in an instant, analysing eight samples at once – unprecedented for an analysis tool of this kind.

With the use of a spectrometer which measures the light spectrum to identify amounts and types of chemicals associated with cancerous cells in a sample,this gadget is capable of detecting human interleukin-6 (IL-6) which is a known marker for prostrate, liver, lung, breast and epithelial cancers.

Li also promised that efforts will be made to make sure the app is available to both android devices too.
Aside being useful in clinics and hospitals,every home will also be able to use one of these cause its cost effective.

With this initiative lots of lives will be saved due to early detection of cancer cells.

With BlueStacks you now have access to stream gaming apps on facebook live.If you are into gaming you should be excited about this.

BlueStacks is a mobile gaming platform that allows users stream live games.On Friday BlueStacks announced an integration with Facebook Live’s application programming interface that allows users to stream their apps and games directly to the social networking site.This means the company's over 150 million users can now stream any app from inside BlueStacks to their own profile, their friend’s timelines, or their own fan page live.

The San jose-based company had something to say about this,
Contextual streaming is the future of live,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. “By giving people the ability to pair live streams with any app, it allows them to create more engaging content,” Sharma noted. “We want to free people up to engage in app-fueled experiences like singing with Smule’s ‘Sing! Karaoke or sharing their gameplay from VainGlory,” Sharma pointed out. Given Facebook’s size and reach, adding another promotional channel is a boon for mobile developers and publishers.In addition to integrating Facebook Live, BlueStacks has partnered with China-based streaming services, PandaTV and DouYu to bring mobile app streaming to the 420 million mobile gamers.
This indeed is a great way to promote apps to audiences and also where users can share app experiences.Its can also inspire others to devolope great apps that can be useful in this tech world today. 

Google has launched a new messaging app called "Allo" which is now available on playstore for download.The Allo app could be the next most rated messaging app as it looks to have better features compared to other messaging apps.

The app does not have video or voice calling features which was intentionally excluded due to the fact that google aims to promote their recently released Google Duo App which supports this features.But this does not make the app less interesting cause the app has so many fun features that users would find very attractive and fun to use.

Allo's Exciting Features:

  1. Smart word suggestion: The Allo app can read conversations and suggest words based on the conversation.That's why Google calls it a "smart messaging app".
  2. Incognito mode: This feature allows users have safer convos,when the incognito mode is turned on your chats self destructs within a giving period of time just like snapchat.
  3. Stickers and templates: With stickers you literally don't have to text much,there are lots of  fun sticker packs and templates to download.
  4. Google Assistance: With the help of Google assistance users can get quick access to making plans during chat,like getting locations for events,nearby places and more.
  5. You can start up group conversations.
You you have to do to start enjoying this great messaging app is to visit the google play store,search for the Allo app and install.But if shows coming soon you can pre-register to get notification as soon as the app can now be downloaded for installation.

News have it that there has been some rebranding to the Microsoft Health App,the app will no longer be referred to as the Microsoft Health App but as The Microsoft Band App.

The rebranding has already taken effect on Windows and Android devices but will soon be available to IOS,the update will not just change the app name but also promises to come with better performance.

Rumors also have it that Microsoft will not be making a future Band 3 but will continue to promote the Band 2,and that they also plan to launch an AIO SURFACE PC.

Intruder Alert!...Back in 2014 when Facebook bought Whatsapp issues were raised concerning if facebook would be granted permission to access user data.Jan Koum one of Whatsapp founders assured that the deal would not affect the privacy of the million mobile messaging users.

But now they are starting to compromise,as they have granted facebook permission to access or rather intrude the privacy of users.On thursday Whatsapp said that it would begin disclosing the phone numbers and analytics data of its users to Facebook. This will be the first time the messaging service has connected users’ accounts to the social network to share data, as Facebook tries to coordinate information across its collection of businesses.

You might want to ask why the sudden change of privacy policy,here's what whatsapp had to say in a blogspot;

We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you, too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam,data-sharing would also be used to fight spam text messages across our service.Neither we nor Facebook would be able to read user's’ encrypted messages and individual phone numbers would not be given to advertisers.Users are still required to provide a phone number only to sign up for the service, and can opt out of giving it to Facebook.
Not everyone appreciates this change some people had to react.WhatsApp’s privacy policy overhaul raises concerns about potential legal challenges. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, said it would file a complaint on Monday with the Federal Trade Commission to stop WhatsApp from sharing users’ data with Facebook. The group filed a similar case in 2014, citing promises that WhatsApp had made to protect individuals’ privacy.

If this new plan stays effective,Whatsapp would have to reassure users on it's new privacy policy.

Now we have a new IOS face time competitor in the new Duo Video app by Google. An app that lets you video call people one-on-one via their phone number.The app was announced at Google I/O in May and rolls out globally today on Android and iOS 9 in 78 languages. It will be a hard sell considering how late to market Duo is compared to strong, sensibly intertwined products like Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage/FaceTime.You do not even need to have a google account to use the app,you can also video call someone without the app via SMS invite,the person gets a link to download the app..simple and easy.

Another innovative feature Duo sports is called Knock-Knock, which lets the recipient of a call see the caller before they accept and turn on their own camera.With Knock-Knock, “as a recipient of the call you see them beforehand so you know their state of mind.It can also degrade video quality or switch to audio calling if there’s weak connectivity even 2G, and it can seamlessly hand off between cell and Wi-Fi connections in mid-call without dropping.

Check out this video for more:

By updating the Blackberry Messenger app on google play store,Android and IOS users now have the benefit to enjoy free video calling feature..

This update is free,all you have to do is visit the Google play store and Update the app but if you have not installed the app,you just have to download the latest version of the app and install.

Blackberry promised to bring more of it's features to android and IOS users after making the Hub+ app available on Google play for download....well i guess this is one being fulfilled.

Instagram will finally  let anybody share pictures from anywhere on their phone, thereby taking care of arguably the most annoying problem that it has.
The company has finally enabled share extensions so that it’s easy to share from photos or anywhere else on the phone.
The feature exists on almost every other app – even facebook. But it might be more useful than any of those for Instagram, since it makes it easy to send photos from the photo library or anyone else.
Share extensions can be triggered from many apps that have a photo in, and are usually opened by clicking the little share button in any particular app. In the Photos app, for instance, people can just open a photo and then click the little rectangular share box – allowing them to share a photo without ever opening the app.
From the share extension, people can choose to write a small message to post alongside the photo – after which it will be uploaded. For any more special features like filters or editing, users will have to click through to the app.

But Instagram has been late to the party and didn’t ever seem to get around to integrating the feature within its app, despite going through a complete overhaul and re-design since they were released. But now it has been pushed out in the latest version of the app, which can be found in the App Store.
There's no official app for the iPad so maybe that's their next fix, so it remains to be seen. 

Space conservation has always been an issue with phones or devices in general, that's why we have Hard drives i guess. 
But Hard Drives are for your laptops, how about your phones? You could get a large memory card perhaps but space will still run out eventually, that's just how it is.
But Google to the rescue! The idea with Google Play's new proposed feature is to help you conserve space. You know how annoying it is to want to download a new app and meet that annoying 'Not Enough Space' message, and then you have to go to your app manager to start manually removing apps that you either didn't even know you still had or had downloaded for a specific reason and are no longer using.
The Play Store plans on introducing a new Uninstall Manager feature that will intelligently suggest neglected apps and games that you should delete if you don’t have enough space available. 
From the looks of things, the play store will show you apps that you haven't used in a while and from all indications you will be able to delete the offending apps from that menu.
There’s no word as to when this new feature will roll out to everyone, but it looks like it will start sometime soon and when it does, we'll let you know.

Microsoft office is definitely a compulsory app that almost anyone who owns a computer has need for and beyond the pretty mundane stuff that we do on it, there's some other pretty impressive stuff that can be done with Microsoft Office.

Most of us don't have any idea how to do some of this stuff and we don't know anything beyond the basic stuff.

People actually pay to learn how to use office, so i try not to feel too bad about my lack of super genius mode on the app.
But my ignorance about certain aspects of the app maybe not be a problem anymore with the introduction of  the “Tell Me” feature. It's a tool can be accessed by simply tapping on the light bulb icon that is visible in the app. Once the text box is available, all you need to do is start typing what you want to find and you should get the necessary help instantly.

And if you are having trouble locating said light bulb icon, simply tap the “A” and pencil icon on the top of the interface, then select the light bulb. The process is a tad simpler for tablet users as they have more space to fiddle around with. All they need to do is to find the light bulb icon on the top-right corner.
Apart from that, the only new updates are that Word also gains the ability to merge and split cells while Excel gets improved auto-complete, in addition to the ability to expand or collapse grouped rows and columns. PowerPoint remains the same with no additional improvements or features, save Tell Me.
So there you have it, you have any problem with Microsoft office, you are now covered by the "Tell Me" Feature.

Google's new update on the iOS is now faster than ever. This would come as good news to iPhone and iPad users as the ever growing demand for speed while browsing grows each day.
New features have now been added to create a better user experience.  
The general idea from Google is to help save your precious minutes. While you may not notice the speed differences be rest assured that they're there...cos Google says so .
It's estimated that Google iOS mobile users will be saved 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016 due to these improvements.
Most notably, Google app for iOS now supports Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), which are news articles from a bunch of different publishers that are optimized to load instantly when opened (a sort of competitive hat tip toward Facebook’s Instant Articles, if you will). 
Long and short is that everything is faster. Google says everything you do in the app, including searches, are ‘just a bit quicker’ than before. While on every individual task the time saving might not look like much, but in the greater scheme of things, Google iOS users will save a lot of time.

Look out Snapchat, Snow is on your tail!
Snow is a new app that lovers of Snapchat would definitely derive a lot of joy for.
Snow could be considered a clone of Snapchat, but nonetheless stands out with some cool stickers and features. 
With this in mind, it means that it's easy enough to use due to the similarities between the two apps. The apps has a contact list and you can share your pictures and the like when you upload them. It is available for both Android and iOS smartphones.
What makes Snow all the more fun is the numerous stickers with special effects and crazy filters. There are a wide range of them from animal faces to food products, holiday stickers to impersonating celebrities to the multiple facets of emotions put out in adorable stickers. 
To achieve this, after taking a picture you just swipe left and background stickers will appear. The app also lets you send video messages in the form of GIFs. Not only can you share the pictures with your friends, you also have the option to share them on popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The latest cool feature added to snow is cloning.
This lets you clone one person’s face with the rest of the group, so you all look like peas in a pod.
Face swap has become plenty popular recently and you can swap faces with two or more people, similar to how you can on Snapchat. 
In addition to this, Face Copy is also similar to Swap but it lets you use the pictures of people’s faces stored in your phone and paste it on your face.
The app is obviously South Korean in the sense that it highlights trends that are clearly from that part of the world.
Stickers with popular K-Pop groups like 4 Minute, B1A4 and Oh My Girl  are on there and also an assortment of Korean delicacies and so on.

Don't you just hate it when you receive a call and you have to go "Hello? Who's this?" Then the person sounds all hurt and goes "You don't have my number?"
Well, I for one hate that. Thing is, I might have very well deleted your number with the hopes of never hearing from you again, but i'll still feel mighty guilty if you said that to me and then i'll come up with some lie that i got a new phone and lost all my contacts.
Enter WhoApp, a new iPhone app, which will make that a thing of the past.
From the totally not underground TelTech in New Jersey, WhoApp recognizes calls from those darn telemarketers, the weird scammers and anyone else who's on your calling blacklist. 
It then turns an unknown number into a name, profile picture, address and Google Street View of the location, so you know, you can track them if need be.
This is simply because the number of telemarketers who call now is ridiculous and they could call at the most inopportune times.
The manufacturers, TelTech have a solid track record in terms of protecting privacy. The company won the Federal Trade Commission's 2015 anti-robocall competition with an app called RoboKiller, which lends some of its technology to WhoApp.
"RoboKiller was purpose-built to combat robocalls," said Ethan Garr, co-founder and vice president of TelTech. "But we realized that the larger issue is not knowing who is calling."
So, how does Whoapp work?  When you decline to accept a call from an unfamiliar number, that number is sent to WhoApp. As the call is happening, the app quickly dials back the number and displays information identifying the caller...simple
If it's someone you want to talk to, you answer the call. Otherwise, you can let the call go to the WhoApp voicemail.
WhoApp is certainly not the first app to offer this feature or service, Truecaller, PrivacyStar and WhitePages do all of this, but there's a difference-- they use crowd-sourcing, information from public databases and their own algorithms to detect unwanted calls.
WhoApp is currently available only for the iPhone. But TelTech have stated that they expect it to be available on the Android platform come fall.

Google haven't done too great in the social apps scene. With the failure of Google+ to a lesser extent hangouts giving the impression that they're just not so good at the whole social media thing.

But they've refused to give up, yesterday they announce a new social app called Spaces. The whole idea of Spaces is that it focuses on group sharing. The app allows small groups of users to tap into other Google services, including Google Search, YouTube and Chrome, in order to post links and share content without having to move in between apps. 

The users can also continue to have conversations around that content in a group chat-like interface.

With this feature, Spaces might very well give the likes of Facebook messenger and Whatsapp something to think about. Its mobile-friendly nature and the features it boasts make it worth a punt.

The app is available on iOS, Android and mobile web, though it will also work on the desktop also.

Google have the advantage in that the content shared in a dedicated space becomes searchable. Users can search their Spaces by keyword, which returns both links and images – the latter thanks to Google’s image recognition technology already live today in other products, like Google Photos.

The interface is user-friendly and easy to use, It’s just one tap to create a new space. It's easy to see what the group is talking about and the sharing features are easy to find.

According to Google, the app is supposed to be versatile in that it can be used for a lot of things like discussions between geeks about Civil War for instance, or who's richer in the Black Panther and Bruce Wayne (Black Panther obviously though i love Bruce).

The App is already available for download on the Google playstore and has over a thousand downloads already. You should go check it out. 

Four years ago, Google launched Google Play as their answer to Apple's App Store. The years have gone by and more and more apps have made it on the platform, creating a supermassive market and making billions while at it.

We've seen phenomenons like Candy Crush, Whatsapp and so many others control the market.

So March 6th 2012 will always be an important date.

This week, analytics firm App Annie looks back over four marvelous years and released a ranking of what the biggest apps have been in that time. 

You can see the list below.

Most downloaded Android apps of all time:
  1. Facebook
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Facebook Messenger
  4. Instagram
  5. Clean Master
  6. Skype
  7. LINE
  8. Viber
  9. Twitter
  10. Flashlight by Surpax
  Top ten in terms of Revenue
  1. LINE
  3. LINE Manga
  4. Pandora Radio
  5. KakaoTalk
  6. GREE
  7. Pokemini
  8. Dragon Quest X Adventurer’s Convenient Outing Tool
  9. LOVOO
  10. Tinder
   This just shows how much people love their social media. Facebook takes the cake in the first list while Line dominates the second. 

  Full article could be read here

Facebook owned messaging app Whatsapp is now officially live on laptops and desktop computers.

Few years back alot of users have been using Android emulators like Bluestack to use their whatsapp but good news today Whatsapp has now introduced web browser version of whatsapp.

However,  this web solution is currently available to Google Chrome browser which tells us it's an extension and also it's not really like a full Whatsapp Application. Here's the thing, the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. So your messages are still live on your phone, only that you can read and reply from your laptop.

Anyways, long story short here's how to install Whatsapp on your web browser for desktop and laptops.

Wait.....If you're doubting if it only works on Chrome, see below image.

Let's Go...

  1.  Simply Goto https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code 
  2.  Use your phone to scan the code you see in your Chrome web browser to pair them.
  3. Your Whatsapp is now paired with your phone.
Please Note: If you're not fast with the barcode scan, here's what the browser will tell you.

Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. 

Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

We really hope you find web client useful in your everyday lives.
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