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Microsoft adds AI-powered visual search to Bing app

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Odds are you have Google Lens in your phone as part of Assistant. If you're not satisfied with Lens, there's an alternative from Microsoft. The Bing app has been updated with AI-powered visual search. So, it's Lens but from Microsoft.

Like Assistant, Microsoft's visual search feature uses a neural network trained with many bytes of sample images. At the end of the training process, the system can look at new images and (sometimes) figure out what they are.

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Microsoft adds AI-powered visual search to Bing app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember than kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember than kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Files Go app gets new sharing tab, faster transfers, and more

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Most of Google's "Go" apps are limited to devices running the Go edition of Android. However, Files Go is available on all devices. It helps you clear out old data to keep your phone lean, and it's getting an update today. There are a couple of notable changes, but most importantly, Google is paying some attention to offline file transfers with a new sharing tab and faster transfers.

Here's the changelog for the latest Files Go update.

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Google Files Go app gets new sharing tab, faster transfers, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

For smartphone users who are blind or visually impaired, Google TalkBack is a vital tool that facilitates eyes-free operation of any Android device. TalkBack is just one aspect of the app, however, and that's probably why Google has renamed it Android Accessibility Suite.

As well as TalkBack, which offers enhanced aural and vibration feedback, the suite also comprises Switch Access, for controlling your phone without using the touchscreen, and Select to Speak, which reads anything on the screen aloud with a tap.

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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Microsoft rolls out redesigned news app on Android

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Microsoft's old MSN news app has been on Android since 2014, and it didn't exactly look modern even then. The app was in need of some updates, and Microsoft has provided them by completely rebuilding it. The app is now just called Microsoft News, and it includes new features, more topics, and a dark theme.

Here's the full changelog for the first version of Microsoft News.

The Microsoft News app has been completely redesigned into a lightning fast, modern and beautiful experience.
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Microsoft rolls out redesigned news app on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos starts grouping, suggesting best of similar photos for some

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google Photos is known for a lot of pretty-much-magic machine learning features, and it seems it's getting a new one. As reported by one of our readers, Photos now recognizes when multiple photos in your library were taken at about the same time of the same thing, and will group them together and highlight the one its algorithms consider the best.

The grouping works similarly to burst and portrait photos: only one thumbnail is shown in your library with an icon to indicate there are multiple photos inside.

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Google Photos starts grouping, suggesting best of similar photos for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps ‘For you’ tab starting to appear for some

Monday, June 18th, 2018

 

Google announced some personalization tweaks to Google Maps at I/O this year, including a new tab called 'For you' that's meant to provide info about places that are relevant to you, personally. That feature is rolling out to some users now.

We saw signs this change was coming soon in a recent teardown. A Reddit user reported the tab going live this weekend, and I'm seeing it on my own devices, as well.

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Google Maps 'For you' tab starting to appear for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v37 adds desktop shortcuts, faster settings changes, and more

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

A new version of Action Launcher (v37) is rolling out today, and it includes the usual dose of Android P styling. There are also some functional improvements mixed in there, along with a helping of bug fixes and minor enhancements.

Here's what you can expect from the new build of Action Launcher.

  • Desktop shortcuts
  • Improved user experience when changing the app’s settings
  • Using the latest Pixel Launcher’s icon scale, font and grid sizes by default.
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Action Launcher v37 adds desktop shortcuts, faster settings changes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Discogs v2.0 adds database exploration, better VinylHub integration, and more

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The Discogs app landed on the Play Store in 2016. Version 2.0, out now, features a number of improvements, including the new ability to explore the Discogs Database without starting at a specific search and better VinylHub integration that lets you view participating retailers' record selections from in the app.

The Search view now allows users to start browsing without any particular destination in mind, with categories such as Most Collected and Most Wanted records alongside more obvious ones like genre and year.

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Discogs v2.0 adds database exploration, better VinylHub integration, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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