Pretty much every organization out there that is working on web lead projects uses Slack as a preferred mode to communicate between the teams. Not only is it extremely easy to collaborate on Slack, but the fact that it generally trumps IMs to newer features is what it makes really useful to be on Slack. Features like responding to individual messages with emoticons or even editing and already sent text messages, are something that the likes of WhastApp do not allow you. Oh, and how can you forget the bots and GIF support.
XDA Developers has uncovered a few strings from the latest release of the Youtube application that points towards some new filters coming in. So far, it is absolutely clear that the application of YouTube really lags behind the desktop experience. There are plenty of things you can do on the desktop that you still cannot do on the app. This is a bit of a surprise especially as people today are more likely to consume content on their smartphone using an application rather than firing up their desktops for a five-minute video.
OnePlus is expected to announce the OnePlus 3 in the coming month. We have already seen that OnePlus has shared in a mailer that they would begin selling their Virtual Reality headsets once again globally so that users can purchase the same and enjoy the full VR launch that promises to take them to virtual space in order to announce their latest flagship device. The OnePlus 2 was announced via a VR launch last time around and received very mixed reactions.
We generally tend to divide smartphones into three different categories when we speak. There is a budget category, which is generally below Rs 10,000, there is a flagship category where the phones are in the regions of about Rs 34,000 and above and then there is a mid-range category which is somewhere in between. You would perhaps ask, if I strictly had to talk about the mid-range category smartphones, the price bracket in the post title would be wrong. Just like real life, the title takes into consideration ‘price drops’. A phone launched at anything below Rs 15,000 generally falls down to the sub Rs 10,000 category and a Rs 34,000 priced device will come soon tumbling below the Rs 30,000 mark. So, therefore, the former would automatically be considered a budget phone, while the latter would be a mid-ranger anyway. This leaves the Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 strictly being labeled as the mid-range and an odd category.
Telegram is possibly the most interesting solution as far as IM on smartphones go, if you do not want to use WhatsApp. Not only does the app have a ton of features, that WhatsApp does not have, they are always looking to add more things to their roster which makes the app really useful. Recently, the app has added the feature where you can edit the sent messages.
Samsung is set to bring a host of new wearable devices as it continues to focus on health tracking and fitness. The two devices that are pretty much confirmed to be on the out are Galaxy Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. The Gear Fit 2, as the name suggests is the successor to the original Gear Fit, a fitness tracker that does give you mobile notifications and an active display to glance at the time and few other tiny things. The IconX is an interesting device and looks to be a set of Bluetooth enabled earbuds, that double up as a standalone music player as well as a fitness tracker.
Google releases the distribution numbers monthly, giving everyone an idea of how much is the adoption rate of the latest Android version. This report basically tells you the percentage break of the Android versions that are running on the active Android phones. Google has been notorious for their update program where only the Nexus smartphones get the latest updates instantly while everyone else has to wait for their carrier and telecom service provider to come together. This usually means a slow rollout of updates and this has been no different for Android Marshmallow update.
Carrier billing has been one of the most requested new features on Android for a while as far as India goes. This method of using your carrier credits for purchasing applications or content on the Google Play is something that is already prevalent in the United States and parts of Europe. Finally, Google has decided to go ahead and enable carrier billing with Idea Cellular, the third largest telecom player in India. Both prepaid and postpaid users will be able to go ahead and buy content from Google Play in addition to paying via credit card or debit card if they wish to.
Google and HP have announced a new Chromebook, calling it the HP Chromebook 13. The Chromebook takes some inspiration from the Pixel, the famous Chromebook that Google themselves made but is a lot lighter in the hand and on the pocket. The Chromebook 13 comes with anodized Aluminum chassis and weighs only 1.29 kilos, which is just around the 2.5-pound mark. The machine is incredibly thin too, measuring just 12.9mm on the thickness scale.