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Travel media company Lonely Planet has introduced a new mobile app called Trips by Lonely Planet. The app provides modern travelers with a simple and intuitive way to share their travel experiences by uploading content directly from their camera roll, and create stories to describe their adventures.

 

On the app, travelers can ‘Like’ trips, find new trips, follow other travelers, and more. Lonely Planet intends to make Trips an independent app that provides users with access to great shared experiences, as they typically get on social media to do research when planning a trip. Not only that, writers and editors from Lonely Planet contribute to the app by curating top suggestions for trips.

 

Trips by Lonely Planet can be downloaded for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

 

More information on the app can be found here.

U Mobile recently announced that it would be working together with Huawei to launch its new 4.5G service in Malaysia.

 

Specifically, U Mobile and Huawei will be launching its 4.5G service via the 1,800MHz and the 2,600MHz waveband, and they will be starting in Johor Bahru, allowing residents in the state to be the first to enjoy the telco’s new and faster mobile service.

 

“U Mobile is very excited to be able to launch 4.5G service in Johor Bahru. From today [May 23, 2017], customers in Johor Bahru will enjoy significant enhancement in their user experience. For those who are using smartphones that support 4.5G service, such as Huawei P10 Plus, the enhancement will be even more significant with up to twice the speed of 4G, making their experiences in streaming, downloading and browsing so much faster and better,” Wong Heang Tuck, CEO of U Mobile, said.

 

“We are delighted that Malaysian customers can now experience a better and faster mobile broadband service based on 4.5G technologies. The new service not only allows customers to enjoy new initiatives like high definition (HD) video whenever and wherever they are, it is also a key stepping stone for the realization of Internet of Things (IoT). We look forward to working with U Mobile and other industry partners to bring new and innovative services to more customers and vertical sectors in the near future,” Abraham Liu Kang, CEO of Huawei Malaysia, also commented about the collaboration between his company and U Mobile.

Mozilla has stopped development on Firefox OS for connected devices. This leaves some 50 engineers without a job, as the company now shifts focus solely on the internet of things. This is the second time that Firefox OS has been dropped after efforts to get it on to smartphones failed to gain traction.

 

Firefox has been struggling to gain relevance since its heyday back in the 90s and early 2000s. Mozilla’s technology has been behind innovations in today’s web browsers, although it’s rarely used today. The non-profit attempted to break into the mobile market by developing an operating system for smartphones with Firefox OS.

The company announced that it would be trying to pivot to Firefox OS smart devices early last year. Panasonic adopted the operating system for its 4K tvs, but that was about as far as it got.

 

Going forward, Mozilla will be looking into other technologies for the internet of things. One known project is Project Vaani, which is a voice interface technology; which is similar to what Amazon has been working on. Mozilla also has a team working on an artificial intelligence.

 

Viber for Desktop

Viber, one of the free mobile messaging in Mobile platform had release their latest version 3.0 for Andriod as well as iOS mobile user, come together with the release, they also announce the newly launched Viber Desktop application for PC and Mac Users.

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In a media release, the company said that Viber Desktop and the latest versions of the Viber app were designed from the ground up for individuals using Viber on multiple devices, so they can always use the app that’s right for them, whether at home, in school, at the office, or on the go.

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Key highlights of the new mobile app versions include:

  • Video messages
  • New stickers
  • Last online status
  • Enhanced photo experience
  • Performance improvements
  • New voice engine
  • Android version security fix
  • Support for eight new languages and 20 languages overall. Supported languages include: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

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Some of the key combined features(Viber Desktop and Mobile apps) include:

  • Seamlessly transfer calls between Viber Desktop and the Viber app with one click or tap
  • Received and Sent messages are shown on all devices, but will only “beep” on the device you are currently using
  • Messages and conversations you delete from one device will be removed from all devices
  • On top of this, Viber Desktop is Viber’s first application to offer video calls. With this new beta feature, users can now make desktop-to-desktop video calls to other Viber users.

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Check out the new Viber Desktop for PC & Mac introduction video below:

 

Viber offers free calls and messages between its users via Internet connection. The app is free to use and can be downloaded from Viber.com.

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The company also announced that it now has over 200 million users across the various platforms that it supports including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and others.

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The platform promises a more immersive experience, less cluttered screen, and lets you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. When docked, the phone becomes a full PC and thin client. Because it only integrates all-native core apps without any Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphone, yet uses the same drivers as Android.

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It’s designed to make all your phone content more convenient to access – every edge has a specific purpose, so all your apps, content, and controls are instantly accessible without going through the hassle of navigating back to the home screen all the time. A short swipe from the left edge of the screen reveals your favorite apps. Also, it allows for switching of running and favorite apps speedier than any other phone.

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Web application sit alongside native apps, which means that apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail, and Spotify, are all available as they get their own icons and the same access to system notifications. On top of that, you get quicker access to all your emails, texts, calls, and social media posts. See every message as it comes in and respond in an instant; just swipe down from the top when a new one arrives and respond directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS and good old-fashioned telephone calls.

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The Gallery makes it easier than ever to organize, find and share your photos. Every shot is instantly uploaded to your Ubuntu One personal cloud account, making it available on all your devices – including those running iOS, Android and Windows. Ubuntu includes native applications covering all the essentials you expect in a phone: telephony and voicemail, SMS and MMS, email, web browsing, photography, music and video.

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Google has annouched that Andriod will be separate out from the existing Google Mobile Blog into its own home – Andiod Official Blog.

Here’s what the Google Mobile team had to say about the new home for Android news:

A few months ago, we asked what content you wanted to see more of on the Google Mobile Blog, and the answer was quite clear: more Android! We launched +Android on Google+ and now we’ve launched the Official Android Blog, a new place for you to find all the latest news from the Android team.

Going forward, the new Android Blog will be a must-read for anyone interested in the latest news like today’s Google Wallet announcement. Thanks for being such a great audience over the years.

 

Google added another new amazing feature for their mobile search engine – Handwriting recognition.

 

Users on Android and iOS devices can enable handwriting support by tapping on settings over at Google.com and enabling Handwrite. You’ll need to be running iOS 5 or later on your Apple device or any version of Android other than Honeycomb to take advantage of the new Handwrite technology.

 

Amazingly, up to 27 languages are supported by the new handwriting feature which understandably works best in Google’s own Chrome browser. 3G have been waiting for this feature for sometime because it’s quite slow and counter productive to type using on-screen QWERTY keyboards.

 

The Handwrite feature is very new and it’ll probably take some time before it gets to a standard where it’ll be adopted on a wide-scale by the general population. However, auto-complete will still work when using the Handwrite feature , which should aid its effectiveness.

 

Watch the following video clip for their amazing new features