Reading all the news from Google I/O may have kept you too busy to keep up with this week’s app news. We’ve kept up for you.
Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps.
Google Assistant comes to iOS
Google is finally bringing its powerful AI assistant to iPhones. As everyone from Microsoft to Samsung comes out with their own version, assistants are likely to be the next most important way to control your phone. Previously, operating systems were restrictive in nature. If you had an iPhone, Apple controlled your experience. Now with assistants like Siri, Google and Alexa being an increasingly dominant way to use your phone, it’ll be the company that has the best assistant that will control your experience – and Google has a huge advantage with its knowledge graph.
Instagram finally gets face filters
After a months long feature by feature cloning of Snapchat, Instagram’s finally gets Snapchat’s most iconic feature – the lenses, or as Instagram calls them “face filters.” There are only eight filters for now, but Instagram is soon likely to have its own wide array of filters.
Messenger gets a new layout
Facebook Messenger has an all new home screen. It now contains tabs for Messages, people who are “Active now” or online, and favorite groups. There’s also a new bottom bar for Home, Calls, Camera, People and Games. The Camera is a much more prominent part of Messenger than before, likely due to the Messenger Day feature.
Uber adds transit information to Android
The ride-hailing service announced on Tuesday that its Android app will now allow users to easily access real-time public transportation data. This means that you can easily plan trips like taking an Uber to the train station and coordinating your train times. Uber is partnering with Transit to provide the directions.
Yoga Wake Up is a Yoga alarm clock that wakes you up with a guided audio meditation or yoga sequence that’s set to music.
Whatsapp has rolled out pinned chats to Android users.
Medium launched professionally produced audio content, the first exclusive feature for paying members.
Finally, you’ll soon be able to have YouTube parties in VR.