Software News

Google Play's Instant Apps Start Appearing

Instant Apps, which allow you to try new pieces of software before fully installing them, are now showing up on Google Play. You'll notice the feature is available if a "try it now" button appears on an app's listing. If you tap it you'll get to trial the app without a download.

Samsung Introduces Bixby 2.0

The second iteration of Bixby is here. Samsung introduced Bixby 2.0 on Wednesday during its developer conference in San Francisco. This new version of the digital assistant is coming six months after the debut of the original. Bixby 2.0 has a big IoT focus.

Gmail For iOS Tests Third-Party Accounts

Google is trying out support for third-party email accounts in Gmail for iOS. You can only access the feature as a beta tester right now. If you're fine with potential performance issues within the app, you can sign up to become a beta tester for this feature here.

Apple, GE Partner On Industrial iOS Apps

Apple is working with General Electric to create "industrial" applications on iPhone and iPad that'll be used by enterprise customers. This work is yielding, among other things, a new SDK targeted at the Internet of Things. Apple CEO Tim Cook referred to GE as an "ideal partner."