Nokia Updates HERE Apps for Windows Phone
Nokia today made available updates to its HERE Drive, HERE Drive+, and HERE Transit apps for Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The HERE Drive apps both gain new traffic and commuting features, including a new user interface that incorporates live traffic conditions. The Drive apps both learn the user's daily commute and the expanded My Commute feature provides estimated travel times along routes that are driven daily. The app will automatically suggest the best route and information will be pushed to the Live Tile for easier viewing. The feature supports multiple daily routes. The new version of Nokia Transit has been significantly overhauled to make it easier to use by incorporating more of Windows Phone's Metro theme elements. Nokia HERE Drive, HERE Drive+, and HERE Transit are available to all Windows Phones. The new apps should arrive in the Windows Phone Store by the end of the week.
Google Eases Drive Functionality for Android
Google today updated its Google Drive application for Android devices with some user-requested features that help the app perform more seamlessly. For example, users who preview files in Drive can open the file directly in their favorite editing program from the preview screen.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Google Drive Lets iPhone Owners Save Backups
Google recently made it easier for iPhone owners to save the contents of their devices in the cloud. Google Drive now includes several options within the iPhone app for backing up contacts, calendar events, and photos/videos.