Instagram Brings Presence to Direct Messaging Tool
Instagram users can now see when their friends are online. The latest version of the mobile app includes a presence feature, placing a green dot next to the account names of those who are actively using the app. The idea is meant to encourage private conversations through Instagram's direct messaging functionality. Instagram says people will only see the real-time online status of friends who follow them back, or who have traded messages with them before. People can hide their own status and turn off the ability to see others' status if they so wish. The new feature is reaching mobile devices over the days ahead.
Android Wear to Gain Android 8 Oreo Notification Dots
Jan 25, 2018
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Mar 22, 2017
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Google Adds Google Lens to Google Images
Oct 25, 2018
Following up on an announcement it made last month, Google has incorporated Google Lens visual search into Google Images. When people conduct image searches on their phones, they'll now see a tool to initiate a Google Lens query.
Ice View Case for HTC 10 Replaces Dot View
Apr 12, 2016
Alongside the 10 smartphone, HTC today announced the Ice View Case. This case is similar to the Dot View Case, but makes big improvements in usability.