Viber has received a significant update on mobile, with version 9.6 bringing several new features and improvements. The Rakuten-owned app now has an upgraded architecture, which allows for a faster performance across the app. And yes, there’s also an in-chat translation feature, powered by Google Translate.
Viber version 9.6 comes along a shredded human interface experience, including bigger chat bubbles, larger photo thumbnails, and new message delivery status symbols. Previously, the app used to display either ‘Delivered’ or ‘Seen’ text below the text bubble, but it’s now changed to double check marks inside the bubble.
You’ll be able to make “crystal-clear calls,” according to the release notes, with Viber’s new audio and video technology. Another interesting new feature in Viber 9.6 is for storage. The app will allow you to set a preferred duration before the chat media is deleted (unless you have plenty of storage).
Viber’s new and super useful feature: in-chat translation. This new improvement from Viber is a big push toward engaging users within the app. In order to use the in-chat translation, simply tap and hold onto the text bubble, and choose ‘Translate’ from the list. This will translate the original text to your device’s system language. In-chat translation is available on Android as of now, while the iOS counterpart is yet to receive the translation feature.
Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more
Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.
Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.
The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.
You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.
Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.
There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.
Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!
Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available
Inching closer to the public release,
Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.
iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.
We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned.
Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more
An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.
Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.
What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:
- Redesigned tweet status details.
- Support for haptic feedback.
- Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
- Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.
Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.