Facebook Messenger now has an instant video recording feature. It has a tap-and-hold video sharing that is similar to Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine. The feature has rolled out on iOS today and will be coming to Android soon.
Apple App Store Posts
Around a year ago, Google Wallet launch the Instant Buy API for Android apps. Now this feature is available on iOS apps. Developers can now integrate Google Wallet’s checkout into their apps with Instant Buy and have users check out with two clicks.
Apple has updated the App Store today with several new features. The new App Store has improved search functionality, app bundles, app previews, and TestFlight. App previews lets developers include a short video next to the app to give a demo of how it works. App bundles let developers offer multiple apps for purchase in one bundled purchase price and download.
Google has updated its iOS app to version 4.0.0, which lets users ask questions with their phones by tapping on the microphone or by saying OK Google while the app is open. This feature enables the Google app to further compete with Apple’s own built-in Siri feature.
Google has added several features to Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad, including lane guidance for the U.S. and Canada and the ability to save maps for offline use. Google also added filtered searches for points-of-interest by category, pricing, and hours.
Last week, Microsoft launched Microsoft Office for iPad. Now the Microsoft Word for iPad app has entered the top 10 on Apple’s App Store “Top Grossing” rankings. The app was released on March 27th and was ranked number 6 as of Sunday. Excel and PowerPoint are rapidly growing as well.
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Apple has started testing a search suggestion feature on the App Store. The related search feature is placed below the search bar.
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Google has released a new app for the Apple App Store called Google Play Movies & TV. The Google Play Movies & TV is a competitor to iTunes for selling movies and TV shows. You will be able to watch Google media content directly from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod. However, you will not be able to buy or rent content directly from the app, probably due to Apple’s restrictions with third party content stores. The app also has a Chromecast button to stream video to your TV.