WhatsApp voice call: everything you need to know

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. This is the first time WhatsApp is offering this, which puts it head-to-head against the likes of Skype, Viber, & others.

Send directions to any place from PC Google to your Android device

In a vague sort of way, this works against the very concept of GPS but what the heck…..Search engine Google now allows users to send directions on their Android devices to any geographical location from their computers so that they can have the walking/driving directions available on their devices even before leaving their offices or homes.

Reports: Lifehacker Australia, Android Central, Android Police

Microsoft CEO says 100 mln Office downloads on iOS & Android devices

IT major Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has said his company had seen over 100 million downloads of Office on iPhones, iPads & Android Tablets. He told analysts in a conference call after Microsoft announced its Q3 results yesterday that the core aim of the company’s mobile first strategy was to ensure that the service end points were on every mobile device. Buoyed by growth in Cloud-based products & mobile, Microsoft saw year-on-year revenue growth of 6% to US $21.7 billion, during its fiscal Q3 2015.

Reports: The Verge, Mobile World Live, Digital Trends

Apple inaugurates App Store for smart watch

The App Store for Apple Watch apps opened on Thursday.

The store is the 3rd of the App Store, along with branches hosting apps for the iPhone & the iPad. Apple said over 3,000 Watch apps would be available here. The Apple Watch works in tandem with an iPhone. Developers are still grappling with the fact that they have to develop apps that work simultaneously on the big screen on a phone & the tiny one of the Apple Watch, though.

Reports: The Verge, Mac Rumors, Cult of Mac, 9 to 5 Mac (blog), Engadget

Localytics offers free App Store optimization tool to grade your app

The results shown at the click of a button are divided into 8 categories such as name, reach, reviews, etc. Users will also get a cheat sheet as a handy reference to keep track of best practices. The tool will also take you through a series of tips & tricks & resources that will help you create a better listing & attract more users & downloads.

Facebook’s Hello mobile app is caller ID, blocker, all in one

Facebook has made further inroads into your phone. The social network has launched a phone dialler, caller ID provider, search engine & call blocker for Android called Hello. A Facebook Creative Labs project, Hello connects with Facebook so you can see who’s calling, block unwanted calls & even search for people or places.

Reports: Re/code, Engadget, Wired, Techcrunch

Safari accounted for over half of US mobile & Tablet usage in March 2015: Report – Press note

Apple’s Safari browser accounted for over half of US mobile & Tablet Internet usage in March according to independent Website analytics provider, StatCounter. “This emphasises the potential prize in the rapidly growing mobile space for Yahoo, Bing or others if Apple decides to end its default search deal with Google,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.