BBM Beta shows off Material Design, message editing, private chats

It took them a while to catch up in terms of design, but at least Blackberry is getting there when it comes to its strongest remaining product to date. BBM (Blackberry Messenger if you didn't know yet) is finally getting a Material Design upgrade, as well as new features to "make it even better" for its more than a million users worldwide. The update however is still in its beta phase, so it might not still work perfectly as you would expect.

Free up space on your device with Google Photos

If you've been online the past few days, then you've probably seen various people, blogs, and news sites raving about Google's newest baby, Google Photos. With its offering of unlimited cloud storage space, easy user interface, and other various features that makes it both easy and fun to use, it's no wonder that users are loving it. Another new (or newly discovered) feature will make it even more useful for the digital native, particularly for those who need extra space in their devices.

Google updates My Account page to make it more user-friendly

If you're a casual Google user, you probably didn't know that there exists a tool so that you can manage the different aspects of your Google account, like your security, privacy, personal information, etc. This tool has been around for almost a year, but it didn't seem to really catch on to the normal user, except if you're a tech-savvy or tech-paranoid person. But Google has now updated the page so that it will be easier for you to occasionally check your account's settings, even if you do it just once in a blue moon.

SMS notification for Google Calendar to stop by June 27

We've read articles and tech prognosis that SMS or text messaging is slowly becoming obsolete since everyone is almost always connected to the Internet anyway and there are a lot of free messaging apps out there. Well, Google seems to be of the same mind, in a way, as they announced that they are discontinuing sending SMS notifications for your Google Calendar alerts by the end of June. This will only apply for your personal accounts and not for Google Apps for Work, Education, and Government.

AppChat now moving on to beta phase with more new features

A few weeks ago, we told you about a new messaging app that allows you to create chat rooms for any of the apps you've downloaded, either to ask for advice, give advice, or basically just connect with anyone using the same app. While AppChat was still in the alpha phase, the developers received a lot of feedback and have given users 17 updates. But now, they're ready to move on to the next phase which is bringing the app to beta mode.

Inbox now available for everyone, with new features to boot

If you're one of those who were longing to get an Inbox invite so you could use the other Gmail app that people have been talking about, you don't need to wait anymore. Google has opened up the mobile email app to the public, and has even added the most requested features from those who were lucky enough to get the invite and have been using it since October. So now, you can use Inbox to make it easier to sort through and group together your Gmail, whether on mobile or on desktop.

Netflix Android app now supports 4K, Dolby Digital Pass

The new high-end TV industry standard, 4K, may not be that popular yet, given the limited devices that can support it (just for now, hopefully), but eventually, most brands will probably get on board. Netflix is making sure that they're one of the first out the door, as their Android app now supports 4K ultra high density resolution so you can view "all the pixels". The update also brings support for Dolby Digital Plus pass-through and application backgrounding as well.

Ginger now integrates Any.do on its virtual keyboard

Most virtual keyboards that are now available in the market have gone beyond just giving you an alternative to your default keyboard. We've seen apps like SwiftKey, Fleksy, Swype and others offer other functionalities that can either confuse you even more or maybe make your life easier. Ginger Keyboard is another app that has been adding more features and the latest one is a partnership with popular productivity app Anything.do so you can do your tasks directly on your smart keyboard.

New SwiftKey update now out of beta phase

SwiftKey has been releasing a few beta updates over the past month, teasing us as to all the possibilities when it will finally be released in its real form. Finally, the virtual keyboard has released the major update which includes a new Hub menu, free default theme, additional languages and additional Dashlane integration for your saved passwords. Plus, a lot of the new designs have been inspired from the Material Design visual guidelines that Google has been suggesting for developers.

Wear Mini Launcher lets you manage apps in your smartwatch

Unlike with smartphones where you can still survive without an app launcher, Android Wear smartwatches aren't that great yet when it comes to managing and launching apps. You'd have to rely on apps like Wear Mini Launcher in order to quickly find the tools you need at that moment when you need it. Aside from getting to the apps, you also get to customize your settings and options so that it's easier for you to manage your smartwatch, even without opening your smartphone.