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Instagram for Android Updated: Added a green dot for online contacts

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Instagram for Android has recently got a new update. After the update (V54.0.0.14.82), if a friend of yours is online, a green dot will show up on in the bottom right corner of their profile pictures.

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You will notice the dot both in Instagram Direct as well as your friend list whenever you share a post from the feed.

Today we’re making it easier to connect with friends on Instagram by showing you when they’re available to chat.

When your friends are active on Instagram, you’ll see a green dot next to their profile picture in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post from feed. You will only see status for friends who follow you or people who you have talked to in Direct. You can easily hide your own status and turn off the ability to see when your friends are active in your settings.

This is not essentially a new feature as Facebook has always had it in all of the apps including the Messenger. Finally, the developers of Instagram decided to push it to Instagram as well. You can, of course, turn the feature off by going to the settings and turn off the Show Activity Status option.



Instagram has been pushing a lot of productive features lately. After the update (V52.0.0.8.83), the app will let you know when you are caught up with all the posts from the last two days whenever you are scrolling your timeline. When you are totally up to date, the app will show you a notification which would read You’re all caught up.

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As per the Instagram’s official blog, this new feature will help you stay updated.



What are your thoughts on the latest Instagram update? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

Former National Defence Academy Cadet, Mukul Sharma is an Android Lover. He makes Android reviews on Android Updated. You can find him at Android Updated or at Stuff Listings.

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Sony smartphone app: UsNow video chat software

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Sony has launched a new smartphone app dubbed the Sony UsNow. The report has come to Android Updated courtesy of Letsgodigital.

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On 11 April 2019, Sony Corporation registered a trademark with the EUIPO for UsNow. The brand name was applied for by patent and law firm Müller Fottner Steinecke from Munich, Germany.

This company often acts on behalf of Sony, Müller Fottner established the trademark earlier this year for CinemaWide Display, the enormously long 21: 9 screen used by the new Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 smartphones.

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The trademark for UsNow is classified as Class 9, with the description; smartphone software for sharing the screen with others and simultaneously communicating via video chat.


The function as described is of course not entirely new. Among other things, Skype offers the possibility to share the screen, so that friends or colleagues can watch your screen. Handy if you want to discuss a project, but also if you want to show a nice holiday destination for your friends. However, with Skype, this only works via the PC, and therefore not from an Android or iOS device. Sony UsNow will offer a similar service, but for smartphones.

In the Google Play Store, you will also find various apps for screen mirroring, but these are only meant for showing your smartphone screen on a TV. And not so much from smartphone to smartphone, in combination with a video chat service.

It is as yet unknown when Sony will unveil its new UsNow smartphone app. We may have to be patient until IFA 2019, this annual tech fair in Berlin will start September 6 A new high-end Xperia smartphone is also expected by that time.

View the Sony UsNow trademark here.

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Poco Launcher for Android Updated: Added dark mode

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Poco Launcher for Android has recently got updated. After the update, the launcher supports a native dark mode.

Latest Poco Launcher update: What’s new?

1. Fix the bug of icon pack with white background.
2. Dark mode! Yay!
3. You can add custom apps to App vault shortcuts now.
4. Double tapping the screen to lock device works on all compatible models now.
5. Icons got crisper and prettier!
6. We fixed the bugs that slowed down the UI. Now it’s more responsive.
7. We fixed multiple minor bugs as well.

In order to make use of the dark background, you would have to dig a bit deep (Settings menu, hit More and then Backgrounds). Furthermore, you can set the transparency of the background in the app drawer and can even keep it to Pitch Black.

The Poco Launcher was initially launched with the Poco F1, but you can download it on any other smartphone (the download link to the updated version is given at the bottom).

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What are your thoughts on the latest Poco Launcher? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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The best way to convert images to words – Android Updated Pick

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Our smartphones came a long way from their humble beginnings a few decades ago. Back in the day, you were lucky if you could even get reception and not to mention other stuff that we take for granted today. With old mobile devices, you could only take phone calls and occasionally send SMS messages.

In the 90s mobile devices experienced their first expansion. They got some new features like a calendar, games, to-do lists etc., and they also got GPRS internet connectivity with email client app. Like before, the first adopters were business people who realized the potential of being accessible 24/7 and being able to work remotely.

Third expansion happened in the late 2000s with the introduction of mobile apps and their app stores. Now people could do basically anything with their devices. They could play games, edit photos and videos, convert documents, create presentations and much more. One of the most popular app categories besides games is business apps. Business people would do anything to get more time in their busy days and to do their work more productively.

Imagine this, you’ve just signed a business contract but you would like to have it in an electronic form. You could take a picture or scan it and afterward save it to your computer. This is easy, but that way you wouldn’t be able to reuse it later if needed since the text on images can’t be edited. One option is to retype the whole document which will take you at least half an hour or instead of doing that you could use one very clever app.

Image to Word Converter will allow you to convert any image with text on it to an editable MS Word file. The app provides excellent conversion results with formatting intact. Some of its most notable features are:

– No limits on the size and the number of files you can upload and convert

– Built-in powerful image scanner which uses top of the line OCR engine

– Ability to convert screenshots

– Easy sharing feature

– Cloud service support (OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox and more)

Although the app is pretty easy to use, we decided to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to convert your images to word files. Follow along.

Step 1:

Download Image to Word Converter from Play Store and install it.

Step 2:

After the installation is complete, select the image you want to convert. You can select images directly from your phone gallery, from Gmail attachments or previously mentioned cloud services.

Another option is to use a built-in image scanner to quickly take a photo. For the best possible results, we recommend scanning documents on a flat surface without any visible background.

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Step 3:

In case you are not satisfied with your images, you have an option to crop and rotate them. Once you finish with your editings, tap the “Convert” button and proceed to the final step.

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Step 4:

Simply wait for the conversion to finish and that would be all. There is no need of having the app open the whole time, the notification will pop up on your screen saying that your file has been successfully converted.

Image to Word Converter app not only will save you a lot of time but will help you with almost any type of document. For instance, you could make your invoices, reports, notes and even recipes digital and editable again. We would truly recommend having this app installed on your phone because you never know when you will need it.

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