Google Maps doubles points for Local Guides reviews

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The number of points awarded to Google Maps Local Guides for submitting reviews is doubling from five to 10, Google announced in a blog post today. Google says the change is rolling out “over a few weeks.”

This is the latest development in an ongoing campaign to increase user-submitted content. Back in October, the Local Guides program added badges for different types of contributions, and Maps increased the amount of points awarded for “detailed reviews”—those longer than 200 characters—from the base five up to 10 in November.

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Today in Apple history: First iPad reviews hail a true game-changer

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March 31, 2010: The world gets its first sense of how the iPad measures up, as the first reviews hit the internet. The consensus? That there’s no Flash, no USB, no multitasking — but that it’s a whole new computing experience all the same. As USA Today writes, “The first iPad is a winner.” Getting […]

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[Update: Odd-even is live] Google Maps v9.73 beta prepares to allow reviews to be saved as drafts, odd-even road rules for Jakarta, and more (APK Teardown)

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A new version of Google Maps began rolling out late last night. The immediately visible changes are semi-cosmetic, including some slightly more informative details, but there aren’t any obviously huge additions to see here. As we turn to a teardown, there are signs that reviewers will soon be able to start writing, then save their work as a draft.

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[Update: More details] Google is rolling out a new web Play Store design with much larger screenshots, a new reviews page, and more

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It’s been a while since the web Play Store got a fresh coat of paint, but it’s coming. Google is in the process of rolling out a tweaked UI, after testing it for a few months. We’re still digging through the redesign, but some changes are obvious. The screenshots are much larger, which is a long-overdue change. You’ll also notice a myriad of layout tweaks and a new dedicated reviews page.

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Google is rolling out a new web Play Store design with much larger screenshots, a new reviews page, and more

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It’s been a while since the web Play Store got a fresh coat of paint, but it’s coming. Google is in the process of rolling out a tweaked UI, after testing it for a few months. We’re still digging through the redesign, but some changes are obvious. The screenshots are much larger, which is a long-overdue change. You’ll also notice a myriad of layout tweaks and a new dedicated reviews page.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Called ‘Worthy Rival’ to iPhone X as Reviews Hit

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ reviews are officially out, and they’re mostly positive. The consensus is that Samsung’s latest smartphones are iterative but improved versions of its already-impressive Galaxy S8 devices.


We’ve linked a handful of the reviews below for anyone interested, but since we’re an Apple-centric website, we’ve chose to specifically highlight some comparisons made to Apple and the iPhone X in particular.

Highlights

The Wall Street Journal‘s David Pierce believes that Samsung and the Galaxy S9 once again “set the bar for smartphone design”:

Nobody makes better-looking phones than Samsung. Last year’s Galaxy S8 was a particular gem of a device, glassy and stark with that “infinity display” stretching almost entirely across the front. It was thoughtfully designed on a level only Apple used to be able to achieve. As a result, it flew off shelves.

So why change anything? Nine versions in, Samsung feels it has landed on the right design for its Galaxy S phones. A company spokeswoman compared Samsung’s approach to the way a luxury car maker might build new models: Nip and tuck, but dont change what people already love.

CNBC‘s Todd Haselton described the Galaxy S9 as “a worthy rival to the iPhone X” in his review. However, he said Samsung still lacks a Galaxy S smartphone that “pushes the boundaries a bit more” like the iPhone X.

I don’t normally compare Android phones with the iPhone because the product ecosystems are so different […] There’s no question the Galaxy S9 is a worthy Android rival to the iPhone X, with a great screen, camera, wireless charging and more. If you’re buying an Android phone and don’t like Apple products for whatever reason, this is a safe bet.

This brings up a larger point: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 feels a lot like the move from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. It’s an upgrade, but not really a huge bump in a lot of ways. Samsung needs something in the Galaxy S range that pushes the boundaries a bit more, like the iPhone X does in Apple’s lineup.

Samsung finally included stereo speakers on the Galaxy S9, and Haselton believes they sound “noticeably better” than those on the iPhone X.


The Verge‘s Dan Seifert said Samsung’s new “AR Emoji” feature is “built just to compete with Apple” and “not very good”:

There are a couple issues with Samsung’s AR Emoji. First, Samsung isn’t using any special tech to capture your face or movements, it’s just relying on the front or rear camera, so tracking is bad. Second, the characters it creates are on the wrong side of creepy, and everyone I’ve tested it with has been completely turned off with the results. The animal characters are similarly weird. It’s definitely something that Samsung built just to compete with Apple, and it’s not very good.

Quartz‘s Mike Murphy said what irks him most about the iPhone X is that it can only be unlocked with Face ID or a passcode, whereas the Galaxy S9 has a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, facial recognition, or a passcode.

However, he adds that the Galaxy S9’s iris scanner and facial recognition system are both slower than Face ID on the iPhone X.

While it’s nice that there are multiple ways to unlock the S9, the iris and face scanners aren’t as quick as the iPhone X. The iris scanner requires you to hold the phone pretty much at eye level and takes a few moments to scan, whereas Apple’s Face ID technology seems to work almost instantaneously, at a range of angles.

Mashable‘s Raymond Wong touted the Galaxy S9 camera’s variable aperture, but he said low-light photos aren’t necessarily better than those shot with an iPhone X or Google Pixel 2. Most reviews agree it is a matter of personal preference.

Yes, the camera is smart enough to identify the amount of light in a scene and switch to the suitable aperture, but the photos don’t stomp all over the iPhone X’s or Pixel 2’s shots, even in low light scenarios.

The iPhone X still takes the prize for color accuracy. The S9 camera still over-saturates and over-processes photos. And the Pixel 2 XL is still the sharpness and low-light champion.

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Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be pre-ordered on Samsung’s website for $720 and $840 respectively. The smartphones launch March 16.

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Google Maps v9.73 beta prepares to allow reviews to be saved as drafts, odd-even road rules for Jakarta, and more [APK Teardown]

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A new version of Google Maps began rolling out late last night. The immediately visible changes are semi-cosmetic, including some slightly more informative details, but there aren’t any obviously huge additions to see here. As we turn to a teardown, there are signs that reviewers will soon be able to start writing, then saved their work as a draft. Also, if you’re going to be driving in Jakarta, Indonesia, Google maps is going to make it easier to deal with odd-even driving restrictions.

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GSMArena.com partners with SmartViser for automating its battery life test for phone reviews

We’re happy to lift the curtain off an exciting development over here in the GSMArena testing labs. After months of prodding and fine-tuning, we’re almost ready to deploy an automated system for testing the battery life of the phones we review. This is possible thanks to our partnership with SmartViser, a company which specializes in creating custom solutions for phone testing automation based on their app called viSer. Yes, it’s an app but it’s not something you’d find available for download on the Play Store. The ViSer App can control and automate almost every aspect of a…

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Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

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How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

I make sure to read several helpful reviews before purchasing anything. It assists me in buying the things that are timed to my needs or preference. If you also like to weigh things before spending your dollar, you would be glad to know that iOS 11.3 or later lets you filter App Store reviews on your iPhone and iPad.

Based on need, you can choose to get the most helpful or the most recent reviews. And just in case, you wish to keep an eye on some of the glaring drawbacks, you also have the option to select most critical reviews starting with one star.

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 11.3 or later.

Step #1. Launch App Store device.

Open App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, navigate to your favorite app or game.

Go to App or Game in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #3.  On the item’s page, you need to tap on the link See All which is located Ratings & Reviews section.

Tap on See All in App or Game on App Store on iPhone or iPad

Next up, tap the link Sort By and select the preferred filtering option.

  • Most Helpful: To get the reviews with the most helpful feedback.
  • Most Favorable: To have the highest-rated reviews.
  • Most Critical: To display the lowest-rated reviews.
  • Most Recent: Get the most recent reviews.

Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

Generally, it’s better to go through both the good and bad side of the story to have a balanced perspective. Hence, I would recommend you to never fail to check the most critical reviews if you want to be aware of some of the existing loopholes.

That’s all for now!

Wrapping up

That’s how you can quickly access the more helpful reviews about apps and games! Have any feedback? Do toss it up in the comments below.

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