Google Assistant for iPhone and iPad Now Supports Hindi and Indonesian Languages

The Google Assistant app for iOS has just been updated with support for Hindi and Indonesian languages. Version 1.2.5806, which is now rolling out on the App Store, comes hot on the heels of version 1.2.4507 released last week that introduced iPad support in the app.

To make Google Assistant speak these new languages, you have to change your iOS Device language by going to Settings → General → Language & Region → [Device] Language


Overcast 4.1 Brings Auto-Delete and Smart Resume Features

Overcast is one of the most popular podcast apps available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices created by the noted developer and podcast celebrity Marco Arment. Marco has released Overcast 4.1 today that ships with two really handy features for its users.

Overcast now has an option to auto-delete podcast episodes (pods?) 24 hours after you’ve done with them. This is a handy option for devices that are running out of storage space, or even if just want to clear out old episodes. Another handy and much-anticipated feature is the new Smart Resume feature that automatically jumps back by up to a few seconds when you resume a paused stream, so you can catch reference of the active conversation. This version also adds support for password-protected podcasts, along with a bunch of bug fixes.

You can Get Overcast 4.1 for Free from the App Store →.


Google Assistant is Now Available for iPad

Google has just updated its Google Assistant app for iOS with support for the iPad. I’ve been using the Google Assistant on and off over the last few weeks and for most tasks, it does a far better job compared to Siri or Alexa.

Unfortunately, the iPad version of the app is just a blown up interface for the big screen. You do get to view more content from the results in most cases, but generally speaking, the interface is just like a really big phone. On the positive side, the app does support SlideOver and SplitView modes and even lets you Drag and Drop content from other apps onto it.

Get the Google Assistant for Free from the App Store →.




The Growing Trend of Bloated Apps with ‘Lite’ Alternatives

K. Q. Dreger notices a peculiar trend in apps by large companies and writes that a company’s ‘Lite’ app should be their only app:

What part of being fast, data conscious, and reliable is exclusive to old devices or those on poor networks? Why does Twitter Lite feel more like Twitter than anything the company’s done with their main website or app over the past few years? Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google truly so married to ads, analytics, and A/B testing frameworks that their only shot at making a reasonably sized, fast app is to start fresh? Will these lite variants actually stay that way, or will the bloat slowly creep back in?

Being based in India, I have used some of these ‘Lite’ apps over the last few months and in almost all the cases, these lite versions offer a far better user experience than using the official apps. It’s downright ridiculous to experience how bloated the official apps are with unnecessary crap.

It’s also sad to see that there are many apps out there which are severely bloated and do not offer a lite version at all. This issue is becoming more common across not just iOS and Android, but on the Mac as well, thanks to all the “apps” powered by Electron.


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