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Wednesday, September 23...
Google's Gmail App Finally Available as Default iOS Email
Users of Apple's iOS ecosystem can now officially set Google's Gmail as their default email app for the first time ever. The new option was made possible by Apple's introduction of iOS 14, which added the ability to change some default apps away from Apple's first-party options, as well as a just-released update for the iOS edition of the Gmail mobile app. While Google released an updated version of Chrome for iOS about a week ago, making it possible to set it as iOS' default Web browser, users were stuck with Apple's own Email app for a while longer while the search giant prepped its Gmail update. Apple device owners interested in making the change can do so by visiting the Settings app on their iPhone or iPad, tapping on Gmail, tapping "default app" and confirming Gmail as their email app of choice. Google has also posted a support pagedetailing the process. Anyone attempting to switch should make sure they have version 6.0.200825 or later of the Gmail app on iOS if they wish to set it as their default.
DISH Network Names New Head of Boost Mobile
DISH Network appointed Stephen Stokols as the new executive vice president of the recently-acquired Boost Mobile. The new head of the mobile division is the founder and former CEO of FreedomPop, a service specializing in low-cost and free mobile service options. Stokols will be responsible for "sales, marketing, go-to-market strategy and operations of the Boost business." Speaking on the appointment, John Swieringa, DISH group president, Retail Wireless noted that Stokol's "growth mindset, relentless energy and history of disruption in the consumer wireless business make him the right leader to take the helm of Boost Mobile." The new lead promised to focus on "bringing new innovations to the market, increased availability across all channels, and ultimately, the best consumer value in mobile." DISH Network acquired Boost Mobile from Sprint during its merger with T-Mobile. The divestiture was required by federal regulators as a measure designed to provide the foundation for a fourth nationwide wireless carrier that could replace Sprint in the competitive landscape.
Samsung Brings TV Plus App to Select Galaxy Smartphones
Samsung revealed that its Samsung TV Plus app, previously only available on its line of Smart TVs, would be coming to the Galaxy Store and Google Play on select Galaxy-branded smartphones. The app will provide the same functionality as its TV counterpart, offering free streaming video channels and on-demand content. The latest version of Samsung TV Plus includes 135 live channels and a catalogue of movies and TV shows such as Baywatch and Kitchen Nightmares. Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 20, S20, Note 10, and S10 will all be able to download the app starting on September 23. It remains unclear if the company plans to offer the app to older Galaxy devices, or any units not within the Note or S flagship lines.
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