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Google is pushing out a new ‘Instant Tethering’ feature via Google Play Services

Google Play Services is currently rolling out a new feature that was never spoken of before unlike most features that we hear rumours of way before they actually come out. The mobile hotspot on your phone can be very useful, in some cases a life saver when you really need it but it can be a bit tedious to set it up. Some Android users have gotten a new feature called Instant Tethering with Google Play Services 10.2. Continue reading

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Beware the popular photo app Meitu – it will steal your data

Often, an app or game finds its way onto almost everybody’s phone. Sometimes you’d get it too just to see what all the fuzz is about. Like  Pokemon Go or Prisma. Meitu is a similar viral sensation thanks to the massive coverage it has received online and because who wouldn’t want to instantly give themselves or their favourite politicians and celebs a Japanese-anime inspired makeover, and share the hilarious results with the world?

But if you are one of those, it’s time to uninstall Meitu.  Continue reading

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Google search offline feature now rolling out to the Android app

For all its power and influence, Google search has always suffered if you happen to have little to no mobile signal or less than stellar WiFi connectivity. If you’ve been in such a situation you know the frustration. Often I want to look up something that’s mentioned in a movie while watching it, but sometimes my spectacular Vodafone connection is off duty and later I just forget about it.
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Hangouts gets a simplified group chat creation as Google gears it up for enterprise

Google Hangouts has been an excellent communication service for its many users. While Hangouts did not see as huge a user base as Microsoft’s Skype or other competing platforms, it still managed to carve out its niche. Unfortunately though, Google has decided to reboot its efforts at messaging apps again with Allo, Duo and Messenger, all of which are mobile only unlike Hangouts, while Hangouts takes a backseat, much like Google’s previous efforts. Mountain Veiw has no plans to kill the service though, instead the company is wanting to shift its focus to the enterprise customerContinue reading

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Now you can send and receive GIPHY animations on Whatsapp too

WhatsApp may have been the leading third-party messaging app for years, but it’s only recently begun adding some of its best features that have been around on other services for a while. On Android, it added GIF support months ago so GIFs are probably not new to you as a Whatsapp user. However, the app only supported locally saved GIFs to be sent until now which, if you are into GIFs, might have been a bit troublesome to find and download and then send.
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Google is quietly shutting down Hangouts API from April 25th

While Google maintained that it will not be shutting down Hangouts after Allo and Duo arrived onto the scene, the company did recast hangouts as a cross-platform chat app for enterprise customers. The search giant is now taking steps to ensure that fate and it has decided to end support for its third-party developer tools preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API. Continue reading

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Google Play games is getting rid of Google+ for good

Google Play Games is breaking up with Google+. The process started earlier this year in February when Google introduced Gamer IDs to replace the need to sign in to Google+ and give or deny permissions with every new Google Play game you downloaded. The final nail in the coffin for Google+ integration into Play Games came via an announcement yesterday when the company made public that all Google+ integrations would cease to function starting in February 2017. Continue reading