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Allo the web app, coming soon (or not so soon) to your nearest desktops

When Google announced Allo at Google I/O last year, probably they never thought of creating an iMessage for Android. If that’s true, I don’t know what they were thinking launching another messaging app. Regardless, with how the hype built around Allo, with fans and critics expecting Google to get it right this time around, there were high expectations. What we got however were not fully developed apps but ideas.  Idea version 1.0 which the company promised will develop into mature communication apps.  Continue reading

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Google is asking for your suggestions to fix Allo

You probably still remember Allo right? That new smart messaging app from Google? Yes, it was supposed to supersede Hangouts and become Android’s answer to iMessage. Such hopes. Turned out, it couldn’t even compete with lesser known apps like Viber or WeChat let alone Whatsapp. Allo was as simple a messenger as it could have been, and not in a good Whatsapp like way. It was bare bones except for the integrated Google Assistant which was fun, initially. Continue reading

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Google may enable Google Assistant on non Pixel devices

The Google Assistant arrived last year with the first Google branded smartphones as an exclusive feature, however, it didn’t remain so, at least officially. In fact, developers managed to find a way to enable the Assistant on the Nexus 6P even before the first Pixel was shipped. Seeing how easy it was to just enable the Google Assistant on any other smartphone it was speculated that its official exclusivity to Pixel was only for a while. That speculation could turn out to be true sooner than expected. The LG G6 is said to be arriving with the Google Assistant and now an update to the Google App suggests that the AI powered assistant could make its way onto even more devices. Continue reading

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Why apps won’t matter going forward

Remember the time when there were no smartphones? Seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? Most mobile apps we had were simple tools such as unit converters or games. Hardly an app for booking your railway or flight tickets nor did we have as efficient mobile versions of websites. Today, almost every service that caters to a large audience has a dedicated mobile app, a mobile version of its website, and a fully functional desktop version, then there are other standards creeping up on them such as Google’s AMP project.
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Google to discontinue Google Now Launcher soon

Some time ago Google, the company behind Android, introduced its very own app launcher among the many others already present with the name Google Now launcher. The launcher had no fancy features, just a basic app launcher with a Google Now pane integrated into it, hence the name Google Now launcher. But with the Google Pixel, and its own dedicated Pixel Launcher, Google currently has two launchers on the Playstore.

But if an email obtained by Android Police is to be believed, Google is planning on discontinuing the Google Now Launcher by the end of Q1 2017. Apart from the different ways to access the app drawer, both the Google Now launcher and the Pixel launcher are almost exactly same. The only difference being that the Pixel launcher is not compatible (officially) with anything that’s not a Google Pixel.
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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