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Gboard 7.5.6 beta introduces two 'Minis' personalized sticker packs

In his teardown of Gboard v 7.4, Cody saw signs of a new personalized "minis" sticker pack coming. The feature is now live in v7.5.6 beta, which …

Gboard

Google Duo turns two years old today

Two years ago today, Google released its 'Duo' video chat app for iPhone and Android. It was designed to replace the video chat component of …

Google Duo

How to Manage Multiple Google or Gmail Accounts on Android

If you have more than one Google account—for example, a private Gmail email address and another for work—you may have wondered whether you can use …

Google

Hangouts Chat on the web updated w/ various Google Material Theme tweaks

Hangouts Chat is Google’s Slack competitor for enterprise and businesses. Made available to G Suite accounts earlier this year, Google is now rolling out a Material Theme redesign for the service.<p>At launch, Hangouts Chat features a very simple interface with a sidebar on the left providing quick …

Google

You’ll Have To Turn On Encryption To Protect Your Facebook Messages

Soon your Facebook Messenger chats be end-to-end encrypted — if you choose to enable the feature. You will also have a way to set a timer for …

Privacy

Google’s got a gambling problem – UX Collective

Last year, I made a momentous decision. After 12 beautiful years, I broke up with Apple. Alright, it wasn’t a real breakup, I’m still typing this on …

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Google's Got a Gambling Problem

Google’s got a gambling problemLast year, I made a momentous decision. After 12 beautiful years, I broke up with Apple. Alright, it wasn’t a real …

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Google’s blob emojis are back, a year after they were redesigned

“Mutant egg yolks. Clippy’s deformed, inbred cousins. Lumpy, misshapen visages.”<p>Those are the words of <i>Fast Company</i>‘s very own Mark Wilson talking about Google’s longtime emoji set, also known as “the blobs,” last year. Google spent 18 months carefully redesigning the emoji, unveiling the revamped …

Emoji

Google is resurrecting blob emoji again

Fans of Google's now-dead blob emoji have a reason to be happy today. The company announced that it's resurrecting its cute, flatly designed characters, albeit as a sticker pack for Gboard and Android Messages. What's the occasion? Well, it's World Emoji Day, of course. This isn't a direct …

Android News

To celebrate 🎉World Emoji Day🎉, Google gives us a throwback to ‘blob’ Emoji

XDA Developers<p>Today, July 17, is 🎉World Emoji Day🎉.<br>• To celebrate, Google is giving us a throwback to the days of “blob” Emoji by issuing new sticker packs.<br>• The blob Emoji stickers are available now in Gboard and Android Messages.<p>For a long time, Google’s “blob” Emojis were one of those little …

Scott Brown

Google brings back blob emojis with sticker packs for Android Messages and Gboard

Android Oreo's quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and while many of its features like picture-in-picture and Autofill have proven to be …

Android News

Google revives blob emoji in sticker packs for Android Messages and Gboard

In May of last year, it was confirmed that Google was adopting a more generic approach to emoji, dropping the blob styling.<p>Technically speaking, the …

Gboard

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Google’s blobmoji are back as sticker packs

Apparently, it’s World Emoji Day, and while that probably doesn’t mean much for most of us, for Google it means the return of what many consider to …

Android News

Inside The Making Of Allo, Google’s AI-Powered Messaging App

Google’s plan for beating Apple and Facebook in the messaging wars.<p>Let the Great Messaging War of 2017 begin. Today, Google is launching Allo, a revamped messaging app meant to compete with the likes of Apple Messages and Facebook Messenger—two products that in recent months have steadily unveiled …

Chatbots

Top 10 Best AI-Powered Mobile Apps

<i>With the level of advancement in tech today, Artificial Intelligence has turned into a major trend. It is exhibited by machines where they think and</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Chat May Be King Of The New Mobile Landscape

Tech giants and hopefuls alike are betting on messaging apps—and conversational interface—as the future of mobile.<p>Like tens of millions of teens across the world, 15-year-old Emma rarely surfs the web or tries out new apps. Instead, she conducts her digital life through a collection of social apps, …

Chatbots

Gboard testing smart replies for Snapchat, WhatsApp, more

• Google is reportedly testing smart replies in the Gboard app, giving you suggested responses for a host of apps.<br>• It’s believed that Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat, and WhatsApp are just a few of the supported apps.<br>• The company has previously experimented with suggested responses via the Smart …

Apps

Gboard testing smart replies for WhatsApp, Facebook, Allo, Snapchat, and more

Google’s stock keyboard app for Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Gboard, is my go-to keyboard ever since Swype for Android was discontinued. The popular …

Apps

Google launches a Web client for Android’s SMS app

Yet another Google Web client for yet another Google messaging service.<p>Android's default messaging client for 2018—"Messages"—is getting a Web client …

Android News

Google announces Android Messages for the web, rolling out in the coming weeks

<b>Update:</b> Google has now released an official blog post on not just the new support for web-based texts on Android Messages, but several other new features that will be rolled out over the next week. As we previously reported, once the Android Messages app update goes live, just go to the settings …

Android News

Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer starting today

Text, images, and stickers all work in the web version of Android Messages<p>Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. Google says the feature …

Android News

Smart Reply appears to be rolling out to Android Messages outside of Project Fi

Google Allo offered a really cool Smart Reply feature that was initially introduced with Google’s spinoff Inbox app. Smart Reply has made its way to …

Android News

T-Mobile users reporting possible rollout of Smart Reply for Android Messages

Today on Reddit, T-Mobile users started reporting that Smart Reply features suddenly appeared in their Android Messages apps. While it’s unclear if this is part of a future wide rollout, some A/B testing, or something else, it does seem like Smart Reply is on its way.<p>Currently, the only official …

Android News

Google has seven messaging apps – Here’s all of them and what they do

Since the launch of Google Talk in 2005, Google has emphasized the importance of people using the company’s services to communicate with one another. In fact, Google thinks it’s so important, that it made more Google-branded messaging platforms than it knows what to do with, each one offering …

Apps

Yahoo launches Squirrel chat app, because WhatsApp and others aren’t enough

I don’t know what’s more surprising: the fact that Yahoo is still a thing under Verizon ownership, or that it has decided to launch an instant messaging app. Squirrel, spotted by <i>Android Police</i>, is an invite-only group chat app that allows you to create rooms for people or topics.<p>On paper, it sounds …

Apps

Twitter Testing 'Secret Conversation' Feature for Sending Encrypted Direct Messages

Twitter is testing a new feature for its mobile apps called "Secret conversation," which would allow users to send direct messages that are encrypted (via <i>TechCrunch</i>). The end-to-end encryption would put Twitter's messaging platform on the level of apps like Telegram or WhatsApp, ensuring that a …

Apps

Hands-on: You can finally reply to messages from the Fitbit Versa and Ionic

When we reviewed the Fitbit Versa, we told you it was only a so-so smartwatch. In fact, same with the Fitbit Ionic. When they launched, you weren’t able to respond to any notifications that came through to your wrist, even though that’s something most other smartwatches can do.<p>But that’s changing …

Apps

Gboard beta for Android lets you create your own GIFs

Google's third-party keyboard Gboard added a quick way to create reaction GIFs on iOS last January. Now the feature is starting to show up on some Android handsets, as first noted by <i>Android Police</i>. We've been able to confirm the Make a GIF button on a Pixel 2 handset that's downloaded the Gboard …

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Google's Mobile Messaging Mess Is Getting Embarrassing

The search giant introduces a fourth messaging app -- and it’s based on a dying technology.<p><b>Alphabet</b>'s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google owns …

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Microsoft Builds Financial Technology Cloud Partnership With Saxo Bank

DAILY VIDEO: Denmark’s Saxo Bank moving fintech stack to Microsoft cloud; Google says goodbye to Allo chat app to Focus on RCS messaging.

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