Stable Chrome OS Gets Google Play and Android Apps on Two Chromebooks

Google Play and Android apps moved a step closer to a broader release to more devices today, thanks to a graduation of the Google Play beta experience to Chrome OS stable. Wait, did that make sense? What I’m saying is that Chrome OS stable (v53.0.2785.129) now has access to Google Play and Android apps, though only on two devices at the moment. Still, we’re making progress!  (more…)

Allo Isn’t the Messaging App for Me

Allo, Google’s new smart messaging app, has been out for all of 13 hours now. During that short time, I think I’ve already come to the conclusion that this app isn’t for me. That’s not to say that this is a bad app, it’s just not in any way, shape, or form, an app that can handle my messaging needs. I actually joked earlier on Twitter that maybe Allo was really Google’s attempt to convince us that Hangouts isn’t all that bad and that we should stop complaining about it. After spending most of the morning whipping up stories and videos about Allo, I think that’s exactly what I’m realizing – that Hangouts is pretty damn good at what I need from a messaging app.  (more…)

Video: Google Allo First Look and Tour!

Google Allo launched last night and is fully available to almost everyone on Google Play at this point. We know that many of you have had a chance to install Allo (download here) and take it for a spin, but there are potentially just as many of you who are wondering if this is even worth your time. For those who are curious but not yet ready to make the jump, the 15-minute video tour of Allo we just put together should help.

Below, we walk through Allo from just after you’ve signed in to whether or not it is the app that could replace your current messaging choice. We dive into group chats, SMS integration (or lack thereof), show what happens when you send a message from Allo to someone who doesn’t have it, talk about multi-device support (spoiler: there isn’t any), and of course, spend time with Google Assistant both by itself and in conversations.

Allo.  (more…)

Verizon Moto Z, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are All Getting Security Patch Updates Today

Owners of a Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Galaxy Note 5, or Galaxy S6 Edge+ on Verizon should be on the lookout for an update today. The updates are all minor, but they do include the latest security patches from Google. In fact, the Moto Z and Force updates appear to be September’s. Look at you, Moto, doing big things these days.  (more…)

Download: Google Allo for Android

In case you missed all of the fun last night, then well, we have news to share with you this morning. Google Allo is available for download on Android and iOS. Yep, available to everyone as far as we can tell. That means you don’t even need to go digging around for questionable .apk files because it is live on Google Play.

Feel free to grab it at the link below. More coming throughout the day!  (more…)

Google Announces Allo Availability, Should be Available Over the Next Few Days

Google’s smart messaging app, Allo, is (almost) ready for you. I say “almost” because the app is officially rolling out, it just may not reach everyone across the globe for the next “few days.” At least that’s what Google has announced tonight. In the announcement for Allo that just went live, Google does indeed say that the app will start showing up as early as today on both Android and iOS.  (more…)

Allo Site Goes Live! But You Still Can’t Install It Just Yet (UPDATED: YES YOU CAN!)

Rumors from the beginning of the week pegged September 21 as the day that Google’s Allo messenger would finally arrive and those rumors appear to be correct. Moments ago, Google pushed live the new Allo website and a promotional video, both of which have links to Google Play and iTunes as if the app is available to be downloaded. (EDIT: SEE BELOW!)  (more…)