These are the Top Allo Feature Suggestions You Made to Google

Since launching Allo a few weeks back, the Allo team at Google has been compiling the suggestions you have submitted that you think could help improve the smart messaging app. Googler and Allo co-lead, Justin Uberti, took to Twitter last night to share the top suggestions, though he was quick to make it clear that this is just a list of suggestions, not a list of future features they plan to include.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7 Owners, Don’t Forget Your Galaxy Game Pack on Google Play

Before the Galaxy Note 7 was launched, Samsung hyped up the Galaxy Game Pack that would be provided to buyers. Basically, the Game Pack is a number of special in-game rewards for select titles on Google Play, exclusive to owners of the Galaxy Note 7.

According to Samsung, there is about $400 worth of free goodies inside of this Galaxy Game Pack, so if you find yourself playing some of these games, you might as well take full advantage. A few of the rewards include specialty starting packs, better cars to start racing games, and even a free 3-card pack for Hearthstone.  (more…)

Google Shares a Bunch of New Voice Commands for Your Next Google Maps Adventure

Through a new blog post, Google is doing its best to make sure you are always getting the most out of one of its greatest apps, Google Maps. The post talks about using voice commands to get you to that next destination, tweak settings, avoid tolls, and even get out of navigation if you just want to look at a map.

All of this voice magic can happen within both navigation and driving modes because each contains a UI with a little white microphone. So in reality, anywhere you see that microphone within Google Maps will open up voice capabilities. Not familiar with driving mode? Open up Maps, swipe out the side menu, and tap on “Start driving.” I think you’ll like it.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Turns One, Adds Support for Coupons

Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile and desktop payments platform, is now officially one year old. According to Samsung, the platform supports over 500 banks, representing over 80% of the US debit and credit card market.

To celebrate this joyous occasion, Samsung is adding in support for coupons. To break it down, Samsung Pay will feature a coupon service to search, store, as well as redeem coupons. Basically, if you frequently shop at a supported outlet, coupons will be posted inside of the app which you can claim and store, then redeem while you are doing your shopping.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Are You Still Using Allo?

You have now had a week to adopt Allo and implement it into your daily life, but have you? On a personal level, while I admit the app is cool, it simply does not offer me enough to kick the habit of Hangouts and standard text messaging. Maybe if a desktop client was made available and there were a few features I couldn’t live without, I could see myself continuing to use it. Not only that, but attempting to get all of my friends and family onto Allo just doesn’t seem all that appealing.

As Googlers on social media have made clear, what we see today is only the beginning. Google will continue to change Allo and add features; features that we hope will draw us into using it more. Until then, Allo isn’t for me.

Let us know why you are or are not continuing to use Google’s new messaging service.

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Upcoming YouTube Go App Engineered to Limit Data Usage, Help Those With Slow Data Speeds

In 2017, YouTube intends to launch a new application called YouTube Go. The app has been in the works at YouTube for some time, with teams of engineers, designers, and researchers travelling to India, collecting ideas and testing prototypes with hundreds of people across 15 cities. The goal, according to YouTube, is to offer those with slower data connections the ability to watch any video at any time, hopefully regardless of connectivity speeds.  (more…)