Google Renames Messenger to Android Messages

I promise that we aren’t purposely trying to confuse you all of the time about Google’s messaging strategy, but we have an update today. If you head into Google Play and check the apps you have available with updates, you’ll probably notice one called “Android Messages.” No, no, no, it’s not a brand new Google messaging app, it’s just the good ol’ Google Messenger with a fresh new name.  (more…)

Google I/O 2017 Registration is Now Open!

Google I/O 2017 registration is now open, Google fans! The registration runs from today through February 27 at 5PM Pacific, so you have a few days here to get your application in.

Like in previous years, Google is once again doing a lottery or drawing to decide who gets to come. Since thousands upon thousands of developers, geeks, and corporate techies want to attend, Google has decided that this is the fairest way, rather than opening the floodgates to a few-minute-long barrage of entries.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: A Phone’s Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

My mention of Samsung’s navigation button order being “wrong” in the previous post seems to have sparked quite the conversation over which order people prefer. Of course, when that happens, a poll must follow, thus the existence of this follow-up post.

So let’s decide once and for all! Do you prefer the back button to be on the left, where Google, creator of the platform that all Android phones are built upon, has placed it and where almost everyone other Android OEM places it, or should the back button go on the right, where Samsung, king of smartphone makers who (rightfully) laughs at all who question its decisions, puts it?

Left or right. You must choose.

A Phone's Back Button Belongs on the Left or Right?

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T-Mobile Rolls Out Nougat Update to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

T-Mobile issued a sweet treat to owners of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge this morning in the form of an update to Android Nougat. The update may have actually begun rolling out last night to those participating in the Nougat beta, but it now seems to be rolling out to non-beta testers.

The update arrives as software build UVU4BQB1 and weighs in at a cool 1.5GB. If you are wanting to download this bad boy right away, make sure you have plenty of battery juice.  (more…)

New Google Maps Lists Feature Starts Rollout to Everyone Today

Starting today, when you use Google Maps to pull up a soon-to-be-visited restaurant, or maybe one you want to add to a list of favorites, you’ll be able to do so in a much more organized way. Google Maps is getting a proper lists feature that allows you to create new lists, share them with others, and even follow those from your buddies.

This feature was first introduced back in August of last year to Google’s Local Guides program. Today, though, it comes to everyone else.  (more…)