Opinion: F*ck Android Software Updates

The year is 2016 and I’m officially sick of talking about Android software updates because the whole system is still broken. I’ve just had enough of the lack thereof, the slowness and inconsistency of them, the bugginess when they arrive, and the number of players involved that have allowed this platform, which is the best mobile platform in the business, to continue to stay such a disaster in one of its most important areas.

Let me try and explain what I mean through a handful of examples that have all popped up within the past couple of weeks.  (more…)

Hangouts Will Get a Business Focus Going Forward as Allo Becomes the Consumer Star

At Google I/O in May, Google introduced the world to new messaging and video apps called Allo and Duo that left many of us wondering what the future of Hangouts would be. After all, Hangouts was originally released as the do-all messaging app of the future, where messaging and video chatting and SMS and Google Voice would all come together to rid us of having to use two or three or six different apps. Of course, that vision has never aligned and Hangouts has been the butt of jokes for years as users in the consumer space flock to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Going forward, Google appears to be ready to admit defeat, in a way, once Allo launches and Hangouts gets an enterprise focus.  (more…)

Google’s Duo Video Chat App Launches Today (Updated: Available!)

Google’s Duo, the 1-on-1 video chatting app that was first introduced to the world back at Google I/O, is now available globally. Well, it’ll be rolling out starting now, but you may not be able to install right away. (EDIT: It’s available now!)

With Duo, to recap, you get an incredibly simple video calling app that is only for performing 1-on-1 chats with friends, family, and whoever else you have a phone number for. And yes, you do indeed need a phone number in order to use Duo, as that is the means for signing up. Once you have done that, though, video calling someone is as easy as tapping their name in a contact list.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: August 12, 2016

We’re most certainly deep in the summer, if you couldn’t tell, because the news cycle is slowing as we get ready for the big fall-holiday push. While the Galaxy Note 7 is on the way (one week away!), we still are waiting to hear Google’s plans, as well as Apple’s and whoever else needs to try and make an end-of-year splash.

So yeah, things are slow and that meant we didn’t have any major news this week outside of LG announcing a quad DAC, Logitech giving us a sweet new smart home product, and Facebook attempting to attack ad blockers (good luck!).

Be sure to catch up on anything you missed!  (more…)

Facebook is Giving You New Controls Over Ads, Will Bypass Your Ad Blocker

Facebook, like many internet properties who offer up free services and content, makes money from advertisements. Since the world hates advertisements, Facebook is introducing some new tools to users to help improve the ad experience when using the social network. But because they are giving you more power over the ads you see, they are also going to start bypassing your ad blocker, should you use one.  (more…)

Inbox by Gmail Gets Organized Trello, Github, and Google Alerts Updates

Inbox by Gmail, the other email solution from Google that continues to see innovation and automation, is receiving an update today that makes it easier to stay on top of projects and Google Alerts, thanks to better organization from the first rollout of services integration. The update also brings Google Drive support, drag-and-drop of contacts between recipient boxes, and a delete button.  (more…)