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…)

Google Fiber May Switch Over to Wireless to Expand Quicker

Four years ago, Google Fiber’s announcement gave hope to internet users across the United States who were sick of paying increasing prices for sub-par internet access at speeds that didn’t seem to be adjusting to the times. Today, Fiber has reached just seven cities (with five more under construction) and is being paused in select markets as Google tries to re-think its move into the high-speed internet business, according to the Wall Street Journal. Because building out a physical network like Fiber isn’t cheap or quick, Google may switch to a wireless internet route.  (more…)

HTC Nexus Phones Stop Off at the FCC With Universal US Carrier Support (Updated)

Oh boy, the HTC Nexus phones just stopped off at the FCC this morning. As we all know, that’s huge news in terms of how this story begins to unfold in front of us. After seeing supposed pictures of one of the phones hours ago, we now know model numbers, get confirmation that HTC is indeed making two Nexus phones, and other details, like universal LTE support across US carriers, including Verizon.

Let’s dive into the filings that went live this morning and share what we are finding. Also, as we find more, we’ll be updating this post.  (more…)

Here Come the HTC Nexus Leaks!

Ready to catch your first supposed real look at one of the new HTC Nexus phones, the smaller “Sailfish” model? Here you go!

According to the folks at Android Police, who previously posted a mock-up that looked quite similar to what we are seeing below, this is the real deal. Aside from the insane amounts of cropping needed to protect sources, we are getting front, back, and side shots to reveal all that is the smaller 5-inch Nexus made by HTC.  (more…)

Google is Shutting Down ‘Together’ for Android Wear

This news probably won’t disappoint anyone, but hey, it might affect a few people out there. Announced by Google via the updated Android Wear app on Google Play, the Together feature is being killed off on September 30.

Together is the feature that allows two Android Wear watch users to interact more closely, via sketches, emojis, and other little interactions. Basically, if you and your loved one both used Android Wear watches, it could help you feel more attached while both of you are busy at work.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets the Feature It Should Have had From Day 1

Sorry for the clickbaity title, but it seemed so perfect for the new “feature,” if you can call it that, that arrived in the Google App Beta today. As you launch Google Now on Tap from your home screen this morning, Google will now show you the Google Now cards you have available. Instead of having to swipe into Google Now or create a Google shortcut to it or some other work-around, a long-press on your phone’s home button will get you right into it. Let’s be honest, this should have been included from day 1.  (more…)