Google Keyboard on Android 7.1+ Already Supporting GIFs in Google’s Messenger App

Back on October 11, the Android team detailed a new feature for Android 7.1, known as “image keyboard support.” With this, app developers could build in code that lets an app relay the types of content they support to a utilized keyboard. With Android 7.1+ available for a few devices this week, we are now beginning to see this feature being used.

On my Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1, I can open up Google’s Messenger app, then directly input GIF images right into a message thread from the Google Keyboard. For example, if a conversation calls for a mic drop, I can easily add in a “mic drop” GIF. From what I have seen, users can choose from a variety of GIFs in different categories, or even search for a specific emotion or action.  (more…)

LG V20 Now Available From Verizon, It’s Also Pixel Time

The LG V20 is now available from Verizon’s online shop. The phone of “stuff and things” (in a good way) can be had for as little as $28 per month from Big Red, which is the cheapest price you’ll find from any carrier at the moment.

On a related note, since we’re already at October 20 on the east coast, that means Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are now officially available from Verizon as well. Unlike the V20, you can walk into a Verizon store today/tomorrow and buy the Pixel or its bigger brother. Also, if you pre-ordered your device should be arriving throughout the day if it hasn’t already.

Which of these three are you going with?

Verizon Links:  LG V20 | Pixel | Pixel XL  (more…)

Quick Look at Android 7.1 App Shortcuts on the Pixel

Within the next week or two, Android 7.1 will move outside of the Pixel phones and onto the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, through the Android Beta program. Google is calling the update “incremental,” which is an accurate way to describe it since there aren’t any massive changes. Still, there is at least one new feature included that adds some new functionality – App Shortcuts. Let’s take a look at them. (more…)

Video: Google Assistant on the Pixel

Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it.  (more…)