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The difficult truth for +Google is that users have already settled on their preferred messaging platform

The time for Google to make its power play for messaging relevance was when they released Hangouts , which failed. Since then, the messaging scramble has taken place and users have pretty much settled on the platform they are using.

iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the like all have their established user bases, while standard text messaging continues to remain stronger than the press give it credit for as the only true platform independent option.

Anything released now is destined for marginal success at best, which for Google is not good enough.

It strongly resembles Windows Phone's place on the smartphone race. By the time it was released, iOS and Android had already established themselves as the market options. Everything else became niche options in a war that was already won.
 
I reached out to Google, and this was the answer - Hangouts is here to stay.
Today at I/O 2016, Google announced two new messaging and communication apps: Allo, a messaging app which hooks into your phone number, and Duo, a video ca... by Phil Oakley in Applications, Google, News
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I'll keep using hangouts as long as I can text from it. I haven't paid for a text plan on my phone in years thanks to hangouts.
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+Google now have a real problem, it's lost the trust of its most loyal

So Google launched a new app today called Spaces, seems like a G+ communities experience with some messaging thrown in.

Regardless on whether this is a good idea or not, the problem Google have is their biggest fans here on +Google+ no longer trust them enough to even give it a shot.

A couple of years ago, the mood on here for new Google products was very different; open, excited, optimistic for the potential of what it could be. Now the mood has turned cynical, Google now needs to prove a new service is valuable to users and valuable to Google itself before people are willing to invest their time in it.
 
Oh, hey: Yet Another Overlapping Google Product™ for messaging/sharing.

Text me in Messenger to let me know about the discussion of this in Hangouts so I can share about it on Google+ and then post the results to Spaces.
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iPhone 6s Plus sold. Maybe it's time to update the desktop/file server :)
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Of course The Onion came up with a hilarious yet appropriate tribute to Prince. 
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2/3rds of the battery used, usage has been impressive

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I get two days from myz5
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While +Google Photos is great, it's a complete shitfuck if you actually want to manage your photos manually. 

Case in point: while you can have Google Photos visible in +Google Drive, deleting folders and photos within Drive does not remove them from Google Photos. What the flying fuck!

Until Google does fix this, I am forced to use Microsoft's OneDrive as my online backup for all my photos as it actually adheres to basic file management principles. 

While I am aware Google Photos is meant to be a upload and forget it service, those of us who actually like to manage these things on a file/folder basis should also have the option to do so.

+Bradley Horowitz & team: fix this.
Google Groups allows you to create and participate in online forums and email-based groups with a rich experience for community conversations.
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That's why I setup my own server running OwnCloud, I have control over everything myself, and their app automatically uploads the photo's when you take them. 
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Yay!
 
Now available in Australia for Google Play Music subscribers is:
- A cheaper price, now coming in at $9.99 versus the previous $11.99
- YouTube Red bundling for advertisement free, offline viewing and background playback

Thanks Google!
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Google Spaces is a complete mess

- Unmanageable with medium to large groups, making it useless for a potential Slack/Yammer replacement

- Unintuitive to navigate and follow the conversation, making it useless as a Messenger/WhatsApp replacement

- Notifications are out of control, don't have any context without going into the app anyway and is essentially all or nothing with limited mute capabilities

- No clear direction from +Google that I can tell in regards to why we need Spaces. What gap in the market does this fill?
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Gutted #RIPPrince
PRINCE has died suddenly at the age of 57, just days after he was rushed to hospital with the flu.
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:( rip prince
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Honey I shrunk my phone!

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I reckon only people who were comfortable with 4/5 would appreciate this. That's right Andrew, i was so reluctant to upgrade from 5 to 6. I just don't need a bigger phone for a petite 'ol me. 
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+Telstra hires CEO that killed +Nokia's mobile business as a new Strategy Chief

"Stephen will immediately add major firepower to our team with his extensive and deep technology experience and an innate sense of customer expectations" 

Because betting the company on Windows Phone was exactly what customers wanted!
The former Microsoft and Nokia executive will split his time between Australia and the U.S. starting next month.
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Killing their phone business in order for Microsoft to buy it out... I thought that was his strategy? He was never really on Nokias side...
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