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Fun fact: Andromeda is actually already a codename for an existing Google technology.

[https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2014/04/enter-andromeda-zone-google-cloud-platforms-latest-networking-stack.html]
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Introducing Daydream!
- A screensaver? Oh no; it's so much more than that..!

One year later;
- You know what? It actually was just a screensaver..

..Introducing Daydream!
- VR? Oh no; it's so much more than that..

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Getting at the root of why Allo exists -- and why it feels so inconsequential:
Getting at the root of why Google's new messaging app exists -- and why it feels so inconsequential.
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Compared to all the recent Google updates, Allo has the beautiful design and flow.
Google needs to target the users who use a phone number as a identity.
Hangouts is for Gmail users and Allo is for everyone else. 
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+Dan Hymer Allo sends sms messages to non Allo users but it uses a proxy to do it. Hopefully, the Google Assistant bot comes into Hangouts...and they bring back merged messaging.
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"The Pixel phone sucks!" -2016 pre-release leaks

"The Nexus 6P sucks!" -2015 pre-release leaks

"The Nexus 6P rocks!" -2015, actual launch

Perspective.
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+Tim Gudmundson It's my opinion, and it is just as valid as anyone else's. No one else is bothering to specify "this is a phone that appeals to me", they just say "it rocks," as if that's a universal truth.

And if i don't express my displeasure with phones being too large then no one will ever build any smaller ones because they won't see the need.
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We've done this in my house for years now. Super convenient and nice to have.
Free? Check. Convenient? Check. This little-known service is waiting to supplement your smartphone -- if you know how to take advantage of it.
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+Tim Neumark Ah, throwback problems. ;-)
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This is fantastically useful. It's totally changed the way we think about phones in my house.
An unassuming option can change the way you think about mobile technology -- but only if you see it for its full potential.
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+Hari Krishna Vemuri Good luck! And I haven't tested it personally with an iPhone, but as long as the device is unlocked (and compatible with T-Mobile's network), I don't see any obvious reason why it wouldn't work.
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Some food for thought on all the crazy new rumors. Prepare to digest:
Are Android and Chrome OS coming together for real this time? Some thoughts and a theory on how a string of saucy new rumors could play out.
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I had the Motorola Atrix. You needed an expensive dock in order to get the desktop feature. The desktop feature was running Ubuntu desktop IIRC. Ubuntu is another org trying to offer the same platform across devices. But they don't have the marketing muscle of El Goog or Microsoft.
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We’re excited to join Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar and the rest of the Google Apps for Work family as a core Apps for Work service! If your organization uses Google Apps for Work, read on to see what’s new: https://goo.gl/pYzKNF
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It joins Google Groups on the list. Nuff said. 
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The times, they are a-changin.'
Google's setting the stage for a major hardware announcement in October, but you don't have to wait til then to see some serious signs of change.
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If this is the year that Google finally steps up, I'm interested to see whether they've actually got the logistics in place to handle a launch.
Every Nexus launch where I've tried to purchase (1,4,5,5x) has been a complete ordering nightmare.
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Something's been bugging me about Android's evolution lately. I finally put my finger on it.
Android has a lot of good things going for it, but not all of Google's recent progress has been positive.
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Can you also devote some time to windows smartphones, if it is possible. 
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Hmmm
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+Roman Nurik is a designer, a developer, and an engineer. He makes the tools that let developers create cool things for our devices. He also creates cool things of his own.

This is how Roman uses Android. Read it and weep.

(Actually, don't weep. That'd be weird. But do read it. It's interesting.)
A driving force behind Android design and development shares the ins and outs of his own personal Android setup.
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i love #HowIUseAndroid , it's a gre8 concept of bringing this talented inspiring people.
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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

In his spare time, JR enjoys flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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