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I've seen enough complaints about Allo and for a first release, I don't think the complaints are necessary. We all know Google has entered a mature market that is filled with competition, but if you look at the competition—Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage etc.— did they become instant successes on their first release? Of course not. These companies took users' feedback and improved with every update. That's exactly what we should expect from Allo: improvement with every update. It's unfair to compare products that have been improved upon, with products that were just newly released.

Now, if you're trying to understand Google's strategy for messaging, then you have a problem because there is no clear-cut strategy. At this point in time, not one company has solved the messaging issue. Sure we have some solid messaging clients, but the problem is they all use different technologies. For example, if you want to use Facebook Messenger and your friend wants to use WhatsApp, there's no way that both of you can use the app you desire to communicate with each other. Google is trying many strategies because there is no interoperability when it comes to messaging on multiple platforms. SMS is a ubiquitous platform, but the issue is that it's severely limited when compared to modern messaging apps.

The solution? RCS¹, a next-generation SMS standard. However, Rich Communication Services (RCS) requires carrier implementation. As The Verge² points out, even if there is wide adoption of RCS, there's no assurance that carriers won't mess it up with "—high prices or competing, incompatible features". This is why Google acquired Jibe. According to Google³, "Jibe is a leading provider of RCS services and they’ll continue helping carriers easily deploy RCS to their users." Google's end goal is to make sure that there is no fragmentation with RCS across carriers and platforms. However, Google understands that deploying RCS will take time and collaboration with the wireless industry.

Here's where Allo, Hangouts, Google Messenger and all other messaging apps come into play. For now, we'll just focus on Google. All three of Google's messaging apps are "fillers" until RCS is fully deployed. Each one targets a different kind of user⁴. Allo is consumer driven and targets emerging markets and Google's current market of users looking for an instant messaging app⁴. Hangouts is being repositioned towards enterprise, with Google hoping that existing non-business users will switch over to Allo and Duo. Finally, Google Messenger is Google's gateway to SMS and (in the future) RCS.

Since there is no clear-cut messaging solution available (yet), users should use the messaging apps that work for them. Notice how I said messaging apps with an "s". That's because you may just have to use multiple apps to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers who, individually, use their own set of distinct messaging apps.

¹http://www.gsma.com/network2020/technology/rcs/ ²http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/1/11833566/google-messaging-app-allo-rcs-android-code-conference ³https://android.googleblog.com/2015/09/committing-to-rcs-latest-standard-in.html
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/16/12494408/googles-hangouts-enterprise-communications-app

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Complaints are absolutely necessary. Google needs this feedback to make improvements. If none of us made complaints we would have the same allo forever 

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As part of Google Play Services 10.2, Google is rolling out a new feature called "Instant Tethering." Basically, "Instant Tethering" will link up devices associated with your Google account to make it easier to stay online when one of your connections drop. In other words, if one device loses its connection, Google will ask you whether or not you would like to tether to your other device— with no additional setup necessary. Additionally, the feature will show the battery level of your other device.

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The mobile hotspot on your phone can be super-useful, but it's also a little tedious to get it set up when you need it. There's a new feature rolling out a... by Ryan Whitwam in Google, News
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The latest update to the Hulu app brings support for creating multiple individual profiles (similar to Netflix). Each profile created under the same Hulu account will have its own personalized Watchlist, recommendations, and viewing history. In addition, parents can create "kid-friendly" profiles to keep mature content from being shown or recommended to their kids.

On a similar note, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says in an interview with Adweek that offline downloads are "on the road map" and that it will be something the company will "be doing in the coming months."

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Google Photos v2.7 is rolling out and it's removes four redundant items from the navigation drawer: Assistant, Photos, Albums, and Search. The first three items can be found in the navigation bar, whereas Search can be found by simply tapping the search bar. In addition, the update adds a flying Android mascot Easter egg— just type "I love Google Photos" into the search bar.

Furthermore, an APK teardown conducted by Android Police reveals that Google may soon allow users to alter the date and time of pictures. This capability is already available in the Google Photos web app so it's nice to see it make its way over to the Android app.

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A new version of Google Photos hit late yesterday, bringing the current version to 2.7. At first glance, it's hard not to notice there are fewer items in t... by Cody Toombs in APK Teardown, Applications, Downloads, News, Videos
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Pre-registration for Super Mario Run on Android has been available since December, but Nintendo never provided a timeframe for the launch of the game. Now, Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run will launch on Android in March, 2017.

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Pre-registration for Super Mario Run for Android users has been up since December on Google Play, but we never heard a solid timeframe from Nintendo on when the game would launch. Well, that has now changed, with Nintendo tweeting that Android users can expect to see it in March, 2017. If you have somehow missed the …
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We Android users don't give a shit about Super Mario Run, Nintendo should just keep that trash on iOS as it's not good enough for Android which is vastly superior.
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According to Business Korea, LG is working with Google to have Google Assistant preloaded on the LG G6. If this does happen, LG would become the first Android manufacturer to have Assistant included on their devices. Also, given Google and LG's long-standing history of partnerships (LG's also reportedly partnering with Google on two smartwaches), I wouldn't be surprised if this rumor turns out to be true.

However, I'm still wondering how much longer it will take before we see Google Assistant expand to more Android devices. We all know Google's philosophy is to reach as many people as possible with their services, so Assistant will more than likely make it to more devices in the future. The question is, when?

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According to Business Korea, LG is working with Google to include Google Assistant with the launch of the G6. If this move does take place, LG could be the first OEM to include Assistant on its devices, outside of the existing Pixel and Pixel XL from Google. Not only is LG reported to be looking at incorporating Google …
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Just a few days after announcing the roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat to the Sony Xperia Z5 family, Sony has halted the update. Sony says the reason they stopped the roll out was because they were receiving several reports from users who were "-experiencing inconsistencies related to audio playback via third-party apps and SD card encrypted data read performance," after updating to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Nevertheless, Sony says they have identified the root cause of the problem and are working on a fix.

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Just a couple of short days after commencing the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Sony Xperia Z5 family, Sony is having to reel it back in.
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Imagine that ...Sony is a failure.
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Microsoft is rolling out updates to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on Android. With the latest update to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, you can now use the functionality of Office Lens to capture, clean up, and crop pictures of a whiteboard and then add them to your documents or slides. In addition, with the PowerPoint update, you can now share a single slide with others. Finally, with the latest update to Excel, you can now open files that contain form controls (ex. checkboxes, drop down lists, and buttons).

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After Google improved the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps a few weeks ago, Microsoft is responding with updates to the Android apps for Word, Excel, and... by Phil Oakley in Applications, News
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How about the Chromebook restriction? Last time I manage to install the apk manually because they flag the app uncompatible
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Following weeks of testing, Samsung has confirmed that they began rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on January 17th.

In addition, Samsung states that they will expand the roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat to the following devices within the first half of this year: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge Plus, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8.

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Well, this is a first. Of all the major OEMs that we cover on Android Police, few give us more headache when it comes to their Android updates than Sa... by Rita El Khoury in Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy Tab S2, News, Nougat 7.0/7.1, Samsung
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LG has begun sending out invites for a "See More, Play More" event at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. According to the invite, the event will take place on February 26th at 12:00 P.M. CET (6:00 A.M. EST). LG is widely expected to take the wraps off their new flagship smartphone, the LG G6, at the event.

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Invites for LG’s press conference at MWC are rolling out, providing us a date and time to mark down when we’ll likely be introduced to the G6. According to the invite, the show will begin at 12PM local time (Barcelona) on February 26, which is a little more than a month away. If you can’t attend …
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Wow. G6! 
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