Android Messages v3.1 continues toward Android Messages for Web, a GIF browser, and Google account linking [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/messages.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-485685" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/messages.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>It's another busy Wednesday as Google rolls out an update to the Android Messages app. Version 3.1 doesn't appear to have any functional or visual changes, but there are some interesting details about things to come. The upcoming web chat interface is still in progress, but it's sporting a slightly different name than when we last discussed it. There's a GIF browser in the works for those that don't have one in their keyboard.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/android-messages-v3-1-continues-toward-android-messages-web-gif-browser-google-account-linking-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/android-messages-v3-1-continues-toward-android-messages-web-gif-browser-google-account-linking-apk-teardown/'>Android Messages v3.1 continues toward Android Messages for...

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LG promises faster updates with new Software Upgrade Center

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_LG-generic-hero-logo.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-477426" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_LG-generic-hero-logo-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Timely software updates are all the rage these days. From security and stability to new features, there's always a marketable reason to prefer a rapid upgrade cycle. Plenty of OEMs like Samsung and LG have committed to frequent updates, and now the latter company is stepping things up, reiterating its commitment to consumers with a new "Software Upgrade Center" office in South Korea. <span id="more-485662"></span></p> <p>The new center is a literal, physical entity located in Magok-dong in western Seoul, and it's meant to drive future development and research for...

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Google Photos v3.18 may be testing smarter archiving feature, continues work on Likes, and more [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/photos.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-485649" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/photos.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Google Photos has a new version rolling out to users today. Like so many other updates from Google, this one appears to be holding back new features, likely in preparation for I/O in just about one month. But for as much as Google may be holding back, there are also a few things that are being packed into the app now in preparation for those big announcements.<span id="more-485464"></span></p> <h2>What's New</h2> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/screen_2018-04-11_15-50-34.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-485644" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/screen_2018-04-11_15-50-34-329x179.png" alt="" width="329" height="179" /></a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/screen_2018-04-11_17-19-04.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone...

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9to5Mac Daily 062: April 11, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/9to5mac-daily-april-11-2018.mp3 more…

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This is what the new Gmail will look like (exclusive)

Earlier today, we reported that Google was about to give Gmail a major facelift. This update is said to include new features currently present in Inbox, such as smart replies and the ability to snooze emails. The update will also bring Gmail up to date with Google’s rapidly changing design languages, and will incorporate aspects […]

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How to backup your Apple Watch

Most Apple Watch owners don’t know how to backup their Apple Watch, nor does Apple make it clear how one would go about that process.. Read along as we walk you through how to backup your Apple Watch. more…

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Spotify introduces Premium bundle with Hulu access for $12.99/month

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2018-04-11-at-6.59.26-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-485626" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2018-04-11-at-6.59.26-PM-728x328.png" alt="" width="668" height="301" /></a></p> <p>Spotify has been working with Hulu on its <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/07/us-college-students-can-now-get-spotify-hulu-4-99-per-month/">$4.99 "Spotify Premium for Students" plan</a> for nearly a year now, but the music streaming service is now introducing Hulu integration to non-students as well. At $12.99, it's not nearly as good of a deal as the student plan, but it's a nice discount for those who already have Hulu or want to give Hulu a shot. Plus, existing Premium subscribers can try Hulu out for three months for just $0.99.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/spotify-introduces-premium-bundle-hulu-access-12-99-month/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/spotify-introduces-premium-bundle-hulu-access-12-99-month/'>Spotify introduces Premium bundle...

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Google Opinion Rewards finally lets you change your personal info [APK Download]

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/rewards.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-485594" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/rewards-728x591.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="542" /></a></p> <p>Most of Google's services are free, but you're actually giving Google a lot of your data to keep it that way. The Opinion Rewards app makes the transaction more explicit: answer these questions and you get some Google credit. Starting now, you can manually adjust your profile in the Opinion Rewards app, which affects the surveys you get.</p> <p><span id="more-485580"></span></p> <p>You need the latest version of Opinion Rewards (v20180404) to get the personal info settings.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/google-opinion-rewards-finally-lets-change-personal-info-apk-download/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/google-opinion-rewards-finally-lets-change-personal-info-apk-download/'>Google Opinion Rewards finally lets you change your personal info [APK Download]</a>...

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TeamViewer QuickSupport can now remotely control Blackberry devices

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/teamviewer-quicksupport-thumbnail.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-485569" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/teamviewer-quicksupport-thumbnail.png" alt="" width="180" height="180" /></a></p> <p>TeamViewer is one of the easiest ways to remotely control another computer, but it can also control select Android devices. Not all phones are compatible, as OEMs have to include the company's API, but several major manufacturers have done so.<span id="more-485562"></span></p> <p>TeamViewer QuickSupport now works with BlackBerry and Kivi devices, according to the app's Play Store listing. Here's the full changelog from the latest update:</p> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <p>- Remote control for BlackBerry devices<br /> - Remote control for Kivi devices<br /> - Supporting ODG R-9 for remote controlling<br /> - Fixed...

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Google Play Movies v4.3 prepares configuration options for streaming services [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/movies.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-485560" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/movies.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Google recently launched a new feature that <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/27/google-play-now-tracks-streaming-service-video-youre-looking-long-not-netflix/">suggests various streaming services</a> when you're looking at TV shows and movies to watch. The latest update doesn't appear to do any more than ensure that feature is available, assuming it hadn't already rolled out to you. However, it looks like there's still a little more to come. It looks like we'll also get the option to configure those streaming services and cable subscriptions to get better suggestions.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/google-play-movies-v4-3-prepares-configuration-options-streaming-services-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/google-play-movies-v4-3-prepares-configuration-options-streaming-services-apk-teardown/'>Google Play Movies v4.3 prepares configuration...

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[Deal Alert] UE BLAST only $99.99 for a $229.99 portable speaker ($130 off)

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/deal-alert-ue-blast-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-485564" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/deal-alert-ue-blast-1.png" alt="" width="2662" height="1026" /></a></p> <p>Ultimate Ears makes some really great portable speakers. One of their newest models is the UE BLAST, which was released earlier this year and which Richard <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/01/ultimate-ears-blast-megablast-review-great-sound-comes-price/">reviewed last month</a>, saying that it sounded great and could reach an "absurdly loud" volume. His main criticism was actually the speaker's price of $229.99, which, while arguably justified, is still a lot of money to put down for a portable speaker. Luckily, Amazon and Best Buy are selling the UE BLAST at a <em>crazy</em> discount today for only $99.99 — a whopping $130 less...

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Uber rentals to combine comfort of being in stranger’s car, joy of finding parking

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nexus2cee_Uber-Hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-393471" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nexus2cee_Uber-Hero-668x376.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Residents of San Francisco will soon see something new in the Uber app: the option to rent a car. Uber Rent will allow users to rent nearby cars from established car sharing service Getaround right from the Uber app, the companies <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/getaround-to-power-carsharing-in-the-uber-app-300627838.html">announced</a> today in a press release.</p> <p><span id="more-485468"></span></p> <p>Uber and Getaround already had a partnership in place that allowed Uber drivers to make money driving Getaround cars, but this new deal will give a wider demographic access to the vehicles.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/car-rental-powered-getaround-coming-soon-uber-san-francisco/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/11/car-rental-powered-getaround-coming-soon-uber-san-francisco/'>Uber rentals...

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