‘Chat’ will be Google’s new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Pixel-2-XL-MMS-Generic-Hero-Photo.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-483473" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nexus2cee_Pixel-2-XL-MMS-Generic-Hero-Photo-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rcaqv">cycle</a> will be disappointed today, as <em>The Verge</em> has revealed that Google is <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17253308/google-allo-texting-paused-android-messages">pausing</a> development for Allo and switching focusing to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "<a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17252486/google-android-messages-chat-rcs-anil-sabharwal-imessage-texting">Chat</a>."</p> <p><span id="more-487315"></span></p> <p>For the full details, you can read <em>The Verge's</em> quite long and detailed <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17252486/google-android-messages-chat-rcs-anil-sabharwal-imessage-texting">coverage</a>, but the...

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056: New Moto G and E phones, My thoughts, Merged menu in Chrome OS | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got a slew of new phones added to the already cluttered lineup of Motorola phones, my thoughts on why this is sad, and Google making a cool change to Chrome OS. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/9to5google-daily-056.mp3 more…

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LinkedIn somehow bamboozled 100 million people into installing its Android app

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/linkedin-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-487309 size-hero-size" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/linkedin-1-728x382.png" width="668" height="351" /></a></p> <p>Everybody these days has a LinkedIn account, but mostly out of obligation. People don't consciously want to create one like they do with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; they do it because it's what's expected of them. For that reason, it's somewhat surprising that LinkedIn has managed to bamboozle 100 million people (or rather, Google accounts) into downloading its app from the Play Store.</p> <p><span id="more-487307"></span></p> <p>Now, it's worth noting that this is actually 100 million Google accounts that have downloaded the app from the Play Store at least once, but we can't...

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Hands-on: DaVinci Resolve’s eGPU-accelerated timeline performance and exports totally crush integrated GPU results [Video]

Even though Final Cut Pro X curiously doesn’t support external GPUs yet, DaVinci Resolve is another popular NLE that already works with eGPUs on macOS. In fact, the $299 Studio edition supports multiple GPUs, which can have a noticeable effect on both timeline and render/export performance. I’ve been super impressed with the relentlessness that Blackmagic Design, the […]

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Instagram tests out a redesigned layout for the Explore tab

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/instagram-explore-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487296" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/instagram-explore-hero-728x734.png" alt="" width="668" height="674" /></a></p> <p>Instagram's feed tab is probably the one in which users spend most of their time, since it's the one with pictures and videos from people and brands you actually chose to follow. The "Explore" tab, on the other hand, is meant to surface content from users you <em>don't</em> follow, either because it's content that's popular on Instagram or just because some algorithm decided you might like it. Honestly, it's so often littered with bad memes and overly-filtered photos that I avoid it for the most part.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/instagram-tests-redesigned-layout-explore-tab/" class="read-more">Read...

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Cheaper rates and more data coming to AT&T prepaid plans

Blii Bradford/Flickr Some AT&T prepaid plans are getting a bigger autopay discount. The higher-tier prepaid plans are getting either a heavier discount or more hotspot data. Discounts for combining lines are also increased. AT&T is revamping its prepaid plans, adding in new features for some and dropping prices for others. Assuming you sign up for autopay, […]

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YouTube Kids v3.27 reveals plan to launch curated collections designed by partners [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ytk.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-487303" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ytk.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>YouTube has been under fire for many months over the way it handles programming and treatment of children. The main issue comes from an assortment of horrendously bad videos that were crafted to game the system and target children. The company <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/11/google-cracking-creepy-youtube-videos-targeting-children/">committed to crack down on these types of videos</a>, but there's no denying that it would still be a cat and mouse game as the bad creators would surely find new ways to wiggle through any new filters.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/youtube-kids-v3-27-reveals-plan-launch-curated-collections-designed-partners-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/youtube-kids-v3-27-reveals-plan-launch-curated-collections-designed-partners-apk-teardown/'>YouTube Kids...

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Verizon’s new ‘Smart Family’ parental controls are now available

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/nexus2cee_verizon.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-374048" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/nexus2cee_verizon-728x450.png" alt="" width="668" height="413" /></a></p> <p>Verizon has long had a parental control service called FamilyBase, but today that is going away. In its place, Verizon is rolling out Smart Family. It works on both iOS and Android to allow parents to track device location, filter content, and more. The service comes with a monthly service, fee, but it does look quite comprehensive.</p> <p><span id="more-487298"></span></p> <p>After setting up Smart Family, you can choose what sort of websites are accessible from your offspring's device.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/verizons-new-smart-family-parental-controls-now-available/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/verizons-new-smart-family-parental-controls-now-available/'>Verizon's new 'Smart Family' parental controls are now available</a>...

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Netflix’s Snapchat-esque 30-second mobile previews are coming soon to Android

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/netflix-mobile-previews.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487291" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/netflix-mobile-previews-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>The concept of trailers for movies and TV shows has existed for longer than time itself, but Netflix is looking to add a bit of modern flair to promote its newest content. Mobile previews, announced today, are vertical videos approximately 30 seconds in length that aim to help customers find something to watch more quickly. The feature is coming soon to Android.</p> <p><span id="more-487290"></span></p> <p>If you're not sure what to imagine, think Snapchat or Instagram stories.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/netflixs-snapchat-esque-30-second-mobile-previews-coming-soon-android/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/netflixs-snapchat-esque-30-second-mobile-previews-coming-soon-android/'>Netflix's Snapchat-esque 30-second mobile previews are coming soon to Android</a>...

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Portrait mode trailers coming to Netflix Android app soon

Netflix Netflix mobile previews are vertically aligned trailers akin to Instagram Stories. The feature is out now for iOS users and “coming soon” to Android users. Netflix hopes this will help you find new content faster. Netflix announced on its blog today that it is rolling out what it calls mobile previews to its mobile […]

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Fitbit vs Garmin: Which ecosystem is right for you?

Looking for our Fitbit Charge 2 vs Garmin vívosmart HR+ comparison? Head here! Fitbit vs Garmin: a battle between two fitness giants that’s been debated for quite some time. Fitbit is by far the most well-known fitness tracker company out there. I’ve heard so many people call their fitness tracker “a Fitbit,” no matter what brand of tracker […]

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Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST are soon getting Spotify Connect, grouping, and stereo mode

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ue-blast-megablast.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-487270" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ue-blast-megablast-728x427.png" alt="" width="668" height="392" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/01/ultimate-ears-blast-megablast-review-great-sound-comes-price/">Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST are good speakers overall</a>, but there were two main areas in which we felt that they weren't quite up to snuff: pricing and features. The pricing concern has largely been alleviated, with <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/16/deal-alert-ultimate-ears-blast-power-dock-129-99-139-99-off-verizon/">some seriously</a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/18/deal-alert-pick-ue-megablast-speaker-207-93-off-charging-dock-247-also-93-off/">good deals</a> being offered on both models in the past few weeks, but we hadn't heard much on the feature front. Ultimate Ears has just announced that the BLAST and MEGABLAST will be getting Spotify Connect support, as well as some features it should have shipped...

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