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Google may be adding SMS notifications to Chrome OS desktop

If you are a big user of SMS messaging and also spend lots of time working on a computer, then you likely appreciate the ability to send and receive messages on the desktop and having threads stay synced across devices. This is one of the big reasons so many people gripe about an app like Allo not providing this capability and forcing users to rely on third-party apps or services instead of being able to stick with their preferred Google platform. For Chrome OS users, that may be changing in an upcoming update based on some findings in a recent development release.

OnePlus explains why some OnePlus 5’s rebooted when dialing 911

There are signs that OnePlus may be getting the hang of this smartphone manufacturing lark, and moving on from the image of being a brash upstart of a company. With the discovery some OnePlus 5 units were rebooting when users dialed 911, the company responded as you would have hoped by rolling out a hotfix to remedy the situation in a matter of days. In case you were wondering how the bug came to be in the first place, OnePlus took to its forums to explain how the issue came about in the first place.

Google releasing new Emoji compatibility library

If you have ever traded messages with someone using your smartphone – which is basically everyone – you have probably run into a problem where someone sends you an emoji that just displays as a blank box or a box with an X through it. This happens due to incompatibilities with fonts supported by an operating system and can be quite frustrating. Google’s Android developers think they have figured out a way around this that will separate emoji display from the operating system and put more control in the hands of developers to open up the world of emojis to their users.

Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable display and two rear cameras

Motorola’s 2017 flagship arrived today, and it’s succeeding not one but two devices from last year. We saw the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play in 2016. Those phones were all solid; however, consumers didn’t quite know how to differentiate them. Now Motorola is tweaking the Moto Z family to give each phone a unique identity. The Moto Z2 Force, which was just announced, gives a premium vibe inside and out.

Google’s Sundar Pichai becomes the thirteenth member of Alphabet’s board

While the number 13 is considered unlucky by some, it’s proving to be a lucky number for Sundar Pichai at least, because Alphabet has announced that Google‘s CEO is set to become its thirteenth board member. Pichai will become the second Google executive on Alphabet’s board with Diane Green, the head of Google’s cloud division, being the first.