Facebook Messenger copies Instagram’s Stories, which copied Snapchat’s Stories

Doesn’t matter what you and I think. If Facebook likes what the competition is doing, it’ll copy them without any shame. We’ve seen it before. We’re seeing it again. We’ll see it in the future.

An update for Facebook Messenger copies a feature from Instagram, which actually copied the feature from Snapchat. It’s an odd cycle that isn’t harming Facebook and its services in any way. Each Facebook-owned service is, believe it or not, continuing to experience growth.

Let’s see what Facebook is up to now.

Hangouts splits into two, Google positions itself to fight Slack

It’s official. Google will pivot Hangouts to become a business-focused product instead of a consumer-focused one; therefore, the entire service now belongs to the G Suite family. The new Hangouts breaks into two experiences with unique purposes, but they exist together in a way to improve productivity for businesses across the board. While Hangouts Chat is built for device-to-device communication, Hangouts Meeting is built for group meetings. Everything is meant to make G Suite an even better value and that much more capable of being an all-in-one solution for businesses.

Google Play Music announces City Soundtracks as first original podcast

Music services such as Spotify have become more popular in recent years compared to the traditional approach of purchasing albums and building up your personal music library. Google Play Music is a great app for finding music you love and discovering new artists and today Google has announced a new way to enjoy your music with their first original podcast: City Soundtracks.

Join us after the break for more.

[Deal] Add a second number on your phone from Hushed for $25!

Many people want a second number, but they don’t want a second phone. It’s probably better to avoid using your personal number for work, while dating, and on select public services where you don’t know who you’re communicating with. Your number is a piece of highly sensitive information. So you shouldn’t just hand it out easily. You need to communicate with a number that doesn’t get traced back to you. It’s backup, and we’re here to help.

Now, at Hushed, you can get lifetime access to a second number on your phone at a price exclusive to Talk Android and its readers.

Google is making it easier to bring Assistant into Allo conversations

Allo might be struggling to retain user attention, but that’s not going to stop Google from feeding it updates to make it more compelling, especially when it concerns Google Assistant. In the newest update to Google’s chat app, there’s a brand new button next to the text box that will immediately bring up Assistant, making it easier than ever to bring the AI into your conversations. Much quicker than the previous method of actually typing to @google to make it work.