Meet Allo, Google’s new messaging app with AI built-in

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The keynote speech is well on the go at Google I/O 2016, and Google has shown off Google Assistant and its Google Home device to a warm reception. One area that Google has traditionally struggled to master is messaging, with neither Hangouts nor its Messaging app quite being up to standard. In another attempt to get it right, Google has just announced a brand new messaging app called ‘Allo’ (pronounced Aloe) that leverages machine learning (AI) to generate smart replies. We have more details after the break.  Read more

Google announces Facetime competitor called Duo

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At Google I/O 2016 today, Google announced a pair of communication platforms they are making available for users. The first of these is their new messaging platform called Allo. To go along with that, Google also introduced attendees at the conference to Duo, a one-to-one video calling platform for mobile devices. Like the Allo app, Duo will be tied to a user’s phone number and it will work on both Android and iOS. Read more

Google just made its Amazon Echo competitor official: meet Google Home

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Ever since Amazon released the Amazon Echo over a year ago, the tech world has been awaiting Google’s competitor. The excitement really ramped up earlier this month when some leaks reported that Google was working on a competitor codenamed “Chirp.” Well it looks like those leaks have been proved true at Google I/O today; meet Google’s new home assistant Google Home!

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Watch the Google I/O 2016 keynote right here!

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Today, Google I/O 2016 kicks off with a keynote where all areas of the company will be showcased. We’ll see Android, Project Tango, home automation, and other areas get attention during the lengthy presentation. The livestream is up and ready to go, and you can choose to watch the keynote with us in a standard format or in a 360-degree experience if you have a virtual reality headset capable of running YouTube.

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Android Pay has officially launched in the UK

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Google I/O 2016 is kicking off later today, but Android fans in the UK have a different reason to be excited, the launch of Android Pay. There was a somewhat premature launch yesterday, but the service is definitely live today, with the Android Pay app ready and available to be downloaded from the Play Store in the UK. Join us after the break for details on how to set up Android Pay, as well as which banks support it and where you can use the mobile payments system. Read more

[Video] First look at Android Wear’s MODE bands

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Wearing the same watch day in, day out can be a little boring, but if you only have the one watch, what can you do? Luckily, if you have an Android Wear smartwatch you can now change straps, and thus the appearance of the watch, with the recently announced swap-and-switch MODE bands. Justin has got his hands on a couple of MODE bands, which you can see getting unboxed in the video below. Read more

Spaces is yet another messaging platform from Google

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Google just can’t figure out exactly which way it wants people to communicate. When Android launched, Google Talk silently existed alongside a generic messaging app for SMS and MMS. Hangouts took over in May 2013; however, that didn’t turn out to be the Apple iMessage competitor everyone was waiting for. So people have been waiting years to get their hands on an all-in-one messaging platform from Google. It just doesn’t seem like consolidation is happening anytime soon.

Because you can never have to many messaging platforms on your mobile devices, Google is launching Spaces. At least this one has a focus, though, even if it could’ve been folded into one of the company’s other offerings. Spaces, according to Google, is mean to be for “small group sharing” with the company’s services built right into it.

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