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
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
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!
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.
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
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
Google took to Twitter today to reveal that the I/O 2016 keynote will be streamed on YouTube in 360-degree virtual reality.
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.
The Google I/O 2016 schedule has been updated, adding plenty of more sessions for topics like Android Wear, ATAP, and plenty of other options.
Google is updating its stock messenger app found on Nexus devices giving users the ability to easily manage saved messages on his/her SIM card(s).