What’s Periscope? Twitter intros Go Live feature right from a Tweet


Twitter is getting into the live video craze with a brand new feature that will allow users to create and tweet live video footage directly from the Twitter mobile app. Facebook has been pushing its live video pretty hard, and the whole concept has gained a ton of steam over the past few months, so Twitter had to jump in eventually.

Except, Twitter basically already did this with Periscope. Since 2015.

Newest Synaptics fingerprint scanner might be the death of smartphone bezels


We’ve been hearing rumor after rumor that eventually some manufacturer is going to release a device with a fingerprint scanner built into the glass of the display. No more buttons, just a huge screen that can handle all buttons and sensors.

We still haven’t seen that device, but the first ever optical fingerprint sensor from Synaptics brings us one step closer to actually getting a phone that’s all screen without needing to make room for a physical button anywhere on its face.

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Android Things and Weave get updates and a developer preview


As 2016 is starting to wind down, Google’s developers appear to be ready to start winding things back up for 2017 and one of their targets appears to be the Internet of Things. To help ensure the devices people may buy for their homes or other locations, Google is trying to make it easier for developers to produce new devices to connect to the Internet of Things. They have released an update to the Weave platform and they launched a developer preview for Android Things, their platform for connected devices.

Google releases Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4


More news on the Android Wear space today on the heels of yesterday’s announcement regarding the acquisition of Cronologics to help with development of the platform. Google’s development team announced the availability of Developer Preview 4 for Android Wear 2.0. This may be a bit of surprise as some may have thought Developer Preview 3 would be the final preview when it came out shortly before the original expected launch of Android Wear 2.0 this past fall. A delay in the final version’s release until 2017 apparently meant the developers could continue to add features and functions to the point that a developer preview release was possible.

Android users on Rogers in Canada will get RCS support very soon


Google’s plan for messaging on Android has been convoluted for years, but their latest push has been for RCS in standard messaging applications. You would think they’d want to roll things into Allo, but, you know.

Last month, Google turned on RCS in their Messenger application, starting their plan to standardize rich communication services for the entire world.

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Cronologics announces acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear


After Google decided to drop back and punt on the release Android Wear 2.0, pushing a release date until sometime in 2017, things have been quiet in the world of Android smartwatches. That lack of news coming out of Google regarding their wearables platform does not mean steps are not being taken to ensure the new release is a solid move. The most recent update involves a company called Cronologics, which announced their acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear 2.0 development.

Gboard, the updated Google Keyboard, finally shows up for Android


Earlier this year Google released a new version of their keyboard app and in the process rebranded the app to Gboard. At the time the new app was part of a string of app updates pointing toward Google’s apps being more integrated and perhaps being a harbinger of the Google Assistant technology. One bad feature of the Gboard app was that it was only released for iOS devices. Half a year later and finally Android fans may be getting access to the super-powered keyboard as a leaked APK points to the update hitting later this week.