Google talks RCS and the default messaging situation on Android

Okay, so it really doesn’t seem like Google has any idea what they’re doing with Android’s messaging situation. We now have Android Messages to replace Google Messenger, Hangouts is dead-but-not-really, and Allo is, uh, existing somewhere. It’s a messy, messy group of apps and services (and we didn’t even mention Google Voice) that doesn’t seem like it has any clear goal in sight. 

Giveaway: Win a Scosche MagicMount Power Bank (USB-C)!

Battery life is the most important aspect of a phone for many people, but not every device you pick up is going to feature superb longevity. Sometimes you’re going to need power when and where a wall outlet just isn’t available. Sure, you could use one of the power banks with a wire hanging between the power source and your phone; however, Scosche offers a better alternative.

We’re giving away a Scosche MagicMount Power Bank (USB-C) to a Talk Android reader.

App drawer comes with latest update for LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3

Both the Le Pro 3 and Le S3 from LeEco were missing a simple thing at launch: an app drawer. There’s good news today, though. The company is rolling out a software update for its two U.S.-sold phones that includes an app drawer and other enhancements. It’s all part of the UP2U initiative in which LeEco gets customer feedback and adjusts its user interface through software updates.

Goodbye, Google Messenger: Android Messages is the new flagship messaging app

Messaging is an integral part of business for companies like Apple, Facebook, and Snap. Their respective platforms open up communication between people in unique ways. Google, however, has struggled for years to figure out messaging. A new messaging platform debuts every year or two and another is left behind. Then the entire strategy is overhauled and the same thing happens.

Google just made an unannounced change to its most popular app for messaging, Google Messenger.

[TA Deals] Live an active lifestyle? The BK Sport wireless earbuds are here! (66% off)

Wires make many things difficult, but they really make being active tough. Between limiting mobility and getting tangled, wires are just no good! The BK Sport wireless earbuds featured on Talk Android Deals eliminates the hassle caused by wires. The wired connection between your device and ears goes away at a slim price courtesy of our online store.

The BK Sport wireless earbuds offer wireless streaming, on-device controls, noise reduction, and a snug fit.

Bluetooth turning off for some Google Pixel and Pixel XL users in new bug

No smartphone is without its share of bugs and other issues, and Google’s latest and greatest Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been experiencing several recently, causing many users to flood support forums asking for help. The latest bug to pop up causes Bluetooth on some Pixel and Pixel XL devices to randomly shut off without any interaction from the user.

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Release dates leak: March 10 for LG G6, April 21 for Samsung Galaxy S8

Everyone knows when the LG G6 will be announced. The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S8, however, isn’t clear. And, for both, release dates remain up in the air at this point. Neither company is ready to say when you’ll be able to buy their respective 2017 flagships until they’re official.

Now, with days until the G6 debuts and weeks until the Galaxy S8 introduces itself, a report is exposing the release dates for both phones.