Allo won’t be the default messaging app in Android 7.0

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Google’s approach to messaging apps is clouded at best and completely confused at worst. Not only do we already have Google Voice, Hangouts, and the default Messenger app for Android devices, but later this year we’ll be able to add Allo and Duo to that list. With five different apps, you’d think Google might be considering replacing and consolidating apps, but that doesn’t appear like it will be the case for Android 7.0 Read more

Verizon acquires Yahoo for $4.63 billion

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When you think of the history of internet search, Google and Yahoo are probably two of the first three brands you think of from years gone by. Unlike Google, though, Yahoo hasn’t done too well for itself over the past few years. Despite spending year-after-year restructuring itself attempting to make itself more pertinent to the modern world, Yahoo simply hasn’t succeeded, posting a $440 million loss for the second quarter of 2016. In a further development, Verizon Communications has announced today that it is acquiring Yahoo’s core businesses for $4.83 billion. Read more

Nintendo’s share price slips as it reveals ‘Pokémon Go’ was actually developed by Niantic

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Nintendo has been riding the swell of success since the release of Pokémon Gowith its market value almost doubling, having reached a $42 billion valuation just two weeks after the game launched on July 6. But, while Nintendo’s name is the brand most readily associated with Pokémon Go, it didn’t develop the game itself. Instead, the game was actually developed by Niantic, the same company behind the Ingress game that used to be part of Google. This realization, along with Nintendo’s announcement that the Pokémon Go app would have limited impact on its profits, has seen its share price tumble. Read more

Leaked Build.prop file points to HTC-built Nexus Sailfish sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display

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While Samsung fans are waiting with anticipation for the big Galaxy Note 7 announcement on August 2nd, the purists are waiting for more details on the upcoming Nexus handsets from HTC. The Taiwanese handset maker may have let its ‘King of Android‘ crown slip in the years since it built the Nexus One, but it’s on the comeback trail, having produced the HTC 10 earlier this year. We’ve seen some previous leaks for the larger of the two Nexus handsets, ‘Marlin’ recently, but today the Build.prop of the Nexus ‘Sailfish‘ (S1) has appeared online. Join us after the break for more details. Read more

Galaxy Note 7 has a bigger battery than Note 5 according to latest leak

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With just over a week to go until Samsung officially takes the wraps off the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2nd, it’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see a few more leaks in the intervening period. Last week we saw leaked images of a black Note 7, as well as a video of the handset being handled briefly in a video. Today’s says the Note 7 has a slightly smaller battery than the Galaxy S7 Edge, although still larger than the carried by the Note 5. Join us after the break for more details.  Read more

New Moto Z devices to get security updates, schedule unclear

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After a report surfaced indicating the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force may not be getting regular security updates for Android, the company has issued a statement confirming the device will be getting the security patches. Part of the confusion may have stemmed from the fact that devices shipping early to some reviewers are only updated through the May patch and even the units that will be hitting consumer hands initially will be at that same patch level. However, Motorola indicates they do have plans to issue the June and July Android security patches soon after the official July 28th launch. Read more