Google just recently enabled MMS support for North American Google Voice users, but it looks like the service is already seeing its first hiccup. Many users are reporting being unable to send any MMS messages, and Google has acknowledged that its a problem on the official support site. Fortunately, SMS messages seem like they’re okay, so if you’re solely using a GV number, you’re not totally up the creek until this gets fixed.
Hopefully Google will get the problem sorted out sooner rather than later, but if you want to keep up with the progress, you can find the thread below. Read more
Sony makes some very nice equipment, especially when it comes to smartphones, and I don’t think there are many people that will argue against that. However, the company has struggled to gain much market share and turn a profit in the wireless industry, partly because of intense competition on both the high and low end, and partly because of their inability to make any headway in the lucrative US market.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai talked about how Sony plans to get back to profitability by the end of the 2018, and those plans include leveraging Sony’s Playstation business, as well as their camera component sales and access to media like TV shows, movies, and music. However, two of Sony’s current major divisions, televisions and smartphones, are absent from that plan. Read more
Forget about receiving a tweet from your favorite artists because some of them will soon be sending messages over Pandora. The service announced on Thursday a new feature called Artist Audio Messaging which allows artists to send personalized messages to listeners around the world. Pandora notes that the possible messages shared with listeners, aside from random voice recordings, are tour announcements, new album releases, and crowd-funding campaigns.
Starting today, users of the Google Docs app will see an update arrive in the Play Store. The update benefits users of the Office Compatibility Mode and those who have be trying to insert links into documents.
As of today users of Dropbox on mobile devices will no be able to open files and folders of Dropbox shared links right in the app. Which means instead of being directed to a web page, you’ll be able to access previews of documents and photos or save files/folders to your Dropbox account all within the app.
For those of you with the Moto 360, you’ll be happy to know that Motorola has announced a new update for the Android Wear watch. While it doesn’t add to much in terms of excitement, it does add updated Google Play Services plus bug fixes and optimizations. According to Motorola you’re going to see it rolled out in phases over the next few days so your mileage may vary.
That said, you’ll be on the most current version of Android as soon as the update hits. When you get the update, you’ll need 80 percent battery life to install it. Let us know if you’re seeing the update.
source: 9to5 Google (photo via Ryan Shyffer)
On Indiegogo right now is a fully robotic platform that pairs with Android phones and tablets that turns into a complete telepresence robot. The kicker is you can connect remotely to the ORIGIBOT from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection through a secure cloud service. It uses WebRTC technology and offers minimal lag over broadband.
The LG G Watch Urbane has appeared in leaks for quite a while now. Earlier today, we came across the possible pricing of the two premium smartwatches from the Korean manufacturer. And now, Expansys UK has listed the two variants of the G Watch Urbane with a price tag of £299.99 ($462). Read more
Samsung is believed to be keen on acquiring mobile payments service LoopPay. This service has been touted to be a competitor to Apple Pay, so it’s understandable as to why Samsung has decided to purchase the company.
Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.
With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz.
While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.
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