Google Voice users having problems sending MMS messages


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 may exit the smartphone and television market to increase profits


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

Pandora launches Artist Audio Messaging, Lenny Kravitz among the pilot users


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.

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New Moto360 update offers bug fixes and updated Play Services


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)

New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm


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.

Hit the break for the full presser.

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