Posts tagged with: Hangouts
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    Pokémon Go is already huge and it's getting huger! LG is whittling back expectations for the G5, but can a V20 pull the company out of its doldrums. Plus this week our viewers take the wheel. Ask us anything (tech related), and we're going to answer it! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 209 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 14th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your ...

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    Another piece of Google Voice has bit the dust, thanks to an update in Hangouts. If and when you get version 11 of Hangouts, you'll see that SMS and Hangouts-based conversations have been split. You'll have to talk to John Doe in separate threads for the different technologies. Why the change? Google said that the merged conversation feature "caused user confusion and had low usage." You can still read all of your SMS and send messages via Hangouts if you're still on Voice. Google's still pushing users to its new Messenger app for SMS conversations. Source: Google Via: Digital Trends

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    When the Internet was coming into its own back in the '90's, we were migrating from "classic" uses (Archie, Finger, Ping, Usenet, FTP, Email, web browsing, etc.), to a more "modern" set. Chances are that you've heard of a couple of those, whereas the others have all but faded out of commonality. Today web technologies power most of what we do, and it looks like email is next on the chopping block. If that's the case, will chat apps replace email as our preferred form of communication? And if so, why does Google think I need five apps to accomplish what I should be able to do in one? ...

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    You might think that we wouldn't need Hangouts or Messenger with Allo and Duo coming around, right? Well, Google has confirmed that it will have four messaging applications in its roster. Remember that both Hangouts and Messenger can handle SMS texts while both Allo and Duo, said to use your phone number for identification, may also integrate texting as well. Duo, a dedicated calls app, competes with Hangouts in that aspect. Sure, feature completeness varies across the line with Messenger being a barebones app while Allo and Duo representing the deep end of WhatsApp and WeChat with ...

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    We've only had one short day to play around with the Android N developer preview, but it's already clear to even our eyes that this next release of Android is going to be a big one, changing the way a lot of familiar parts of the platform work – for the better. While features like split-screen mode may be among the more eye-catching of the changes, we're seeing evolving interfaces across the OS, like what's happening on the notification shade. And while Android N is still in its infancy, Google's already updating its app library to take advantage of N's improvements, as we see with the ...

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    Update: Hey, look at you! Getting the podcast from our post. Podcatchers can update their feeds starting at 3am Eastern on Sunday. Alcatel One Touch might be shipping the new Idol smartphone in Virtual Reality packaging, iPhone error 53 is frustrating users who have had their home buttons repaired, and Tim Cook takes his ball and runs home after people tweet mean things about his Super Bowl photo. Another week of mobile technology news has passed, and we’re going to talk about all of it, on episode 187 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:15pm Eastern on ...

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    Doing even the simplest-seeming thing on our smartphones can involve a lot of little moving parts. Information needs to be gathered from input sources, interpreted, passed to the right processes, ferried off to remote cell towers, routed to the right servers – and that's just getting started. Every step along the way is another opportunity for things to go wrong, messages to get dropped, and lag to slow the whole process down. In the spirit of believing that simpler might just be better, Google's rolling out a change to Hangouts on Android that aims to increase call quality by setting up ...

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    Update: Hopefully you'll forgive the "airport" audio quality in the latter half of the show. Thanks for being patient. Fitbit gets a fancy new band, manufacturers old and new are picking up the Windows Mobile mantle and a phone that'll probably never see the light of day changes up its OS. It must be another week in mobile technology, and that must mean it's time for another episode of our little pow-wow. Join us as we get ready to get techy on episode 186 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:15pm Eastern on February 4 (click here for your local time), or check ...

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    Are you using Hangouts for text and media messages? You may have to head over to another app soon. And Google has an idea about which app you should use. After ditching its Messaging app two years ago in favor of said SMS integration with internet-based Hangouts, it looks like Mountain View is beginning to disintegrate SMS from the app. The app has been updated to version 7 on the Google Play Store. It brings up a first-boot prompt recommending that users "check out Google's new SMS app," Messenger. Similar prompt boxes launched when Hangouts first took in SMS and then when it ...

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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    Update: The podcast is available for direct download on this page right now! It'll also be hitting the RSS feeds (ergo, your podcatcher) at 3:00am ET on January 17. Enjoy! The comfortable Airbnb with the log burning in the fireplace is gone, as are the dry sandwiches and free coffee of the press room. We're back in our respective cities following the crazy hallway podcasting days of CES 2016, most of us wiser, all of us older, and at least one of us with a big 'ole post-Vegas beard. And now that you're caught up with where we're sitting ... we're gonna catch you up with what's new in ...

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    Update: We'll see you next week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas! That's if we remember to do the podcast in the first place... The stretch between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Year's is a farce. Even with CES 2016 looming on the horizon and PR pitches landing like buzzword-filled mortars at every compass point, getting any kind of work done with a belly full of holiday food and the crackling anticipation of New Year's Eve is just impossible. So for this final episode of the year, we're turning the wheel over to you, listeners and viewers, by taking any questions you want via email and ...

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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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    Google may be the company behind the most popular mobile operating on the planet, but it's not doing so hot when it comes to messaging software. Despite the presence of Google's own apps like Hangouts, users have instead flocked to third-party solutions. Now a new report claims that Google could be about to try something pretty unusual for its next-gen messaging system, inviting users to interact with variety of AI-powered chatbots. If that sounds a little weird to your ears – don't worry; you're not alone. From what The Wall Street Journal describes, this new messaging system sounds ...

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    Update: Who doesn't like some high-energy Peter Frampton and a touch of EXID to start a podcast, right? See you Wednesday! Some weeks, even listening to K-pop while prepping the rundown can't make the work go fast enough. As 2015 races to a close we've still got tons of work to do outside podcast-land, like finishing up our Pixel C and Lumia 950XL reviews and leaving the office in time to go see The Force Awakens. So you'll forgive us if we're a little pressed for time today. But not to worry: we're still gonna cover all the critical stuff from the world of mobile technology, like ...

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    Just where does Google want Android users sending and receiving their text messages? Back in 2013 Google merged its IP-based messaging and SMS as it brought the latter to Hangouts with the launch of KitKat. For a while it looked like that might be the end of it, and Hangouts might be Google's one-stop-shop for users' messaging needs. But then last year we got a hint that change might be on the way, as Google once again released a stand-alone SMS/MMS app: Messenger. Ever since, we've had our pick (or could always go with a third-party option), but why the split to begin with? Was Google ...

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    Update: BB-8 is overr8'd. See you next week! An Android tablet that doesn't quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars' own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered "anywhere I look," you're right indeed ... but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your ...

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    Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft's latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend! Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we'll be getting the last word on it. We've gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by "we," it's not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950. You'll have your chance to nominate which ...

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    Update: Happy Black Friday! Listen to our podcast while you're on the floor of your local mall after having shopped 'til you dropped! Here in the US, Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and right after the turkey and tryptophan comes the crazy consumerism. To help you figure out what mobile tech to spend your money on this holiday season (whether it's for yourself or for a lucky family member), we're rounding up all the Black Friday mobile deals we could sift from the internet's tech trove. Then we're raiding Pocketnow's Listener Mail account – because it's almost the end of the ...

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    Update: The podcast is up! We'll see you Wednesday for our special Thanksgiving Weekly. The first "real" Windows Phone in 20 months landed on our doorstep earlier this week, and we're finally allowed to talk about its crazy Continuum transforming act. While we're sticking close to Windows 10 Mobile for the duration of today's show, we're also making time for the news, from the bizarre cancellation of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition to the 40-hour BlackBerry Priv giveaway on Good Morning America. All of the above –plus your listener mail– awaits on episode 175 of the Pocketnow ...

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    What kind of savage doesn’t own a Google account nowadays? It’s obviously free… still, it lets you like, dislike and comment on YouTube videos, it gives you access to one of the world’s most popular email clients, a social network that, well, hasn’t truly taken off, plus a communication platform blending together instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. Check that, Hangouts used to require a Google account for joining video calls, but it no longer does. So, if for whatever reason you prefer to “covertly” surf the web, yet need to take part in a personal or ...

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    Update: The staff of the Pocketnow Weekly does not guarantee that you will retain a romantic relationship by introducing your JDate, FarmersOnly or TrekPassions date to this podcast. Please consult our latest Terms & Conditions regarding dates made with other dating services. Download at your own risk. We get a late-night delivery from a mysterious man in an unmarked minivan – and he comes bearing an wrist watch right outta the future. We get our Apple iPad Pro ordered up, and we find a friendly Canadian to tell us what to expect. And we finally spend a few days with the ...

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    Update: The weekend is here! Enjoy it with your favorite podcast available at distributors everywhere. If you're tuning into our YouTube edition, a fair warning that almost half of the show is missing for some weird reason. The Android BlackBerry that's got everyone talking; the newest and most affordable smartphone from OnePlus; the obscene forearm-cuff that only a mother could love. Plus, the strap-on that makes any watch a smartwatch and a Cortana clip-on that hints at something familiar. This week's mobile tech avalanche awaits –along with your listener mail– on episode 173 of the ...

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    Update: Happy Halloween! The podcast is early so you can cover your ears with it while being spooked by pop-scares all around town! Motorola builds a shatterproof phone and we put it to the test. Samsung builds a tablet the size of a TV and we look on with concern. And Nintendo finally makes the jump to your smartphone screen ... and we get all nostalgic for Tetris and Toobin'. All this, plus some learning about the 600 MHz spectrum and an eyes-on session with your listener mail, on episode 172 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 3:30pm Eastern on October ...

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