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    Today may be June 18, which means we got Amazon's announcement of its Fire phone a little earlier today, and T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5.0 event is coming up a few hours later on, but more than just being the eighteenth, it's also a Wednesday. You smartphone users with blood that runs Android green know what that means, as it's time for Google to make with its latest batch of Android app updates. We haven't spotted a ton of them this week, but at least a few new releases are on their way out to users, with updated versions of Drive and Hangouts arriving, along with some other new editions. ...

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    A Wednesday isn't complete without a couple app updates from Google, right? Today's updated apps from the Mountain View-based company include YouTube and Hangouts, both of which got new and improves features in their latest releases. YouTube's update to version 5.7 brings the ability to manually select the quality of a video that's playing. Android Police reports that users can set the video quality anywhere from 144p to 720p, but readers of ours have noted that 1080p manual options are available on certain devices. There's also an automatic option, which will choose the best resolution ...

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    We often look forward to Wednesdays for Google releasing updates to its library of Android apps, but it seems that this week we're off to an early start. That Android 4.4.3 update may continue to be elusive, but Google's been spotted sending out a new version of Hangouts to Android users, and while there's no official list of new features just yet, hands-on experiences with the updated app have clued us in as to what to expect. First off, it's probably worth noting what's NOT here: the long-rumored integration between Google Voice and Hangouts has still yet to occur. That said, what we do ...

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    Update: We're live now! Join in below! We've got a Windows Phone 8.1 review video live and on the wire, a Windows Phone 8.1 written review coming down the pipe, an in-depth feature article on Cortana on the front page, and a ton of Windows Phone 8.1 impressions coming at you in a Pocketnow Weekly podcast going under the mic in a couple days. But we know you, and that's not enough: you need live, off-the-cuff impressions from the team you've come to trust for such things – and you'd like to see us on camera as we do it. Fair enough. That's right; it's Editorial Roundtable territory once ...

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    Google already takes advantage of the connections between all the services it offers to provide its users some convenient, time-saving tools. For instance, when you get a message in Gmail that mentions a time or date, Google automatically detects that text, underlines it, and gives you a quick way to add the event directly to your Google Calendar. From the looks of things, though, Google may be about to take this kind of automated system and really run with it, letting Google Now detect events in conversations you have from sources beyond just Gmail, and then suggest you add them to your ...

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    It's been clear for a while now that big changes are coming to Google Voice. We've complained in the past about how the feature set seemed a bit frozen, like Google had given up on making improvements to the existing service. But if Voice as we knew it was dying, what would it become? Much of the focus has looked to bundling Voice up within Hangouts; we saw phone calls come to Hangouts on iOS, and Google's been talking about its goal towards full integration with Hangouts since last fall. But just when would the other shoe drop; when's stand-alone Voice going to be gone for good? The ...

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    Come back from lunch to find that you're unable to touch base with all your friends on Google Hangouts? You're not alone. A disruption is currently affecting a number of Google services, and Google has confirmed that an investigation is underway. Google's own status page for its various apps and services shows reported disruptions for Talk and Hangouts, which is probably how most of you are noticing this outage, but that's not the extent of it. Google also mentions issues affecting Sheets, and while it doesn't show up here, we've personally experienced error messages coming from some other ...

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    Yesterday may have been our big day for new Google software on Android, seeing the release of both the Google Now Launcher and a Google+ update, but now it's iOS's turn, and Google has a pretty substantial update available for the platform's Hangouts app, bumping it ahead to version 2.0. Tablet users are really going to like this one, as Hangouts gets optimized for your iPad's display. That means a two-pane view for conversations, making better use of screen real estate, among other improvements. The update adds support for video messages, letting you record a short clip and send it to ...

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    At Pocketnow, we think we’ve assembled one of the best teams in mobile tech reporting. But mobile is a huge space to cover, and the list of outlets covering it is equally massive. Making up that techno-blogosphere is a long list of personalities – some eccentric, some conventional, but all interesting.  With the Pocketnow VIP (based on the popular Pocketnow Live), we aim to get to know some of these outstanding personalities – where they’re at, where they’re going, and what circumstances conspired to make them the people they are today. Because in a nuts-and-bolts world like ...

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    Update 3: Annnnd there we have it. VIP is complete and video is embedded below. Thanks to all who tuned in, and especially to those who contributed questions. See you on the next VIP! Update 2: All right folks, here we go! Wish us luck on our second attempt, now that Google's services are (hopefully) fully restored. See below for embed. Update: Sorry folks, but a global Google services disruption struck literally seconds before we hit the "Broadcast" button. Until Google gets this worked out, we'll be unable to kick off the VIP. Please stand by. At Pocketnow, we think we’ve assembled ...

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    At Pocketnow, we think we've assembled one of the best teams in mobile tech reporting. But mobile is a huge space to cover, and the list of outlets covering it is equally massive. Making up that techno-blogosphere is a long list of personalities - some eccentric, some conventional, but all interesting.  With the Pocketnow VIP (based on the popular Pocketnow Live), we aim to get to know some of these outstanding personalities - where they're at, where they're going, and what circumstances conspired to make them the people they are today. Because in a nuts-and-bolts world like technology, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X, the deals that launched today, and how they didn't last long. Microsoft follows the news as they've announced 12 days of deals, and these are very significant. Nokia follows the news with the launch of their Guru headset, aside from the rumors of an 8.3-inch Tablet. Samsung is next as the company has just announced the Galaxy J, and we go through the specifics of why this device is important. We'll end today's show talking about all the enhancements that Google just launched on Hangouts. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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    As part of Google's ongoing “all roads lead to Google+” project, we saw Hangouts take on a bold new role with the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, becoming the platform's default text messaging client. While the transition has largely been without issue, we have caught wind of a few hiccups here and there; luckily, Google's not about to start getting stingy with updates, and today releases one for Hangouts that starts doing something about some of those extant problems. One issue concerned how Hangouts dealt with sending a text to multiple users; rather than giving senders the option to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent update to Google Apps for Android, which brings some of the KitKat updates that Nexus 5 owners are enjoying. Speaking of Nexus 5, there are complaints of a poor speaker and poor camera, and Google talks about it. We later talk about Sony as the company has laid down its plans for Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its Xperia line-up. Apple follows the news as the Cupertino kids might be working on launching more than one iPhone in 2014. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's ISOCELL cameras and foldable displays. All this and more ...

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    If you've found yourself frustrated by all the disparate messaging apps you need to keep up with on your Android phone, yesterday's Android 4.4 launch probably came as great news to you, integrating text messages sent through your wireless carrier with your chats in Google's Hangouts app. For others, though, it didn't go quite far enough, and users of Google Voice were left a little let-down, with Voice SMS not getting the same Hangouts support. Why can't two Google services just play nicely together? Luckily, rather than leave us hanging, Google's Nikhyl Singhal took to Google+ to explain ...

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