Posts tagged with: Hangouts
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    Google's got big plans for Hangouts. We've already seen recent improvements to how it handles text messaging, and word is that major integration with Google Voice is just over the horizon. But what then? How will we see Hangouts mature into an even more well-rounded messaging tool? A new Google acquisition may clue us in to where things are headed next, as it snatches up Tinker Square, developer of messaging app Emu. Emu works like a cross between something like Google Now and a traditional text messaging app. It analyzes your conversation and pops-up relevant content, like your calendar ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    I've used Google Voice since the days when it was Grand Central. It's an amazing product and one that I don't know what I'd do without. For those of you who don't know, Google Voice is an interesting combination of telephone services. First, and foremost, Google Voice is to voicemail what Gmail is to email. When someone calls you, if you don't answer (or if you have a rule set up) they go to voicemail. After they leave a message it's transcribed (sometimes with ridiculous results). From there you can peek at what the message was (or what Google thinks it was), and call them back or send ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    With Google+ Hangouts came the promise of integration with Google Voice down the road -- it was supposed to be Google's unified chat client for all of its communication services. Today, as one member of the internet discovered, this merger looks to be one step closer to completion, as a screen within the app showed off Hangouts Google Voice integration setup. The screenshot was made possible because of a debug menu. This debug menu doesn't come available out of the box, though a recently created app called #DebugAllTheThings made it possible to show it. You can download the debug utility ...

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    Update: We've received your comments on the m4a format (vs mp3) and have added an mp3 version to the available feeds (it's accessible via the direct-download link below). Going forward, episodes will arrive in mp3 format, just like they used to. Thanks for the feedback! After 100 episodes of an award-winning mobile technology podcast done in the tried-and-true audio-only format, we think it's about time to change things up. That's why we're eschewing the beautiful outdoors for sound booths and dark offices this June afternoon: so we can kick off the all-new Pocketnow Weekly in style! ...

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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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