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    Our first taste of what the Google Assistant can do for us in our everyday lives is within the Google Allo messaging app that got released today. Now, you can get your undergarments scrunched up about all the chat apps that Google has floated out, but we'll save the debate for another post. What got released today for both Android and iOS seems to be an attempt to become what Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, iMessage and [insert your app of choice here] have become — cuter, more versatile and smarter. While that includes the usual pack of stickers or the doodly-doos on your pictures, ...

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    Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths. Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the ...

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    Update: 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Google's first of two new messaging services has been out for several weeks and it's been an underwhelming contender to say the least, given the amount of coverage we've dedicated to Duo since its launch. With the final public release of iOS 10 and an all-new iMessage with obscuring, fanciful features, it's about time that Mountain View launch the second service it introduced at I/O this year. Leakmaster Evan Blass believes that Allo will be on the Play Store this week. Hello, Allo (launches this week). ...

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    With Duo out in the open, we're still closing in on what might come through to Google's new messaging service, Allo. There's a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police. The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos' search engine to identify ...

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    If you're an Android user in a orchard of Apple trees, you may be tired or indifferent to being "the green bubble" of the lot. There's a developer effort firmly in progress called "Pie Message" that hopes to bring the iMessage client over to Android, but it could get overshadowed by a rumored reveal next week at WWDC. According to a source to MacDailyNews, it seems that the company will bring iMessage and its end-to-end communications encryption over to Android. The details of the announcement are still murky as are the keynote preparations, but it is said that the iMessage for Android ...

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    Google Voice was a terrific dream, which I've been using since before Google owned the actual service. You can have one phone number umbrella which sends and receives calls to any phone number associated with your account. It was one of the first mainstream solutions for texting over data, it transcribed voicemails, and it was compatible with traditional cell phones. Google Voice has stagnated over the last couple years. We've seen Google tinker with Hangouts, and introduce Project Fi, but we've seen little progress on the GV front. Today at I/O 2016, Google introduced a pair of new ...

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    Eric Kay, Director of Engineering, announced a new messaging app called Allo. It focuses on letting you express yourself in a messaging situation while making it secure and smart with the Google Assistant. You connect with your phone contacts and talk with your friends through texts, lots of custom-made stickers and a little something called "WhisperShout". It's a slider feature that can shrink or grow how your message will appear in the conversation — sorta like how you can hold the Like button to blow up a thumbs up in a Facebook Messenger convo. Google Inbox's Smart Reply feature has ...

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    If you're not on Slack, HipChat, GroupMe, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, SMS or email already and would like to bring some interesting pieces of media to a group you're in, prepare yourself for what Google's offering. It has introduced Spaces, an app that builds in Google Search, Chrome and YouTube to look up and serve most of the content you would share in a small group within the app. It's available for all Gmail users on iOS, Android, desktop and the mobile web. We're not sure how much effort you'll save without all the app and page switching, but hey, it's out there. The new ...

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    Google's artificial intelligence may soon be able to snatch dates away from you at the bar. It's been refining its pickup game by reading up on romance novels: "Damn girl, this is the best French toast I've ever had." and: I wanted to peel that dress off of your body myself and I'm pissed I won't get the chance to now. It was difficult picking out passages from Kelly Elliott's Unconditional Love, but those are just two of the many from the 2,685 books that engineers at Mountain View have forced upon the AI's neural network. Andrew Dai and Oriol Vinyals both headed the project at ...

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    Last year, Facebook caught a lot of flak for releasing a Snapchat clone last year, dubbed Poke. However, the app never really caught on and Facebook pulled it from the App Store back in May. Just last week, Facebook tried its hand at the destructive photo sharing app again by releasing another Snapchat competitor, Slingshot. It's easy to mistake Slingshot as a Snapchat knock-off. And while the two services have a lot in common, like the same basic function, Slingshot has its fair share of differences from Snapchat – the UI, the "pay to play" mentality, and other small details. Which app ...

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    Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying popular mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a whopping $19 billion. We later compared WhatsApp to Facebook's in-house chat service, Facebook Messenger. We learned that, despite their core differences, they had a lot in common. But how does WhatsApp compare to, say, another popular mobile messaging service like Kik? WhatsApp is powered by your mobile number – it requires a working number for activation. Kik, on the other hand, doesn't require a working number and it doesn't require other people to have your number to work. One of its best ...

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    Like most members of the Pocketnow team, I tote a lot of gadgets. After all, "Captain2Phones" isn't just a Twitter handle - it's a lifestyle. It's also a massive, ridiculous understatement: at any given time, my online persona is logged in to many different mobile devices, all of which titter and chirp incessantly when even the most minor of messages arrives. Couple that with a very busy inbox and a slew of friends for whom the enter key is a form of punctuation all its own, and sometimes I just want out. I want a way to say to everyone, all at once, "I'm gone for a while. Your messages ...

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    There is no shortage of options when it comes to communicating with a modern smartphone. There are literally hundreds – likely even thousands – of different ways to communicate. There's the voice call, which is no longer a staple in mobile communication for many. And there is an endless supply of different IP messengers available, free of charge, depending on what mobile OS you use. There's email, for the more traditional feel of correspondence. And there are several popular social networking sites around the Web that are (generally) easy to access via mobile and, likewise, great for ...

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    I've been using Facebook's new Chat Heads feature on my HTC One for a grand total of two hours. In that time, I've become convinced that the concept behind it is bigger than Facebook Home, Facebook Messenger, and could become bigger than even Facebook itself - at least insofar as it relates to smartphone UI design. The quick rundown for those not yet indoctrinated into the new club of bubble-tappers: Chat Heads are floating overlays on your smartphone's home screen. They're circular icons containing avatars of friends you're currently talking to via Facebook Messenger, and they can be ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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