Today

The latest Google app beta continues work on adding features announced at I/O 2018. Version 8.5 details Google Home’s upcoming Continued Conversation feature and Assistant payments. Meanwhile, there is also progress towards new functionality like Read later and Collections.

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Old Google Voice SMS messages from Hangouts now appear in the revamped apps

Since Google Voice relaunched in early 2017, the company has kept to its promise of “regular” updates and new features. Last month, it notably began beta testing in-app VoIP calling for the Android and web client. The latest update now sees Google Voice messages from the older Hangouts integration in the new apps.

Yesterday

Yesterday, a handful of users noticed that ads were being served to them within the Google Feed on their phones. With the company’s love for targeted advertisements, what do you think about a future where ads are placed directly in Google’s operating systems?

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Ready to try the Pixelbook?

Today we’ve got Eric Schmidt making some comments about Elon Musk’s conservative approach to AI, some Material Theme changes to Google’s web sign-in page and Chrome Canary, and Fuchsia Friday.

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Thus far in the Fuchsia Friday column, I’ve been Fuchsia’s number one fan, and each week I hope my enthusiasm shines through. This week, however, I’d like to address something in the work-in-progress OS that has me worried, albeit not a problem that’s unique to Fuchsia in any case.

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Last month, Chrome for Android began testing a horizontal tab switcher in the experimental Dev channel. It was very similar to the current design and reflected the rumored changes coming to Android P’s Recents menu. Chrome is now testing a tab switcher that is more in line with Developer Preview 2 from I/O 2018.

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