Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 4 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

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Announced at I/O 2016 as a new model for software that doesn’t require a full download, the first Android Instant Apps are now live as part of limited testing. Initial partners include BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki, with Google also beginning to open up the experience for other third-party developers.

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After a false start earlier this month, the first major update to Google Voice in years has just been announced. Featuring a redesigned interface, new features, and the promise of continued updates, it will be rolling out to everyone in the coming weeks.

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January 19

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Released in 2015, the Tag Heuer Connected was one of the first premium Android Wear devices at $1,500. Noting the surprising success of the first model, CEO Jean-Claude Biver revealed that a second generation is expected in May with Wear 2.0 and a number of other improvements.

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Following the launch of the Pixel, Google embarked on a massive marketing campaign to promote its first wholly-made device. Encompassing print, TV, and online ads, the latter form of marketing is now under scrutiny. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, ads for Google-made products overwhelmingly took the top spots in Search during the holiday shopping season…

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January 18

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LG is the latest company to officially announce that they will be hosting an event at MWC 2017 next month. With a silhouette of a phone on their invite, it’s more than likely that the flagship G6 will be announced at the February 26th press conference.

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Launched in 2014 from an acquisition the year before, Twitter’s set of Fabric mobile developer tools is being sold off to Google. The acquisition will see the team join Google’s Developer Products Group, specifically the Firebase team.

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January 17

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Launched in 2014, Google’s plans to have developing markets use a more controlled and stock version of Android have yet to really take off. According to The Information, Android One is now pivoting to the US with a launch later this year of a device in the $200-300 range.

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From updates that disable charging to Samsung releasing an official explanation next week, the Galaxy Note 7 disaster is finally winding down. While 96% of phones have been recalled, Verizon (via Fortune) notes that “thousands” of Note 7s are still in use, with more steps being taken to encourage a return.

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If the rumored day after launch availability is to be believed, potential buyers of LG’s Android Wear 2.0 devices might have to choose between the two models sooner than later. With the specs and design already pretty much known at this point, which one are you going to buy?

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In late 2015, Google+ received a significant redesign and a new focus on Communities and Collections. While Google iterated on this new version, the old version remained accessible. With a slew of new features coming, including Events, the classic interface will no longer be available as of later this month.

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Last month, Project Fi launched a referral program as part of their annual holiday gift to subscribers. New and existing subscribers would net a $20 credit that goes towards their Fi bill. According to Google, the program has now been extended indefinitely…

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From early 2017 to Q1 and eventually early February, we now possibly have a more precise date for when the next major version of Android Wear is launching. Rumored by the usually reliable Evan Blass, “Android Wear 2.0 launches on February 9th.”

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January 16

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Besides a Doodle to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Google is also giving a nod to the birthday of the revered Civil Rights leader in Assistant. Activating the ‘My Day’ feature on a Pixel or Home will provide some more information about the day, as well as a related quote.

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January 13

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Going into 2017, not much is known about Lenovo’s upcoming Moto lineup. The company reportedly opted out of making a new Moto 360 for Android Wear 2.0‘s launch, while their flagship device has yet to leak. However, Moto is planning (via CNET) an event on February 26th at MWC.

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In late 2015, a report alleged that Android creator Andy Rubin was planning a return to the smartphone market after leaving Google and founding a startup incubator. Bloomberg now has details of a device expected to launch later this year with a premium build and third-party accessory ecosystem.

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