October 28, 2016

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We told you in our quick teardown of Google Allo 2.0 just a couple days ago that we found evidence that Google is preparing to add chat themes to its Allo messenger. Now we have actually managed to enable these themes on a rooted device and we’ve screenshotted them for you to check out before the app actually gets them…

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In a Wall Street Journal story from this morning about Samsung’s hopes to finally move on from this Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung’s mobile-communications vice president, Lee Kyeong-tae, of course dropped some buzzwords about the company’s forthcoming Android flagship…

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Google’s new Pixel smartphones are proving to be more popular than most predicted — even Google themselves. As production continues to ramp up and more orders go out the door, Google is trying to get orders delivered on time. However, it seems the company is falling behind a bit…

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Google has finally, officially entered the hardware game. When SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer took to Twitter a few days prior to the event and stated that eight years down the line we would remember October 4 as a day just as important as the birth of Android itself, I strongly believe that this move is what he referred to. Not just the Pixel phones, not just the Assistant, but rather a unified — if a bit prototypical — package that marries the two under the label “Made by Google”.

And what that means, if my understanding is correct, is that over at Mountain View things are just getting started…

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