Google shutting down Allo

Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise. Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. That initiative was the b


Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise. Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. That initiative was the b
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Google shutting down Allo

Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise.

Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

Allo, which launched two years ago to much fanfare, will only work until March 2019, at which point users will have to download any conversations they want to save. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. Earlier this year, Google announced that it was working with mobile carriers on a new Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard, an upgrade to classic SMS texting, to make messaging work better across Android devices, and bring users features like read receipts and seamless group chats.

That initiative was the beginning of the end for Allo, which saw its product lead defect to Facebook earlier this year.

Google also said in its blog post that it plans to support another one of its chat apps, Hangouts, until it makes two of its enterprise apps, Hangouts Chat and Meet, available for non-paying users.

A Google employee tweeted earlier on Thursday that Meet and Chat would launch for regular consumers next year:

Google has long had a complicated, messy strategy when it comes to chat apps, and has axed a laundry list of communication products, including the original GChat, the social network Buzz, and the collaboration tool Wave. Earlier this year, it announced it was shutting down its social network Google Plus after it discovered a security bug that left private profile data exposed.


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Evan Spiegel vows Snap will still be an independent company in five years

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now. “Will Snap be an independent company?” Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology. “One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because


Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now. “Will Snap be an independent company?” Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology. “One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because
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Evan Spiegel vows Snap will still be an independent company in five years

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now.

“Will Snap be an independent company?” asked New York Times columnist Ross Sorkin.

“Yes, sir,” answered Spiegel, speaking before an audience at the annual DealBook conference in New York.

“We have a real believe in what were trying to accomplish, and we believe that it’s fundamentally different from what we’re seeing in the world,” Spiegel said after Sorkin asked what it would take for the company co-founder to sell the company. “We really just want to make sure that we can continue to make that vision real.”

Spiegel and Snap have endured a tough 2018 that has seen the departure of notable executives, the company’s stock price hit all-time lows and the company’s Snapchat lose its place as most popular among teenagers to rival Instagram.

Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology.

“Five years from now I think people are going to start beginning to see how important the camera is as a tool in their lives.,” Spiegel said. “People are going to be using the camera in ways that they can’t even imagine today, in a way that makes it as essential a tool as your phone is.”

During the interview, Spiegel also discussed Snap’s focus on rebuilding its Android app, saying that one way Snapchat can continue growing is through expansion in emerging markets where Android devices the dominant smartphones.

“One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “We’re effectively doing six, seven years of Android product development in one year to rebuild the product in a way so it can really perform for users who maybe don’t have the top Androids.”

Spiegel also addressed the issue of spam, malicious and harmful content that has been afflicting social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram by saying that “these problems are impacting these platforms because they’ve created an environment where that sort of behavior thrives.”

“There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because negative content has more engagement,” he said. “You’ve ended up with systems that incentivize negative behavior.”


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HTC launches its blockchain-focused phone, but you can only buy it in cryptocurrency

HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet. “Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet


HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet. “Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet
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HTC launches its blockchain-focused phone, but you can only buy it in cryptocurrency

HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology.

The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet.

The Exodus 1 comes with a secure enclave — a secluded area on the phone’s chip kept separate from the Android operating system (OS) it runs on — that uses technology made by SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep a customer’s cryptocurrency safe.

“Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet, what it does is hold your private keys.” Private keys are lines of code which are meant to be known only to the owner of a cryptocurrency to allow them access to their funds.

Chen said the benefit of keeping this area of the phone separate from Android was that Google’s OS is “fundamentally insecure with a centralized system,” and therefore storing cryptocurrency using Android would make a user’s funds more vulnerable to a hack.

He said the significance of integrating blockchain technology in the phone is that it bolsters the security and privacy of a user’s assets, and will in the future help with protecting a customer’s data and identity. Blockchain can be thought of as a tamper-proof digital ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions and other data across a distributed network with no central authority overseeing it.

“The dominant companies in our world today are Google and Facebook, and in China, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, because they basically own all our data,” Chen said.


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Google EU antitrust ruling does not threaten dominance

Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version. But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU. From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing


Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version. But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU. From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing
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Google EU antitrust ruling does not threaten dominance

Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version.

But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU.

From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing the EU’s decision, though these changes prevent it from having to pay additional fines in the meantime (it had 90 days to change its conduct before facing charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily worldwide revenue).

Still, Android, which Google gives away for free, has 74 percent market share in Europe, according to StatCounter. In July, EU antitrust regulators ruled that Google was using this dominance to push consumers towards its own search engine and other services —where it makes money — and weakening rival app makers in the process.


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Google will stop bundling its apps on Android phones in response to EU fine

In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU. Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system. Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license


In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU. Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system. Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license
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Google will stop bundling its apps on Android phones in response to EU fine

In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU.

Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system.

Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license its app store, Play. In July, the EU ruled that this bundling was anti-competitive — pushing consumers towards Google’s search engine and weakening rival app makers — though it only specifically called for Google to separate Chrome and Search from Play.

In response, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday that it will start offering separate licenses for Search and Chrome, as well as a license for its suite of apps like Maps, Gmail, and Docs. That means that if phone makers want to pre-install those apps separate from Chrome and Search, they will have to pay a fee, though the amount was not specified. Google says that the new licensing fee will offset revenue lost through compliance efforts that is uses to fund the development of Android, which it offers as a free, open source platform.

Although Google doesn’t make money from Android directly, it generates advertising revenue through search as well as Chrome, Maps and Gmail, serving ads within those apps and using data it collects from users to better target ads across its platforms.

“Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA [European Economic Area],” wrote Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of platforms.

Google’s previous agreements with phone makers also prevented them from selling modified versions of Android if they wanted to use its suite of apps, but the company will now allow manufacturers to build forked smartphones and tablets for the EEA.

Overall, Google’s Android powers more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. These changes, which will come into effect on Oct. 29, will only affect phones for the EEA, a group of 28 EU countries.

WATCH: Google considering China search engine


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Google’s new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy

Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. But Google fixed other things, too. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens.


Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. But Google fixed other things, too. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens.
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Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy

Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. They look similar, but have much better displays, which are more colorful and pleasing to look at than last year’s screens. That means photos, movies and apps all look much more vivid, instead of dull as they did last year.

But Google fixed other things, too. Both devices are now IP68 water-resistant, which means they can last up to 30 minutes under three meters of water. I dropped my test unit in a fountain outside the office, and it still works just fine. I’m glad Google is finally adding this feature, which is also available on other Android phones and the iPhone.

The camera is incredible and a lot of fun to use. Google doesn’t use two lenses like Apple does. Apple uses a dual-lens system for zooming and creating portrait photos in some cases, but the results are just as good on the Pixel. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens. Google’s software takes the blurry image that’s originally snapped and then fills in the details so that it looks more clear.

The Portrait mode, which blurs the background around a subject, is super impressive, sometimes better than the iPhone XS Max I own. Colors sometimes looked more accurate to me on the Pixel 3, too, but that really comes down to personal preference.

Take a look:


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On Google’s 20th birthday, here’s a reminder of how dominant it’s become

Google is celebrating its 20th birthday and, gimmicks aside, it’s a good excuse to consider how staggeringly massive the company has become. Its search engine has 90.9 percent market share worldwide, according to StatCounter. Its Android operating system has 76.8 percent mobile market share worldwide. Its Chrome browser has 59.7 percent market share worldwide. Some competitors have cried monopoly over the company’s tendency to feature its own services in search results, like job postings, busine


Google is celebrating its 20th birthday and, gimmicks aside, it’s a good excuse to consider how staggeringly massive the company has become. Its search engine has 90.9 percent market share worldwide, according to StatCounter. Its Android operating system has 76.8 percent mobile market share worldwide. Its Chrome browser has 59.7 percent market share worldwide. Some competitors have cried monopoly over the company’s tendency to feature its own services in search results, like job postings, busine
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On Google's 20th birthday, here's a reminder of how dominant it's become

Google is celebrating its 20th birthday and, gimmicks aside, it’s a good excuse to consider how staggeringly massive the company has become.

Google has a whopping eight products with a billion users: search, of course, but also Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Android, the Play Store, and, most recently, Drive, the file storage service it launched in 2012.

Its search engine has 90.9 percent market share worldwide, according to StatCounter.

Its Android operating system has 76.8 percent mobile market share worldwide.

Its Chrome browser has 59.7 percent market share worldwide.

Its YouTube video service reaches 90 percent of digital video viewers worldwide, excluding Chinese citizens, and 1.58 billion people watch videos on it at least once a month, according to eMarketer.

Overall, Google will account for 37.1 percent of all U.S. digital advertising revenue this year, according to eMarketer

Even if you avoided all of Google’s signature products, you probably still couldn’t escape it, since it serves ads on over 2 million third-party websites, reaching over 90 percent of the people on the internet.

Financially, parent company Alphabet is steadily approaching a $1 trillion market cap. Last year, it reeled in $110.9 billion in revenue, with 99 percent of that coming from Google, and 87 percent coming from ads specifically.

Some competitors have cried monopoly over the company’s tendency to feature its own services in search results, like job postings, business reviews, travel information, and shopping results. So far, it’s been slapped with two antitrust fees in the European Union, a $2.7 billion fine for its shopping results last year and $5 billion for competition abuses related to Android earlier this year.


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This is the world’s most expensive smartwatch at $180,000

The smartwatch runs Android 4.4 or iOS 9.3 or later versions, according to the website. Running on the Android WearTM operating system, the TAG Heuer Connected 45 Full Diamond is compatible with AndroidTM 4.4 phones (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3 or later versions. The watch has Wifi, Google Fit Workout app installed for workouts, email, GPS, Android Pay (like Apple Pay), apps like Spotify and Netflix and Google Assistant, like Apple’s Siri, which you can talk to with the watch’s microphone.


The smartwatch runs Android 4.4 or iOS 9.3 or later versions, according to the website. Running on the Android WearTM operating system, the TAG Heuer Connected 45 Full Diamond is compatible with AndroidTM 4.4 phones (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3 or later versions. The watch has Wifi, Google Fit Workout app installed for workouts, email, GPS, Android Pay (like Apple Pay), apps like Spotify and Netflix and Google Assistant, like Apple’s Siri, which you can talk to with the watch’s microphone.
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This is the world's most expensive smartwatch at $180,000

The watch has a removable, scratch-resistant and sapphire crystal module (the window and parts inside the case) and the pair of lugs (connecting the watch to the strap) have 16 diamonds each and are finished with polished white gold; the strap has 495 diamonds and the bezel has 78.

The 45 millimeter AMOLED display screen (technology that allows for better picture quality and is easier on the eyes) has touch display with 400 x 400 screen resolution, higher than a Samsung Galaxy Watch at 360 x 360, and Apple Watch at 312 x 390; 512 MB memory and 4 GB storage, same as Galaxy and smaller than Apple Watch starting at 8 GB. The processor is powered by Intel. The smartwatch runs Android 4.4 or iOS 9.3 or later versions, according to the website.

Running on the Android WearTM operating system, the TAG Heuer Connected 45 Full Diamond is compatible with AndroidTM 4.4 phones (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3 or later versions.

The watch has Wifi, Google Fit Workout app installed for workouts, email, GPS, Android Pay (like Apple Pay), apps like Spotify and Netflix and Google Assistant, like Apple’s Siri, which you can talk to with the watch’s microphone.

Louis Vuitton’s smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon, was previously the most expensive smartwatch at $2,450, according to Tech Radar. Apple had a gold, $17,000 Watch Edition that was discontinued in 2016.


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Google tracks your movements, like it or not: AP Report

An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped loc


An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped loc
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Google tracks your movements, like it or not: AP Report

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you “pause” a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.


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Best Android 9 Pie features

Slices is part of “App Actions” and is coming later this fall, Google said. Slices will let you quickly access shortcuts in Google search. If you search for Lyft, for example, you might see a quick shortcut to book a Lyft ride home. This saves you the trouble of opening Lyft and then searching for your home. The update is hitting Pixels today and will roll out to other Android phones later this fall.


Slices is part of “App Actions” and is coming later this fall, Google said. Slices will let you quickly access shortcuts in Google search. If you search for Lyft, for example, you might see a quick shortcut to book a Lyft ride home. This saves you the trouble of opening Lyft and then searching for your home. The update is hitting Pixels today and will roll out to other Android phones later this fall.
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Best Android 9 Pie features

Slices is part of “App Actions” and is coming later this fall, Google said. Slices will let you quickly access shortcuts in Google search. If you search for Lyft, for example, you might see a quick shortcut to book a Lyft ride home. This saves you the trouble of opening Lyft and then searching for your home.

The update is hitting Pixels today and will roll out to other Android phones later this fall.


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