It’s all about Google this week with updates on Android’s answer to iMessage, the next generation of Nexus phones and a new travel app. We’ve also got some gossip on BlackBerry’s new stab at Android and an update on Apple’s Lightning EarPods, so let’s get started!
Allo, Allo Google!
It’s time to say Allo to Google’s new messaging app, Google Allo. Android’s answer to iMessage will allow users to send messages, images, stickers, drawings and more to each other, no matter if they have an iOS or Android device. A unique feature of Google Allo is Smart Reply, which will allow users to reply to messages without having to type a single word! It does this by learning how you usually reply and offers suggested responses to choose from. Allo also boasts Incognito Mode, which will allow users to chat with end-to-end encryption, ensuring security is of the utmost importance. Get Google Allo from the Google Play Store now!
What’s next for Nexus?
Google’s Nexus smartphones have been consistently brilliant, with the Nexus 6P undoubtedly standing out from the pack as one of 2015’s best phones. So, what does Google have in store for us next? Firstly, it looks like we’ll see a rebranding with Nexus becoming Pixel instead, with Google Pixel and Pixel XL set to drop at the company’s launch event on Tuesday 4th October. The two handsets, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, are rumoured to have 5-inch and 5.5-inch screens respectively and could support the ground-breaking Snapdragon 821 processor. Arguably the most exciting feature of Google’s new devices is they are believed to support Google’s foray into virtual reality, Google Daydream VR. We’ll keep you posted on all the latest Pixel news when we hear it!
Take a trip with Google!
While going on vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time to unwind, often the stress of planning your trip can take the fun out of it. To help take the pain out of planning, Google have unveiled a new aptly-named app, Google Trips, to help you organise everything you need for a brilliant holiday. Google Trips offers fantastic full-day and half-day tourist ideas for 200 destinations across the world. The app lets you assemble your very own itinerary for each day, detailing tourist attractions, landmarks, local activities, restaurants and so much more for you to try. If you change your mind half way through the day, Google Trips will adjust to help you make the most of your time away. The digital tour guide can pick up important information from your Gmail account, such as you flight number and hotel’s address, to keep safe and save you trawling through hundreds of emails. Give Google Trips a try on iOS and Android today.
It’s been fairly quiet on the BlackBerry front of late, but it looks like the company’s latest venture into the Android world has resurfaced. Unveiled on a page on BlackBerry’s very own website (which has since been pulled), the latest device features a 5.5-inch screen with an incredible 2560 x 1440 QuadHD resolution, as well as a Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor. It’s also set to include a reversible USB-C connection, 21MP rear camera and – finally – a fingerprint scanner! Following in the footsteps of the DTEK50, BlackBerry’s new device has been christened the DTEK60, but when – if ever – it’ll see the light of the day, we don’t know.
Apple are on it like lightning!
If you’re one of the lucky few to have snapped up a brand new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you may have encountered a frustrating issue with the Lightning EarPods that come with the devices. Many users are encountering a problem when the EarPods are connected to the phone’s Lightning port, where the remote volume control becomes unresponsive after a few moments of inactivity. While the audio continues to play, users cannot change the volume, use Siri or answer phone calls. A quick fix is to simply unplug the earphones and plug them in again, but that’s an inconvenience users shouldn’t have to face – which Apple has acknowledged. The team has confirmed they are working on a permanent solution to the issue, which should be resolved in an upcoming software update.
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