Google I/O is coming up in a couple of months, and I think now’s a fair time to discuss messaging in the Android ecosystem.
As an ardent fan of Google, its products and services, and of course its partners, I was ecstatic to see the Alphabet branch team up with Samsung to create and release a new and arguably amazing laptop-tablet hybrid earlier this year—the Samsung Chromebook Plus. Not only does this attractive piece of hardware run Chrome OS, it also has the native ability to download and install virtually any Android app from the Google Play Store.
The response for Allo hasn’t been at all great since it launched back in late September last year. However, Google’s VP of Communications Products has recently tweeted a picture of a functioning desktop client for Allo in development—one of the app’s biggest missing features compared to Hangouts.
You’d probably think that getting free Android apps and games that you would otherwise pay for on Google Play was, without a doubt, illegal. But there is a not-very-well-known, hidden app made by Amazon called “Amazon Underground” (pun unintended) and it is completely legal.
The response to Allo has been… not so great, to put it lightly. It’s missing dozens of essential features and just adds to the number of messaging apps Google already has. However, over the past week or so, I’ve noticed a new layout in my “new message” interface.
Nearly six months ago, Google released a keyboard app for the iPhone called Gboard. And, of course, all of us Android fans were all wondering when would it come to Android. Now (finally) in the v6.0 update, Google is renaming the Google Keyboard app to Gboard. The update also packs in quite a few, long overdue features.
While you’ve probably have heard of Android Auto, most of you most likely haven’t ever used it, as it has a limited reach. Today, an update to the Auto app now lets Android Auto work in any car.