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Google Play Services 9.0 includes new video recording API and more

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Google Play Services 9.0 has just been released for Android app developers. It includes a new API that allows app makers to add video recording and more.

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Google will make discovering beta apps easier with Google Play Early Access

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Open beta programs for apps on Google Play have been around for a while now, but Google is now taking steps to make finding and participating in those programs even easier.

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New Play Console app gives Android developers instant access to the data they need

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Google has released the new Play Console app in the Google Play Store, giving Android app developers a new way to instantly access the app critical app data on the go.

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Google's revamped Firebase will offer better tools for mobile developers

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During today's Google I/O 2016 keynote, the company offered details on the new version of Firebase, which will offer better tools for mobile developers.

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50 million Google Cardboard VR apps have been installed so far

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During today's Google I/O 2016 keynote, the company announced that 50 million Google Cardboard apps have been installed so far for virtual reality experiences

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Google hopes to make video calling magical with Duo

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Google continued its emphasis on communication today at Google I/O 2016 with the introduction of Duo, a new video calling app, and a companion to the Allo chat application. Duo, which will be available for both Android and iOS, hopes to provide a better video calling experience for everyone.

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Allo is Google's new, insanely smart messaging app that learns over time

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Google has announced a new smart messaging app, Allo. The app is based on your phone number, and it will continue to learn from you over time, making it smarter each day. In addition to this, you can add more emotion to your messages, in ways that you couldn't before. You will be able to "whisper" or "shout" your message, and the font size will change depending on which you select. This is accomplished by pressing the send button and dragging up or down to change the level of emotion.

You'll also be able to draw on your photos before you send them with the Ink feature, add stickers and emoji and much more. Taking a page out of its success with Inbox, Allo will also have Smart Reply built right in. You can use emoji in the Smart Reply, and it will also work when people send you pictures. For example, if you receive a picture of a dog, the replies that will pop up are related to the dog.

Assistant Integration

Google will be building its new Assistant feature right into Allo as well. For example, if you are talking with a friend about Italian food, you get a suggestion that you can tap to display to everyone in the message thread to help decide on a restaurant. Once you all agree on a place, Google Assistant will help you book a table through OpenTable right from within the messaging thread. Being conversational, all of the members are sending messages to the Google Assistant like they are talking with another human.

You'll be able to call on the Assistant at any time during a conversation by simply typing "@google" and then your query. For example, you can type "@google funny cat pics" and then get responses right in the chat. These chats can take place in group form, or one-on-one with just the Assistant.

Bored and want to play a game? Well, Assistant can help you with that as well. There is an emoji game that gives you various emoji and you have to pick what they translate into. Developers will be able to create and submit games that the Assistant can play with others.

Incognito Mode

Understanding that you don't always want everything to be seen by everyone, Allo will also offer an Incognito mode like it does in Chrome. This provides end-to-end encryption, time-deleted messages and the ability to hide the sender and receiver details. As soon as you close the Incognito mode, everything that you did will disappear, like it never happened.

Allo will be available on both iOS and Android later this summer.

More: Google I/O 2016 coverage

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Google Photos now has 200 million monthly active users

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During today's Google I/O 2016 keynote, the company announced that Google Photos now has 200 million monthly active users

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SwiftKey is testing a keyboard that'll help you pick the perfect emoji

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SwiftKey is currently beta testing a new Android keyboard called Swiftmoji. It is designed to predict which emojis should be used in texts based on its prediction engine.

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1 week ago

Samsung Pay now supports loyalty and membership cards

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Samsung has announced official support for membership and loyalty cards in Samsung Pay. According to Samsung, the average American household carries almost 30 loyalty cards to different places, and this causes lots of clutter. How many times have you been shopping, only to find out that you can't find your discount card or membership to make the purchase you want to make?

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1 week ago

Yahoo launches open beta program for its Mail app on Android

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If Yahoo Mail is your email app of choice on Android, take note: you can now test out upcoming features with the newly launched open beta.

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YouTube Red expands beyond the U.S. to include Australia and New Zealand

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Google has quietly expanded the reach of its YouTube Red subscription service beyond the U.S. for the first time. It is now available in Australia and New Zealand.

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1 week ago

Google pulls back on UK Android Pay launch [Update]

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The Android Pay service is not launching in the UK today, despite an announcement earlier today that it was available in that country

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Android Pay is adding 1.5 million new registrations in the U.S. each month

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Google has revealed that its Android Pay service is currently adding 1.5 million new registrations in the U.S. each month. The company did not state the total number of registrations it has signed up for Android Pay since it launched in 2015.

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1 week ago

SoundHound now lets you control your music with your voice

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SoundHound has launched a important new capability with its latest update, and now allows you to use your voice to control the app. By saying "Ok, Hound," you can ask the app to identify songs, get the latest song by your favorite artist, or even play a particular track in Spotify.

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