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Welcome to Thursday on Android Central! We're still just getting acquainted with Allo, Google's new, promising but still very imperfect messaging app. Harish has an excellent roundup of everything you need to know about the app — from the phone number requirement to Google Assistant — right here. So far the AC team's experience of Allo has mainly consisted of a messy group chat replete with stickers, GIANT SHOUTY TEXT and comically boring smart replies. Allo has promise, but there are many sticking points — no way to port chat histories, no multiple-device support, no web presence. Eventually these functionality gaps will be plugged, but it's clearly going to take some time.

Other goings-on: We'll have a pretty big review landing later today, so keep watching, along with more thoughts from the AC editors on the longterm impact of the Note 7 fiasco. In the meantime, on with the day's news!

You can increase the battery limit on your explodey Note 7 to 80 percent

An update issued over-the-air limits potentially unsafe Galaxy Note 7 phones to 80 percent, up from the standard 60 percent charging limit, by changing a software setting. Of course, you should probably just return it under the recall program in exchange for one that won't catch fire at any moment.

Galaxy S7 Nougat update to bring updated UX from Note 7

No huge surprise here: Many of the visual refinements we see in the Galaxy Note 7's UI will purportedly be coming over to the GS7 and GS7 edge as part of their Android 7.0 update. SamMobile reports via leaks on Chinese social network Weibo that changes like the new notification area and enhanced Always-On Display will make it over, along with some performance tweaks.

There's no firm date on when the upgrade will land, but Samsung has previously talked about a two-to-three-month window following the public code drop, which means updates should be rolling out by the year's end.

The feature behind Allo's "App Preview Messaging" will be opened up to developers

Google has clarified what's going on with one of Allo's more confusing features — the ability to send messages to Android friends who don't have the app installed. Apparently that's a Play Services feature that's being opened up to third-party devs too, which is nice to see — and largely does away with the argument that Google's unfairly using its position as a platform holder.

Lenovo's Z2 Plus is turning out to be a great $300 phone

Lenovo launched the Z2 Plus in India, bringing great hardware for ₹19,999 ($298). The phone features a 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 13MP camera, 8MP front shooter, LTE, and a 3500mAh battery. It'll go on sale starting September 26. More

Lenovo sells a whole lot of budget phones in India

Lenovo rolled out the Moto E3 Power in India earlier this week, and the company has announced that it sold 100,000 units in a single day. The Moto E series is a popular line in the entry-level segment, and the new phone offers decent hardware for its asking price of ₹7,999 ($120).

You probably shouldn't take the upcoming Pixel phones to a pool

According to Android Police, Google's upcoming Pixel phones will have an IP53 rating. It means that the phones will be protected against dust, but you'd best leave them out of the pool. Read our IP ratings guide for more information on how rugged ratings work.

Samsung working on Galaxy S5 Pro and C7 Pro for China

It looks like Samsung will introduce the Galaxy C5 Pro and C7 Pro in the Chinese market. Like the Galaxy C series, the C5 Pro and C7 Pro will be exclusive to China. From the specs on offer, the Galaxy C series sits one tier below the Galaxy A lineup, which is one tier below the flagship Galaxy S phones. It'll be interesting to see where the C5 Pro and C7 Pro slot in.