Google’s ARCore Brings Advanced AR Apps to 13 Phones, Google Lens to All

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Man, we’re not even to MWC 2018 yet and Google is dropping news bomb after news bomb. After telling us about all of their Google Assistant plans, we now know what’s coming with their ARCore platform and Google Lens. To put it simply, a big ol’ group of people can now access both. For ARCore, an update to v1.0 dropped this week to take it out of beta and it enables advanced AR capabilities on 13 devices. It also opens up the option for developers ...

Google Wallet Becomes Google Pay Send Until Google Pay Gets Send/Request Money Feature

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While Google begins making the shift of Android Pay to Google Pay today, you may be curious what the future holds for Google Wallet. For the next few months, it’ll still live on, but it’s being rebranded as well. Google Wallet will become Google Pay Send until Google can bake send/request money features into Google Pay. The announcement for Google Wallet was attached to the bottom of today’s Google Pay news. Google said to expect not only a name change, but “a fresh coat of ...

Android Pay App Makes the Switch to Google Pay, Gets Spicy New UI (Updated)

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The next time you see an update to your Android Pay app, it will no longer be called Android Pay. Instead, Google will flip the switch over to the Google Pay branding it told us to expect back in January. The change happened on Google Play over night and not only shows a change in name, but a refreshed UI as well. While I have yet to receive the update that changes the name, the new listing shows the branding and screenshots of what we ...

RIP, Swype.

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Swype, one of the original apps we ever covered on this site, has apparently been put to rest by its owners. Nuance, the company that bought Swype in 2011 for $100M, told a redditor today that they are no longer developing for the Swype keyboard and that they have decided to exit the “direct-to-consumer keyboard business.” We reached out to Nuance and have yet to hear back, but XDA claims to have confirmed with the company that Swype is indeed dead. We know for sure ...

Google is Adding Features to the Screenshot Tool, But Only in the Google App for Now

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked Google to build screenshot scrolling into Android, since almost every other phone maker on the planet has done so except them. Over the weekend, they actually began rolling out a screenshot-related update, it’s just that it’s only available in the Google App and it isn’t scrolling capture. It is pretty cool, though. Some users (as you can see above) are being prompted to turn the feature on when in the Google App. As the teaser suggests, the new ...

Chrome Canary on Android Gets New Chrome Duplex Experience

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Chrome on Android’s love-it-or-hate-it bottom bar situation, known as Chrome Home, may no longer be a part of the app’s future even though it made its way up to Chrome Beta. In its place, there’s a chance we’ll get something called “Chrome Duplex” that was first spotted only a week ago, leading us to believe that we may get a version of Chrome Home that’s simply been split into pieces. Today, Chrome Canary received access to Chrome Duplex and you can play with this early ...

Now Official: YouTube TV Picks Up Turner Networks, But Sign-Up Soon to Avoid Price Increase

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After an embargo breaking article yesterday told us that YouTube TV had big plans to announce this morning, we wanted to update you now that the details are official. As expected, YouTube TV is indeed adding Turner’s family of networks (plus more), will expand to over 100 markets, and is getting a price increase on March 13 for new subscribers. In the new channel department, YouTube TV now has access to channels including TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. I ...

Alto’s Odyssey Launches Feb. 22 for iOS, Probably Much Later for Android

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What I’m about to talk about reminds me very much of how Android never got a Tiny Wings launch. For that, I will always resent my loyalty to Google’s mobile OS, though, I’m still grateful to use what I think is the best mobile operating system available. Anyway, the official trailer for Alto’s Odyssey is now live, a sequel to the crazy popular and mega addicting Alto’s Adventure. Seriously, if you didn’t catch one of our past write ups, we love that game. Now, the sequel ...