Start a Duo Video Call From Right Inside Allo, Thanks to Update

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Allo and Duo were announced alongside each other at last year’s Google I/O, but surprisingly, there wasn’t much integration between the two. Thanks to an Allo update rolling out this week, users of the services can now begin a Duo video call from right inside Allo. With the updated version of Allo, if you are inside of a chat with someone who uses Duo, you can now quickly video call that person. It’s a simple concept, one we’re surprised wasn’t there from the start. Regardless, it’s ...

AccuWeather Update Brings 7-Day Allergy Forecast, Dark Theme for Maps

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An update for the AccuWeather app on Android is rolling out this week, available to all users. Inside, there are two new features, as well as bug fixing. For the features, AccuWeather now includes a 7-day forecast for allergies, perfect for anyone who needs to track the risk of pollen and other such hazards in the air. In addition, the Maps section has a new dark theme to play with. If you don’t already use AccuWeather, there is the paid version and free version. Both versions work ...

Galaxy S8 Owners Get Exclusive Google Play Music Station

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Over the weekend, owners of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (possibly other Samsung devices too) who use Google Play Music welcomed in a new exclusive feature. It’s a special radio station called “New Release Radio,” and yep, it plays a “personalized mix of newly released songs.” It’s also updated daily, according to the station listing. We’re not sure if this radio station will ever not be an exclusive to Samsung devices, but it seems likely that it’ll come to other users eventually. It’s not like ...

Samsung Opens Up Bixby Early Access Program to Test New Features

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Want to test new Bixby features from Samsung before they go public to everyone? Now you can, thanks to a new Bixby Early Access program that opened up today in the US. As of today, the early access page says specifically that “new voice features are coming” and that you’ll be able to test that feature on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ first. As was demoed back during the Galaxy S8 launch event, voice access in Bixby lets you send texts, change settings within your ...

Twitter Just Refreshed Its Look and You’ll be OK

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Twitter looks different today, you may have noticed. People are freaking out a bit because some things are now round and the buttons have different icons. And look, this wouldn’t be Twitter if people didn’t have obnoxiously volcanic takes on Twitter changes, so just roll with it and ignore them. The new look has actually been in the Android beta for a good week or so. We’ve been using it, getting used to it, and not throwing tantrums about its freshness. I kind of like it, ...

Nova Launcher Gains Google Now Side Panel

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Nova Launcher, the launcher that we’ve been followers of for years and have yet to find reason to switch off of, gained a feature that the purist of pure Android elitists have been begging for – Google Now panel access. This would be the left-situated Now panel from the Google Now or Pixel Launchers that we wish 3rd party launchers had full access to. The addition is and isn’t pretty, though, and does involve an .apk sideload since the app add-on that powers this integration isn’t ...

Google Appears to be Testing a Transparent Google Now Panel

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According to a single user on reddit (Edit: and now a bunch of our readers), Google is testing some sort of transparent UI to the Google Now panel. It’s, umm, an interesting look that I’m not sure I’d like to stare at each day, but it’s certainly different.  The redditor claims to not be rooted and running clean Android 7.1.2 on a Pixel XL with the May security patch. He has a stock phone, from what we can tell. The UI itself (seen above and below) is ...

Instagram Rolling Archive Feature Out to All Users

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The Archive feature that first popped up for select Instagram users a few weeks ago is now rolling out to all users, according to the latest announcement from the company. With Archive, users can essentially hide whatever media they want from their profile, such as old photos or videos. Archiving does not delete the content, though. Instead, it simply hides it, while still preserving the “Like” count and comments. To archive media, select a photo or video, then press on the three dot button. The top option ...