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 ...

Google Found a Way to Bring Smart Replies to All Messaging Apps

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Smart replies are available in a few Google-made applications already, such as Inbox and Allo. If you have never used them before, they are AI-powered responses to messages you receive from others. For example, if someone asks “Where are you?” in Allo, the software recognizes this, then delivers options for you to respond with. With the given example, Allo could recommend you reply with your current location, allowing your friend to get a better sense of where you are. Now that you have an understanding of ...

Google Appears Ready to Turn Android Messages Into Android’s iMessage

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Back in August, a reliable source of ours told us that Android Messages would gain a web portal, just like Allo’s, that you would access via QR code. We assumed that Google would have launched it by now (that was 6 months ago), but only yesterday, the folks at Android Police dug into a recent Android Messages update and found evidence of it all: the web portal, QR code, browser compatibility, and a possible upgrade from Google on the app’s features to turn the client ...

Big Essential Phone Camera Update Adds Auto-HDR, New HDR Algorithm

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The Essential Phone, even with its below-average performance, touch responsiveness, and camera, still has me holding out hope for update magic that’ll eliminate its flaws and allow the phone’s software to stop embarrassing its incredible build and design. It’ll probably never happen, but Essential keeps trying. In the latest attempt to salvage whatever they can from this first frustrating phone, we’ve got a big camera update to play with. Essential says that the newest camera (which can be updated to right away on Google Play), adds ...

Google May Have Killed Chrome’s Bottom Bar Known as “Chrome Home”

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Last summer, Google slowly rolled out a pretty major change to Chrome on Android in the form of a bottom-situated address bar known as Chrome Home. It started in Chrome Dev and then graduated to Chrome Beta by August. We assumed at that point we’d see it arrive on Chrome stable within weeks or at the very least, before the end of 2017. Now, with Chrome Home still not found on the stable version of Chrome on Android, evidence has surfaced that suggests Google may ...