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Allo Could Have Been Great. Google Blew It.

I’ve been using Allo since the day it was released. At first, it was simple curiosity. Google’s got another messaging app, so how is it going to screw this one up? But even with its flaws, the more I used it, I grew to appreciate its slick interface, baked in GIF engine, and its general ease of use. But today, March 12th, Allo is getting killed off, and it’s almost entirely Google’s fault. Read More >>

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Google Hangouts Has a Gorgeous New Home On the Web

Google Hangouts has been a depressingly central part of my life for years now, but the web interface for the chat service has always felt a little hacked-together. Today, all that changes, with a redesigned interface, and a dedicated homepage for Hangouts. Read More >>

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Google’s ‘Biggest Software Update Ever’ Might Not Work

This is hardly a surprise. Google tried updating every Android phone on the planet to fix a vulnerability that let hackers take over devices with a single text message. Now, security researchers say that the patch itself is vulnerable. Talk about stage fright! Read More >>

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Google’s Fixing the Hangouts Hack With ‘Biggest Software Update Ever’

Security researchers scared the shit out of Android users last week when they revealed a vulnerability that let hackers control your phone with a single text. In a session at Black Hat, Google’s Adrian Ludwig just explained exactly how it’s being fixed, calling it the biggest software update in history. He seems pretty relaxed about the whole thing, too. Read More >>

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David Cameron Wants to Ban Messaging Apps Unless They Offer Backdoor Access

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that, should he be re-elected, a Tory government would plan to block encrypted messaging applications like WhatsApp and Snapchat unless the government gets backdoor access to users' messages. Read More >>

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Google Hangouts Just Got Much Better on the Desktop

Google Hangouts is a nice little chat client, and someday it could be unstoppable. But a few things have been holding it back, including a desktop experience that was just OK. Now, Google's released a new app for ChromeOS and Windows users that makes it way, way better. Read More >>

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Like Video Chats But Hate Google+?

Like video chats but hate Google+? Good news: You no longer need to have Google+ to use Hangouts. Read More >>

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Google Broadens Hangouts Phone Call Capabilties

Google's adding the ability to make a Hangouts call directly to phone numbers that show up in your search results. Click on the number, and Google will connect you. Neat. Read More >>

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Hey Google, Here’s How You Win Messaging

This week I saw a demo of the best messaging system yet. One where SMS and non-SMS messages, all calls, come to all your devices automatically. It only had one major flaw. It's trapped on an iPhone. Read More >>

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Outlook Users, Rejoice! A Hangouts Plugin Has Arrived!

Google just launched a plugin that lets you use Google Hangouts directly through Outlook Mail or Calendar. Get it here. [Google] Read More >>

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The Newest Version of Google Hangouts Merges SMS and Non-SMS Messages

The newest version of Google Hangouts for Android now merges SMS and non-SMS messages into a single stream in the same hangout. Yesssssssssss. The update is rolling out to the Google Play store this week, but there's an APK floating around already. Woooooo. Read More >>

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Why Google Killing Google Voice Would be Fantastic

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don't you worry; the sooner it's dead the better we'll all be. Read More >>

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Google is Finally Making Hangouts as Good as it Should Be

Today, Google held a little event about updates to Google+ which, ok, maybe that's not the most exciting thing. But buried deep in there were some updates to the Hangouts app that are finally helping it follow through on its promise. Read More >>

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Yes! Leaked Screens Show SMS In Google Hangouts Is Almost Here

Google's been leaky lately, first with Android 4.4 Kit Kat screens, and then with a whole manual for the Nexus 5. Now, some screens from Android Police are showing off the best upcoming feature on Android: SMS in Hangouts. Yes! Finally! Read More >>

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Google Hangouts Has a Fun New Easter Egg

So, Google's new Hangouts app keeps all of your chats in sync across all of your devices. Cool, right? But what if you're in a video call on your phone, and then open the same video call on your computer. Boop! Suddenly there's two of you, as I just discovered when chatting with my friend Bay. Read More >>