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Google Updates: Play Store reductions, Google Phone receives RTT, Hangouts adjustments

AS EVER on a Friday, we’ve rounded up a number of the quality testimonies approximately Google, it is determined company Alphabet, and of path Android and Chrome. The massive tales of the week which have had the full remedy may be discovered here. Now for the relaxation.

Play Store first, and in case you’ve no longer already had your £1 ($1) discount from the Play Store, then get worried. You want to type VALENTINE2019UK (VALENTINE2019 in the US) to get a reasonably-priced app of over £three ($three) for a bit much less due to the fact Google loves you. You’ve got until the end of the month to redeem the code, and some other week after that to select your app.

Hangouts next, and as the enterprise begins the long and winding down of Hangouts Classic, the next model will lose the choice to pick notification sounds within the app for Oreo and Pie customers. Instead, you’ll default to the default ones. Hurry up Hangouts Chat.

The cutting-edge version of Google Phone, the inventory dialer for Android, is adding RTT, a characteristic that turns your SMS messages into immediately chats, with the recipient seeing your phrases as your kind, now not as you send. It’s a barely weird concept, meaning that there may be no hiding from errors or belongings you thought higher of pronouncing – it’s all there for all to see.

And that’s not the most straightforward inventory app getting the treatment. There’s additionally a new version of Google Messages, with a few new options, together with Group Chat naming and a modest tweak to the UI to bring a more uniform appearance alongside Contacts and Phone. Cheers to Android Police for that one. We do not do teardowns spherical these parts.

Finally in per week that isn’t a lot quite as low on stories that don’t need a extra specific coverage (so do check that link above!) Chrome OS 72 has arrived bringing with it a pill mode for the Pixel Slate, Google Assistant increased to more celebrated Chromebook fashions (but whilst will it come to the browser?) and Android 9.0 Pie infrastructure under the hood for others.

Next week’s information appears far more interesting as we begin to see precisely what the MWC season does for our favorite Mountain View manufacturers. We’ll be returned then.

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