Google Home adds new tools for developers to build better games, like text adventures

Actions on Google was announced last year and meant to expand Home’s capabilities through third-party services. Since then, a number of services have released fun and useful experiences. Google is now adding new tools for developers to build better voice games for Assistant.

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Google Allo 9.0 suggests its desktop chat client will work just like WhatsApp

Several weeks ago, Nick Fox, Google’s VP of Communications Products, teased us via Twitter with an early look at Google Allo for desktop. With Allo 9.0, Google seems to be preparing the method by which you’ll connect your device to Allo desktop. We now have our first idea of how that might work… more…

Twitter’s new mobile site looks a lot like the upcoming Material redesign to its Android app

Twitter has been A/B testing a re-designed Android app for nearly a month with a launch likely coming soon as more people are seeing it. In the mean time, Twitter has completely overhauled its mobile site with a new design that matches the Android revamp.

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It looks like the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge will be available at T-Mobile soon

In the wake of the unfortunate death of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung announced a couple weeks ago that one of the phablet’s colors would be coming to the older Galaxy S7 Edge starting November 1st. We told you last week that AT&T opened up pre-orders for the device on its website. Now, a new inventory leak (via TmoNews) suggests that the new color will be coming to T-Mobile as well sometime in the near future.

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It looks like Samsung will upgrade the Galaxy S7 family directly to Android 7.1.1

It’s been a while since Android Nougat went public, but in the time since, not many OEMs have gotten around to pushing system updates to bring devices up to Google’s latest OS. With the latest monthly distribution numbers, Nougat still sits at just 0.4%, and even less can be said for the newer Android Nougat 7.1.1. Now, however, it seems like Samsung is planning to skip 7.0 and go directly to 7.1.1.

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Samsung’s next Gear VR headset might include a wireless controller like Google’s Daydream View

Samsung helped usher in the premium mobile VR experience a couple of years ago with the debut of the Gear VR headset. In the time since, that headset has evolved slightly to offer better viewing angles, improved comfort, and of course, to accommodate new devices from the company. As we approach the release of the Galaxy S8, it seems like Samsung is getting ready to bring a new headset to the table, this time with a dedicated controller.

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Lenovo’s new flexible phone prototype can be worn like a smartwatch

Framed as a way to reduce the number of devices a person needs to carry, Lenovo showed off a pair of devices with foldable and flexible screens at Tech World 2016. The first is a phone that bends into a wearable bracelet and the second is a tablet that folds in half and converts into a phone. Both devices were functioning, and it seems the tablet runs Android.
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Facebook extends the Like button to offer five new ways to respond to a post

Facebook has long faced calls for a Dislike button on posts, users arguing that they may want to express support in response to bad news, and Liking a post feels like the wrong way to do it. After a great deal of testing, the company has today announced that it is supplementing the Like button with five additional one-touch responses – but Dislike isn’t one of them …

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Daydream Keyboard hits the Play Store, shows what manual text input is like in virtual reality

While Daydream headsets are not yet available, the first Daydream-ready phones will be available starting next week. Yesterday, Google published Daydream Keyboard on the Play Store showing the “on-screen virtual reality keyboard for text entry in Daydream applications.”

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