Android Nougat offers iOS users the option to copy data to a new Android device, sort of

As someone who switches devices on a pretty regular basis, I love seeing easier ways to set up a new device, and I’m not alone. Everyone loves when things are easy. To making switching devices as quick and simple as possible, Google has added options into Android’s setup process which allow users to copy data from previous devices, one that is nearby, and most recently, iOS.

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Native IFTTT integration appears in Google Assistant, allows users to create applets [Gallery]

As we noted in a past teardown of the Google app, IFTTT integration was in the works for Assistant. That functionality has now popped up on one of our devices, and it allows users to easily make new commands and manage existing ones.

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Instagram’s long overdue photo zoom feature is already rolling out to some Android users

Instagram is a great platform, but sometimes it’s the little things that really take away from the experience. With a photo-centric service, you’d think Instagram would cover all of the basics, but the app, regardless of platform, has never supported zooming in on photos. Just a couple days ago Instagram announced that zoom functionality was finally available for iOS users, but it seems that it’s already showing up for some Android users.

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Twitter over-counted number of users, but may make its first ever profit this quarter

Announcing its quarterly financials, Twitter admitted that it had over-counted the number of users it had, but said that the error amounted to less than 1%. It said that even with the correction, it had seen the number of active users grow by 4M in the past quarter …

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Chrome 49 for Android will notify users of nearby smart beacons, Google announces IoT research pilot

A part of Google’s Internet of Things approach involves placing low-energy Bluetooth beacons in the world that can communicate with smartphones. Starting with version 49, currently in beta, Chrome for Android will be able to read and interact with these beacons. Google has also announced a research pilot that provides gear to university researchers working on IoT.

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Facebook Flash is a Snapchat clone for Android users in emerging markets

Facebook has been attempting to beat Snapchat at its own game for a while, but it’s never been all that successful. Back in 2014 the company launched Slingshot, but removed it from app stores just over a year later. Now Facebook is giving it another shot with Flash, a Snapchat competitor designed specifically for emerging markets (via Recode).

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PSA: Gmail is down for some users, Google is investigating

Gmail is experiencing downtime this afternoon as some users are having issues with receiving messages and accessing their account. Google confirmed the issue on its apps status page and said it was investigating reports as of 1:56PM EST. The company provided a later update at 2:46PM EST today noting that it’s continuing to investigate and […]