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Good "One" Google, but try this....

Earlier today Google announced Google One, described as "one simple way to get more out of Google". In short, I feel it is a re-branding of Google's data storage plans. Similar to iCloud, Google One is a streamlined, lump sum sale on storing Gmail, Google Photos, Google Contacts, documents, Android phone backups, and more, but with cheaper pricing. Google One plans will start at 100 GB for $1.99, 200 GB for $2.99, and 2 TB for $9.99 per month. Pricing for plans larger than 2TB will remain the same (Existing 1 TB Drive plans will be upgraded to 2 TB at no extra cost). This is great, but Google should up the ante.

Google One, one secure and simple way to get all of Google Imagine if you can subscribe to all of Google's apps and services for $20 a month with full data-encryption and a completely ad-free experience. I believe this would end the debate on privacy and security within the Google ecosystem. It could also clean up the web and change the whole dynamic on web c…
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Google Should Keep Selling It's Older Hardware Like Apple

If Google is serious about selling a lot of Pixel phones, there are quite a few steps that need to be performed. I'd like to highlight one in particular, price and availability. If you head over to Apple.com, Google's main hardware rival, you will see that there are a total of 8 different iPhone models for sale. Each has been announced a year at a time, but have been kept making its way through the assembly line to reach consumers pockets. Heading over to Google's primary site for selling their flagship devices at google.com/phone, you'll only see the most recent Pixel 2 for sale.



I think the quickest way for Google to gain market share with Pixel is to maintain long-lasting support for their legacy devices all the while providing discounted deals with those same legacy devices too. Though Google is just getting started and is only in its second generation of Pixel devices, the first Pixel is not only no longer for sale, but it's not even on the primary 'Made B…

What is Android Messages?

Android Messages is Android's official app for texting (SMS, MMS) and chat (RCS). Message anyone from anywhere with the reliability of texting and the richness of chat. Stay in touch with friends and family, send group texts, and share your favorite pictures, videos, and audio messages. Here are some of its features:
Clean design A colorful, intuitive design makes communicating faster and more fun.

Easy sharing Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.



Richer conversations Send audio messages, emoji, stickers, or your location.

Powerful search
Search through conversation threads to find exactly what you're looking for.

Chat features (RCS) On supported carriers, you can send and receive messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends have read your message, and more.

Android Messages is supported on devices running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop and above.




Download Android Messages in the Googl…

The Ways Google and Apple release products are completely different

To Help Us Cope... I often forget that the way Google does things. Sometimes we'd like for them to do similar to the competition, but I think it's fine when hindsight is 20/20.



Things like Allo being axed hurts for people like us because we're early adopters, but we have to keep in mind, if it weren't for us, the general masses wouldn't know about these apps and features. Maybe we as early adopters should change our approach and expectations on new Google apps/platforms. I know for myself, I take responsibility in sharing the Google gospel, but in actuality,, the said platform will only gain traction when Google wants it to. No matter how hard we pitch to our family and friends.


Source: RTL Z

So I know I'm going to take it upon myself to harness my enthusiasm for "new toys' from Google upon initial release, tread a little slower on going all in on it until I can see that Google has officially gone all in on it.

The video below does a good job explaini…

Android Messages' RCS "Chat" features are what we've been asking for!

A lot of things are happening that are ruining the narrative. This will be a quick post.

Recently, I asked a question on Google+, "How important is RCS in Android Messages to you?". I asked this even before Dieter Bohn, from The Verge, broke the internet with his exclusive on Google's "Chat" RCS initiative withing Android Messages. Only one person commented on my original post, but I had a feeling this was coming. Now that it is here a few things are happening.


For starters, the media is making "Chat" out to be another messaging app by Google. It's clearly not. Just do a search on Android Messages and you'll see the headlines pop up. "Chat" is actually what iMessage is to the iOS Messages app.
"Chat" is not a new texting app. Instead, think of it more like a new set of features inside the app already installed on most Android phones. This statement is hidden within these articles deep under the many headlining titles "…

Anticipated Google I/O Updates

A doc covering all of the speculated, rumored and confirmed updates coming to Google's 2018 developer conference  Google's developer's conference, called Google I/O, is the biggest event of the year for Google fans, Googlers, and Google developer's. From Android to Google apps, it's the time of year where mostly everything gets new bells and whistles. A couple of us in the Google+ Community have put together a Google Doc of all of the updates that may or may not be announced on May 8th at Google I/O keynote. We'll consistently update the doc as more news arises. If you head to the doc and see that we have missed something, let us know in the comments below with a link to your source.
Anticipated Google I/O Updates Doc