Two of the biggest names in telecommunications in the European continent -- Deutsche Telekom -- have extended their official support for Google’s RCS (Rich Communications Service) messaging service, as did Globe, a top mobile operator in the Philippines. The plan is that these carriers will preinstall Android Messages (the new rebranded version of Messenger for Android) as the default native messaging app for their respective mobile users.
Google has managed to convince mobile operator Telenor to team up with the tech giant in pursuing its Rich Communications Services (RCS) related efforts. For those not familiar with RCS, this is a new messaging tech envisioned to bring a more enriched messaging experience to mobile users, mostly by allowing iMessage style functionalities like group chatting, read receipt features, and sharing of high resolution images.
According to a report published by SamMobile, soon to be owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 devices will have a better artificial intelligence feature than users of Google Pixel devices. There is some speculation that Samsung’s next flagship handsets will come with Bixby Assistant, which might launch with seven or even eight languages.
Google has officially pulled the plug on its Hands Free mobile payment program, a scheme that basically allows Android users to pay wirelessly without ever having to worry about pulling out a card or even a handset. This project ran only in the South Bay area of the city of San Francisco in California. It worked by first recognizing if a user is inside a participating business establishment by way of his mobile device’s location services.
Earlier this week, Google had revealed that it was starting the roll out of Android 7.1.2, the newest version of Android Nougat, to devices such as the Google Pixel and the Nexus 5X (built by LG) by way of an over the air update.
Can Huawei successfully conquer the United States mobile market this year? It certainly thinks it can with the recent launch of its newest phablet offering, the Mate 9. The device comes with a rather formidable $600 price, and is the first smartphone in the world to be integrated with Alexa, the artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant developed by Amazon.
Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones may only be available as an exclusive at Verizon Wireless, but various industry watchers are observing that the devices are selling well nonetheless during this year’s holiday shopping season.
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