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BMW has no plans to add option for Android Auto to its cars


In an interview today with TechCrunch, Dieter May, Senior Vice President of Digital Services and Business Models, revealed that BMW has no current plans to integrate Android Auto into any of its cars. Instead, May prioritizes continued investment in ConnectedDrive, the brand's own platform of connected services.

Of course, this might all sound slightly hypocritical given that BMW already has several models with an option for Apple's CarPlay, or it may also be taken as a sign that the company may decide to drop support in the future once it feels satisfied with the quality of its own services. Apps for Automotive (A4A) is part of the ConnectedDrive platform and provides many of the same functionalities that are available on Android Auto, letting drivers connect and control their smartphones through BMW's own interface.

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Gaming news breakdown: Upcoming Hearthstone expansion, a handful of Google Play pre-releases, and two intriguing VR titles

Another week, another breakdown of the current happenings in the Android gaming world. This week we have an upcoming 135 card expansion announced for Hearthstone, a few notable Google Play Store pre-registrations, plus two newly announced virtual reality titles coming from Ubisoft and Spry Fox.

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'Meet by Google Hangouts' is a new conferencing service for enterprise use

After the launch of Duo and Allo, Google began re-positioning Hangouts as a business tool. It's also part of G Suite, Google's collection of services for enterprise use. But overall, we really haven't seen any major changes since the switch to business use - until now.

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Google+ 9.6 adds support for inserting GIFs through Gboard [APK Download]

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YouTube TV is official, includes 40+ networks for $35/month

YouTube or Google offering traditional TV networks has been rumored for ages, and now it is finally official. Today Google unveiled 'YouTube TV,' a new subscription service offering dozens of TV networks, cloud DVR, and YouTube Red originals for just $35 a month.

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[Update: Nope, still Marshmallow] T-Mobile updates the LG Stylo 2 Plus to Nougat

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Android legacy device users are now able to access Work Apps in the Play Store

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Samsung announces its own RCS service, will be intercompatible with other RCS clouds

RCS is designed as the (eventual) successor to SMS and MMS, but it's a bit of a mess right now. Several carriers have their own implementations of the standard, often incompatible with each other. Google's Jibe RCS Cloud is quickly gaining ground, but there's still only one US carrier supporting it - Sprint. Now Samsung has announced its own RCS cloud.

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Upcoming Samsung Flow update will bring added device synchronization for Galaxy and Windows 10 devices

Samsung has officially declared that an update to its Flow app is coming. Slated for April, it will expand to more Galaxy and Windows 10 devices. If you don't know what Flow does, it allows you to use your Galaxy's fingerprint sensor to unlock your PC, act on your phone's notifications via your desktop, share browsing sessions, and transfer files both ways.

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Google integrates Keep with Docs for easy access to your notes

The next time you're tapping away in Google Docs and you need to look up a note from Keep, it'll be much easier. Google has announced full integration of Keep with Docs. Just open the Keep panel and you've got the entire app right there inside Docs.

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