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[Update: Confirmed] Android Messages starts showing Smart Replies, plus whacky interface for adding attachments

A couple of months ago, Cody unearthed in his Android Messages 2.3 teardown hints of the app implementing suggested actions, something akin to Gmail and Inbox's smart replies, but more in line with Allo or Assistant in that it could suggest to share your location or open your calendar and more. The image above is our first glimpse at what one of the possible actions, smart replies, could look like.

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[Update: New APK fixes crash] Google Keep 3.4.901 rolls auto-numbered lists, but the feature is super buggy now

A few days ago, Google Keep 3.4.901 rolled out and the only change we spotted were 4 new colors for notes. However, the official changelog was released yesterday and it contained another interesting tidbit: auto-numbered lists in text notes.

When it works, the feature does what's intended. You type "1. something" and when you hit Enter, the "2. " is automatically generated, and so on. If you go back to delete some characters, you'll notice that two backspaces are required after the period, presumably to prevent you from messing with the numbering of the list. Here's a video of it in action:

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Moto X Pure Edition finally gets Android 7.0 Nougat update in US after a year of zero updates

Ah, Motorola. You were once one of the most enthusiast-friendly OEMs, yet you've now sunken down to a level deeper than possibly any other major phone manufacturer in this regard. Just a few years ago, your Moto X-series of phones were the absolute best phones on the market with updates: the Moto X (2013) beat the Nexus 4 out to 4.4 KitKat, and the Moto X (2014) did the same to the Nexus 5 with 5.0 Lollipop. These updates were rolled out mere days after Google officially launched them. However, it took over a year to update 2015's Moto X Pure Edition, the company's flagship at the time, to the now-dated Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Motorola publishes Android 7.1.1 kernel source code for Moto Z Play

Motorola isn't the best at updating its devices these days. Custom ROMs can often be helpful for devices without speedy official updates, but the lack of a recent kernel source code can make ROMs less stable/functional. Thankfully Motorola has released the kernel code for the original Moto Z Play's Android 7.1.1 update.

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Google Authenticator v5.0 adds USB security key support to Chrome and makes copying codes easier [APK Download]

Google Authenticator is one of many two-factor authentication apps available for Android. While Google's attention is more focused on phone login prompts, Authenticator remains a popular choice for having all your 2FA codes for all your accounts in one place. The app has now been updated to v5.0, with a few useful additions in store.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Moto G4, 32GB just $129.99 ($100 off) and 16GB only $119 ($60 off) at B&H and Amazon

This is quite the deal. Today over at Amazon and B&H you can pick the carrier unlocked ad-free Moto G4 for as little as $119.99, a savings of around $60. That is, if you're down with the 16GB model. If you step things up to the 32GB version, you'll have to cough up just an incredible $10 more. That's right, the 4th gen Moto G is going for just $129.99, up to $100 off, in its 32GB flavor. Yum. 

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Amazon announces new Echo speakers, Spot alarm clock, 4K Fire TV dongle, and more

Amazon's hardware lineup occasionally gets a refresh, like with the new Echo Show earlier this year. But today is different. Amazon decided to announce six new products today, including sequels to the incredibly popular Echo speaker.

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The worldwide launch of 'Middle-earth: Shadow of War' is today

Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been in beta for what seems like forever, but in reality, it has only been a few months. In that time I wrote about the ability to pre-register for the game as well as did a hands-on with the beta to find out how it played. Suffice to say, despite Middle-earth: Shadow of War existing as a promotional title to Warner Bros. upcoming AAA console and PC release, it's undoubtedly a free-to-play gacha RPG filled with all of the usual trappings.

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Google Photos v3.6 prepares to identify your pets, bring your photos to life with Motion, and may hint that Lens is a temporary exclusive for Pixels [APK Teardown]

 

The latest update to Google Photos is starting to roll out to users, bringing the version up to 3.6. A run through the app hasn't turned up any brand new features, but there are some interesting things in the teardown. We can look forward to maximum cuteness as facial detection may be expanding to encompass our pets, even mixing them in with the faces of other people. There's also a new feature called Motion that promises to bring life to our images. And finally, there's a firm clue that Google Lens may actually turn out to be a temporary Pixel exclusive.

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Google's Trusted Contacts now lets you schedule location alerts that work even if your phone is dead or has no signal

Google's Trusted Contacts app is one of the more personal but highly useful products the company has launched in recent memory, having been released a little under a year ago. If you're not familiar with it (which you understandably may not be), Trusted Contacts allows you to share your location with people you deem trusted, and for those people to request your location. It's a great tool for parents, solo travelers, or anyone who just wants to be able to instantly share their location with close friends or family.

A recent update, version 1.6, added a small but potentially very useful feature: the ability to schedule alerts ahead of time.

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