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Google Phone v10 enables post-call messages for failed calls, prepares for enhanced incoming calls on RCS and voicemail backup [APK Teardown + Download]

With the dust settling after the deluge caused by I/O 2017, it's time to take a closer look at some of the many other things that came with out last week. Some interesting changes came with a brand new version of the Google Phone app included with Android O Developer Preview 2. There's a new prompt suggesting users send a message after a call fails to connect. A deep dive into the apk also turned up signs that Google is working on new RCS calling features and preparing some kind of backup option for voicemail.

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The latest SwiftKey beta adds support for Cantonese and other new typing languages, plus more keyboard layouts [APK Download]

SwiftKey is one of the top choices for Android keyboards out there. It is my go-to and I strongly prefer it over Gboard for a variety of reasons. Regardless of where you stand, the best options offer a lot of language choices for either non-English speaking and/or multilingual users.

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Google family groups make it easy to share photos, calendars, Keep, YouTube TV, and more

Google has added a number of family-oriented features in recent years, and now it's bringing it all together under "family groups." This feature plugs into family sharing for YouTube TV, Google Play Family Library, and adds easy family sharing to a few other Google services. Setting up a family group is easy, but there are a few restrictions.

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[Update: 70% of US employees let go] LeEco founder Jia Yueting steps down as CEO of public unit

Jia Yueting, former LeEco CEO and founder of the company, is voluntarily replacing himself as CEO from the publicly traded arm of the LeEco conglomerate, to be succeeded by former Lenovo executive Liang Jun. Over the last 6 months, LeEco has been in the news quite a lot, seemingly going from crisis to crisis after its entrance into the US market. Perhaps this latest move will be able to help LeEco regain its footing. However, Jia Yueting will still maintain control of the private branch of the company that US consumers would be more familiar with as the manufacturer of the LeMobile phones.

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Splitwise adds support for Paytm in India

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Facebook Live gets new Live Chat With Friends, Live With features

If you are a user of Facebook Live, you have a few new features to look forward to. Today Facebook has announced that it is adding Live Chat With Friends and expanding access to Live With, each of which increases the ways you can engage with your friends during a live broadcast. Live Chat With Friends will allow you to enter into a private conversation with your buddies while you are watching a live feed together, though the feature is only in testing on mobile in certain countries for now.

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Jamboard, Google's cloud-connected whiteboard, is now available in the US for $4,999

Back in October of last year, Google announced a rather interesting product - a whiteboard. However, the Jamboard is no ordinary whiteboard; it's a cloud-connected digital whiteboard with an ultra high-definition display. For just $4,999 plus annual fees in the hundreds, you can have a Jamboard of your very own.

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[Update: APK Download] Snapchat adds support for group Stories

Perhaps by coincidence, both Instagram and Snapchat have announced new features related to Stories today. Instagram is rolling out stories in the Explore tab, which contain a mishmash of Stories tagged with a certain location or hashtag. Now Snapchat has announced the ability to create Stories for groups.

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Google is adding an option to disable all network media notifications on Chromecast and Google Home devices

The addition of Chromecast network notifications probably seemed like a good idea at the time. They allow you to control media even if you aren't the one who started playback. However, you see those notifications on your device even if you're not watching or listening to the content, and you can end up with multiple cast notifications on a busy network. Google is finally making these notifications optional with a toggle that turns off all the network notifications for your Chromecast or Google Home.

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Instagram 10.22 adds Location and Hashtag Stories to the Explore tab [APK Download]

Instagram created a carbon copy of Snapchat stories last year, but now the company is making them far more discoverable. In a blog post, Instagram announced that Stories will now be accessible by location and hashtags.

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