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Google's Android Messages passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

Google's been heavily working on improving its Messages app, by enriching it with advanced features such as context-aware recommendations, a dark mode, RCS support, and a web interface. Thanks to these, it's only natural for the software to be one of the most installed messaging apps on the Play Store, as it's in the top 25 communication software on the Play Store according to App Annie. It's actually so popular it's been downloaded more than 500 million times by Android users.

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New official Infinity-O wallpapers integrate Disney and Pixar characters with your Galaxy S10's camera cutout

When Samsung designed its Infinity-O display, it probably didn't expect fans around the world would create amazing wallpapers to embrace the camera cutout. In fact, these were so popular they even got their own subreddit, before the company itself published a few official ones. The company is following up with this trend by releasing a bunch of new hole-punch wallpapers for the S10 and S10e featuring Disney and Pixar characters.

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[Update: 20 more nations] Student pricing for YouTube Premium is available in the UK, Australia, Canada, and 5 other new countries

Until today, YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium plans offered special pricing for students, though only in the USA. But now, the reduced cost option is available in eight new countries.

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AT&T now accepts cryptocurrency payments

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Moto G7 and G7 Play are $270 ($30 off) and $180 ($20 off) at multiple retailers

Today brings us a good deal on the Moto G7 and G7 Play, both of which have had $30 and $20 slashed off their original asking prices, respectively. That translates to the G7 being $270 and the G7 Play $180, and you can grab yours from Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy.

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Bluetooth could be the surprise assassin of Huawei's smartphone business

While there's been plenty of talk about the consequences of Google, ARM, Qualcomm, the SD Association, the Wi-Fi Alliance, carriers, and the USB-IF no longer working with Huawei, one company has been kept out of the discussion to date: the Bluetooth SIG.

For those of you who may not know, the Bluetooth SIG is a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington state, and it holds all the keys to its trademark, closed-source wireless technology. Nobody can build a product with Bluetooth without the blessing of BT SIG, and it requires every product to use the technology to go through its certification program.

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Google Pay now supports custom credit card designs

People who feel strongly about their purchasing habits might consider a custom design for a credit card to be an extension of their personality — talk to Darrell Kennedy who got "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews's approval via tweet to splash Terry Jeffords's likeness on her plastic. For the tap-and-go people who like to use their phones, Google Pay has had the capacity to support custom card designs for at least the past year. Now, as far as we know, we're seeing the first major bank to take on some unique card art for its mobile payment customers.

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Google may be working on Handoff-style call, clipboard, and Wi-Fi password sharing between Android and Chrome OS

We've all faced a similar situation: You're looking up some restaurants online, you find a nice one and want to call them up to make a reservation. Unfortunately, you end up dialing a wrong number and have to try again. Wouldn't it have been much easier if you could just click that number to call it from your phone?

It's already possible if you own Apple devices, but, surprisingly, Google's Android and Chrome OS don't communicate so seamlessly with each other. Nevertheless, this is about to change as the company may allow both operating systems to share clipboard, phone numbers, and Wi-Fi credentials with each other.

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Best Buy unsurprisingly cancels all Galaxy Fold pre-orders

Samsung is currently reworking the Galaxy Fold, and earlier this month, the company began cancelling pre-orders unless the buyer specifically opted to wait for the device. If you bought a Galaxy Fold through Best Buy, you don't even get that option, as all orders placed through that store are now being cancelled.

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Wyze starting to bring Google Assistant integration to its latest cameras

Smart home appliance maker Wyze is packing in all the functionality it can into the security cameras it charges well under $50 for. Its AI-powered vehicle and person recognition technology has been coming along. Now, the Wyze Cam v2 and Wyze Cam Pan are set to gain Google Assistant integration in the coming days.

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