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[Update: It's working!] WhatsApp payments now showing for beta testers in India

We've known for a while that WhatsApp has been prepping a built-in payment service for its users in India, and the beta version of the app is now showing the new payments interface. The feature plugs into the UPI (Unified Payments Interface) program that includes many of the country's most popular banking institutions.

Although not officially announced by the company yet, beta testers have noticed a payment option in the attachment menu between Document and Gallery. According to TechCrunch, iOS users have been able to make payments with the service already. Gizmo Times has tried this out on Android, but it shows a "Couldn't add bank account" error message (below right).

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Matt Rogers, co-founder of Nest, leaves Google

After months of rumors, Google finally announced yesterday that it is merging Nest into Google's in-house hardware team. Nest was acquired by Google in 2015, but it remained a mostly-separate entity, and later became a subsidiary of Alphabet. But it's not all good news for the companies - Nest's remaining co-founder is heading for greener pastures.

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Android Messages v2.9 prepares to launch Allo-like web interface, Google-enhanced chat features, and payments to businesses [APK Teardown]

There's a new version of Android Messages rolling out to our phones. So far, we haven't seen any significant changes to the UI, but huge things are happening under the surface. A teardown reveals Google is getting ready to launch a web interface that would allow users to pair their phones with a computer for all of their texting needs. Google may also be planning to offer its own enhanced chat features to work with RCS messaging. And finally, it looks like we'll be able to buy things from companies right from within Android Messages. Grab the APK at the bottom of the post if you'd like to get your hands on it before everybody else.

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Google fined $21 million in India for 'search bias'

The Competition Commission of India (CCI), that country's antitrust watchdog, has imposed a 1.36 billion-rupee ($21.17 million) fine on Google for what the organization is calling "search bias." The fine is the end result of a probe that began in 2012, spurred by complaints filed by matchmaking service Bharat Matrimony and the non-profit Consumer Unity and Trust Society.

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Leaked DeX Pad photos reveal lay-down design that transforms your Galaxy into a touchpad

Samsung introduced the DeX Station alongside the Galaxy S8 last year. For those unfamiliar with DeX, it's a dock system that enables you to project a desktop experience to an external monitor. Just one day after 2018 began, Samsung registered 'DeX Pad' as a trademark in Europe. Now we have our first look at the DeX Pad, and while it's not a looker, its purpose is to turn your Galaxy phone into a touchpad.

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[Deal Alert] Stupidly cheap Aukey car chargers: USB Type-C (QC 3.0) + 2x USB 4.8A for $7.40 ($12 off) and 2x USB 4.8A for $3.50 ($6 off) w/ coupon on Amazon

A lot of cars these days come with USB ports for charging built-in, but that isn't always the case. Even when a car does come with one, often it's a laughably low-amperage port that's barely able to trickle-charge our modern phones. Thankfully Aukey just discounted a bunch of its car chargers on Amazon. With a coupon code, you can pick up a 4.8A combined two-port charger for just $3.50, or a three-port charger with USB Type-C (QC 3.0) and two USB Type-A ports (4.8A combined) for only $7.40.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes through JerryRigEverything testing (mostly) unscathed

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is finally launching in the US, but not the way Huawei would probably like. Both AT&T and Verizon are reported to have dropped plans to sell the phone after pressure from the government. You can get the phone unlocked, but it's spendy. At least it'll be a durable device if you do drop the cash. YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has subjected the Mate 10 Pro to the usual battery of tests, and it earns a passing grade.

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Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel's microphone problems

Hot on the heels of the Project Fi news, it appears that Google is being sued for another problem. Last year we reported that many original Pixel and Pixel XLs were having microphone-related issues caused by a physical defect in the device. Now the same group of attorneys that put together the LG bootloop lawsuit is seeking a class action against Google for the OG Pixel's microphone defect. 

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Essential Phone camera update adds autoHDR mode and improves performance

The Essential Phone has the hardware to compete with phones that cost much more than its revised $500 price, but specs aren't everything. Case in point: the camera. The Essential Phone has a pair of 13MP camera sensors, but the performance was poor. Essential has been working to improve it with updates, and the latest one claims to address HDR. There's finally an autoHDR mode and a new HDR algorithm.

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Lawsuit alleges Google Project Fi charged a subscriber for Wi-Fi data

One of the big advantages of Google Fi is its flexibility. You just pay for the data you use at a rate of $10 a gig, up to a recently-set maximum of $80 a month. But, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week, Google may have charged at least one Project Fi subscriber for data that was used while the customer was on a Wi-Fi connection. 

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