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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger

Two days ago it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubles its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS under the more marketable name "Chat." Even so, the company has reassured consumers that it is still committed to supporting Allo. But the news makes it hard not to visualize Allo being sent to the same "still supported" farm where other Google services like Hangouts reside.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got there. 

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[Update: Go and Mini apps too] Play Store now recommending lite apps to some users

Over the past year or two, we've seen a rise of 'lite' apps - lightweight alternative applications for popular services. Facebook Lite, Skype Lite, and Twitter Lite are just a few examples. But it's not always obvious to users that these alternatives exist, unless they happen to appear high up on Play Store search results.

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[Deal Alert] Google celebrates World Book Day with over 50% off several ebooks and audiobooks

April 23rd is World Book Day, and Google is commemorating the occasion with discounts on multiple books on Google Play. The discounts apply not only to regular ebooks, which have existed on Google Play for quite some time, but to audiobooks as well, which were launched just earlier this year.

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Asus announces new Lyra Trio mesh WiFi system

The wireless connectivity veterans at Asus announced a new mesh WiFi system today called Lyra Trio. The white-and-blue devices are pretty functionally similar to last year's Lyra system: Lyra Trio comes as a three-pack (obviously), the three individual routers working in concert to blanket a large area in WiFi coverage. This year's model is cheaper, though: the Lyra Trio will retail for $299.99, as opposed to the 2017 model, which went for $399.99 at launch.

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Alphabet reports $31.15 billion in revenue for Q1 2018, a 26% increase over last year

Google parent company Alphabet just announced financial results for the first quarter of 2018, and the news is good across the board. The company took in a whopping $31.15 billion over the three-month period ending March 31st, which is a 26% increase of Q1 of 2017. After expenses, Google had $9.4 billion in net income for Q1.

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T-Mobile subscribers will be able to get $4 'Deadpool 2' tickets on May 15

T-Mobile subscribers will be able to grab one $4 ticket each to "Deadpool 2" in the carrier's T-Mobile Tuesdays app on Tuesday, May 15. The vouchers can be redeemed on Atom Tickets starting on May 18, the day the movie releases in theaters. The "un-carrier" also announced two Deadpool-themed contests in which entrants can win a trip to New York for an advance screening of the film or free movie tickets for a year.

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T-Mobile halted the Note 8 Oreo update 3 weeks ago, and it's still not available

Samsung's Oreo updates have been slow to appear, but what else is new? The company promised it was almost done with Oreo updates a few weeks back, and T-Mobile said its Note 8 update was all set. However, you might have noticed your Tmo Note 8 is still running Nougat. That's because T-Mobile pulled the update three weeks ago shortly after announcing it. Oops.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week (4/17/18 - 4/23/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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35 temporarily free and 62 on-sale apps to start off the week

Welcome to the start of the last full week of April! Time continues to fly by, so let's take a break with some app sales. There's a lot going on in today's list, so have fun and I'll see you all on Wednesday.

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Deezer’s new Flow tab puts the music you love at your fingertips

Deezer today brought its new Flow tab to mobile, making the music you love easier to access. The Flow tab is home to the Flow feature, which still works just as you’d expect, as well as personalized playlists based on what you listen to and inspired by your favorite artists.

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