Allo updates are starting to roll out, but as the trend has been going, there's not much to see in the main interface for this update. However, tearing down the APK has turned up signs of good things to come. Support for using Google accounts to find contacts and start conversations is going to be pretty robust as hints suggest we'll be able to sign in multiple accounts. There's also a new camera effect listed, a little activity around the scene generation feature, and a hint that the behavior of bots may by changing. Read More
There are several different ways to secure your Google account, beyond a simple password. You can use a 2FA app like Google Authenticator or Authy, you can receive login prompts on your phone, or you can setup a physical USB key for 2FA (like a Yubikey). Bloomberg reports that Google is working on yet another form of account security, specifically for high-profile users. Read More
My Google account is the key to much of what I do online, so not being able to use it is a bummer. Since yesterday, many people have been having issues signing in to their accounts - we at Android Police have been seeing this across the US and Europe. However, Google has confirmed on the Product Forums that this is not the result of a hack or malicious activity.
Google is aware of the issue, and has put a note up on the Google Play support page, saying "If you’ve recently been signed out of your account, sign back in using your usual username and password at https://accounts.google.com. Read More