Tag Archives: Android

5 useful Google Maps tricks you didn’t know until today

by Katie Conner, c|net

From ordering food to using a new Google Maps language tool, you’ll use these tips daily.

You use Google Maps on your Android or iPhone ($699 at Apple) to check commute times on your way to work and find new restaurants to try out on the weekends — but if you’re only using the Maps app for the basics, you’re missing out. Google Maps has several overlooked features that you may not know about.

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These Android apps got caught engaging in a sketchy practice that could drain your wallet

by Andy Meek, BGR

Well, it seems we’re starting 2020 off with a string of sketchy Android app news, with a new report identifying a set of so-called “fleeceware” apps to steer clear of. And this report follows the group of apps we told you about only a day ago which bombard users with ads, drain their phone’s battery, and more.

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From Instagram to TikTok: How social media evolved this decade

by Kaya Yurieff, CNN Business

Shortly after midnight Pacific time on October 6, 2010, a new app built by a small team went live on Apple’s App Store. Right away, they noticed people abroad signing up for the app, called Instagram; by 6 a.m. the startup was so overwhelmed with traffic that its servers reportedly melted down.

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Google’s RCS texting is like iMessage for all Android phones. Learn to use it

by Jason Cipriani, c|net

Google Chat has now rolled out to all Android phones. Here’s how to take your text-message game to the next level.

Android phones have had a texting problem. Their old SMS features couldn’t compare to Apple’s modern iPhone text message app, iMessage. But now, phones that run Google’s mobile software stand a chance. RCS Messaging, a new text-messaging protocol, is now available on all Android phones in the US, tweeted Sanaz Ahari Lemelson, a Google senior director of product management.

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Want RCS chat on your phone right now? Here’s how to enable it

by Nicholas Sutrich, AndroidCentral

It seems a little too good to be true, but enabling RCS chat is just a few steps away.

It wasn’t too long ago that Google enabled RCS Chat on Android phones in some European countries, and now it seems ready to flip the switch in a number of other countries as well.

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