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March 9, 2017

Hangouts becoming an enterprise communication tool, splitting into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ apps

Google is making some major changes to its popular Hangouts online text and video services, in order to stick with its current goal of turning it into a business and enterprise tools. Today, it revealed that it will be basically splitting Hangouts into two clients and services. One is Hangouts Meet, which focuses on video, while the other is Hangouts Chat, which is all about group text chatting.

See also: Most apps that use Google Hangouts API will shut down in April January 7, 2017

Google actually launched Hangouts Meet quietly a week or so ago for the web and iOS. Today’s official announcement states that this new service will allow businesses to [...]

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March 1, 2017

Google launches Meet for enterprise level video conferencing

In the latter half of 2016, Google announced that Hangouts was set to move towards a more enterprise format, being integrated into G Suite to help businesses keep their employees connected. Allo and Duo were all set to take the place of the ancient chat app that has had its purpose flip-flopped more times than any of us can count. This transition has yet to occur (likely due to Allo and Duo not changing much since launch), but it seems that the company is finally looking to ease into a business format for hangouts with the introduction of Meet.

See also: Google Hangouts to hang around, focus on business users August 16, 2016

Meet looks eerily similar to [...]

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January 28, 2017

Android emoji – everything you need to know

Emoji seem to have taken over the world, with emoticons quickly becoming a dying tongue around the inter webs. And for good reason; these little icons offer a convenient and friendly way to express emotions. Even turds look cute when pictured as emoji!

But what about us Android users and enthusiasts? You may recall that for a while emoji just showed up as lame squares, and in some cases that continues to be the case. This is because the first major phone maker to adopt these was Apple, in an attempt to attract more users from Japan (where emoji first became popular). It didn’t take long for this to explode and become the amazingly popular trend it now is, with most [...]

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