Sorry if I'm not getting excited about Google pushing RCS messaging, its Android answer to Apple iMessage technology. I welcome the features now arriving in the company's Messages app, but I have much deeper problems after being stuck for years in a Google messaging mud bog. Along with that, RCS (Rich Communication Services) comes through a new Messages app that's a step backward from the good parts of Google's technology.People mock Google's messaging strategy. Right now its efforts are scattered across existing tools like Messages, Hangouts and Duo after leaving behind exterminated ones like Allo and Google Talk. My problem with the company is much more basic. I can't rely on Hangouts or Messages on my Google Pixel 4 phone to do simple things like text my wife that I'm picking up our kid from school.The problem begins with Hangouts. For years, it's been excruciatingly slow to load a conversation about half the time I need to. In the test I performed a few minutes ago, it took … [Read more...] about RCS messaging on Android? Free me from my Google messaging mess first
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Ten months after the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India, Xiaomi is all set to bring in the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The new Redmi Note 6 Pro has a slightly bigger display with a notch on top which makes the aspect ratio 19:9 compared to 18:9 on the previous version. Xiaomi has also improved the build quality and added P2i coating to make the phone splash resistant, though this is still not a waterproof phone. It has also added two cameras at the front and improved the rear cameras. But will the Redmi Note 6 Pro be another bestseller from Xiaomi? Here’s our review Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications: 6.26-inches display with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2280 x 1080 pixels display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor | 4GB RAM/6GB RAM + 64GB storage (expandable to 256GB) | 12MP+5MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 20MP+2MP front camera | 4000 mAh battery | MIUI 10 with Android Oreo 8. 1 Advertising Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India: Rs 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 15,999 for the 6GB RAM Redmi … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Another winner from the company?
The first-generation Chromecast is now 6 years old. During that time, Google has dutifully kept it up-to-date with both security patches and new features. Now, however, it appears that the small HDMI dongle is headed for retirement, albeit slowly. Originally spotted by 9to5Google, the current list of Chromecast devices shows a discrepancy between firmware versions, with the first-gen device conspicuously lagging behind more recent versions. This discovery has led some to believe that no new major updates will be made available for the product going forward. Not that this means you need to stop using your first-gen Chromecast if it still meets your needs. When asked by 9to5Google to comment on the state of first-gen Chromecast updates, Google responded by saying, “Chromecast recently celebrated its sixth birthday. We’re thrilled that some of our earliest adopters are still enjoying the first-generation device, and we continue to update it with bug and security fixes.” … [Read more...] about First-gen Chromecast still secure, but new features from Google are unlikely