Android TV prepares Play Store subscriptions
Google is preparing to finally deliver on subscriptions for Android TV, something it promised this time last year, and the company teases that there’s more to come. A recently published support page from Google details subscriptions through the Google Play Store on Android TV. Android Police reached out to Google to find out if any apps were using the subscription feature yet, but the company wouldn’t confirm.
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You can now send audio messages to contacts through Google Assistant
You can now send audio messages to your contacts through Google Assistant. We briefly tested out the new feature and got a prompt to send an audio message to a contact through SMS (Google Messages) or WhatsApp. Assistant is already adept at transcribing text and even translating text for international communications.
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Reddit is launching built-in subreddit chat rooms
The feature, called “Start Chatting,” will randomly sort users of popular subreddits into small, private group chats. Facebook revealed earlier this year that its vision has shifted to prioritize its messaging services, including WhatsApp and Messenger, as the majority of new users show low interest in Facebook’s traditional website and mobile app. Last week, the company released Messenger Rooms, a video-chat service for groups of up to 50 people.
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This is one Apple Maps feature that Google Maps has to copy
Google Maps has plenty of coronavirus-related features but doesn’t list COVID-19 testing sites in the app. Apple Maps will soon direct you to the closes COVID-19 testing center near you, which is the kind of information you should find in a navigation app during a pandemic. But Google Maps doesn’t offer information about coronavirus testing inside the app.
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Google clears Podcast Addict of AdMob policy violation once again
Google recently decided to block most Admob ads in the app because people can download (*gasp*) adult-themed podcasts. Several weeks ago, Google flagged Podcast Addict for hosting explicit content and blocked almost all of its Admob display ads. Perhaps Podcast Addict will be able to get back into Google's good graces by hiding adult content behind a settings toggle, but Google doesn't exactly offer consistent guidance to developers.
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