Hell has officially frozen over, Taito just released a premium Bust-A-Move game onto the Play Store

I thought I would never see the day. There is an official Bust-A-Move game from Taito Corporation on the Play Store, and it’s a premium release. While some of you may know the franchise by its Japanese name Puzzle Bobble, this classic bubble shooter is better known in the west as Bust-A-Move. And while I am sure absolutely no one has asked for yet another bubble shooter to be released on the Play Store, trust me when I say that this series is the originator of such gameplay and it is the best.

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Google could launch Google Assistant-powered headphones

Codenamed “Bisto,” these Google Assistant-powered headphones are mentioned throughout the latest Google app APK.

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Thanks to 9to5Google’s new APK teardown of the Google app, we now know that the search giant might be preparing to launch a pair of “magic pairing” headphones powered by Google Assistant. We saw the name “Bisto” for the first time as early as this past April but weren’t sure what kind of device it was going to be, but various strings from the teardown indicate that it could be a brand-new hearable device:

<string name=”bisto_magic_pairing_assistant_prop_text”>”Your headphones have the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.”</string>

As you may have guessed, you can speak into the mic of the Bisto headphones to summon Google Assistant and interact with it anytime you wish. If you enable notification access, you will also be able to hear incoming notifications read aloud. According to the strings “<string name=”expand_bundle4_1″>To hear them, press the Google Assistant button” and “<string name=”expand_bundle_1″>To hear them, press and hold the top button.</string>” the headphones will come with at least two physical buttons: one Google Assistant button, which you can press and hold in order to talk to Google Assistant and one “top button,” which will activate verbal notification alerts.

After all, Apple saw moderate success with the AirPods, and with smartwatch sales declining, market analysts are starting to turn to AI-powered hearables and speakers.

Other strings from the teardown reveal that the Bisto headphones will be able to receive OTA software updates – presumably Android Wear. With rumors claiming that Google might unveil a brand-new high-end Chromebook and a mini Google Home device along with this year’s Pixel phones, it is entirely possible that the search giant will add a hearable device to its growing portfolio of hardware products. After all, Apple saw moderate success with the AirPods, and with smartwatch sales declining, market analysts are starting to turn to AI-powered hearables and speakers.

Would you buy a pair of Google Assistant-powered headphones from Google? What do you think would be a reasonable price for them? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Rescue Party in Android 8.0 Oreo will help save your bootlooping phone

Android 8.0 Oreo’s new feature essentially sends out a “rescue party” when system components are stuck in crash loops.

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Bootlooping, while isolated to some users and specific to certain models, is a serious issue in the Android world; after all, in an era where phones have become indispensable components of our lives, having a device that is stuck in reboot loops can be extremely frustrating. Certain phones seem more prone to bootlooping issues (looking at you, LG) than others, and whether it’s hardware- or software-related, going through manufacturers and carriers for support and warranty inquiries is not only time-consuming but also expensive.

That’s why Google is introducing Rescue Party with the all-new Android 8.0 Oreo. As the search giant explains, “Android 8.0 includes a feature that sends out a ‘rescue party’ when it notices core system components stuck in crash loops. Rescue Party then escalates through a series of actions to recover the device. As a last resort, Rescue Party reboots the device into recovery mode and prompts the user to perform a factory reset.”

Once a problem is detected, Rescue Party will activate itself, escalating to the next rescue level if it’s not resolved. Each level will take up to five minutes according to Google, and the hope is that the phone will be able to self-recover instead of requiring you to initiate a support inquiry through the manufacturer or carrier. Rescue Party is turned on by default in Android 8.0 Oreo, and no special hardware support is required.

Rescue Party is turned on by default in Android 8.0 Oreo, and no special hardware support is required.

This is great news since there have been multiple Google Pixel, Nexus, and LG G4, and V10 users with bootlooping devices. Of course, some of these are hardware-related, but Rescue Party could help eliminate software-related bootloops on a systemic level. For more information on Android 8.0 Oreo, check out our article on the new features and changes it’ll bring.

Do you think Rescue Party will be enough to solve bootloop issues among Android users? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Google plans to launch a new Chromebook Pixel and mini Google Home this year

Google is gearing up to drop the Pixel 2 later this year, but that’s not all they’re going to announce. A new rumor suggests a few other devices should be unveiled at a hardware event in the fall, including a miniature Google Home and a brand new Chromebook. The Chromebook is expected to replace the […]

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Andy Rubin talks new Essential Phone accessories and smartphone addiction

When Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Essential announced the near-bezelless Essential Phone, the company also revealed that the phone would support add-on accessories that attach to the phone’s back via magnetic points. We know about the 360-degree camera that you can see above, but Rubin announced that two more magnetic accessories are under development.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Rubin said the first accessory allows for high-quality audio to be wirelessly sent from the Essential Phone to your car stereo. The second gadget is what Rubin calls the “world’s smallest 3D laser scanner.” Rubin remained mum about what the laser is for, though he mentioned that lasers in self-driving cars are used to measure how far apart two objects are, so the laser could be used for such a function.

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Rubin also remained quiet on when the accessories will be available, though Essential plans on shipping the first six accessories for the Essential Phone, with third-party manufacturers eventually putting out accessories of their own.

Arguably more significant, however, is Rubin’s thoughts on smartphone addiction and what Essential might accomplish to combat and minimize it. As Android’s co-creator, Rubin is privy to the dramatic increase in smartphone usage since the platform’s launch in 2008 and feels as if he can lead the way toward some sort of solution to the addiction that has resulted from that increased usage:

If I can get to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying your life, having that dinner, having that dinner, without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf. I think I can solve that part of the addictive behavior.

According to Rubin, this could be accomplished by utilizing artificial intelligence to sort through notifications to either ignore or highlight them. For example, if a certain message is highlighted, you might be given several responses. Artificial intelligence can be utilized to become aware of your preferences and taste, so after you reinforce it with certain responses over a period of time, it might not ask you how you want to respond – it will just know:

The distraction is something that’s solvable if you have a virtual version of you doing stuff while you’re doing more important stuff.

It certainly sounds like a good use of AI, but there are already concerns over privacy and user data, concerns that will likely get louder once AI is thrown into the mix even further than it already is. Whether Essential can actually deliver the goods is a separate question, one that we might see possibly answered in the foreseeable future.

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