Google Pixel Bluetooth problem reportedly fixed in server-side update

The Google Pixel has had several Bluetooth related issues in its short life, beginning with reports of failed connectivity in cars and, more recently, random disconnections and switching off. The latest issues are believed to have stemmed from February’s security patches, but a fix is now rolling out.

According to one of the Google team in the Pixel User Community forums, “Google has Just finished putting a fix in place for this issue on our end — no downloads or updates to your devices or apps are needed.”

This means the fix is part of a server-side update, which left a few people scratching their heads as to what kind of solution had actually been implemented. Others have suggested that the issue is still present on their devices.

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However, it seems that the patch may have been included as part of the latest Google Play Services update, which began rolling out on March 21. Such updates can take several days to reach all users.

In the coming days, the Bluetooth connectivity problems, including those related to cars, should be resolved for all those that were experiencing them. If your device still suffers from the issue later, you can make it known in Google’s product forums.

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Google plans to remove SMS support from Hangouts on May 22

Google is continuing to make changes to its Hangouts app and service. Late on Thursday, the company sent an email to its G Suite administrators, informing them that SMS text messaging support for the Hangouts chat app will be removed on May 22.

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The email, as posted by Droid Life, added that Hangouts users will see an in-app message, like the one shown above, starting on March 27 informing them of the planned removal of SMS services. That message will direct users to pick another default messaging app for their SMS texts. If, for some reason, they don’t have one already installed on their phone, those users will be asked to go to the Google Play Store to download an SMS app. This change will not affect Google Voice numbers, which will continue to be supported in Hangouts.

This news comes as Google continues to evolve its Hangouts service to serve businesses and enterprise customers. Earlier this month, the company revealed its new Hangouts Meet video chat app, and is also currently testing Hangouts Chat, a text-based service designed as a competitor to Slack. Google has since insisted that its current Hangouts client is “not going anywhere”. However, the removal of one of its main features would seem to indicate that the company is continuing to make changes to the default Hangouts app while it also launches new text and video clients.

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Android 7.1.2 beta 2 separates the ‘R’ roaming indicator from your data connection, allowing you to see what type of connection you’re on

Roaming isn’t something that those of us who live in more populated areas encounter often, but it can be a common occurrence for people in more rural or less-developed places. Android has always been pretty terrible at showing what kind of data connection you’re roaming on in the status bar; thankfully, the latest 7.1.2 Nougat beta has brought this much-needed, yet simple update to this indicator.

 

Previously, it was impossible to see what type of data connection (LTE, H, 3G, E, etc.) you were on if you were roaming, as the ‘R’ indicator would take those indicators’ place above the signal bars.

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Chrome Beta 58 adds support for full-screen Progressive Web Apps, minor UI changes, and tweaks to Custom Tabs [APK Download]

Chrome 58 has graduated to beta status, moving one step closer to the stable channel. This time around, Google has been working on new features for Progressive Web Apps (and normal sites), improvements to Chrome Custom Tabs, and more.

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Chrome Beta 58 adds support for full-screen Progressive Web Apps, minor UI changes, and tweaks to Custom Tabs [APK Download]

Chrome 58 has graduated to beta status, moving one step closer to the stable channel. This time around, Google has been working on new features for Progressive Web Apps (and normal sites), improvements to Chrome Custom Tabs, and more.

Changes to bookmarks and history

Some major design changes to Chrome are currently in development, but in the meantime, Chrome 58 has a few minor changes to the interface for bookmarks and history.

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Chrome Beta 58 adds support for full-screen Progressive Web Apps, minor UI changes, and tweaks to Custom Tabs [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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