Google patent could replace your contacts’ profile pictures with animations

Google has been awarded a new patent that could replace the profile pictures in your Android contacts with animated images. How? The animations could be captured in video calls, then reused in other parts of Android.
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DT Daily: Google upgrades Android texting with RCS Chat

Text messaging on Android is a little bit behind the times. Now a new standard pioneered by Google promises to bring Chat out of the dark ages.

ZTE believes Android ban could threaten future of the company

Chinese phone and gadget manfacturer ZTE is in hot water following a decision by the U.S. government that bans it from buying U.S. tech. This could mean it's no longer able to use the Android operating system.

Android’s texting is outdated, but Google is fixing it

Google is finally fixing the mess of Android's messaging system with Chat. It's not a new app, but it's the brand name for RCS, the evolution of SMS. Chat brings modern-day messaging features into the Android Messages app.

Chrome OS notification center redesign borrows from Windows 10 Action Center

Chrome OS will soon combine notifications and quick system settings together in one menu. The new look, similar to Windows 10's Action Center, could be part of what many consider to Material Design 2.0.
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Logistics firm XPO integrates with virtual assistants to help you track deliveries

XPO Logistics, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for large items in North America, has introduced voice-enabled delivery tracking through both Amazon and Google's smart assistants.
Emerging Tech

From monkey selfies to Intel allergies, here are the 7 weirdest tech lawsuits ever

When technology meets the legal system, things can get pretty weird. From monkey selfies to the evils of autocomplete, here are seven of the strangest tech-themed lawsuits in history.

Would you buy a Pixelbook if it could boot into Windows and Chrome OS?

Will the Pixelbook adopt Mac OS's support for dual-booting? Speculations that Windows 10 could finally boot on Google's Pixelbook went into high gear after code for the mysterious AltOS picker began appearing for Chrome OS.

Microsoft Windows Defender extension offers Chrome users extra protection

Though Microsoft and Google are fierce competitors, the release of Windows Defender for Chrome can be seen as a win for consumers. It's designed to help users identify malicious websites and prevent phishing attacks.

Tired of choosing between Windows and Mac? Check out these Chromebooks instead

We've compiled a list of the best Chromebooks -- laptops that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run Google's lightweight Chrome OS. From Samsung to Acer, these are the Chromebooks that really…

Google makes it even easier to get into A.I. with Raspberry Pi bundles

Google offers AIY kits that include everything you need to get started with voice and vision artificial intelligence, and it now throws in the required Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

Android Oreo now on 4.6 percent of active devices, Nougat on nearly 31 percent

The latest distribution numbers are in: Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo now accounts for 4.6 percent of all active Android devices. Nougat is now the reigning king with an API level at about 30.8 percent.