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Messages App from Google Cross 500 mn Installs on Play Store

Windows-maker Microsoft also has its instant messaging Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile called “Microsoft Messaging”

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

The Messages app from Google has surpassed 500 million installs on Play Store in the past few days.

The number is significant because Google does not require phone- makers to pre-install this app as a part of the Google Mobile Services package, despite which, the app seems to be in good use, 9To5Google reported on Monday,

Launched in 2014, Google’s official texting app allows users to exchange texts, GIFs, emojis, stickers, pictures, videos as well as audios, just like Apple’s iMessage.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

Some smartphones like Google’s Pixel line-up as well as Android One devices from Nokia and Huawei uses Google Messages as the default client for SMS.

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The 500 million installs mark has also landed Google Messages in the top 25 apps of the communication category in the Play Store with a 4.2 star rating, the report added.

Windows-maker Microsoft also has its instant messaging Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile called “Microsoft Messaging”. (IANS)

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Google To Stop Services For explorer Edition of Glass Soon

The latest update does not affect Glass Enterprise Edition devices, Google noted

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Google said the latest update removes Glass connection to backend services. Pixabay

Google has announced that it will end support for the Explorer Edition of Glass in February 2020.

Google said that the wearable device is receiving a final update that needs to be installed manually.

“Glass Explorer Edition is receiving a final update that you will need to manually install. After February 25, 2020, this update removes the need and ability to use your Google account on Glass,” the tech major said in a statement.

According to Google’s statement, if you do not update the device, and you are currently signed in and using the device, it will continue to work, but mirror apps, like Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, will no longer work.

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Google has announced that it will end support for the Explorer Edition of Glass in February 2020. Wikimedia Commons

Google said the latest update removes Glass connection to backend services.

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After the final update, MyGlass app, which allows users to manage device settings, will also stop functioning. However, the users will still be able to pair it directly to their phones via Bluetooth.

The latest update does not affect Glass Enterprise Edition devices, Google noted. (IANS)

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