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Consistently Inconsistent Assistant - Android Faithful Episode #35

We have a hard time sifting through the sheer volume of big Android news this week, but have no fear: There's an exclusive piece of news that Mishaal breaks on the show complete with a shiny new breaking news bumper and the gang celebrates a little too hard.

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Consistently Inconsistent Assistant - Android Faithful Episode #35

Ron, Huyen, Jason, and Mishaal have a hard time sifting through the sheer volume of big Android news this week, but have no fear: There's an exclusive piece of news that Mishaal breaks on the show complete with a shiny new breaking news bumper and the gang celebrates a little too hard.

NEWS

  • @MishaalRahman: Here is what's new in Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2
  • Android 15 might let you send text messages via satellite
  • Google finally enables display output on the Pixel 8, here's what it could mean for a DeX-like mode
  • Patron News Story Pick: SpaceX says its satellite service aced tests on Android and iPhone
  • Apple is working to make it easier to switch from iPhone to Android because of the EU
  • @MishaalRahman: Google also announced yesterday that they will begin showing "additional choice screens" for users setting up an Android device in the EEA.
  • @MishaalRahman: Google has shared details on its new external offers program, the program they created to comply with the EU's Digital Markets Act.
  • To comply with DMA, WhatsApp and Messenger will become interoperable via Signal protocol

HARDWARE

  • Pixel 8a will be more expensive: colors, prices, memory of the new Google phone
  • Google confirms Pixel 8a is coming with Android’s new battery stats
  • @mishaal_rahman: Gemini Nano won't be coming to the Pixel 8 because of ""some hardware limitations"" but will be coming to more high-end devices in the near future according to Terence Zhang, a Developer Relations engineer at Google, during #TheAndroidShow.
  • Samsung's Galaxy A55 and A35 are official with 6.6" OLED screens, focus on security
  • No April Fools' joke: OnePlus will launch a new Nord on April 1
  • Exclusive Leak: Motorola Edge 50 Pro
  • Jason's Boox Palma hands on

APPS

  • [Exclusive] Google says the IETF's ongoing work on the unwanted tracker detection spec doesn't impact its launch timeline for the Find My Device network
  • @MishaalRahman: Google has announced that movie tickets and boarding passes will automatically be added to Google Wallet when you get a confirmation email in Gmail!

COMMUNITY

  • Timothy, Hilton, and Robert have PLENTY to say about Assistant routines
  • Michael says we've seen Circle to Search before
  • Chuck is having Samsung RCS issues

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