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- Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies
- The latest Android Nougat update brings a piece of Pixel to Nexus phones
- Google brings RCS, a next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Rogers customers in Canada
- Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform
- Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0
Those devices will mostly be playing catch-up with the company’s last flagship, the Pixel, which got a bit of a head start when it launched with 7.1. It’s not exactly a major upgrade, but should help curb users who have been suffering from a little bit of Pixel-based jealousy.
The update includes a more inclusive set of emojis, with male/female counterparts for those emojis that were initially just limited to one — include female welders and men getting haircuts. Because it’s 2016 and anyone can get haircuts and weld stuff, thank you very much. Other message-based additions include the ability to send GIFs from the keyboard of apps like Allo, Messenger and Hangouts.
App shortcuts have been added to the home screen in this latest version, as well, launching favorites with a long press of the corresponding icon.