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Lenovo brings Moto 360 smartwatch to the Philippines

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When Google first unveiled its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, back in 2014, it launched with three partners – LG, Motorola, and Samsung.

While the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live dropped a few months earlier, it was the Moto 360 that almost everyone wanted (and waited for). Unlike the other two that were more tech–on–a–strap, the Moto 360 looked and felt more like a traditional watch, with a round face and genuine leather straps to choose from.

Now on its second iteration, the Moto 360 is available in classic and sporty variants, and works not only with Android phones but with iPhones as well (in case you’ve been resisting the Apple Watch).

The standard Moto 360 offers interchangeable watch bands, repositioned buttons, and longer battery life. The silicone Moto 360 Sport, on the other hand, has GPS built in, plus a “hybrid display” that’s readable even under the sun.

Following its end-of-2015 launch in the U.S. and Europe, the smartwatch has made a gradual roll out across Southeast Asia, coming to Singapore in December, Malaysia in January, Indonesia in March, and Thailand in April.

Earlier today, Lenovo Philippines announced the Moto 360 2nd Gen and Moto 360 Sport will be coming to the Philippines sometime before the end of August 2016.  

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The Moto 360 Sport 45mm comes in black, white, and flame (read: orange), and will retail for P16,999 ($360). While the Moto 360 2nd Gen costs P16,999 for the 42mm model with a black leather strap, P17,999 ($380) for the 42mm rose-gold model, and P18,999 ($400) for the 46mm cognac model.  

You should be able to find them at your favorite SM Cyberzone tech store. The complete list of stores should be available soon. We’re taking the Moto 360 Sport for a spin this week, and we should have a video out soon.

In the meantime, check out our hands-on video of the Moto 360 2nd Gen from IFA 2015.

And our unboxing of the original Moto 360.

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Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines

Offers mobile data with no expiry

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Going digital is the new normal. Digital telco GOMO comes to the Philippines, offering large mobile data allocations with no expiry.

Running under Globe Telecom, GOMO offers 5G and LTE enabled sim cards with non-expiring mobile data. It can be purchased through GOMO’s website, GOMO’s PH app, or via official Lazada and Shopee stores.

Additionally, your mobile data can be used as Mo Creds through GOMO’s app. You can convert your existing data so you can subscribe to other prepaid promos like call and text, for as low as 0.2GB. In essence, your mobile data can be your form of currency.

Prepaid subscribers can buy mobile data promos through GOMO’s app, offering 25GB of mobile data for PhP 299 and more.

GOMO’s app is currently available on the Google Play Store. It’s expected to come to The App Store and Huawei’s AppGallery. Currently, GOMO offers a free sim card with 25GB of non-expiring mobile data at PhP 199, and delivers it for free nationwide.

 

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Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram

Rolling out to a few countries first

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Last year, Facebook announced an expansive plan to merge its messaging apps on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The initiative will hopefully create a cohesive ecosystem across their related platforms. In August, the company finally started to take comprehensive steps towards that goal, inviting select users to the future program. Now, the secret’s out. Facebook is launching messaging between Messenger and Instagram.

Officially announced today, Facebook is rolling out a Messenger-centric update to Instagram’s Direct Messaging feature. Obviously, the biggest addition is cross-platform messaging between the two platforms. Instagram users can now message Messenger users directly through the app. Even more, the cross-functionality comes with video call compatibility.

Besides this function, Facebook is also introducing new features to Instagram Messaging. It now has its own Selfie Stickers, customizable chat colors, personalized emoji reactions, and animated message effects. Further,

Instagram and Messengers users can now watch content together. This includes “Facebook Watch, IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies,” and video calls.

Right now, Facebook is releasing the update for select users in a few countries. The company plans to expand globally soon. However, if users want to, they can opt out of the update entirely. Of course, as Facebook is wont to do, the platform will likely force users int the new update sooner or later.

With Instagram’s integration into Facebook Messenger, Facebook still has WhatsApp left to integrate into its ecosystem.

SEE ALSO: Messenger Rooms is Facebook’s group video chat app

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Google’s Hold for Me feature will kill annoying delivery jingles

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If you were like us during this tempestuous lockdown season, you love (and still love) getting stuff delivered, whether it’s food or something new for the house. Unfortunately, despite our love for new things, one thing we still hate is an unending delivery hotline call. Yes, we mean those annoying-but-needlessly-catchy marketing jingles. (In fact, Sarah Geronimo’s Jollibee jingle is still ringing in my ears as I write this.)

Finally, Google has a solution for this work-from-home nightmare. Announced earlier today, the company is introducing a new functionality for calls on hold. The new Hold for Me feature will place Google Assistant in line for you whenever a hotline places you on hold. You don’t need to listen through 40 loops of hold music anymore.

Using Google’s Duplex AI, the Hold for Me feature will alert you — through a sound, a vibration, or a notification — when the call is ready for you. According to Google, Duplex technology can accurately detect if the hotline finally responds with either a recorded message or a human representative. Despite the need for AI processing, Google assures users that the company isn’t storing call data. All call data will remain inside the phone.

The feature is launching inside Google’s Phone app. Users can toggle the feature on or off through the Settings and activate it manually during calls.

For now, Google is launching the feature through an early preview in the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Both smartphones will launch sometime in October and November.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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