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Google Discover continues to blend with social media, rumored to pick up a likes counter

Google has long flirted with the idea of their own successful social media network. Obviously Google+ began and ended as a terrible dumpster fire (we did at least get Google Photos out of it, to be fair) but they’ve also thrown in a few social media type features into their other products over the years. […]

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Not dead yet: Google Chrome supports Windows 7 for another year

Windows 7 was a very solid OS from Microsoft, and it’s one that’s still hanging on even after several new versions have replaced it and Microsoft has officially dropped support for it. I can’t say I blame people, though. I used to actually be able to play Fallout 3 on Windows 7, unlike Windows 10. […]

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Turkey orders Google to change its online ad strategy

Google is facing yet another fine for allegedly abusing its search ad clout, although the financial punishment this time is less serious than its implications. Arab News reports that Turkey’s Competition Board has given Google six months to change it…
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And there’s even more bad news for Google Photos as Google rips the silver lining from future Pixel buyers

Remember when Google announced yesterday that it was pulling the free unlimited high-quality tier from Google Photos on June 1st, 2021? And current and future Pixel owners were like, well that’s one more reason to buy a Pixel? Well, they may have been both right and wrong at the same time. Anyone who buys a […]

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It’s time to vote for 2020’s Google Play Users’ Choice awards

It’s that time of year again where Google asks you, the app user, the game player, the movie and TV show watcher, and you in the corner, the book reader, to pick your favorites from a shortlist that the search giant has drawn up. These Users’ Choice winners will be announced on December 1st, along […]

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Google One Subscribers will soon get three months of Stadia Pro as a freebie

It looks like Google One subscribers could soon be getting their hands on a freebie from the search giant in the form of a three-month trial for Stadia Pro, which brings it into alignment with Chromebooks and Pixel handsets. There hasn’t been much in the way of benefits for Google One subscribers of late, so […]

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Google Pay drastically expands to almost 90 more US banks

Google Pay is officially compatible with 89 more banks in the US from the last month and a half of updates, keeping up the trend of filling out its support for tons of financial institutions across the country. This brings the total amount of institutions supported to nearly 3000 for the Google Pay service, making […]

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Google adds Nest Secure to its list of discontinued projects

Google will no longer manufacture and sell the Nest Secure alarm system it launched back in 2017. The tech giant has confirmed that it has discontinued the system to Android Police shortly after the Google Store product page for the Nest Guard was ma…
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Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you’re asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spoti…
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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google…
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Google gets chatty about when it expects to kill off Hangouts

It seems like Hangouts has been on the chopping block for years, having features and functions removed and redistributed to Google’s other messaging apps. Now, the search giant has finally revealed a rough timeline on when Hangouts could be put out of its misery, with users able to begin ‘upgrading’ to Chat sometime in the […]

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Wear OS looks on enviously as Google brings YouTube Music app to the Apple Watch

Despite being a Wear OS fan (yes, there are some), I can’t deny that the Apple Watch is sitting pretty at the top of the smartwatch pyramid. Weirdly, Google is making the experience even better by bringing YouTube Music to the Apple Watch before its own smartwatch platform, which means that users can browse their […]

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Google may turn YouTube into a shopping destination

At some point in your YouTube watching career, you’ve probably dug into the description of a video to tap on an Amazon referral link. Whether you’re into tech, photography, gaming or almost any other hobby, most channels use those links as a way to g…
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Samsung throws shade at Huawei – mocks its loss of access to Google apps

We all know about the troubles that Huawei has faced over the past 18 months or so, ever since it was placed on the Entity List by the US government and banned from working with Google and accessing the search giant’s apps and services. With further limitations on ordering its latest processors coming into effect […]

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G Suite gets a rebrand, now called Google Workspace with some fancy new icons

You might be familiar with G Suite, Google’s brand of enterprise apps and services. They mirror the consumer versions of those apps for the most part, especially in the realm of Gmail and Google’s Office Suite. That’s not really changing, but G Suite is getting a rebrand. Going forward it’ll be known as Google Workspace. […]

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The Google Pixel 5 will sit through hold music for you

Hold music is probably one of the worst parts of most phone calls these days. You have to make an important phone call, but it’s really not convenient to wait for someone to pick up, especially when you don’t know if you’ll be there for 10 minutes or 45 minutes. Well, Google can’t fix the […]

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The new Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t support Stadia yet, but it will in 2021

It’s a weird one for sure, but the new Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t actually support the Stadia cloud gaming service at launch. It’s something that, to tech bloggers at least, would be a no-brainer, but somehow it’s not officially supported. Yet. Google says that it plans to add official support for Stadia sometime during […]

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The Morning After: Google unveiled new Pixels, Chromecast and more

Thank you, Google, for keeping your remote press conference mercifully short and to the point. Oddly, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G phones — don’t confuse them — were given equal weighting with a new, prettier Chromecast dongle (with remote) and a new…
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Google announces the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, keeps playing the value game

Google has announced the highly anticipated Pixel 5 today, plus a beefed up, 5G version of the Pixel 4a. If you’re looking for some new options that keep up the trend of value-oriented premium phones, these launches should get you pretty excited. Google Pixel 5 The high-end phone of 2020 from Google is breaking away […]

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Google Meet’s 60-minute limit on free calls won’t kick in until 2021

Google expanded Meet’s availability earlier this year to give more people access to the video chat service in the midst of coronavirus-related lockdowns. The tech giant didn’t just make it available to everyone with a Gmail account, though, it also m…
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Sonos sues Google for infringing on five more speaker patents

Just one day before Google's Pixel 5 reveal, Sonos has filed a new lawsuit against the search giant, alleging it has infringed five more patents. The patents cover technologies that form the basis of some of Sonos' best-known features, including its…
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Google server problems took out Gmail and other services briefly

It feels unusual to see internet problems that aren’t related to someone trying to pre-order gaming equipment, but this evening users on the East and West coasts of the US experienced issues accessing Google services like Gmail, Google Docs, and even…
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British retailers reveal black and white 128GB Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 models

British retailers’ websites were showing listings for the 128GB Google Pixel 4a 5G last week, with one also showing the 128GB Google Pixel 5 – both available in black and white. The retailer websites – More Computers and BT – revealed the model numbers for those devices destined for the UK market. These are GA01986-UK […]

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Here’s your new Google Chromecast with Android TV (in white)

We’ve heard rumors about a refreshed Google Chromecast that bakes in Android TV and offers a remote, and now it looks more real than ever. Some pretty official renders showcase the device from a few different angles and give us our best look at the remote yet. New Google Chromecast This new Chromecast tries to […]

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Google takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts

TikTok has gained popularity and seemingly notoriety in recent months with the US government using it as a new weapon in its trade war with China. While it seems that Oracle is set to do a deal with TikTok so that it can continue operating in the US, Google has taken the opportunity to launch […]

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Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast with Google TV’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that…
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Google Assistant Snapshot can now be summoned with a voice command

You can now summon Google Assistant’s Snapshot by saying “Hey Google, show me my day.” The tech giant introduced the feature as a way to view your tasks for the day in one place back in 2018, and up until recently, you can only access it by tapping o…
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Google Fiber adds Philo streaming as an option next to YouTube and fubo

After years of offering TV service along with its high-speed internet package, Google Fiber announced in February that it will only offer new customers options to sign up for streaming services. At the time, it supported YouTube TV and fuboTV, and no…
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Google is bringing Android TV support for Duo video calls on the big screen

If you’ve been thinking that it would be nice to use the big screen in your room for your video calls, Google has heard you. The search giant has announced that its Android TV platform will soon support the Duo video calling app by way of a beta. Google hasn’t revealed much in the way […]

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Google will convert gifted Play Music subscriptions to YouTube Music and throw in some Play Store credit too, maybe

If you’ve been given a subscription for Google Play Music (GPM) and have found out that the service will begin being phased out during September, have no fear; Google has got your back. Instead of leaving you out in the cold, the search giant will, according to one Reddit user, convert your GPM subscription into […]

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Energy Ring has been updated with support for the Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Energy Ring has been updated with support for two of the latest Android smartphones, the Google Pixel 4a and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, amongst other devices. As a recap, Energy Ring is an Android customization application that makes use of the ring around the punch hole camerato highlight the battery status. This subtle tweak […]

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Google rolls out captions for audio and video messages on Duo

Google has started rolling out a new Duo feature that’ll make it easier to check video and voice messages even in a noisy place. In a tweet, the Made by Google account has revealed that captions have started going live for messages sent on the applic…
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Google has introduced Meet for Chromecast, which is already being deployed to devices around the world

Google has introduced Meet for Chromecast, and it’s already started being rolled out to Chromecast devices. The new feature should be deployed to all Chromecast devices around the world by the end of the week. The Google Chromecast team announced the introduction of the new feature via Google’s support pages, explaining the news follows the […]

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Google Meet comes to TVs thanks to Chromecast

After taking countless video calls throughout the coronavirus pandemic, you're probably at the point where you want to mix things up a bit. Now you can with Google Meet. Google has started rolling out an update for Meet that allows the software to ca…
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[Updated] Every single game on Google Stadia (up to August 14th)

After a rocky beginning, Google’s Stadia gaming platform is coming along nicely with support for more devices with each passing month. Just as important as the hardware, though, are the games that are the new titles that get added every month. Keeping track of the list of gaming titles can be a chore, which is […]

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Judge dismisses Genius lawsuit against Google over ‘stolen’ lyrics

Last year, Genius made headlines when it used a "watermark" made up of alternating styles of apostrophes that spelled out "red handed" in Morse code to highlight what it said was Google scraping its annotated lyrics. While the move was clever, it has…
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The best games on Google Play Pass

When Apple Arcade launched last year, Android users probably felt a bit left out. For only $ 5 a month subscribers were getting unlimited, ad-free access to over 100 games for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV — even a few exclusives. However, Android us…
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The Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are coming this fall

The Pixel 4a launched today with a bump in specs and a very affordable $ 349 price tag but missing a feature that is present on its non-US competitors such as the recently launched OnePlus Nord – 5G. Google has got this area covered with a couple of new handsets set to launch in a couple […]

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Dark mode is finally rolling out to Google Chat

There is good news for G Suite users who communicate with team members via the Chat app in the form of the addition of dark mode to save your eyes from the blinding white light known as Google’s Material Design. Dark mode for the Chat app will roll out in the next fifteen days to […]

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You can now back up your smartphone to Google One for no charge

Google One is now offering the handy new feature of allowing Android (and iOS) users the ability to back up their handsets, absolutely free*. You don’t need to be a Google One subscriber, you just need to have the app installed on the device you want to back up to. Of course, being free means […]

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Android 11 is known as Red Velvet Cake within Google, but you probably won’t hear it called this

Android 11 is known as Red Velvet Cake within Google, but you probably won’t hear it called by this engineering code name – at least, away from tech websites! The All About Android podcast interviewed Google’s Android VP of Engineering, Dave Burke, and during the conversation, he alluded to the up-and-coming Android’s engineering codename – […]

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Steve Wozniak sues Google for not acting on YouTube Bitcoin scams

Steve Wozniak has filed a lawsuit against YouTube, saying the site has repeatedly ignored his requests to take down phony bitcoin giveaways that use his name. He compared YouTube’s actions to Twitter, which quickly removed similar scams after Wozniak…
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Google will ban coronavirus conspiracy ads to fight misinformation

Google is amping up its fight against coronavirus—related misinformation by banning ads that “[contradict] authoritative scientific consensus” about the pandemic. That means websites and apps can no longer make money from running advertisements promo…
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Google says that something special is coming today – likely the Nest smart speaker

After a week that saw the new Nest smart speaker make its debut in a certification image from its Japanese certification that gave it a rather drab appearance with Google hastily sending out a press render and promo video to tech sites, it seems that today is the day that all will be revealed. Well, […]

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Google is preparing Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 smartphones for launch (eventually)

Made By Google is preparing three smartphones for release later in 2020, believed to be derivatives of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. These were believed to be a single Pixel 4a model, a Google Pixel 5, and a Google Pixel 5 XL. However, code discovered in the Google Search app shows a Google Pixel […]

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Google Fiber’s first expansion in four years is in West Des Moines

About ten years after starting its high speed internet quest, Google Fiber is expanding again. Availability in the city of West Des Moines, IA adds its first new market in four years. It will be a tenant, leasing space in an open conduit network that…
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Google testing native Steam client on Chromebooks powered by 10th generation Intel CPUs

We learnt in January 2020 that Google’s engineers were working to bring the Steam platform to Chrome OS. Many of the details of this development are still not known, but we now have an idea of the timeline: Google is reportedly testing support for Steam starting with models based around Intel’s tenth generation CPU family. […]

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Google holds off on reopening US offices due to the latest COVID-19 spike

Google isn’t ready to bring workers back just yet. The company originally planned to call select employees back to the office beginning July 6th. Now, it says all US offices will remain closed until at least September 7th due to the recent spike in c…
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Google announces major new privacy improvements

Earlier this week, the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, announced changes being made to the way Google handles your privacy—mainly, how long they will keep your information, and what you can do about it. Pichai says, “…we focus on three important principles: keeping your information safe, treating it responsibly, and putting you in control.” The […]

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Android 11 for Android TV preview hints at Sabrina, a friendly new Google dongle

Google very recently released an unexpected developer preview of Android 11 for Android TV, only available for the ADT-3 developer Android TV device. The 9to5Google team have been busy pouring over the preview software system to find the changes and look for clues about the leaked Sabrina Android TV device. If you didn’t catch Jared’s […]

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