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Start your engines! Download the Android 11 Developer Preview for your Google Pixel now!

We are only midway through February but Google has already flipped the switch to release the very first Developer Preview of Android 11 for the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 4. Factory image and OTA downloads for the four Pixel ranges are already available and we’ve got the links ready for […]

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The next ASUS ROG Phone will feature Google Stadia out of the box

We weren’t sure if ASUS was committed to producing a successor to the ROG Phone II but thanks to the announcement of a partnership between Google Stadia and ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has revealed that there will be a ROG Phone III. Besides that little tidbit, the announcement reveals that the new gaming phone […]

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Ring says its app will allow more control over data shared with Google, Facebook

A couple of weeks ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the results of its investigation into data the Ring app is sharing with third parties. While the Amazon-owned company has faced criticism over its links to law enforcement and the se…
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Huawei says it may ‘never’ return to using Google apps on its phones, even if the ban is lifted

In a recent post, I asked if Huawei is still relevant in the west considering that the US ban is still in effect but maybe the better question to ask would have been if Huawei would return to using Google’s apps and services if or when the ban is lifted. According to Huawei’s Product Manager […]

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Google launches #AndroidHelp hashtag for tech support on Twitter

Google will now answer your Android-related problems on Twitter, and you don't even have to slide into its DMs. The company has announced that it's now assisting users who tweet their issues with the hashtag #AndroidHelp. Google has also provided som…
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Get excited: Google I/O 2020 confirmed for May 12 – 14, and we’ve got high expectations

The dates for Google I/O 2020 have been revealed after Google’s latest teaser has been solved. These dates probably shouldn’t surprise anyone, since Google’s somewhat consistent about when and where they hold these annual conferences, but at least now you know when to mark your calendars. Google I/O 2020: May 12 – 14 Google’s next […]

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Will Samsung integrate Google Duo into regular smartphone messaging?

A new rumor has suggested that Google Duo might be getting a new kind of integration, starting with the Galaxy S20 launch. Apparently there have been talks between Samsung and Google to implement an ability to quickly send Google Duo video messages right inside of Samsung’s SMS messaging application, putting video chatting on a whole […]

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Google Play Books on Android gets a slight design tweak

Google’s latest Play Books for Android update isn’t anything major, but there are some small design tweaks that make the app a little more polished overall. The “major” part of this update is that Google nixed the hamburger menu in the left-hand corner. Instead, it’s not a magnifying glass built right into the search bar, […]

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Google Chrome’s next new feature will copy images right to Android’s clipboard

Chrome has quite a few new features in the oven for 2020, and the newest one will make it easier than ever to quickly copy an image from the internet. That’s not the biggest change in the world, but it will make it easier to share photos or paste them into other apps without clogging […]

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Huawei inks a crucial deal with TomTom for navigation to replace Google Maps

Huawei lost access to Google Play Services with the US trade ban that was instituted last year, and that has some consequences that you probably don’t think about at first. Obviously missing the Play Store is the biggest problem, but it also affects other functions of a smartphone. Gmail support is worse without the native […]

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Google is killing digital magazines in News

Google News will no longer offer a paid magazine subscriptions. According to Android Police, the News team sent out an email to customers, telling them that the company is killing print-replica magazines in Google News. A company spokesperson has con…
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Here’s how Google can win with the Pixel 4a

Google’s Pixel 3a was probably the most exciting phone of 2019. It wasn’t a flagship, but delivered killer specs on a budget and showed what makes Android phones really worthwhile. It even won Talk Android’s best phone of the year. So what’s next for Google? Well, the Pixel 4 seems like more a misstep than […]

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Google Photos is testing zooming in on videos

Google has added quite a few new features to Google Photos lately. Manual face tagging, yet another messaging service, and more have all come in just the last few months, making this one of Google’s most well-supported apps ever. 2020 isn’t going to slow that down, either. A new feature is hinted at in the […]

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Google Pay adds support for 18 more international banks, totaling almost 100 additions this quarter

Google has been on a hot streak of expanding Google Pay to more banks around the world, with a huge addition of 68 happening just a couple months ago. They expanded on that again last month with a handful more, and now there’s yet another 18 banks ready to be used with Google’s digital payment […]

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Netflix and Disney+ get integrated into Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Movies & TV can be more than just a storefront to buy digital content. It can also keep all of your movies and TV shows from all of your streaming services in one place, making it easy to access everything from one place. It works with quite a few different services, but so […]

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Huawei’s Richard Yu confirms P40 Pro to launch in March next year without Google apps

It’s just a couple of months since Huawei launched the Mate 30 Pro in Munich, Germany, a phone that was pretty much universally accepted as being outstanding with a single, fatal flaw – the conspicuous lack of Google apps and services thanks to the ongoing US ban. In a show of resolve, or perhaps just […]

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Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss

Chrome updates are normally good things, but some Android users have good reason to complain about the latest release. Google has paused the rollout for Chrome 79 on Android after reports of the update 'wiping' data from third-party apps that use th…
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Google Assistant picks up a new Interpreter mode for when you travel abroad

Google Assistant has learned a new party trick, and it’s one that frequent flyers will appreciate. Your digital assistant will soon be able to be your own personal translator and interpreter wherever you are, and it looks pretty seamless. To get started, simply ask, “Hey Google, be my French translator” or “Hey Google, help me […]

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The Morning After: Google prepares its first Pixel ‘feature drop’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, we're heading into Sony's last PlayStation event for the year, but first you should check out the new Ghostbusters trailer, and find out why it's such a big deal that Apple is coming back to CES. O…
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Android Auto could soon see a redesigned Google Assistant

Android Auto got a pretty big redesign earlier this year, but now Google is considering updating the Google Assistant design for Android Auto. The current Android Auto animation and design for Google Assistant is fairly standard across Google’s services. But Android Police, in an APK teardown, discovered some new designs and placements for Assistant in […]

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Google Assistant picks up some holiday tricks, makes it easy to track Santa all month long

Google is teaming up with the North Pole again this year, and they’re making it really easy to track Santa’s progress as we get closer to Christmas. There are tons of Google Assistant games to play, GIFs to share, and even a snowbox to build your own 3D winter wonderland. Not everything will be available […]

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Google delays Pixel 4 security patch roll-out until next to pack in more handset specific fixes

“O, December update, wherefore art thou December update?” If you are the owner of a Pixel 4 or 4 XL, you might be wondering why the December update hasn’t begun rolling out to your brand new phone. There’s no need to worry, the Pixel 4 isn’t an app so Google hasn’t killed it off, instead, […]

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Google Disability Support is more accessible with sign language specialists

Google is now ready to offer live help for accessibility features regardless of your hearing. The search firm now offers Disability Support through American Sign Language, letting you troubleshoot through video chat if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing…
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Samsung does it again with December security update rolling out before Google

Samsung has been acing their security update support in recent years and they’ve now begun rolling out the new December security update to some phones before even Google, again. Samsung has been steadily improving their update game over the last few years, with the delay between Google’s releases and Samsung’s updates shrinking from over half […]

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The Google Pixel 4’s oleophobic coating apparently comes off really easily

The Google Pixel line has had a notorious history with poor coating on the screen, and it’s not uncommon to hear someone complaining about the finish rubbing off of the screen. That oleophobic coating is meant to resist bacteria and other general grossness, but it makes the phone look terrible if it comes off. This […]

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Honor announces the V30 and 5G V30 Pro, both are affected by missing Google Play Services

The Honor V series of phones are typically a pretty aggressive upper-midrange family of devices that get a global release each year. They deliver almost top-end hardware at pricing that makes even OnePlus sweat, but there’s a road bump in that launch this year. New phones, no Google Play The line has been refreshed with […]

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Google offering three months of Disney+ on new Chromebooks until February 2020

Disney has partnered with Google to offer a promotional subscription to their new video streaming service for all Chromebooks activated in the US in the next two months. Following the gargantuan advertising and promotion campaign for their new and extremely popular video streaming service, Disney has now partnered up with Google to offer a ‘taste’ […]

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[Black Friday Deals] Save $200 on the Google Pixel 4/4 XL, $300 on the Pixel Slate

If you thought the Pixel 4 and 4 XL were a little on the pricey side of things when they launched in October, you’ll be happy to note that you can save a massive $ 200 off each model as part of Google’s Black Friday promotion. This means that you’ll be able to pick up a […]

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Buy your movie tickets directly from Google Assistant

Google is working as hard as possible to take the mundane interaction out of phone calls, ordering, and appointments. We’ve already seen it with Google Duplex phone calls, and it’s beginning to move into things that you do online even without a phone call. The latest new feature to Google Assistant will allow you to […]

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Google Stadia will have 10 more games at launch

After first announcing that its cloud-streaming Stadia game service would launch with just 12 titles, Google has nearly doubled that number, according to a tweet from Stadia boss Phil Harrison. The service will now arrive with 10 additional games, br…
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Google scales back town hall meetings following leaks

Google's weekly all-hands meetings have quickly become a source of leaks, and the company is apparently taking an aggressive approach to curbing those leaks: it's limiting the meetings themselves. The Verge has learned that CEO Sundar Pichai sent com…
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Latest update adds casting support to the Files by Google app

It’s always struck me as a little odd that Google hadn’t included Chromecast support in its Files-by-Google app, but now it seems that after a short incubation in the beta channel, the feature is rolling out to stable users via an update in the Play Store. This means that you’ll be able to cast your […]

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Scrolling lyrics for Spotify starts coming to Google Smart Displays

If you own a Google Smart Display and you’re still hanging on to Google Play Music, you might have seen lyrics scroll on your screen while listening to music. That’s been a pretty limited feature so far, but considering Google isn’t keeping Play Music around long-term, it’s time to bring other music services in to […]

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Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android

Earlier this month Google announced that its new Incognito feature for Maps had started to roll out, and now it should be here on your Android devices. Android Police points out a post on the support page from yesterday indicating that the rollout ha…
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Google opening Stadia game development studio in Montreal, and they’re hiring

Google’s game-streaming service Stadia hasn’t launched or proven at all successful yet, but the company taking a leap of faith to prove their commitment by opening their own exclusive studio in Montreal – and yes, they’re hiring! The gaming sphere took notice when Google announced what could be the world’s first truly feasible game-streaming service […]

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Google Pixelbook Go review: Function over form

Google has been building its own Chromebooks for a while now — first, there were two iterations of the Chromebook Pixel, and then there was 2017's Pixelbook. All three were great laptops with one glaring flaw: They cost way too much money. We're…
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Google defends their decision to not allow 4K60fps on the Pixel 4

Google announced the Pixel 4 with some serious camera capabilities, but it lacked one video feature that many users want. The Pixel 4 can shoot 4K video, but it’s not able to do so in 60fps. It’s not because phones can’t do that, either; Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and others are all able to cram 4K60 […]

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Google Stadia might not be totally wireless at launch

A very big selling point of Google Stadia has been its quick and easy wireless connection options. But it looks like Google may have been a little sneaky about some hardware requirements according to the fine print of the service and a confirmation over on Reddit. When Stadia was revealed, it kind of seemed like […]

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Nest Wifi replaces Google Wifi, but without Wifi 6

Google has announced Nest Wifi, a replacement for their aging Google Wifi routers. There are a lot of similarities between the two models, but Nest Wifi brings even more Google Assistant capabilities, built-in speakers, and better wireless connections. They look a little sleeker, too. Let’s check them out. Smarter WiFi Through and through this is […]

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No more original quality Google Photos backups for the Pixel 4

A major selling point of previous Pixel phones was that they would come with unlimited original quality photo backup. That was actually a pretty big deal for enthusiast photographers, since they could safely store all of their high-resolution photos without worrying about running out of the measly 64GB of space on the Pixel phones or […]

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You might score a free Google Home Mini if you’re using Assistant or YouTube Premium

Google has produced quite a lot of Home Minis since its 2017 debut, resulting in semi-frequent discounts and giveaways. We’re fast approaching the date of a new model (Nest Mini) and there’s likely ample stock that still needs to move. If you’re a YouTube Premium or Assistant user, you just might snag one for free. […]

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Dark mode starts to (partially) show up in Google Maps

Dark mode has been slowly creeping up in most of Google’s apps. Sometimes we randomly get an update that adds dark mode, but sometimes we just see bits of the UI themed for dark elements without the full blown toggle happening. Google Maps looks like it’s next on the list, but it’s taking the latter […]

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Will the Google Pixel 4 surprise us with 5G?

The Google Pixel 4 has leaked pretty heavily over the last few months, but we might still get a surprise out of the announcement. A new report says that Google might be rolling out 5G hardware sometime soon, beating Apple to the punch and joining the 5G revolution with Samsung and Huawei. The report doesn’t […]

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Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass will be totally different stores

Google and Apple have just begun a public experiment. One that affects the daily lives of millions of people; specifically, anyone who plays mobile games. Apple launched Arcade on September 19th, charging $ 5 a month for unlimited access to more than…
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Here’s everything you need to know about Google Stadia (Updated)

Google finally pulled the back the curtains on Stadia, the hyped up game streaming service that everyone’s been wondering about for a few weeks. Not only that, but they’ve given us a solid release date, and a “founder” pre-order package that comes with an exclusive controller and Chromecast Ultra. Let’s see what it’s all about. […]

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Google celebrates Halloween by mocking those that pine for its dead apps

It’s almost a certainty that you’ve experienced the misery of one of your favorite apps being sent off to the great developer in the sky, or reincarnated in some instances, and there’s a pretty good chance that Google took the role of being the great reaper in the scenario. To celebrate Halloween, Google’s Seattle team […]

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YouTube Music replaces Google Play Music on Android 10

We know Google is ready to push YouTube Music as their primary music streaming service, much to the chagrin of everyone still using Google Play Music, myself included. That’s going to get a little bit tougher going forward, as YouTube Music is now the default music player on Android 10. You can still grab Google […]

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Microsoft makes the Xbox One work with Google Assistant and Google Homes

Microsoft has announced a new integration for its home video game console, the Xbox One, and it should be a big deal for anyone building a smart home with Google Assistant. Like the previously announced Amazon Alexa integration, you’ll now be able to use Google Assistant to control your Xbox One. This works for turning […]

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Huawei’s Richard Yu says that Google apps could roll out to Mate 30 Pro overnight once the US ban is lifted

Huawei launched the new Mate 30 Pro in Munich yesterday without Google apps and services installed out of the box thanks to the company getting caught in the trade war between the US and China. It’s a great shame that consumers outside of the US are beginning to feel the impact of the trade dispute, […]

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As Huawei launches its Mate 30 Pro, Samsung reverts to troll status and gloats about ties to Google

Huawei has just held a launch event in Munich, Germany where it unveiled its new Mate 30 Pro that boasts an almost bezel-less waterfall display, the Kirin 990 5G processor and promising a world-class camera experience. But, as good as the Mate 30 Pro, and its siblings appear on the hardware front, Google apps and […]

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