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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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Google rolls out Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix issues caused by Beta 1

As with anything in life, the first attempt doesn’t always succeed which means you need to try, try, and try again. After kicking off the Android 11 Beta Program last week with the Beta 1 build available for Pixel handsets to download, Google has produced an intermediate build called Beta 1.5 to fix some of […]

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Belkin’s SoundForm Elite combines audio, wireless charging, and Google Assistant all-in-one for $230/£280

As rumors point to a successor finally being developed for the original Google Home, Belkin’s SoundForm Elite that combines the Google Assistant, Bluetooth speaker, and wireless charger functions into a single device is now on sale in the UK. First announced during CES 2020, the SoundForm Elite is now on sale for $ 229/£279. With a […]

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Amazon Fire Toolbox app revamps Fire tablets with Google services and other customisations

A new ADB tool allows users to unlock the full potential of Amazon’s budget Fire tablets with Google apps and services, custom launchers and lockscreen wallpapers, and much more. Amazon has been offering customers extremely budget-conscious tablets for years with their ‘Fire‘ line, offering usable performance at bargain prices, with one major drawback to achieve […]

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Google Duo 32-person video calling is now live on the web

Google Duo is getting a little bit better for big friend groups today. The extremely expanded video calling feature is finally rolling out today, at least on some platforms. This feature was especially exciting during a time when most people are still trying to practice social distancing and self-quarantining to stay safe during a pandemic, […]

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Fitbit app hints at Google Assistant integration, because duh

Alphabet scooped up Fitbit a few months ago, but so far we haven’t really seen much come out of that. To be fair to both Alphabet/Google and Fitbit, though, a global pandemic is pretty good at delaying plans, and the entire ordeal is still pending federal approval. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening in […]

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Google is knocking $10 off any game for all current and previous Stadia Pro users

If you’ve had your eye on any particular game on Google Stadia, now might be the time to pick it up. Google is offering a $ 10 discount on any game in the Stadia store for a huge amount of users, with the only catch that your account has to be a Pro subscriber, even if […]

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Lawsuit accuses Google of tracking users in Incognito mode

A proposed class action lawsuit filed against Google is accusing the company of violating federal wiretap laws by tracking users’ online activities even when they’re in Incognito mode. The complaint says the tech giant uses tools like Google Analytic…
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First responder? Let Google help you find a COVID-19 responder hotel room

Many front line responders to the Covid-19 pandemic have found themselves face-to-face with this virus and they are choosing to stay away from their families to reduce the risk of passing it on. The problem faced by them is finding a place to stay. Well help is on hand from Google. Healthcare officials, first responders […]

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Google’s Pixel 4a will reportedly ditch squeeze-based Google Assistant activation

It’s been a feature of Google smartphones since the days of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL but it seems that the upcoming Pixel 4a will launch without the ability to squeeze its sides to activate Google Assistant. It’s a feature that used to annoy the heck out of me until I disabled it, but […]

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Top 5 reasons why we’re excited for the Google Pixel 4a

With the Google Pixel 4a right around the corner it’s looking like one of the most anticipated phones of the year. The regular Pixel 4 was a bit disappointing, but last year’s Pixel 3a set the budget market on fire. The Pixel 4a seems like it can do the same for a few very good […]

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WSJ: Google will ‘likely’ face antitrust lawsuits later this year

For nearly a year there have been reports about the Justice Department investigating Google for antitrust violations when it comes to search and advertising. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports it’s “likely” that the DoJ and state attorneys general…
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YouTube Music is making it simple to transfer over your Google Play Music library

Over the past few years, we have enhanced YouTube Music to deliver a comprehensive listening experience, and have also added features to make Google Play Music users feel right at home. Starting today, we’re excited to officially begin inviting Google Play Music listeners to effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music, their new home for music listening and discovery.

For now, users will continue to have access to both services. We want to ensure everyone has time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music, so we’ll provide plenty of notice ahead of users no longer having access to Google Play Music later this year.

Easy transfer and transition

We know many listeners have spent a lot of time creating their perfect music and podcast libraries in Google Play Music, so we’ve made it simple to move both to their new homes. All Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring your full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts, to their new homes.

Music fans will be able to start the transfer process of their music library to YouTube Music by following these simple steps:

  • Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
  • Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.

You can also check out the video with transfer details HERE.

And if you’re a podcast listener, you can visit this web page and transfer your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts with a single click. Google Podcasts is our dedicated podcast player available for free on Android and iOS, and accessible from Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Home and more.

We’re looking forward to Google Play Music users transferring their libraries, so they can begin listening and exploring on YouTube Music and Google Podcasts.

Your New Home For Music: YouTube Music

For listeners new to YouTube Music, the streaming service is your personal guide to the world of music, simply organized in an app and web player. A bit more on what YouTube Music has to offer:

  • Catalog: YouTube Music offers over 50 million official tracks, albums and high quality audio, as well as deep cuts, B-sides, live performances, and remixes you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Listen everywhere: Explore YouTube Music’s audio-first music app, desktop and smart speaker experience. Recommendations: Discover new music through YouTube Music’s home screen recommendations and personalized mixes – My Mix, Discovery Mix, and New Release Mix – based on taste, location, time of day and Play Music preferences after transferring.
  • Official Playlists: Listen to thousands of official playlists from both YouTube Music and Google Play Music.

We’ve listened to Google Play Music user feedback and recently introduced additional new features to YouTube Music for fans to enjoy. Some of the YouTube Music features we’re most excited to share include the following (with more updates on the way!):

  • Playlist Creation: We’ve increased playlist length from 1,000 to 5,000 songs to make room for even more of your favorites songs.
  • Uploads: You can listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after your transfer, or add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library in YouTube Music (an increase of more than 50,000 compared to Google Play Music).
  • Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist, music video or let smart downloads (Android only for now) do it for you so you always have something to listen to, even when you don’t have service.
  • Lyrics: Lyrics offer highly visible access to follow along to tracks.
  • Explore Tab: An all-new Explore tab offering one go-to place to discover new music and YouTube Music’s vast catalog of playlists through New Releases and Moods & Genres sections.

Pricing

Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $ 9.99 a month. Or you can try YouTube Premium to extend ad-free, background listening and offline playback across all of YouTube for $ 11.99 (USD).

Google Play Music Unlimited members will be automatically granted the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on the level of benefits with their current subscription, at the same price*.

We can’t wait for you to start exploring YouTube Music features and discovering new music favorites along the way. Have more questions or need help? Check out all of our support resources here.

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The end is nigh as Google Play Music gains option to transfer song libraries to YouTube Music

It’s a move that we’ve expected ever since Google launched the new music streaming service back at Google I/O 2018 and today is finally the day that the prophecy comes true where Play Music subscribers are urged to transfer their libraries over to YouTube Music. And while it’s not compulsory right this moment, the final […]

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Google is working on 4K/HDR streaming to Android TV for Stadia

So what’s next for Stadia after rolling out 4K streaming on the web, and 5.1 surround sound for players using a browser? According to code 9to5Google dug up in the app, Google is preparing to add the option for 4K and HDR-quality streaming on Android…
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You can now move your Facebook Photos and Videos to Google Photos in the US and Canada

Back in December we told you of a tool allowing you to transfer your Facebook photos to other platforms. Well it is now starting to roll out with users in the US and Canada able to use the data transfer tool to move their Facebook photos to Google Photos starting today. The tool is part […]

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The Google Nest Mini is on sale for $30 right now

If you’ve been waiting on a good deal for Google’s brand new Nest Minis, they’re finally on sale. Tons of retailers have the miniature smart speaker marked down $ 20, so you can pick these up for just $ 30 right now, matching its typical holiday pricing. Google Nest Mini sale The revamped (and renamed) Nest Mini […]

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Google launches braille software keyboard for visually impaired Android users

Google has created a new type of braille keyboard in Android with software only, potentially greatly improving the typing experience for millions of visually impaired Android users. Unfortunately, for the last ten years the default typing experience for blind or otherwise visually impaired Android users has typically involved the use of external braille keyboards which […]

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Apple and Google team up to help with COVID-19 contact tracing on your smartphone

Unless you legitimately do live under a rock and have been there for the better part of the last decade, you’ve probably had your life seriously affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a tough virus to manage because it’s easily spread by people in close proximity, and because of how contagious it is that […]

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Google expands its conversational Duplex AI to the UK, Australia and Canada

Google’s high-tech Duplex AI calling service has quietly made its way to the UK, Australia and Canada. The tech giant originally launched the feature in the US back in 2018 before it started a pilot testing for it in New Zealand a year later. With Du…
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Google Art Transfer uses AI to recreate your photos as a famous work of art

If you’re looking for the next cool way to entertain yourself, Google’s kicked off a really neat new feature that will transform your personal photos in a way that you’ve never seen before. Whether or not you’ve actually created the next Mona Lisa, Google Art Transfer will make it seem like you have. Google Art […]

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No surprise: Google stops selling the Pixel 3 online

This is no surprise, but Google has officially nixed the Pixel 3. The device held on for a little bit after the Pixel 4 announcement, at least on Google’s online store, but now it’s been pulled and thrown in the same graveyard as other old Pixel devices. RIP Google Pixel 3 This means if you […]

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