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Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing

In case you haven't already set up a recovery phone number for your Google account, and enabled extra security features like multifactor authentication, the search giant is using hard data to explain why you should. Interestingly, studies (1)(2) rese…
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This week in tech history: Google Assistant is born

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive…
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Google is nixing a pretty big Android Auto feature on smartphones

One of the coolest features about Android Auto is that if you have an Android smartphone, you can use it, regardless of whether or not you’re using an Android Auto head unit in your vehicle. Simply open the Android Auto app and let your phone turn into the hub for your vehicle. But like all […]

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Google Pixel 3a gets a teardown and comes out way better than expected

The last major phone teardown that made the news was Samsung’s poorly designed Galaxy Fold. It didn’t last very long, either, since Samsung contacted iFixit and asked them to remove it, stirring up even more bad press. The good news for Google is that their Pixel 3a looks (relatively) easy to take apart and repair, […]

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Google has no idea what it’s doing with Discover

Google has altered the UI for their Feed/Discover repeatedly over the last 5 years, however the latest update hearkens back a few of them to when it was better anyway. Google first introduced ‘Now‘ back in 2012 and has since acted as a great little hub for many changing things including reminders, updates, events, and […]

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Merger or not, Sprint will soon start carrying Google Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel phones have notoriously always been exclusive to Verizon, at least if you wanted to buy it on a US carrier. Buying direct from the Google Store (and getting your phone factory unlocked) has been an option, but that’s not for everyone, especially more casual buyers or something looking to finance hardware through their […]

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Wear OS gains widget-like Tiles ahead of Google I/O 2019

It’s almost time for Google I/O 2019 which means that the search giant has once again remembered about its Wear OS platform. As such, Google has announced that it is adding glanceable widgets to its wearable OS in the form of swipeable Tiles showing useful information such as headlines and fitness metrics. The Tiles will […]

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Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars lik…
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There’s a Thanos-themed Easter egg hiding in Google Search

Got a few seconds to spare? Open the Google homepage and search for "Thanos." Then, click the Infinity Gauntlet that appears in the supervillain's Knowledge Graph card. As 9to5Google and others have spotted, the armored glove will snap for a hot-seco…
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UK offers government info through Alexa and Google Assistant

You now have access to a treasure trove of government info through your smart speaker if you live in the UK. The British government has made over 12,000 pieces of Gov.uk information available through Alexa and Google Assistant, saving you the troubl…
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Google Home speakers can now stream ad-supported (and free) YouTube Music

Google is making their Google Home speakers even better right out of the box, and now you’ll be able to stream music right away without setting anything else up or spending money. Of course, you’ve pretty much always been able to do this with things like Spotify and Pandora, but now you have the Google […]

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Enjoy YouTube Music free on Google Home speakers

Listening to music on your Google Home speaker right out-of-the-box seems too good to be true, right? It’s not! Starting today, YouTube Music is offering a free, ad-supported experience on Google Home speakers (or other Google Assistant-powered speakers).

Need a groove to get you ready for a night out? Say, “Hey Google, play Latin vibes.” Looking to kick off a dinner party or pick a power playlist for your home workout? We’ve got you covered. With YouTube Music and Google Home, you can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood, and YouTube Music will play the perfect station, customized to your tastes based upon your request.

For even more control when listening to music on smart speakers or in the YouTube Music mobile app, upgrade to YouTube Music Premium for $ 9.99/month. YouTube Music Premium on your smart speakers gives you the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand. It also offers useful player controls, such as unlimited skips and song replay.

An upgrade to YouTube Music Premium also lets you background play music through the YouTube Music app while using other apps, and allows downloads for offline listening when you’re on-the-go. Best of all, listening is completely ad-free across every device. If you’re new to YouTube Music Premium, get a free 30-day trial.

We’ve made it easy to set YouTube Music as the music provider in your home. Here’s how to start:

If you already have a Google Home, navigate to Account Settings in your Google Home app, tap Services and select Music. Then, select YouTube Music as the default music service. If you are setting up a new Google Home speaker, choose YouTube Music as the default music service during the setup process.

Music fans can now listen to free, ad-supported YouTube Music on smart speakers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria. It’ll be available in more countries soon.

For additional information, check out our Help Center. And if you want to enjoy YouTube Music everywhere and anywhere, download the YouTube Music app in the Play Store or App Store.

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Google begins showing more browsers and search engines to Android users in Europe

After some legal back-and-forth with the EU, Google got hit with a pretty hefty fine over anticompetitive behavior focused on forcing Google Search and Chrome as the default search engine/browser combo on Android devices. The European Commission didn’t like Google heavy handing their own products into Android devices like that, so Google has had to […]

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Google looks to announce new phones at Google I/O 2019

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been making the rounds in and out of the rumor mill lately, but we still aren’t really sure when Google will make them official so we can, you know, actually buy them. We still have a couple weeks, but now it looks like those announcements will come […]

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Not many Google Pixel 3 buyers switching from Apple phones

Although Google, through their Android operating system for mobile phones, is in charge of the mobile phone market, in some places it does not seem like it. In the U.S. in particular, Android phone manufacturers have been playing catch up to Apple’s market dominance. When Google transitioned their own line of phones from budget-oriented Nexus […]

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Android Auto now works with Google Voice (sort of)

Android Auto is designed to minimize your distractions while driving, and it blocks a good chunk of notifications from your phone, excluding notifications from whitelisted apps. That whitelist is a pretty short list, and usually just covers things like SMS messages, navigation alerts, and other similar notifications relevant to driving. Google Voice was not included […]

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Google adding call screening to Android One phones

In another win for Android One devices, specifically those from Lenovo Moto and Nokia for now, they are now receiving Google‘s Call Screen feature for combating telemarketers. As a selling point Google reserved for their Pixel phones since its release six months ago, the company introduced the imaginatively named ‘Call Screen’ as a Google Assistant […]

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It’s taken 11 months but the Google Assistant can finally talk like John Legend

With Google I/O 2019 a little over a month away, it’s time to reflect back on a feature that was first promised at I/O 2018, which was the promise that the Google Assistant would soon be able to answer your requests using John Legend’s voice. Fast forward to April 2019 and John Legend’s voice is […]

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Spark Email launches on Android just in time to replace Google Inbox

Google Inbox is dead, and if you were one of the users to get prematurely forced out of the service, you might still be searching for a replacement. There are a ton of suitable email clients on Android, including Gmail itself, but you might be itching for something a little more powerful than Gmail. Spark […]

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Google Maps adds a city-themed ‘Snake’ game

Google has a habit of introducing goodies on April Fools that last long after the gags are over, and that isn't changing for 2019. The company has added a Snake game to Google Maps that lets you play the classic title themed around major cities. You'…
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Google I/O event hints at dark mode and new navigation features in Android Q

We’re fully expecting some new Android Q news out of Google I/O later this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take an early look at some features ahead of time. A developer event at I/O, for example, seems to strongly hint at a system-wide dark theme for Android Q, even without Google officially saying […]

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PSA: Download your data from Google Plus before it shuts down on April 2nd

Allo has already said goodbye, and as Google starts to purge Inbox from the internet and force everyone back to using Gmail, the search giant is also prepping to yank yet another favorite app out of our grasp. No, not really, it’s just the much-maligned Google Plus that is being deactivated on April 2nd. If you’ve […]

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Valve beats Google to the punch with Steam Link cloud streaming to your phone

Valve’s current implementation of their Steam Link hardware and software combination allows users to stream games from their PCs to a phone or Steam Link somewhere else on the network. Want to play some Assassin’s Creed in bed on your phone? No problem. Want Call of Duty on your home theater setup but don’t want […]

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Track down Carmen Sandiego using Google Earth

If you are a fan of the Carmen Sandiego program on Netflix and love solving puzzles, then this could be the game you’ve been waiting for. Google has introduced The Crown Jewels Caper which is the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games using Google Earth as the framework. The aim of the game […]

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Google puts hardware division on hold, some projects cancelled

“Road-map cutbacks” have been cited as the instigator for Google slashing their future laptops/tablets and pushing their hardware employees to other projects ‘temporarily’. Google has made many attempts at building their own hardware; from long-forgotten netbooks to their line of ‘Nexus‘ phones and oddities like the ‘Nexus Q‘, to their current line of ‘Pixel‘ chromebooks, […]

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Google shutters its Spotlight Stories VR studio after six years

Google's Spotlight Stories is no more. The VR studio's executive producer, Karen Dufilho, has sent out an email to announce that the division is shutting down. Stories started as a partnership between Google and Motorola as a way to create 360-degree…
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Google shows how it could make a cloud-savvy game controller

If Google ever makes hardware to go along with its rumored game streaming service, you might have an idea as to how it will work. Yanko Design has spotted a recently published Google patent application for an internet-connected game controller that…
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Google Assistant is now able to book a table for you in 43 states

Google Assistant picked up the ability to make phone calls for reservations and appointments after Google showed off their Duplex technology last year, and it’s been a pretty successful new feature so far. Google has been fine-tuning it, and now it’s available on Pixel phones for users in the 43 states where Google Assistant can […]

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Google discloses ‘high severity’ Mac security flaw ahead of patch

Google's Project Zero security disclosure program is once again proving to be a double-edged sword. The company has detailed a "high severity" macOS kernel flaw that lets people modify a user-mounted file system image without the virtual management…
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Google brings Duo audio calls to Google Home speakers

When Google released the Home Hub last year it (sort of) introduced the ability for Google Home type devices to make Duo calls without the video component, since the Home Hub lacks a camera. The screen can make a call and deliver audio to someone else, they just won’t be able to see you on […]

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Apple Music may be coming to Google Home

Apple Music support appears to be arriving for Google Home according to a non-functional listing in Google’s own Google Home iOS app. After somewhat surprisingly releasing Apple Music to Amazon Echo devices a few months ago, in December 2018, a hint has been found that the music streaming service which boasts over 50 million users […]

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Google Pixel is the fastest growing smartphone brand in the US

The Google Pixel line has never really been able to compete with heavy hitters from Samsung and Apple as far as raw sales numbers are concerned, but it does look like Google’s flagship phone efforts have paid off in other ways. A new report claims that while the Pixel still has a long way to […]

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Chrome OS update expands Google Assistant and Android Pie support

Google has moved the latest version of its Chrome OS from beta to release status, and with the arrival of version 72 there are changes you'll notice — if you're using the right kind of device. One of the biggest adjustments is its native integration…
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Google launches two new apps for users with hearing challenges

This week Google released two new apps to the Play Store that are intended to help users who are challenged with hearing issues. The apps – Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier – were designed to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing by increasing the level of autonomy they can maintain in their lives while […]

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Google I/O 2019 will be May 7th through 9th at Google’s typically Shoreline Amphitheater spot

We’re a few months away from Google’s annual developer conference, and the dates and location have been confirmed for the event. Google’s sticking with their plan from the last few years and will be holding the multi-day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 7th to May 9th. All of this info came from one […]

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Google Maps adds custom departure and arrival times to its Android app

By this point you’d think that every possible Google Maps feature would be integrated into the mobile app, but unfortunately there are still a few holdovers from the slightly more advanced desktop version of Google Maps. Google’s been working hard to close that gap, though, and another new feature is making its way to mobile, […]

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Google Assistant Connect is Google’s answer to a smart, connected device ecosystem

Google Assistant is one of Google’s biggest focuses right now, which is pretty evident if you’ve seen how many Google Assistant compatible devices have been announced at CES this year. But to really grow and permeate every connected device around a home, Google’s going to need to tackle the smaller gadgets, too. Google Assistant Connect […]

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Google begins rolling out spam protection for Messages

Google has been rumored to deploy spam protection in Android’s default Messages app for some time now, and it looks like that feature is finally going live, at least for some users. Not everyone has it yet, but with so many people starting to see it pop up it shouldn’t take too long before it’s […]

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You can now make donations directly through Google Assistant and Google Home

  Google wants to make it easier to donate to your favorite charities and organizations, and they started that process by allowing donations directly from the Play Store last year. Now they’re going a step further and adding quick donation options right into Google Assistant and your local Google Home devices. The process really is […]

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Google Pixel 3 Lite set to release on Verizon in Spring 2019

Remember that plasticky Pixel 3 Lite that leaked not too long ago? Well, since Google is the worst at keeping their plans hidden, it looks like we might see that phone sooner rather than later. The latest rumor pegs the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3 XL Lite heading to Verizon in early spring […]

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Google Duo hits a major milestone with 1 billion downloads from the Play Store

Huawei isn’t the only one breaking records, as Google has officially crossed the 1 billion download threshold with their video calling app, Duo. It did it just in time for the end of 2018, too. Part of the reason why Duo has hit such high numbers is because it’s a pre-installed application for new Android […]

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Live Albums on Google Photos gets a bump up to a 20,000 item limit

Earlier this year Google announced a new feature for their Google Photos services called Live Albums. When initially released, Live Albums came with a limit of 10,000 photos and videos. In a recent change, Google has bumped that limit up to 20,000 items, which matches the limit on shared albums. Live Albums are private albums […]

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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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Google Chromecasts return to the “shelves” at Amazon

Animosity between big tech companies is nothing new in the industry. One of those spats in recent years involved Google and Amazon as both companies try to achieve dominance for both their streaming video services and their streaming hardware. For the latter, a bit of a crack in the recent stalemate has appeared as Amazon […]

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Another Google+ data bug exposes info for 52.5 million users

Google's semi-defunct social media platform Google+ has suffered its second data breach in three months and, as a result, will be completely shuttered in April, four months earlier than previously planned.
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New Google ‘Sounds’ app adds visualizations and managed ringtones to your Pixel

Having begun rolling out the December security patch to Nexus and Pixel devices, it seems that Google may have slipped up by uploading a new app for the Pixels called Sounds to the Play Store. For the moment, at least, the app listing has been removed from the Play Store although it was included with […]

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22 apps on the Google Play Store had a massive security problem and millions of downloads

Google typically removes malicious apps from the Play Store, and that’s not anything new or notable. It’s their digital storefront so they should stay on top of keeping it clean from potentially dangerous apps. However, after their last round of nixing 22 apps from the Play Store, it turns out that maybe Google let some […]

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Verizon launches RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 today

Verizon is finally deploying RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today, December 6th, marking the first devices on Verizon’s network to get the feature. The carrier says they want to keep bringing the new feature to other Android devices soon, but don’t hold your breath on that being a quick […]

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Rumor claims Google Hangouts will shut down in 2020

Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a report that Google is considering either launching or shutting down a messaging app. 9to5Google said that based on a "source familiar with the product's internal roadmap," Google Hangouts as a consum…
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Google Play has new notifications to help you re-install apps from your previous devices

Google has added some new notifications to the Play Store with the intention of making things a little easier when migrating from your old phone to your new device. I can’t help but think how perfect it is that this new feature rolled out during the holidays when everyone’s buying new gadgets, but that’s beside […]

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