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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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Google confirms Pixel 4 to be announced in New York on October 15th

Fast on the heels of more Pixel 4 camera leaks and hands-on videos comes confirmation that Google is holding a MadeByGoogle launch event on October 15th in New York City. We can expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL alongside the PixelBook 2 and the Google Nest Mini 2 at the event. Despite […]

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Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

Google might be about to do pair up two mobile screen-related features, "Edit & Share screenshots" and the AI-powered "What's on my Screen," according to some APK digging by 9 to 5 Google. A new feature called "Smart Screenshots," tucked into the…
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Google One brings full device backups to your Android phone

Android has always lagged a bit behind on full backup features next to its fruity counterpart, but Google’s made improvements to that in the last few years. Now they’re utilizing Google One’s cloud storage to make almost entire backups on your device automatically, which should cover just about everything. If you subscribe to Google One […]

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Google Photos receiving overflow menu usability redesign

Amidst their continual Material Design 2.0 redesigns of their app suite and additions of dark modes, Google has tweaked the Google Photos overflow menu for much improved reachability. Google has been gradually making its way through its app ecosystem and refreshing their UIs with Material Design 2.0 and occasionally adding dark modes, but now Google […]

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Google teases Google Play Pass is coming soon

We know that a Google Play Pass is in the works from Google, and it looks to compete pretty closely with the upcoming Apple Arcade. Supposedly you’ll be able to pay one monthly fee to get access to a big variety of Google Play games and apps with no microtransactions, which sounds great! We just […]

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Google Maps on Android picks up a new feature from the desktop version

Google Maps has always had a pretty detailed, in-depth Street View layer when used on a desktop. Not only do you get more info out of it, but it’s simply easier to use. The Android version of the map still has Street View, but it’s always been a little tougher to see where it’s available […]

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Google plans Nest Mini to replace the Google Home Mini; here are the details

When Google changed their naming scheme for Google Home devices, we weren’t really sure how the regular Google Home devices would change. The Google Home Hub turned into the Nest Hub, for example, but it’s still just the regular Google Home and Google Home Mini. It doesn’t look Google will be retroactively changing anything, but […]

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Google Pay gets dark mode

Google continues its rollout of the dark theming option to its apps, now reaching their popular mobile wallet and payment system in its latest update. After steaming ahead with a total white-out of their mobile app suite last year, Google finally realised what we have all known for a long time; that dark modes are […]

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LG ditches Google Assistant for Amazon Alexa in its new appliances at IFA 2019

LG’s smartphones have typically utilized Google Assistant, with some of them even having a dedicated Google Assistant button. This has always been a pretty stark contrast to the rest of the Android ecosystem, with many manufacturers opting for all kinds of Amazon Alexa integration, and Samsung rolling their own with Bixby. But that tide might […]

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Google, Intel and Microsoft form data protection consortium

It's common to secure data when its sitting put or flying to its destination, but not so much when you're actually using it — there's still a risk someone could peek at your content while you work. Industry heavyweights might help keep your info se…
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Google Play Store redesign makes it easier to find games

The go-to destination for Android apps has undergone some changes. Google announced today that it has rolled out a visual redesign of the Google Play Store. The refreshed interface should make hunting for apps easier for the app store's two billion m…
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Catch the Google Stadia Connect livestream right here

Google’s Stadia video game streaming service is only due to launch on November 2nd but that doesn’t mean that the search giant doesn’t have some news to share with us ahead of time. With GamesCom 2019 about to open its doors, Google is holding an online presentation in just a little while to tell us […]

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Google pulls 85 Android apps with particularly obnoxious adware

Google has removed 85 apps from the Google Play store after security researchers at Trend Micro found a particularly annoying adware scheme hiding inside.The adware, called AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH, was embedded in fully functioning photography and gam…
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Ten Best cases for the Google Pixel 3a XL

Google’s Pixel 3a XL offers a nice boost in size and battery capacity over the regular Pixel 3a while still benefitting from an affordable price, especially so when compared to its higher-specced Pixel 3 and 3 XL siblings. It’s $ 479 price tag still warrants a noticeable investment though, and despite its durable polycarbonate construction, you’ll […]

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The Morning After: Google Assistant can read out your WhatsApp replies for you

Welcome to your Monday! This week, we've got Samsung's big Unpacked event (Galaxy Note incoming), as well as Disney reporting on how its expansion is faring so far. Over the weekend, you might have missed an E3 data breach that leaked thousands of re…
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Google Fit wants to track your sleep better, and it’s getting a dark mode, too

Google Fit does an excellent job of tracking all of your fitness goals, but one understated element of your daily health is how well you’re sleeping. If you have compatible apps and accessories you can pretty easily track your sleep by linking those things to Google Fit, but Google wants to take that a bit […]

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Google Play Games receives more useful but bland design

Google continues to update their mostly unused Play Games app and the latest revamp sports a more useful layout that lacks any pizaz of the previous design. Very few people still use game hubs like Google Play Games, but that hasn’t stopped Google from keeping theirs up to date over the last year with the […]

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Google Hangouts gets one more new feature just before it kicks the bucket

Google Hangouts is on the way out, and we already knew that. But despite being so late in its life cycle and so close to the end of the road, Google has just updated it to add a new feature to it. Pretty strange move, even by Google’s standards. It’s a small feature, but now […]

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Google Files celebrates 100 million users with dark mode

Google Files is apparently really popular. It’s amazing that Android has never really had much in the way of a native file manager app until Google decided to roll out Files, leaving the market entirely to third-party app developers and phone makers. Turns out that tons of us were itching for an official solution from […]

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Google’s going to give Apple Arcade some competition with Google Play Pass, a subscription service for games

Subscription game services are all the rage lately. The concept goes all the way back to Gamefly with physical discs, but it’s changed more recently to accommodate digital delivery. PlayStation Now was the first major entry into the space, but was plagued with connection issues since many users didn’t have internet fast enough to handle […]

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Google ‘Play Pass’ is a $5 monthly Android app subscription

Google is testing a service called Play Pass that would offer users "hundreds of premium apps and games" for a monthly fee, according to Android Police. The idea of the offering cropped up last year on XDA Developers after users spotted code referenc…
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Google drops the ban hammer on CooTek, removing their adware from the Play Store

The Google Play Store has had a rough time in the last few months, with malicious developers, ad-infected apps, and copycat problems making headlines. These are all mostly unavoidable things, at least in small amounts, when you’re dealing with something the size of the Play Store with as many users and developers that Google is […]

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Apple and Google show off their more inclusive emoji for 2019

The Unicode Consortium teased the next round of emoji additions for 2019, and now it's clear just what they'll look like when they reach your phone. Both Apple and Google are marking World Emoji Day (July 17th) by showing their adaptations of the doz…
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Backing up pictures and videos with Google Photos

There’s no denying you have way too many pictures and videos stored on your phone or tablet. Who’s really carrying around a dedicated camera these days? We all just use our mobile devices because of the convenience and image quality. But the potential problem with doing so is that you’ll be filling up internal storage […]

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Google thinks it’s a good idea to try and make another social media network

Google’s favorite pastime is apparently making social media networks that are doomed to fail, and it’s been a few years since they’ve introduced a new one. Their latest is called Shoelace, and it’s trying to be really social. This is clearly something that Google struggles to do well, but sure the 3rd 9th time is […]

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Google is testing a global video play/pause button for Chrome

Google could soon add a play/pause button to its Chrome browser that would make it possible to pause or play video from any tab. A recent release of Chrome's Canary development version has a new feature called Global Media Controls, as seen by Techdo…
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Google Photos will let you manually tag faces it doesn’t recognize

Google Photos' product lead David Lieb took advantage of some downtime this week to start a surprisingly open dialogue on Twitter. Yesterday, he asked users what they want to see next from Google Photos — new features, bug fixes, performance improve…
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Google is working on an AirDrop competitor called ‘Fast Share’

Sharing files, images, and documents to nearby Android devices isn’t the most user-friendly of features. The experience has been clunky since appearing in Ice Cream Sandwich but that could soon change because Google is developing an alternative called ‘Fast Pair.’ According to 9to5Google, Fast pair will replace Android Beam and act as a competitor to […]

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New Google Home app hints at dark mode and some upcoming gadgets from Google

Google’s latest version of the Google Home app is hinting at a few upcoming things on both the software and hardware side of things, including dark mode making its way to the hub app, plus a brand new device that might be coming soon. We’ve heard a few rumors about another Google Home-style device, so […]

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[TA Deals] Master Google Go and start your programming career with this master class bundle (97% off)

If you want to jump-start a career or hobby in programming but don’t know where to start, Google Go isn’t a bad choice. It’s very beginner friendly and can be pretty flexible for building out several different projects, but most importantly, Talk Android Deals can help you figure it out on the cheap. The Complete […]

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