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Download the Google Pixel 5’s hidden Conveyor Belt live wallpaper

It's been less than a month since Google launched its latest Pixel devices, but we've been able to share most of the new apps from the Pixel 5. Over the last few days, we've released APKs for Google Recorder 2.0, Google Camera 8.0, and the updated Google Pixel Launcher. XDA Recognized Developer Pranav Pandey also...

Google is testing shopping ads on Chrome’s New Tab page

If you thought YouTube has become notorious for ads, then get ready for more. Google is now testing a new feature where the New Tab Page on Chrome shows shopping advertisements. These are expected to be based on a user’s browsing activity on Google services. While the feature is not live as of yet, it...

How to view a map of COVID-19 cases in Google News on Android

Google has added a new section in Google News that shows you a map of COVID-19 cases worldwide. In this section, you can easily check the total number of cases, recoveries, and deaths, along with helpful graphs illustrating the spread of coronavirus in a location, cases over time, and tests conducted. Additionally, the section lists...

These are the best cases for the Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a is here, and this budget flagship phone is a popular pick for those that want a quality phone at a low price. The Pixel 4a's specs can stand toe-to-toe with some older flagship models, making it a viable choice for a new phone, and the $349 price tag is hard to...

Google Fi’s $15/mo phone subscription program gets you a Pixel 4a, device protection, and biyearly phone upgrades

Google Fi has launched a phone subscription program that aims to make upgrading to a new device easier than ever. Subscribers today can get the Google Pixel 4a and device protection for $15 per month over a 24-month period. After that, subscribers will own the device and are free to upgrade to a new Pixel...

Google Shopping adds price insights to help you get the best deals online

Who doesn’t love a good deal? It’s why Black Friday and Prime Day are two of the most popular times to shop each year. But how do you know you’re really getting a good deal on that TV? With new price insights from Google, you’ll always have the tools to get the best deal online. Google...

Google Play Music app begins inevitable global shutdown of service

Google Play Music has finally begun its long, slow death, with many users reporting that the app has become inaccessible. Although Google did say that the service would be closed by the end of the year, it appears that an earlier shutdown is already in progress. Google has been trying to push users onto its successor...

Chrome 86 will block notification permission requests for sites that send abusive notification content

Google started rolling out Chrome 86 on the stable channel earlier this month. The update introduced security improvements to alert users if any of their saved passwords had been compromised, new menu icons to help users easily navigate large menus, a Native File System API, Enhanced Safe Browsing for Android, and several developer-facing technical changes....

Google testing presence detection for invoking the Assistant on smart displays

Google is making its smart displays more receptive to touch, and it appears the update may be part of a larger initiative to make these devices less reliant on voice interaction. According to a new video from Jan Boromeusz (via AndroidPolice), the same person that brought us an early look at the new smart display...

Google Assistant prepares to let you pay for gas from your phone

Remember CES? It seems like the world's biggest tech event happened ages ago, so it's easy to forget that so many new products and services were announced there. Take, for example, Amazon's new "Pay for Gas" service for Alexa. The feature lets drivers ask Alexa to handle fuel payments at over 11,000 gas stations across...

YouTube Music in Android Auto adds a playlist button and lets free users play uploaded songs

Google Play Music is on its last few breaths, as the service expected to be sunset by the end of this year. Meanwhile, YouTube Music is racing to gain feature parity, adding in a slew of features in recent weeks, such as finally letting free users download playlists containing uploaded songs. Now, YouTube Music is...

Android’s augmented reality features are now available on the ASUS ZenFone 7, LG Wing, and others

Google Play Services for AR (formerly Google ARCore) is a software service that enables applications to create augmented reality experiences on devices without the need for any dedicated AR hardware. While the service uses a device's existing cameras and sensors for the AR experience, Google has to work with OEMs to create custom calibration profiles...