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Google News gets a redesigned, more customizable UI on desktop

In celebration of Google News' 20th anniversary, Google has introduced a revamped UI for Google News on desktop. The updated UI focuses on offering users various customizations to help them catch up on stories that matter to them. Google says that it developed the new UI based on feedback from readers, and it should make...

Google Maps’ new Nearby Traffic widget starts rolling out to users

Last week, Google talked about an upcoming Google Maps widget that would help users check real-time traffic predictions right on their homescreen. At the time, the company said that the widget would roll out to users "in the coming weeks," but it seems like the widget has already started showing up for some users. The new Nearby...

Google has finally pulled the plug on Android Auto for Phone Screens for all users

In August last year, Google confirmed that it would kill off Android Auto for Phone Screens on Android 12. With the first stable Android 12 release, the company pulled the plug on Android Auto for Phone Screens on devices running Android 12. However, the company did not remove the feature for those still on older...

Ambient Music Mod v2 Hands-on: Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature ported to other Android devices without root

Most people will agree that the software on Pixel smartphones showcase what Google believes Android should be, and as such, the software is often well-received by enthusiasts. Nonetheless, thanks to the dedicated modding community, you don’t necessarily have to own a Pixel device to take advantage of its software features. The "Now Playing" functionality, for...

Google Pixel Watch will offer customizability with a wide variety of bands and straps

The Google Pixel Watch was previewed during Google I/O 2022. While we didn't get much information about the wearable at the event, it was clear that Google wanted to position this watch as the pinnacle of what can be achieved with Wear OS. With that said, it is now being reported that the watch will...

Android 13 Beta 3.2 arrives with important bug fixes

Android 13 is almost here, and the most recent beta update, Beta 3, arrived bringing finalized APIs. We've already had one hotfix update arrive since then, and now Google is in with a second one for you to download and install on your Google Pixel. This update packs a ton of major bug fixes that...

Track your sales with Google’s Privacy Sandbox Developer Preview 3

Google is trying to replace the browser cookie with new targeted advertising methods in Chrome and beyond. To that end, it built the Android Privacy Sandbox and launched it in April of 2022. Today, Google is rolling out the third iteration of the Privacy Sandbox Developer Preview 3. The new sandbox is related mostly to...

If annual music recaps weren’t enough, YouTube Music will now give you seasonal ones

Last year, YouTube Music introduced its annual recap feature, giving users an oppurtunity to revisit some of their favorite songs from the past year. After positive feedback, the service will take things a step further by introducing a seasonal recap, giving users the opportunity to hear recaps four more times a year. Starting today, YouTube Music...

Google Stadia’s huge summer sale begins, nine new games to try before you buy

Those looking to pad out their Google Stadia libraries a little more will be pleased to know there's a pretty huge summer sale on right now. It isn't everything in the catalog, but it covers some big hitters, bundles, and add-on content. The biggest discount you'll find is 85%, but most are below that while still remaining sizeable....

How to download Android 12 and 12L for Google Pixel and other Android devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12L is here as Google has officially kicked off the update rollout via stable channel. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, or the Pixel 3a...

How to migrate your WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android

WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging services all over the world. While it has improved over the years with new features and additions, one major caveat was the inability to transfer chats across platforms. WhatsApp does offer backup and restore functionality but it only works when switching from one Android to...

Google is sunsetting Conversational Actions in favor of App Actions

Five years ago, Google introduced us to Conversational Actions which allowed developers to create products centered around the smart screen such as the Nest Home Hub. Now Google is moving away from Conversational Actions in favor of App Actions as a way to move forward in the smart assistant space. Conversational Actions will be sunset...