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Google officially moves the AOSP issue tracker away from Google Code

The issue tracker for the Android Open Source Project, more commonly known as AOSP, has always used Google Code. However, Code was completely shut down in 2016 (with most projects being forced to read-only in 2015), but the AOSP repository remained active.

Now the AOSP issue tracker has moved over to issuetracker.google.com, which first appeared publicly to collect bug reports from the Android O Developer Preview.

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Some Pixel and Nexus fingerprint sensors not working after Android 7.1.2 update

A number of Google Pixel and Nexus users are reporting that their fingerprint sensor is no longer working after the latest Android OS update. Several members of the Pixel and Nexus communities on Google's product forums have encountered the issue since installing the Android Nougat 7.1.2 OTA.

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What happens when you have more than one Google Home? Chaos.

The Amazon Echo was my pacifier as I waited for Google’s entry into the home assistant space.

Setting my Google Play Music library aside, I suffered through using Amazon’s attempt at a music service devoid of most of my own library. I connected my Google Calendar to Alexa and it offered a glimpse into my future relationship with Google’s assistant.

Finally, in early November, I could get my hands on a new Google Home. I had pre-ordered from Google and then discovered I could pick one up at my local Best Buy. The very morning it hit the shelves, I immediately bought one.

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Google may be sued over Nexus 6P early shutdown and bootloop issues

The Android hardware space is fast beginning to look like a watered down episode of Suits. Following on from news earlier in the week that LG is facing a bootloop lawsuit regarding several of its phones, Huawei's Nexus 6P could be responsible for Google encountering a similar inconvenience. As well as being accused of the same bootloop problem that has blighted LG devices, there are reports from consumers that the Nexus 6P has a premature battery shutdown problem.

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A new version of Google Wifi pops up at the FCC without ZigBee support

Google's mesh router system only launched in late 2016, but it looks like a new version is already in the works. An FCC filing from Google appears to describe a new version of Google Wifi. The model number is different than the current device, and one of the wireless bands is missing. What's up with that? It looks like Google is ditching the ZigBee IoT protocol.

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Google Assistant's screen search has been moved to a button

Google Now on Tap was introduced alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which used context on your screen to help you find information. Google Assistant replaced Now on Tap (for compatible devices), and carried over most of its functionality. Now Assistant is making it slightly more obvious that it can search your screen and take screenshots.

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Plantronics BackBeat 500 review: Budget headphones have a new challenger

I am not an on-ear headphones person so it's difficult for me to review them objectively without saying how much I dislike the idea and pressure they exert on my ears. Oddly, that's not the case with the BackBeat 500, the newest release from Plantronics. I don't hate them and I can manage wearing them for a couple of hours without wanting to rip them off my head. That's a good start.

I've reviewed many of the brand's headphones over the years including the in-ear BackBeat GO 3 and the big over-ear BackBeat Pro+ and Pro 2, and I've spent some time with the on-ear BackBeat Sense, so I do know what to expect: better value for the money than most brands, good sound quality, and nice design and build.

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[Deal Alert] 2-Pack 6' Anker USB 3.0 A to C cables $12 w/ promo ($8 off)

If you've been looking for a pair of USB A to C cables, you need look no further than today's Deal Alert: a 2-Pack of 6' Anker USB A to C cables. Although these particular cables are normally $20, today they're on sale for $12 with a promo code.

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Nest app update adds Google Smart Lock, Nest Cam motion alerts, and more

Google-owned smart home company Nest has added yet more helpful new features to its popular app. Easily one of the best looking Android apps out there, Nest manages to introduce thoughtful, incremental improvements with each version bump. This time round we're treated to Google Smart Lock integration and new Nest Cam notifications.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale

NVIDIA has recently announced that they are having a spring games sale. You can save up to 66% off the regular pricing of a few select Android and GeForce NOW streaming games. The sale starts today and is on through April 16th.

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