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[Deal Alert] Google Home is $109 ($20 off) at Best Buy, Google Store, B&H, and others

The Google Home was the first (and currently only) smart speaker with Google Assistant, introduced at Google I/O 2016 and released near the end of last year. Since then it has gained support for nearly every major smart home product, and Google added multi-user functionality as well. If you've been waiting for a price drop to buy it, now's your chance - the Home is $109 almost everywhere it's sold.

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Motorola rolling out Android 7.1.1 to the Moto Z Play

Now that Android O is on the horizon, it seems like many phone manufacturers have opted to completely ignore Android 7.1. A few devices have been updated, such as the OnePlus 3/3T and Nextbit Robin, but not many.  Now it seems the Moto Z Play has become Motorola's first phone (in the US, at least) to get Android 7.1.

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Tasker beta v5 brings a fresh Material Design look and a huge list of other changes

Tasker has been around for a long time. It's always been defined as an app that prioritizes function over form (which has often led to a fugly, but highly effective design) — oh, and there's the steep learning curve that often turns away the inexperienced. Tasker has been stuck in the Holo era well into the Material Design age, but the latest beta v5.0b1 brings a fresh new look.

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[Deal Alert] Kick off the weekend with 24 temporarily free and 52 on-sale apps

Welcome to the first weekend of June! It's hard to believe that 2017 is practically half over, but we all must trudge on. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I had to delay yesterday's apps post. But, fret not, dear readers! We have plenty for you to choose from today. I do recommend that you go back to check Wednesday's post to see if anything there that interests you is still free/on sale.

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Samsung uploads its Device Maintenance tool to the Play Store

Samsung's 'Device Maintenance' app has been around in various forms for a while now, initially being called 'Smart Manager' on the Galaxy S6 and S7. Much like the hundreds of cleaner tools on the Play Store, it performs tasks like clearing memory and deleting unnecessary files. Now Samsung has uploaded Device Maintenance to the Play Store, to update it outside of system updates.

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Google family calendars are going live

Last month, Google consolidated all of its family-sharing products under the new Family groups feature. From the new Family page, you can easily manage who has access to YouTube TV, Keep notes, content from Google Play, and more. Another component of Family groups, a shared calendar, is going now live for some users.

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Nextbit Robin is being updated to Android 7.1.1

The Nextbit Robin was a good value when it was released, and an even greater value for those who have bought it on sale recently. Many, including myself, didn't expect to see major software updates once Nextbit was purchased by Razer, but the phone is surprisingly now receiving an update to Android 7.1.1.

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Alexa now supports reminders and named timers

It has been a little over 200 days since the Google Home was officially released, and owners are still waiting on Google to implement support for reminders. Perhaps in response to the growing competition, Amazon has been hard at work improving Alexa, and has now added reminders and named timers to the assistant.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Nextbit Robin for $129.99 on eBay

After earning $1.3 million on Kickstarer, the Nextbit Robin was released to the public to mostly good reviews. Earlier this year, Nextbit was acquired by Razer, seemingly putting an end to the Robin lineup. On the bright side, the Robin has continued to drop in price, and now you can find it for just $129.99 on eBay.

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Android app support comes to new Chromebooks from Acer, Lenovo, and HP

The vast majority of Chromebooks are still lacking Android app support. Over 80 models are listed as 'Planned' to receive the feature on the Chromium Wiki, with 14 devices currently supporting it to some degree. A few new Chromebooks have hit the market over the past month with the Play Store included, at least when using the Beta channel for Chrome OS.

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