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Here are all the new Home and Assistant-related features that Google announced at its October 4th event

Google revealed a lot of products at its San Francisco event on October 4th, namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, the Home Mini, and the Home Max. There were also software features announced for Google Assistant and Home products, but there were so many that they're hard to keep track of. So if you ever need to dig up that one specific Assistant feature from the event, you can find it here.

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Nixon Mission now comes with stainless steel band in three colors for an extra $25/£50/€21

For such a small platform, there are a surprising number of different Android Wear watches on the market. Traditionally non-techy brands like Michael Kors, Diesel, and Tag Heuer all sell smartwatches powered by Google's wearable OS. Nixon is one of those brands, and now offers its Mission watch with stainless steel bands.

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[Update: Bluetooth 4.2, AAC] Google Pixel Buds charge over USB-C, can use Assistant and do real-time translation for $159

Now that Google's phones are ditching the headphone jack, it only makes sense that the company wants to sell you some expensive Bluetooth earbuds. At the press event today, Google announced the 'Pixel Buds', a pair of earbuds with Assistant built-in.

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[Late to the Party] Verizon and T-Mobile update Samsung Galaxy Tab E to Android Nougat 7.0

Manufacturers are gearing up to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to devices, but we frequently forget that there are plenty of them still being sold right now that haven't had a taste of Android 7.0 Nougat. Up until just recently, Verizon and T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab E were among the devices stuck on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But now those of you with carrier-branded units can enjoy all the features Nougat brings. This applies to Verizon 9.6" or 8" models, as well as the T-Mobile 8" model.

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Action Launcher v29 adds customizable Pixel 2-style bottom search box

Google unveiled some big changes to the Pixel Launcher the other day along with the Pixel 2, and you know what that means. Yes, third-party launchers are adopting the same features. First out of the gate is Action Launcher, which has been updated to v29 with support for a bottom search box. Not into Google's new search layout? That's cool—it's optional.

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[Update: Never mind] The Pixel 2 and 2 XL can be charged at up to 27W with a compliant USB-C PD charger

The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with an 18W USB-C PD charger in the box, but luckily for you, if you want your brand new phone to charge faster, the phones support a higher power input.

According to Googler and all-around USB-C fan/evangelist/know-it-all Benson Leung, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL support up to 27W charging with compliant USB-C PD (power delivery) chargers.

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Google may be putting together an emulator for Android Automotive in the Android SDK

You might remember our intermittent coverage of Android Automotive — not to be confused with the near-identically named Android Auto. The (really) short version is that Android Automotive is a full Android implementation in a car, rather than just a dumb projection of your phone. And, according to the folks at XDA, Google might be building an emulator for it in the Android SDK.

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Moto G5S Plus review: Steadily advancing on flagship territory, but it's not clear why

It's been a few years since the Motorola that we knew and loved was replaced by what I like to call Lenovorola. Gone are the quick updates, Moto Maker, and a lot of other things that made Motorola great; instead, we now have a ton of different models, super slow (or potentially nonexistent) updates, and strange-looking camera bumps.

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Sprint and T-Mobile could announce a merger by the end of the month

A report from CNBC last month claimed that T-Mobile and Sprint were in talks of a merger. While a merger/buyout between the two carriers has been rumored for years, CNBC claimed that T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner of the new combined carrier. According to a new report from Bloomberg, negotiations between the two companies are almost complete.

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Kick off the weekend with 31 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps

Welcome to the first Friday of October. It's been a crazy week, that's for sure. Once again, it's time for another app sales post. We have a short list today, so perusing it should take you no time at all. As always, pay attention to the times left on these apps, games, and icon packs.

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