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Google Store going live in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and other countries

Google has another major event lined up for today, where the announcement of the Pixel 2, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook, and other devices will likely take place. It looks like more countries could get the chance to buy Google hardware (maybe including the upcoming products), because the Google Store is expanding to more nations.

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Redesigned Google app UI could arrive with new Pixels, including bottom navigation bar and dedicated Lens button

The Google app and its feed, formerly Google Now, have been through a plethora of changes recently, and they could be about to see another redesign alongside the launch of the new Pixel phones. The whole interface looks like it's going to be tweaked, with more rounded corners on cards and new menu navigation.

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Looks like Best Buy might include a Google Home Mini with the purchase of a Pixel 2

We are just mere moments away from the official Google Pixel event, but that hasn't stopped a lot of stuff leaking. Last night, redditor /u/FireYoshiQc posted a flyer from Best Buy Canada that showed a promo offer: buy a Pixel 2, get a free Google Home Mini.

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Updated Google Home listing on Google Play shows off the Pixel 2 XL

Google updated the listing today for the Google Home app on Android. And with it, the company also posted some new images, most of which show off what looks like the top half of the still-unannounced Pixel 2 XL.

Whoops.

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You can watch Google's event live here

Looking for a place to watch all of today's Google excitement? We've got your back. Well, that and a link to see the event as it's live streamed on YouTube. And don't worry, we'll be covering all the most important details, too. The stream is up now, but the event doesn't begin for another half hour yet. You can watch some hypnotic animations in the meantime, though. 

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Pixel Ambient Services app pops up in the Play Store, confirms always-on music ID feature

You're probably aware that Google is having an event in just a little bit. We've heard plenty of rumors about what will be announced, including one suggesting that Google is planning an always-on music identification feature for the new Pixels. That's looking very much confirmed right now, thanks to a new listing in the Play Store called Pixel Ambient Services.

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Google Voice v5.4 update remembers your last tab and lets you top-up credit

Google Voice is an invaluable tool, even if it still has a few quirks. It makes juggling multiple numbers just a little bit easier and provides a great cross-platform voicemail and messaging tool independent from your carrier. And the Google Voice app for Android was recently updated with two new features. Now when the app is re-opened, it can resume from the last tab you had open, and you can now top-up Google Voice credit from the app itself. 

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[Update: Also live outside the US for some] Google Search Lite app appears to be available in the US for some

In August we heard that Google was following the recent trend and testing a lite version of its Search app aimed at users with slow data connections. Search (Test App) has only been available in Indonesian and Indian markets while being tested, but it was updated to a newer version a couple of days ago, and now it appears to be available in the US for some.

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Mornings are for coffee and contemplation but also for playing 'Stranger Things: The Game'

Lo and behold, sometime late last night BonusXP, Inc. released Stranger Things: The Game. With the second season of the hugely popular Netflix show looming on the horizon, there is no doubt why this title was just pushed out to the Play Store. Shockingly unlike most tie-in mobile games Stranger Things: The Game is an absolutely fantastic release. It plays just like a classic pixel-based adventure game that would easily fit within the library of any 16-bit console, and best of all it's completely free for everyone to enjoy.

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Verizon's HTC Desire 530 is finally updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Carriers are notoriously slow to update their devices to newer versions of Android, and while this is not only annoying for users who want to try out new features, it also has implications for the security of devices. Until now, the Verizon HTC Desire 530 had been running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (released by Google in December 2015) with anything but up-to-date security patches. A new update has just been announced, and it does improve the situation, if only a little bit.

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