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[Updated] LG G6 carrier pricing and availability list - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon

The LG G6 was announced around three weeks ago, but as is typical with phone launches, we haven't heard much regarding availability aside from acknowledgement from all four major operators that they will be carrying the phone. Several carriers have now revealed details on their G6's pricing and availability. We'll continue to update this list as more info comes out.

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Wrecked: This video "re-review" of Google Home is the saddest, funniest thing you'll see today

Google Home isn't a bad product (well, I don't think it is), but it's also far from a perfect one, thanks in large part to the fragmented state of Google's Assistant. While I could go into a breakdown of just why Google Home's version of the Assistant is inferior in some regards to the one on your smartphone, sometimes a 30-second video really can encapsulate the frustration of being an early adopter of technology.

I'll let Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo take it away.

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[Deal Alert] Get two Google Homes from the Google Store for $229 ($30 off)

Despite some functionality still missing, like the ability to set reminders, the Google Home is still a good device. It has a solid speaker, supports a wide variety of smart home devices (not as large as Alexa, but rapidly catching up), and can also serve as a Chromecast Audio. If you want to buy two of them, you can now do so for $229 - $15 off each Home.

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[Update: Google responds] Google Assistant promoting Beauty and the Beast blurs the lines between advertising and news

One of Google Assistant's more notable features is giving you a summary of your day when asked - including commute time, weather, news from user-selected sources, etc. For some users, the summary now includes a mention of Disney's Beauty and the Beast film - but Google says it's not an ad.

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LG G6 early-adopters will get a free Google Home

LG will have a precious few weeks to itself before the Galaxy S8 shows up and competes directly with the G6. It's looking to put up the biggest numbers possible in that time with a nice promo. All you have to do is pre-order or buy a G6 before April 30th and you get a free Google Home.

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The Google Home app gets a new Listen tab for music suggestions and discovery

I listen to music when I am doing most any activity, especially for work, school stuff, and the gym. Sometimes, though, it's difficult to find the right artist or playlist that suits my particular mood at a given moment. Luckily, Google Play Music has those suggestions throughout the day for various activities, and a similar feature has arrived for the Home app.

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AutoVoice 3.0 adds Google Home, Amazon Echo integration and natural language commands to Tasker

Fellow long time Tasker users will be familiar with João Dias and his awesome AutoApps plugins. One of his most popular, and the one that I use the most, is AutoVoice. Basically, the plugin listens to and hijacks Google Now commands to trigger Tasker profiles — I had a simple one that would turn on my PC via Wake On LAN when I said "Okay, Google. Turn on my computer." Now v3.0 has been officially released and brings some awesome Home, Echo, and IFTTT integrations as well as natural language commands.

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Google Home v1.21 enables access to alarms and timers set on Google Home, confirms multi-user profiles are underway [APK Download + Teardown]

Google Home is still relatively new, so there are still quite a few things on the immediate to-do list. An update to the app began rolling out yesterday and it brings one commonly requested feature: a way to check out the alarms and timers set on Google Home. On top of that, there is evidence that multi-user support is in the works, and probably includes individual voice recognition.

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Google is rolling out support for iHeartRadio for the Google Home

Google Home has supported playing radio through TuneIn since launch. Simply ask it to play a local AM/FM or internet station, and it will start streaming in seconds. Now it looks like Google is in the early stages of rolling out support for iHeartRadio.

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Google Home might officially launch in the UK before the end of June

Since its launch in November of last year, Google Home has only been sold officially in the US. Sure, you can buy it there and bring it overseas or probably grab it from some black market reseller in other countries, but "officially," the device is only available in the US. That should change soon.

Rick Osterloh, SVP of Hardware at Google, revealed in an interview to the BBC at Mobile World Congress that Google Home will be launching in the UK before the end of June. It will follow in the footsteps of Amazon which brought the Echo to the UK and Germany last fall.

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