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Google Search Lite becomes Google Go, Files Go exits beta [APK Download]

Google is spinning up the previously announced "Go" version of Android, including a suite of apps in the Play Store. This optimized build of the OS was announced back at Google I/O, and a few test apps have popped up in the intervening months. Today, Google has renamed Search Lite to Google Go. That matches Files Go, which is out of beta now.

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Google's December 2017 security bulletin is up, system updates go live tomorrow (December 5th)

It's almost time for another round of updates to Google's Android devices. The currently supported Pixels and Nexus phones should begin seeing new builds tomorrow, but Google already has the latest security bulletin up to detail what's fixed in the new version. There don't appear to be any functional updates this month, though.

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Start the week with 34 temporarily free and 13 on-sale apps

December is here and 2017 starts to wind down. I'm back with some more app sales for you all. Due to the volume of homework and the end-of-semester rush, I was not able to get to a post on Friday — mea culpa. Regardless, it seems like we didn't miss much, which sets us up nicely for today.

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Google Safe Browsing will soon require apps with personal user or device data to provide a privacy policy, trigger warnings if they don't

Security is a big deal these days. Google understands this, which is why its Safe Browsing team is implementing even more mandates for applications. Apps that handle user or device data will soon have to provide their own privacy policies. If this requirement isn't met, warnings may be shown on users' devices.

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[Free Alert] Grab 6 months of Netflix for absolutely nothing if you own a Pixelbook or a Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro

Google often likes to give free things to people after they've purchased their products. Just look at Chromecast owners and all the Google Play credit they're drowning in. Now the same thing appears to be happening to owners of certain Chromebooks; if you own a Google Pixelbook, a Samsung Chromebook Plus, or a Samsung Chromebook Pro, you can get six months of Netflix for the incredible price of free.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get a free Home Mini with purchase of any Nest product priced over $99 from the Google Store and Nest

We've been seeing a ton of deals on the Home Mini lately, namely with the $29 price drop 'til the end of 2017, the $4 deal through Walmart and Google Express, and more. Google even offered them for free with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL purchases again. Now Nest and Google are handing free Home Minis out to those who purchase a Nest product for over $99.

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Most Wanted: The best smartphones you can buy

It's that time of year again. Knowing our audience, chances are that you're looking for some sort of gadget to purchase for yourself or someone else. Whether the smartphone being replaced is too old, too bootloopy, or just doesn't have all the features you want, we've got you covered with our choices for the best smartphones you can buy.

The sheer number of smartphones on the market today makes narrowing the choices down difficult. So many factors - battery life, cameras, displays, software, water resistance, and more - come into play, but our goal is to find the best all-rounders out there.

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Google Home back down to $79 for this month on Google Store

If you're kicking yourself for not scooping up a discounted Google Home during the post-Thanksgiving weekend, toss that regret aside and grab your wallet. Google is bringing the price for its medium-sized smart speaker back down to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday price of $79 in the Google Store through the rest of December.

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Android Wear's VP of engineering, David Singleton, leaves Google for Stripe

According to a tweet from Stripe CEO Patrick Collison (his new boss), David Singleton has left his position as Android Wear's VP of engineering at Google. Given the decline of the platform in the last few years, it's understandable why Singleton made the decision to jump ship.

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[Deal Alert] Google Home 2-pack is $129.98 ($128.02 off) at Best Buy for today only

It wasn't long ago that it was difficult to find a Google Home anywhere below $100. But with the introduction of the uber-cheap Home Mini, the demand for the regular Home has slowed down. For today only, Best Buy is offering a two-pack of Google Homes for just $129.98, which pretty much makes this a buy-one, get-one type of deal.

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