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End the week with 34 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps

The weekend is nigh upon us, which means that it's time for one more round of app sales. After Asmodee's sale on Wednesday, today's list feels a bit anticlimactic, but we trudge on nonetheless.

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Google says fix for Pixel SMS issue will roll out with November security patches

Reports of missing text messages on the original Pixel and Pixel XL began popping up as soon as the Oreo update rolled out several weeks back. Owners of affected devices collected their experiences in the Google Product Forums, and Google pledged to look into the matter. That was just a few days ago, and now Google says it's tracked down the cause. You can expect a fix soon.

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Google app v7.14.15 includes references to Quartz, possibly a new Google Home device with built-in display [APK Teardown]

The latest (minor) update to the Google app brought with it a surprise twist as it enabled customization in the search bar widget. As it turns out, that's not the only new thing in this update. A teardown also turned up quite a few clues relating to a new on-screen interface for Google Home or a new Home device with built-in display.

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The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps

Google has long maintained various reward programs for its own apps and services like Chrome and Android. However, most independent developers can't afford to run a similar program. Today, Google is stepping in to support Android app security with the Google Play Security Rewards Program. It's like Google's bug bounties, but for third-party apps.

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The new Daydream View can now be purchased for $99 from the Google Store

Google announced a new Daydream View VR headset alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but it's been a few weeks since then and you still haven't been able to pre-order or even purchase one - until now, that is. The Google Store is now offering up these new Daydream Views for $99.99 a pop.

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HBO Now support is rolling out in Google Assistant

Who wants to use buttons and apps to start streaming video when you can just yell at your virtual assistant? No one, that's who. Google Assistant added support for starting Netflix streams a while back, but other services have been slow to follow. There's a new one today, though. HBO Now subscribers can plug into Assistant in just a few steps.

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The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are now available on Australian Google Store starting at $1,079

For those of you down under, Google's latest and greatest phones are now available for purchase. I hope you've been saving up, though. The Pixel 2 starts at more than a thousand bucks, and it'll cost you a few hundred more for the XL. Time to smash that piggy bank. Do you guys have those? Or are there like... platypus banks? I hope there are.

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iFixit tears down the Pixel 2 XL, gives it a respectable 6 out of 10 for repairability

As is tradition when a new phone is released, the Pixel 2 XL has appeared on the sacrificial altar of iFixit. Not only do we get to find out how easy this phone is to repair, it's a chance to see how things work in there. After tearing down Google's latest flagship, the team at iFixit has granted the phone a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is better than many other devices.

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Visa Checkout integration in Android Pay is now live, one year after it was announced

This time last year, Google confirmed that it was working to add support for Visa Checkout and Masterpass to Android Pay. The aim was to have the services integrated in early 2017, but we've not heard much about it since. There was evidence of Visa Checkout on Google's payment platform in a demo at I/O in May, but it remained to be seen when it would go live for users.

While the Android website shows that PayPal is already supported, it still has a 'Coming Soon' note by Visa Checkout, although we believe that was added recently and as a precursor to today's news.

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[Update: Confirmed with dates] The Pixel 2 will supposedly receive three years of OS updates

If you've been caught up in all of the Pixel news today, then you might have overlooked something in the specs page. It would appear that Google is extending its software update promise from two years to a minimum of three years. That's fantastic.

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