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Google Home arrives in Germany for €149

Back at Google I/O, Google promised that the Home smart speaker would arrive in five more countries (it was already available in the US and UK). Since then, it has come to every planned region except Germany and Japan. Now the speaker has showed up for sale on the German Google Store for 149 Euros.

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[Free Alert] Google is giving away free $1 Google Play credits to select accounts yet again

About two weeks ago, Google handed out free $1 Google Play credits to select accounts. The distribution was pretty random; the credits didn't seem to be going to any specific demographic of users. If you didn't get the credit last time (or even if you did), you're now getting another opportunity for a free dollar of it.

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Google app v7.9 begins work on day planning feature called At A Glance, saving web pages and images for later, possible Lens interface called "Eyes," and more [APK Teardown]

Version 7.9 of the Google app began rolling out last night, but like so many other updates, this one doesn't appear to change much once it has been installed. However, it may be setting the stage for a number of things, both new and previously announced. A teardown of the APK brings to light some new features for at a glance visibility of travel information and storing search results and web pages for later use, plus a few follow-ups for topics we've seen before.

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[Update: Still not fixed] Recurring reminders on Android Wear to be fixed with future Google app update

Android Wear 2.0 has had some growing pains. Many users (including some of us at AP) would rather use version 1.5, due to major changes to how notifications are displayed and other annoyances. And as with any major software update, there have been a few bugs here and there.

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Google Calendar is getting features to better manage large events

Google Calendar is an effective tool for organizing your life and getting small groups of people on the same page about upcoming events. If you're trying to put together a large gathering, though, it can be a mess. Google is adding some new features to Calendar to make organizing an event with large groups just a little less stressful.

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Pixel 2 leaks in the flesh with dual front-facing speakers and no headphone jack

We've seen a lot about the Pixel 2, including renders and rumored specs. However, this is the first time we're seeing live photos of the device. There's good news and bad news; while the phone does feature what appear to be front-facing speakers, there is reportedly no headphone jack on board.

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Get the week started with 39 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps

Here we are at the start of another week. It's cloudy and rainy here where I live, which means that it's a perfect time to get you all the first apps sales post. There are a few goodies in here that I find to be awesome, which will be bolded below.

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Chrome now asks users in Russia to choose a search engine

Anyone who's been following technology news for long enough will remember Microsoft's infamous browser ballot screen in Europe, which was a result of antitrust action against the company for pushing Internet Explorer. Google is facing a lot of regulatory pressures in Russia right now, so it's doing something similar. When opening Chrome for Android in Russia, users are being asked to choose a default search engine.

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Speed controls are finally being tested in YouTube's Android app

Here at Android Police, us writers are encouraged not to use the word "finally" in titles, as it can manufacture unnecessary excitement for something that not a lot of people may care about. However, for something as miraculous as this, there really is no better word to use. Google has at long last begun testing speed controls in the YouTube Android app, something that people have been wanting for years. It's about time.

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Google is reportedly working on "Stamp," an AMP-powered Snapchat Discover clone

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has approached some publishers to participate in a new project allegedly called "Stamp," a portmanteau of "Stories" and their existing AMP service. The new "Stories" would be units of visually-oriented news, comprised of a series of slides including text, photos, and video. If that sounds a lot like Snapchat's Discover or Facebook's Instant Articles, you'd be right.

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