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Tip: You Can Use 'OK Google' Voice Commands To Place A Call On Speakerphone

You've been able to tell Android to place calls by voice since time immemorial, but it has gotten a lot smarter over the years. Now, with OK Google commands, you can place a call without even touching the phone. It only makes sense you could activate the speakerphone in that situation, and indeed you can. At some point, Google added the ability to begin a call on speakerphone with only a voice command.

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Google Is Adding Waitlisting With Email Notifications To The Google Store [Update]

So that thing you want is out of stock on the Google Store? Bummer. I suppose you'll just have to refresh the page for days on end until it's available for order... or maybe not. Google is poised to add a waitlist feature to the Google Store, which we spotted by fiddling with the site's JavaScript. It's not live yet, but everything appears to be in place.

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Nest Releases Weave Connected Home Protocol, But It's Different Than Google Weave

Nest has announced that a communication protocol it's been using internally for its products is now being made available to all device makers. It's called Weave, and I know what you're thinking, but it's not the same as Google's Weave/Brillo platform (because that's not confusing at all). Nest Weave will allow devices around your home to communicate directly (and with the Nest app) rather than relying on the cloud.

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The Nexus Protect Website Goes Live Ahead Of Nexus Shipping

Google announced Nexus Protect on Tuesday as a way to get a little more peace of mind with your new phone. Nexus Protect is a warranty program that offers two years of coverage for hardware failures and accidental damage. The claims website was just a placeholder before, but now it's alive. Not that you can do much with it.

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Google And Microsoft Call A Truce, End Patent Lawsuits Over Motorola Mobility

After years of fighting in the courtroom, Google and Microsoft have decided that enough is enough. In a joint statement, the two tech giants announced that they have reached a settlement and are ending the 20 or so lawsuits underway in the US and Germany.

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[Update: GIF Sharing To Whatsapp] Google Photos Updated To v1.6 With Chromecast Support And Custom Labels For People [APK Download]

Google announced a few notable additions to the Photos app at its Nexus event yesterday, and a new version of the app is already rolling out. Photos v1.6 adds Google Cast support for photos and custom people labels. There's still no sign of shared albums, but that's probably a server-side switch.

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Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer Explains In Reddit AMA Why The New Nexus Phones Lack Wireless Charging

Google was one of the first to embrace wireless charging when it was added to the Nexus line back in 2012. All the Nexus phones since have had Qi wireless charging, but not this year. The Nexus 5X and 6P have to be plugged in with a cable, and Google's Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer has explained why in a Reddit AMA. Basically, it's all about the Z (axis).

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Google Acquires Jibe Mobile In Move To Increase Android Rich Communications Services (RCS) Adoption

Money has exchanged hands, and now Jibe Mobile is becoming a part of Google. You've probably never heard of Jibe Mobile. That's okay. Here's what matters.

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TAG Heuer Android Wear Smartwatch Will Be Revealed On November 9th For $1800

This past spring we heard that an upcoming partnership between Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer would result in a high-end Android Wear smartwatch. At that point, the rumors said it would be shipping in October or November and that it would come with a hefty price tag of $1400. Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of TAG, told CNBC yesterday that the company would be unveiling its new smartwatch at an event on November 9th in New York.

The price of the Carrera 01 will be $1800, which is a bit above what was previously reported. This is by far the most expensive Wear watch to date, with the closest being the $800 Huawei Watch. Biver says that he believes the Carrera 01 will sell just fine at this price point, considering how well the similarly priced Apple Watches have done over the past few months.

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The Nexus 5X Does Have A True RGB Notification LED Just Like The 6P, But It's Missing From The Spec List

Nexus launch day is a cutthroat time when mere moments can make the difference between a speedy shipment and weeks of waiting. While quickly comparing the Nexus 5X and 6P to decide which one to order, many have noticed that the 6P lists an RGB notification LED, but the 5X doesn't. Well, we've confirmed there's an LED on the 5X too. How? We bothered Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke via email. He was kind enough to explain what's going on.

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