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Google Duo turns one year old today

It has been over a year since Google introduced its two new messaging apps - Allo and Duo. While Allo was a standard messaging app, Duo attempted to make mobile video calling as easy as possible. And today, the app turns one year old.

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Gboard Beta 6.5 adds support for Bitmoji and stickers [APK Download]

Last year, Gboard was updated with the ability to insert GIFs directly into any supported app. This initially only worked on Android 7.1 or higher, but was soon expanded to older versions as well. Google has now gone one step further with the latest Gboard beta, as you can now insert stickers and Bitmoji as well.

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[Update: APK Download] Google is testing a new Search Lite app for slow networks

Google recently showed ads on Facebook in Indonesia inviting users to test a new app. Those who saw the ad and signed up have started receiving a link to try an experimental new search app from Google called Search Lite or, technically, Search (Test App) which looks targeted at the Indonesian — and maybe Indian — market.

Following the trend of all "lite" apps being released lately, Search Lite aims to make things faster and more data-friendly for some markets by working on slow connections, supporting offline features, using less data and thus taking much less time to finish tasks.

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Genesis, the luxury automobile manufacturer, now allows you to send commands to your car via the Google Assistant

Genesis, the new luxury arm of car manufacturer Hyundai, has just announced that its cars will be able to take commands from the Google Assistant. Gone forever are the days of having to wait until you are actually buckled-up to set the thermostat. Now the next time it's a bit warm out, you can let Google know to start your car and turn on the AC. 

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Google+ gets a new Discover tab to help you find relevant conversations and communities to join

For some, Google+ is a great community filled with engagement and the exchange of thoughts and ideas. For others, it's a spam fest or a ghost town. Whatever the truth may be, Google is still sending some love toward its social media platform. A new tab has appeared in the side menu called Discover, which does exactly what you'd expect it to do: help you discover things.

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Google makes questions and answers official in Maps and Search, rolling out soon

Our Facebook request for a relationship status with Android might still be unrequited, but Google has made its love for crowd-sourced answers in Maps and Search official. Questions & answers had been in beta for a short time (and even before that, we knew it was coming). But in a blog post on the subject today, Google formally revealed the new feature, stating that it should be rolling out to Maps and Search users soon. 

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Google Home voice calling is rolling out in the US and Canada

One of the many announcements we saw at Google I/O 2017 was hands-free voice calling for the Google Home. Instead of Alexa's equivalent feature, which requires both people to have an Amazon account, the Google Home would use VoIP to call standard phone numbers. At long last, the feature is starting to roll out.

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Google announces big improvements to track changes and templates in G Suite

Some changes are coming to Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets today, and they'll make a big impact on your workflow if you use track changes. G Suite users will be able to preview documents with changes, more easily accept changes, and more. There are also some new features in templates, which will probably affect fewer users. Still, it'll save time if your organization needs custom add-ons.

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Pollen forecasts are now available in the Google app

While probing the v7.1 update for the Google app, Cody discovered an image of a flower titled ic_pollen_count.png. It was pretty clear that Google was planning to implement some sort of pollen forecast in search at some point, and now it's been made official.

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Google is finally pushing Android 7.1.1 to the Nexus 6 again

The Nexus 6 was the launch device for Android 5.0 Lollipop back in 2014, and it's been getting updates ever since. The problem, however, is not all those updates have been good. After deploying some bugged OTA updates earlier this year, Google is finally sending out Android 7.1.1 to the Nexus 6.

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