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Spotify Now Works With The First-Generation Chromecast

Spotify finally capitulated and added support for Chromecast streaming recently, but there were a number of caveats. Streaming to the Chromecast Audio required a premium subscription and the first-gen Chromecast wasn't supported. That second issue won't be a problem anymore. Reboot your first-gen Chromecast, and Spotify should work just fine.

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5 Months After Launch, Google Photos Has 100 Million Active Users Who Love To Take Pics Of Food, Babies, Dogs, And Themselves

Google Photos' decoupling from Google+ dates back to May, which means five months have now passed since. In this time, Google Photos has received several updates and gained essential features like Chromecast support and albums for adding and reordering images. Now the Photos team is ready to reflect on these five months and share with us a few stats about the app and service's use.

Photos now counts 100 Million active monthly users, but how that number is tallied I couldn't tell you. Does a single search or view count, or did they require uploads for users to be marked as active? I'm not sure. 15 Million animations and collages have been created, either manually or through Assistant.

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Google Design Gives An Inside Look At Carl Kleiner's Paperscapes (Plus Two New Wallpapers)

If you didn't already know, photographer Carl Kleiner is the mind behind the enchanting "material" wallpapers that came with Android Lollipop, and with more recent versions of Chrome and the Google app on iOS.

With the release of Marshmallow, Kleiner is back with even more creations and two bonus wallpapers to celebrate the release. But besides all that, Google Design has posted an interesting peek into the process behind the creations, called paperscapes, to its blog.

The new paperscapes go beyond the scope of the original pieces, integrating more complex geometry, greater color and textural contrast, and new materials like colored water and powdered ink to create compelling pieces that - at first glance - don't look like they could possibly be photographs.

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Google's Ground Rules For Android 6.0's Permission System Won't Let OEMs Easily Grant Permissions To Pre-Installed Apps (Read: Especially Bloatware)

From its announcement at Google I/O to today, we keep uncovering new information and subtle details regarding the new permission system in Android 6.0. What we weren't able to know, however, was how OEMs were going to treat (or be forced to treat) this new feature. Would they be able to remove it completely? Circumvent it for their own apps? Could they abuse it to grant permissions to bloatware? Well, we now have our answers thanks to the updated Marshmallow Compatibility Definition Document.

In it, Google explains that apps that target API level 23 will have to request permissions to access certain protected features.

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Some Target Stores Are Selling The Nexus Player On Clearance For A Mere $25

Google launched the Nexus Player one year ago. It wasn't very good. Priced at $99, it was a hard sale. Now you can pick one up for half the price in big box stores like Best Buy.

Target was also offering the set-top box at that price, but now it appears to be moving units at even half that. Some folks are now finding Nexus Players at their local store priced at only $25.

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Google Posts Android 6.0.0 Factory Images For The Nexus 5X

According to our poll, at least 1900 Android Police readers ordered a Nexus 5X, and your device may have started shipping already. If you're one of them (or us, I ordered one too), you're probably too eager to get your hands on the latest Marshmallow'y goodness straight from Google and LG's hands. You've already read Ryan's review preview, but you can now do one more thing to prepare yourself for the 5X's arrival to your doorstep: download its factory image.

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Google has posted these for three variants of the 5X: MDA89E, MDA89F, and MDB08I. Ryan's unit runs MDB08G so there may be a few more software versions out there which images haven't been uploaded yet.

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Google Play Gift Cards Are Making Their Way To The Netherlands

Want to buy Google Play gift cards in The Netherlands? Of course you do! Assuming, that is, you live in The Netherlands. It looks like Google's plastic little cards, and their digital equivalent, are now making their way to that particular corner of Europe.

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The Nexus 5X Ships In Multiple Countries Today, And Google Is Offering Instant Project Fi Invites To Celebrate

There's good news if you pre-ordered a Nexus 5X in the last few weeks. Google is starting shipments of this device today in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, India, Japan, and Korea. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Google has opened up Project Fi invites to everyone. Just head to the Fi signup page and you can join without waiting, but only if you act today.

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The New Nexus Phones Support USB Power Delivery To Charge Other Devices, But It's Sketchy On Older Phones And Tablets

The benefits of USB Type-C are still unclear to me. I mean, I get that it's universal and reversible, but right now it's just another cable to have around. When it becomes more ubiquitous, though, Type-C might be most useful when the time comes to charge up your gadgets. The new Nexus phones offer a taste of this future with support for USB power delivery, allowing them to both send and receive power.

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Here's How The Notification LEDs On The Nexus 5X And 6P Work

Google is committed to the ambient display feature as the main method of alerting you to notifications on Nexus devices, but it's an imperfect solution. And indeed, some users simply refuse to buy a phone that doesn't have a proper notification LED. This year's Nexus phones both have an LED, and they offer a lot of functionality.

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