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Chrome Beta 62 tweaks Chrome Home UI, enables new APIs, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 61 was a huge update. Not only did the long-awaited Chrome Home UI (the bottom URL bar layout) finally start rolling out, but it also improved the Google Translate bar and file picker. Chrome 62 isn't quite the overhaul that 61 was, but it already has improvements to the round Chrome Home UI and enables several new APIs and features.

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YouTube TV expands to 8 new markets including Austin, Portland, and Sacramento

Google's YouTube TV streaming service has been rolling out slowly (very slowly) since earlier this year. After debuting in a handful of markets in late spring, it has rolled out to a dozen or so more cities every month or two. Today, Google has announced another raft of eight YouTube TV markets.

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Google is readying a new payment service for India called Tez

Android Pay has become a popular method of digital payment since its launch in the US and Europe. It hasn't been launched in India, however, where the mobile payments landscape is a bit different. A government-endorsed platform called UPI (Universal Payments Interface) is widely used in India, with banks, e-commerce sites, and even tech companies like WhatsApp and Truecaller launching payment services based on it, hoping to grab a slice of the lucrative pie. Google is almost ready to enter this crowded space, with the launch rumored to be happening on Monday September 18th.

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Google will delete Android backups after two months of no device usage

We're all here because we use and like Android, but maybe you've been a little curious and you're thinking of trying out the new iPhone X for a bit. Well, make sure your iOS adventure doesn't last too long. It turns out Google won't keep your Android backups forever. In fact, it only gives you about two months.

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October 4th is new Pixel day, confirmed by Google with video and billboard

Rumors up to now have led us to believe the event to announce this year's Pixels phones would be on October 5th. It made sense, being just a day after last year's keynote on October 4th. We can now tell you that Google is in fact holding the event on the exact same date as last year, October 4th. First of all, a billboard appeared in Boston with "Oct. 4" on it. Secondly, Google just posted a video and site confirming as much.

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Actions on Google is now available for the Australian Google Assistant

Third party apps and services have been able to connect with the Google Assistant in the States since late last year, through the Actions on Google platform. Compatibility with more languages and regions was promised, and a couple of months ago we got support for it here in the UK, too. Australia is next up. Starting today, developers and businesses down under can integrate their apps with the Google Assistant.

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Pixel 2 XL passes through FCC, confirms LG as manufacturer and not much else

About a month ago, the smaller, HTC-made Pixel 2 made its way through the FCC, revealing the device's Snapdragon 835 processor and an "Active Edge" squeezable frame. Now, its big brother has stopped by for the same treatment. Unfortunately, not much information can be gleaned from the various documents on the FCC's site, but this is progress.

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Nexus and Pixel factory images for September's security patch are up, minus Nexus Player

It's September, and however you might feel about that, one thing is certain: Google's going to release its monthly security updates. While the OTAs were pushed yesterday, downloads for the factory images and OTAs weren't available until just now. So if you've been chomping at the bit looking for a fix for BlueBorne and haven't seen the update on your device, you can go on ahead and manually pull it down.

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Google is offering Nexus 6P owners a Pixel XL as a warranty replacement

The Nexus 6P is one of those phones that had high initial quality, but it hasn't withstood the test of time very well. This phone has been plagued by battery issues that cause it to randomly shut off. Those who bought their phones from the Google Store have reported success not only with getting the phone replaced, but replaced with a Pixel XL.

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Allo for web has been updated to include shouting, whispering, and Smart Smiley suggestions

There are a number of good reasons people haven't been that enamored by Allo since Google released it, not least that the company simply has too many messaging apps. One of the biggest issues at launch was the lack of a desktop or web client. How else could we get away with chatting to each other while at work without our boss finding out? That was rectified last month with the introduction of Allo for web, but it still lacked a few features from the app. A couple more of those have just made their way on to the web version.

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