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Google Maps list sharing is official, will start rolling out today

Using Google services as a couple or a group is sometimes a little tough. Some services lend themselves well to sharing, like Keep, Drive, Photos, and Calendar, but others are often cause for frustration. What if you have a common group of contacts you want to always keep up-to-date with others? How about an easy way to get emails from common friends and events and subscriptions without opening a common inbox? The worse though is Maps: you don't have an easy option to share your trip plans or starred places or list of attractions or restaurants you want to visit. That has been a big annoyance for me as I check different honeymoon options with my fiancé.

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Prince's early albums are now streaming on Google Play Music (and other services), web app turns purple for the occasion

From July 2015 until today, the most popular of Prince's early music was exclusively available on Tidal. This was due to an arrangement he made with the streaming service before his untimely death in 2016. Now most of his music published under the Warner Bros. label, from 1978-1996, has been made available to most streaming services - including Google Play Music.

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[Deal Alert] Chromecast Ultra now $59 ($10 off) at Google Store, Target, B&H, Best Buy, and possibly more

The Chromecast Ultra was announced at Google's October 4th event last year, as an enhanced Chromecast capable of 4K HDR output (with compatible TVs). However, even with greater functionality and speed than the existing 2nd-gen Chromecast, many considered the $69 starting point a little too pricey. Now the CC Ultra appears to be $59 at many participating stores.

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Google starts selling more Nest products on the Google Store in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Spain

Last month, Nest announced that it would be starting to sell its products in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain. But at the time, the retail outlets where these products could be bought ranged from Amazon to Media Markt, ePrice, El Corte Ingles, and a couple more. They were all third-party retailers and not official Nest or Google entities.

If you prefer to get your gear straight from the source, the official Google Store has started to sell some of Nest's line-up in these countries and is also expanding availability in Belgium for the Cam Outdoor. In short, here's the list of new countries where you can buy different Nest products:

  • Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation: Italy, Spain (still not available in Austria or Germany)
  • Nest Protect, 2nd generation: Austria, Germany (still not available in Italy or Spain)
  • Nest Cam Indoor: Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain
  • Nest Cam Outdoor: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain (was already available in Germany).
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[Update: Google Store, B&H] LG Watch Style available now from Best Buy, Watch Sport on pre-order from AT&T and Verizon

The LG Watch Sport and Watch Style are the first two watches running Android Wear 2.0, developed in partnership with Google. You've already seen our first impressions of the pair, but now you can finally buy them.

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[Update: Wider rollout] Google is rolling out a new feature called 'Instant Tethering' in Play Services 10.2

The mobile hotspot on your phone can be super useful, but it's also a little tedious to get it set up when you need it. There's a new feature rolling out as part of Google Play Services 10.2 that makes it much easier. It's essentially automatic with a feature called Instant Tethering. Not everyone will have it right away, though.

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Google Store stops selling the Nixon The Mission smartwatch and the Philips Hue Color A19 Starter Kit

Google is constantly adding and removing products to and from the Google Store. With the speed that tech moves along at and the amount of products that the store carries, having to dump older or slower-selling products is inevitable. Earlier today, the LG Watch Style and Sport went up for sale (the Sport is already out of stock, by the way); now, the Nixon The Mission smartwatch and Philips Hue Color A19 Starter Kit, which made their Google Store debuts around four months ago, have been axed.

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Google Street View expands to Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda

Google Street View has been around for years, allowing you to plop a marker in Google Maps and look around in the real world from that point. But unlike Google Maps with its satellite imagery, Street View requires cars with special cameras or people with funny-looking backpacks or bikes to physically visit. Now Google has expanded Street View to locations in the African nations of Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda.

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[Easter Egg] Tip: Use your phone's mic to blow out the candles on your birthday Google Doodle

There are many small things Google does to delight us all, from the hidden easter eggs in various apps and Android versions to the various Google Doodles you see each time you start Search. Speaking of these doodles, you must have seen a birthday doodle at least once. The design may have changed throughout the years, but there's always cake and/or candles to cheer you up.

But did you know that the latest iteration of the Google Doodle, which has been there for many months and maybe even more than a year, has a hidden easter egg? I didn't, and none of us here at Android Police did, until we received a tip about it from +Czifra János.

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The Android Things Developer Preview 2 is out, adds support for Intel's Joule, brings TensorFlow for machine learning on IoT platforms, and more

It's been a big day from the mystical Google land. In addition to all of the Wear stuff, the team behind Android Things has released the second Developer Preview for supported Internet-of-Things platforms. It brings some new features and a few bug fixes, as well as support for the Intel Joule.

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