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YouTube is testing live watch counts in its Android app

Have you ever wondered how many people were watching the same video as you at the same time? Well, if YouTube's test goes as it should, you may not have to for very long. The latest YouTube server-side test we've spotted brings live watch counts to the Android app.

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Google Assistant stops working properly for Android Wear users after faulty Google app update

People are accusing of Google of treating its customers like beta testers more than ever these days, and for good reason - it seems like there's a new problem with a Google product every day. Our latest issue concerns Android Wear, in which Google Assistant is refusing to do virtually anything aside from simple Google searches.

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Google says recurring reminders on Android Wear actually aren't fixed

Android Wear 2.0 has been quite the wild ride. Not only has the update taken months to arrive on most devices (a few are still waiting), but it brings major platform changes that not everyone is happy with. There have been a few major bugs as well, such as recurring reminders being completed without any user interaction.

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Google Camera with HDR+ unofficially ported to Snapdragon 820, 821, and 835 devices

The Google Pixel's camera is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, partially thanks to Google's proprietary HDR+ image processing. Put simply, HDR+ takes multiple underexposed photos and combines them, reducing image noise in the process (you can read more about it here). But even when the Google Camera was sideloaded onto other devices, HDR+ remained disabled.

A Ukrainian developer on 4PDA named 'B-S-G,' presumably a Battlestar Galactica fan, has created a modified version of the Google Camera 4.4 APK bundled with Android O DP3 (not the version just released on the Play Store).

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Google's next-gen D8 dex compiler is now in preview, improves compilation times and file sizes

If you've ever watched HBO's Silicon Valley, you'll know that making files as small as possible without quality degradation is a big deal these days. Google knows this, and has just introduced the D8 dex compiler in preview as part of Android Studio 3.0 Beta's release. It improves upon the existing DX compiler in virtually every way.

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[Deal Alert] Google Home drops to $84 ($45 off) at Lowe's with coupon code

Google Home is currently $109 at the Google Store and a variety of other retailers, including Lowe's. That's not a bad price at all. However, Lowe's has a coupon code that lowers that $109 to just $84, making it one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for the Home. If you were thinking about purchasing one, now's the time to do so.

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Chrome Canary 62 has a new rounded interface for Chrome Home

The experimental 'Chrome Home' interface first appeared in October of last year, and at the time, only moved Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen. Google has continued to work on it since then, like adding a revamped New Tab page with a bottom tab bar. A new flag has appeared in Chrome Canary, that further changes the Chrome Home interface by making everything round. In other words, there's a new experiment for the experimental UI.

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[Update: Selfie-flash is from 4.3] Google Camera v4.4 update with double-tap to zoom and a new toggle rolling out on the Play Store [APK Download]

Google Camera v4.4, which first popped up in a recent Android O Developer Preview, is now publicly available on the Play Store. The new release brings front-facing selfie flash (via your screen), double tap to zoom, a toggle button for photos/video, and a slightly larger-looking shutter button. These are all small changes, but they do each give you another way to do things in the app, and choice is always good.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Google Pixel phones just $359.99 (32GB) and $389.99 (128GB) on Daily Steals w/coupon

Usually, we don't go for refurbished phone deals. But this particular one presents such a good value it might be worth it. Right now over on Daily Steals you can pick up a Google Pixel in 32 or 128 GB for just $359.99 or $389.99, respectively, via a coupon code from the folks over at FatWallet. They might be refurbs, but that's a crazy price, as they each go for $524 and $624 at the Google Store right now, and that's on sale. That makes this up to $230 off what is already a really good deal.

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Android TV app for YouTube Kids now available

YouTube Kids launched in 2015, as a portal for child-appropriate content with parental controls. It has been over two years since then, but for most of that time, only apps for Android and iOS were available. An app for select smart TVs was released in April, and now Android TV owners can use the service as well.

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