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Google Adds Shared Albums To Google Photos, Coming Today To Android, iOS, And Web

The Google Photos app had some cool sharing features when it was released back in May, but now it's getting even better at sharing. Google has announced the addition of shared albums to Photos (announced a few months ago), and it's available today on Android, iOS, and web.

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[Update: Full Changelog] Google+ 6.9 Introduces A Full Tab For Your Notifications [APK Download]

Google is on an update spree for most of its apps, probably getting everything as ready as it could before the end of the year holidays. An update to Google+ rolled out yesterday, bringing the app up to version 6.9 and updating the look of the Notifications tab.

Previously, this tab was a slide-out from the right side of the screen, and it only covered about three quarters letting other content show beneath it.

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Google Finally Marks The Chrome To Phone App As Deprecated

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Android 6.0.1 Fixes The Annoying "Jumping" Behavior Of The Share Menu Caused By Direct Share Contacts

If you're on Android 6.0 and use the share menu regularly, you may have encountered a rather annoying issue with Android's Direct Share feature. The issue arises when the share dialog pops open and the direct share contacts don't load immediately. Instead, the UI loads, you go to tap what you want, and suddenly the direct share contacts appear and all the app share links get pushed down out of view. See the animations below for the Android 6.0 and 6.0.1 behaviors side by side - the broken version is on the left.

 

Left: Android 6.0 behavior. Right: Android 6.0.1 behavior.

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Pixel C Team Holds Reddit AMA, Discusses Name, Android N, Multiwindow Support, "OK Google" Hotword Update, And More

Like the original Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C (which became available on the Google Store for a starting price of $499.99 yesterday) leaves many people scratching their heads. The usual criticism is that the device is too expensive for what it is, a high-end tablet hybrid meant for productivity—only one that lacks the requisite software. You could say this dichotomy is part of the Pixel brand.

Today the Pixel C team held an hour-long Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from 11 to 12 PM PT.

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Google Play Music Family Plans Launch In The US, UK, Canada, And Three Other Countries — YouTube Red Included

It's official. Google has announced that Play Music family plans are arriving in the coming days in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US. They will let account holders share music with up to five other family members for a cost of $15 a month.

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[Sweet Deal Alert] Nexus 7 2013 Drops To $99.99 On Groupon With Optional Travel Cover

I love my Nexus 7 2013. I bought it the day it was released in the US, shipped it over to Lebanon, and have used it daily ever since I received it. I find it to be the perfect size for reading and browsing, especially if you like holding your tablets with one hand. (I walk around reading on mine, I'm a bit weird like that.) The build quality also makes it awesome to throw on a bed or sofa without worrying about something getting loose or broken inside. It's also recently got Marshmallow, which makes it more up to date than most tablets out there.

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[Update: Live] Google's OnHub Paper Towel Holder Shells Are Real And Going Live Today For $29-$39, Plus Someone Designed One That Looks Like A Cake

A couple months ago some Google Opinion Rewards survey-filler-outters received questions about the OnHub that suggested Google had new shells in the works. At least one of the three options provided looked like a paper towel holder, and the others could easily pass for trash cans. Google wanted to know which one people would be most willing to buy. Well, all three variants have appeared in the Google Store, where they're listed as coming soon.

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The Nexus 5X Is Still On Sale For A Reduced Price After Black Friday: $329 On The Google Store And Elsewhere

The Nexus 5X was, frankly, overpriced from day one. The 32GB 5X was a scant $70 less than a 32GB 6P, the latter being a substantially better device in most ways. As such, the Nexus 5X was predictably the only one of the two to get a Black Friday / Cyber Monday price cut. Google dropped the price of the 5X by $80, bringing the 16GB to $299 and the 32GB to $349.

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have ended, you'd expect that the 5X would have returned to its original price point, but no: Google has maintained a $50 discount on the device with no end date specified.

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Google Has Stopped Selling The Nexus 6 In The Google Store

There are two new Nexus phones available now, and that means the Nexus 6 is yesterday's news. Google has been selling the Nexus 6 at a reduced price for a while, but now it's over. The Google Store now says "The Nexus 6 is no longer available for purchase." It's the end of a very, very big era.

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