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Chromebooks may soon sync your SMS notifications

Google can't seem to decide on a chat protocol and stick with it for any length of time, but SMS has been around for years and will continue to exist long into the future. The problem: it's tied to your phone. Some third-party apps can sync notifications to your computer, but Google looks to be preparing a built-in SMS connection for Chrome OS.

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The latest Google Feed may have removed the swipe to dismiss card gesture

Just after Google pushed out the new personalized Feed this past weekend, reports for problems started to roll in. It would appear that some users are having problems with dismissing items in the new layout. Swiping to dismiss cards in the Feed isn't working for everyone.

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[Update: Officially live] Actions on Google will soon support British English

In a bid to make its Assistant more powerful, Actions on Google was launched in the US late last year. The service allows third-party developers to build their own voice actions for the Assistant, integrating it with their own apps. To encourage development, Google introduced a competition with cash prizes to anyone making compelling actions. Until now the service has only supported US English, but after support for more languages was previously promised, it seems the UK will be next to see Actions rolled out.

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Android O feature spotlight: Google's "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji no longer looks constipated

Different types of emoji, trivial as they may seem, can manufacture lots of controversy. Just look at how many votes and comments our blobmoji vs O-moji poll generated, or the fact that it caused a Change.org petition to be created. However, I think we can all agree that the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji that Google used in the first three Android O developer previews looked pretty stupid; it didn't so much look like a grin as it did constipated. Thankfully, Android O DP4 has fixed this terrible issue.

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Google app starts autoplaying in-line videos and adds toggle to turn the feature off

Back in March, Cody discovered hints of the Google app adding video previews and autoplay functionality. Since then, we didn't hear anything about the feature or spot any signs of it until today when reader Tycho pointed that there's a new "Video" section in the Google app's settings.

I've checked all my devices, ranging from a Galaxy S7 Edge on the latest Google app beta to the Nexus 7 (2013) which I rarely update and is still on version 7.3.19.21 of the Google app from many moons ago: they all have it. I'm quasi-sure the setting wasn't there before, I've also searched every recent screenshot we've received of the Google app's settings and it's not there.

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PSA: Chrome for Android automatically suggests copied links when you search

Ever noticed that Chrome suggests copied links when you go to search or enter a URL? What at first glance might have seemed like a new feature in the 4th developer preview of Android O now appears to have been around for a while, and have nothing to do with the OS itself.

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Renders of the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL confirm small bezels, camera bump, and no 3.5mm jack

OnLeaks is at it again. After revealing renders of the LG V30 a couple of weeks ago, the leakster has collaborated with MySmartPrice one more time to publish 3D renders of the most anticipated phone of this fall. No, not the Note 8, silly. Not the iPhone 8 either. We're on Android Police, dammit, it's the Pixel 2! Or at least that's the name the device is being called, though no one is 100% sure of the name yet.

We already know a little about the Pixel 2 and its bigger brother, the Pixel 2 XL. In June, we heard some rumored specs like the two devices' screen sizes (4.95" and 5.99", respectively), 4GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage, stereo speakers, and lack of 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Google introduces a beta program for Cast for Android TV

The Google Cast Receiver app is necessary if you want to cast to your Android TV as if it were a Chromecast. Unfortunately, it's had pretty poor reviews since its release and it's about time Google did something about it. In a bid to improve the experience for developers working with the Google Cast SDK, and in turn make the app less buggy, the company is opening up a beta program that will offer early access to the latest features.

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¡Genial! Android Pay launches en España with BBVA bank and many partner stores

We've known Android Pay was coming to Spain for a couple of months now, and the app started showing up for some users on Android a few days ago, but now the news is official. Android Pay has launched in Spain with BBVA being the first and only supported bank.

Spain is the 6th European country to get Android Pay and although just one bank is on board so far, the service will work in over one million stores across the country including El Corte Inglés, VIPS, Zara, Starbucks, Media Markt, Uterqüe, (Sfera), and more. It is also compatible with several online and app services like Deliveroo, Vueling, Hotel Tonight, and a few more.

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Project Fi's new referral challenge offers up chances to win bill credits, Play gift cards, and trips to Google HQ

Are you a Project Fi customer? Do you like free things? Google may have just the thing for you with the Fi Referral Challenge, which offers up chances to win a number of prizes. In fact, if you're one of the top 3 referrers, you'll also get a trip to Google's headquarters in Mountain View.

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