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Exclusive: Google may finally be giving Android a reboot button on the upcoming Pixel phones

You asked for it. You've asked for years. And while manufacturers like Samsung and LG have long obliged us, Google has refused. With the coming of the Pixel phones, we're starting over - literally. Google may finally, thankfully, mercifully be adding a reboot button to the power menu on its new smartphones, which will run Android 7.1 out of the box. Praise be unto whoever achieved this (Artem will be here shortly to claim it was him which, frankly, it very possibly was - I was there when he pleaded for it at I/O).

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Google search on mobile rolling out AMP optimized pages for all supported results

If you have never heard of Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, it's exactly what it sounds like. AMP documents are minimal web pages, with the same basic HTML syntax, designed to load as quickly as possible (even at the cost of some functionality). Web developers can create AMP versions of their webpages, with Google mirroring every page on its own servers for the quickest load times possible. For example, here is the AMP version (left) and normal mobile site (right) from Forbes:

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What you can't see is that the AMP page loaded in under a second, and the Forbes page took about 20 seconds.

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Google Drive now has enhanced search with Natural Language Processing

Finding that one important file hidden in a sea of unrelated documents is never fun. Thankfully, Google is seeking to help solve that problem - at least for Google Drive users. Starting today, the Google Drive search bar on the web app can use Natural Language Processing (NLP) to help you find documents. For example, searching "show me presentations from last year" brings up all your documents modified in last year with a presentation file type.

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Google claims that this feature will only become more accurate as time goes on, so don't get your hopes up for perfect results quite yet. For example, I have a collection of old operating systems on ISO files, and when I search "iso files," a single JPEG file appears.

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44 new Android Pay banks in the US, plus TSB in the UK

The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months, including Chase in the US and Natwest, Santander, and Royal Bank of Scotland (among others) in the UK. Today 44 new US banks are being added, and another big UK bank works as well after being announced as 'coming soon' a week ago.

As far as I can tell, there are no major banks included in this round of additions. We've noted the full list below, so take a look if you're waiting on a particular bank to be added.

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Wi-Fi Assistant is now available in 11 more countries for Fi users, adds ability to secure open networks saved on your device

Project Fi's Wi-Fi Assistant has been in the news more than usual lately, due to its addition to all Nexus devices and its new ability to secure networks that users manually connect to. Now, the team behind Wi-Fi Assistant has added eleven new European countries for Fi users and a new feature that aims to make existing, saved open networks on your device more secure.

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It's official: Google publishes teaser video for October 4th event with obvious phone allusion

Google has now confirmed that the company is holding an event on October 4th, as we first reported on September 1st. The teaser video announcing the date doesn't reveal much but the silhouette of, you guessed it, a phone. Google has also created a webpage for the event at madeby.google.com, reaffirming that the company plans to market its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as "made by Google." You can sign up on the event page to be on the mailing list for announcements related to the new Pixel devices.

Though we know the phones are manufactured by HTC, Google's use of the Pixel brand suggests they will be debuted as the first phones designed by the company.

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Non-blurry photos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak

Today is apparently Pixel leak day. After getting some new details on pricing and spotting the phone in a Nest ad, some actual photos of the phones have emerged. The image above (and another below) show both phones side-by-side. This marks the first time we've actually seen the phones in the flesh—er, metal. Whatever.

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[Oops] It looks like Nest accidentally aired a commercial featuring the Google Pixel

We get tips on an almost daily basis that purport to show an unannounced device popping up in a commercial or marketing material. These never turn out to be legit... except maybe this time. A Nest commercial aired in the Netherlands features a phone that looks a whole hell of a lot like the upcoming Google Pixel. This is a first for us.

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Pricing for the smaller Google Pixel phone could start at $649, but financing will be available

There's plenty of good evidence now that Google's upcoming phones will not be Nexus devices, but the first in a new breed of Pixel-branded phones. Although they are being manufactured by HTC, we expect Google will be setting the distribution of the phones, and pricing may be much higher than previously thought. A trusted source tells us that the smaller Pixel phone will start at $649. That means the Pixel XL could be even more.

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Google Trips travel itinerary app goes live after extensive private beta [APK Download]

Users pay Google not in dollars, but in data. In exchange for handing over all of our private information, we get cool stuff like Google Trips. This travel app culls your Gmail account for hotel reservations, flight bookings, travel times, addresses, and other information you could possibly need for your next trip.

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