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Android O feature spotlight: DP4's Easter egg features an octopus floating around

Since its inception, Android has featured little Easter eggs in its settings based on whatever dessert name was in that version. For instance, Android 4.2 and 4.3 Jellybean's Easter egg involved a ton of jellybeans scattered on your screen that you could move around. For Android O's fourth developer preview, the jokesters at Google threw in a little octopus that floats around your screen.

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Android O Developer Preview 4 is rolling out, final release coming soon

We're getting very, very close to the release of Android O. Google has put out three developer previews for Android O, and today is the fourth and final dev release. The OTA for devices in the Android Beta Program is rolling out as we speak, and there are system images so you can flash the new preview manually. This one should be representative of the final build.

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Assistant's Actions on Google could soon work in French, German, Japanese, and yes, Italian

Google doesn't make things very easy for us to explain or for users to understand. For example, while Google Assistant can speak English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish in Allo, it can only speak US English on Android phones but it can talk in different English dialects plus German on Pixel devices. Oh and it supports English, French, and German on Google HomeTo make matters even worse, the third-party developer branch of Assistant, Actions on Google, only works in US English now but Google is implementing more languages and we already know British English will be supported next.

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There's a hack that might save your bootlooping Nexus 6P or 5X

The last generation of Nexuses (Nexus? Nexsi?) were unfortunately plagued with hardware problems. The Nexus 6P suffered from early shutdowns due to a faulty battery sensors, and the 5X had the famous bootloop bug (which my own 5X eventually fell victim to). The 6P suffered from bootloops as well, to an extent, but now there's a possible fix for the problem on both phones.

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Weekend poll: Do you have a Google Home?

As the owner of two Google Homes, I find that I'd have a hard time going back to life without these little cylinders, and this weekend I'm wondering just how many of you have picked one up.

While it's true that the vast majority of my use of them is as Cast-enabled speakers for the kitchen and bedroom, I also use them to set timers, ask about the weather, how long it's going to take to get somewhere, and occasionally do unit conversions. I don't have any smart home gadgets - not even one smart light bulb - and I don't anticipate that's going to change any time soon.

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Google Maps' Timeline feature now recognizes skiing

Google Map's Timeline feature is equal parts awesome and creepy. Located in the side menu of the Google Maps app, it shows all the locations you have visited on a given day, complete with what mode of transportation you used and (in some cases) the pictures you took at each location. The app can recognize walking, biking, driving, and now skiing.

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Google's new personalized Feed starts rolling out with new home button in search results and bottom tabs

Google's been all over the place with its server-side rollouts in the Google app lately. Some people are seeing two tabs, some are seeing three, and some four. It's totally bizarre, but that's Google for you. Following the announcement of the upcoming, more personalized Google Feed several days ago, we're now seeing it materialize, and the home button that was in Google's screenshots is starting to pop up on some devices.

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Google fixes Android Auto issue that left users unable to read or reply to messages

Android Auto seems to have had a lot of issues as of late, which isn't great considering you don't want to be fiddling with a screen on your dash while barreling down the freeway in a two-ton mass of metal and glass. In keeping with that theme, a recent issue left users unable to read or reply to messages on their Android Auto head units. Fortunately, though, Google was able to fix this via a server-side update.

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[Update: Valid for another week with new code] Deal Alert: Get $5 off all your Fandango purchases this month with Android Pay

Last month, Fandango added Android Pay support when checking out inside its app and provided a promo code for $3 off all purchases. That offer was said to last until July 5, but it looks like there's a new one and it's even better.

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Hallelujah: YouTube announces simpler way for creators to block comments with links in an effort to reduce spam

Recently, popular YouTube videos have been plagued with spam comments much like the one you see above. It's become a legitimate issue, and one that YouTube hasn't done much about. But now, to alleviate this issue, the YouTube team has implemented a new method for creators to filter out potentially spam comments with links and hashtags.

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