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Google teams up with uBreakiFix to offer free Pixel repairs to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Google partnered with electronics repair chain uBreakiFix when the Pixel launched last year to provide same-day repairs for basic issues like cracked screens. Now, Google and uBreakiFix are looking to relieve at least a little stress for Pixel owners in the Houston area who have been hit by Hurricane Harvey. If you live in Houston and have a broken Pixel, uBreakiFix will fix it for free.

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Google Play Music family plan and Google Play family library come to 9 more countries

 

Over the weekend, many of you tipped us telling us you were surprised when you launched Google Play Music and noticed a banner saying you're now eligible for the family plan and that also gives you access to the Google Play family library.

According to Google's support pages and the tips we've received, it looks like the countries that now have access to both features are these 9:

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Google Dashboard will soon work better on mobile devices

Google offers so many products and services, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Google tries to address this problem with Dashboard, a place to view all of your account's data in one place. But the page has never had a mobile layout, so trying to use it on phones has been somewhat of a pain.

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[Update: Reply reminders too] Google Inbox now reminds you to follow up on important emails

In a recent teardown, we found that Google was working on follow-up reminders for the Inbox Android app. When enabled, the app would guess which emails need to be followed up, and move them to the top of the inbox. Now the feature appears to be going live for users.

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Tutorial: How to enable Android Oreo's "Turn on WiFi Automatically" feature on Nexus 5X/6P

One of Android Oreo's new features is the ability to automatically turn Wi-Fi back on when you're near a saved network. Essentially, Android will keep track of where each network is located, and will use location services to only turn on Wi-Fi when you're in range. The feature was available for all devices on the Android O Developer Previews, but was disabled in the final release for the Nexus 5X and 6P:

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Google testing another Play Store redesign, this time with a new tab bar

Google is starting to adopt bottom navigation bars across its products, with the recent YouTube update and new Chrome interface. But if there's one thing about Google that's consistent, it's the company's inconsistency. A tweaked design for the Play Store app is rolling out to users worldwide, with a new navigation bar below the existing tabs.

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Google is preparing to deploy a mandatory Assistant update that forces you to relink smart home devices

Google Assistant is always getting smarter and learning new tricks, but it doesn't usually need big user-facing updates to make it happen. You will, however, need to get your hands a little dirty for a new Assistant update if you're using any smart home devices. Google is sending out an email to Assistant users to let them know smart home gadgets will need to be relinked after the latest update.

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New features for both Google Assistant and Lens shown off at the GDD Europe Day 2 keynote

GDD Europe (Google Developer Days) might have flown under your radar, which is understandable. GDD isn't Google I/O, and it often doesn't get as much attention. But, at the recent event in Kraków, Poland, Google showed off some cool new features for the Google Assistant and Google Lens, and they're worth checking out. 

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Google reportedly close to acquiring HTC's smartphone business

HTC produced the very first Android phone in 2008, and it went on to become one of the most prominent makers of Android devices as the platform grew. However, it's been years since the Taiwanese company had a hit. As financial losses continue to mount, there are new rumors that Google is nearing a deal to acquire HTC's smartphone division.

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Drive File Stream is rolling out to all G Suite users

A lot of us have Google Drive repositories that are quite large, and that's especially true for enterprise customers. Cloud storage isn't as appealing when you need to sync all those files to your computer to get anything done, and that's why Google announced File Stream earlier this year. It was only for early adopters at the time, but now it's about to roll out to all G Suite users.

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