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[Deal Alert] Google Store back to school sale kicks off with Pixel, Home, OnHub, and other discounts

Summer is about halfway done, and since time immemorial that's meant at least one thing: back to school sales have begun. The Google Store is no different from other retailers in that regard, and starting today you can pick up a Pixel with a free Daydream View starting at $524 (up to $200 off, a crazy value), a Google Home for $109 ($20 off), either OnHub router for $99 ($30 off), the LG Watch Style for $199 ($50 off), and a free Chromecast Audio with a Google Wifi 3-pack. It's at least possible that little Johnny's grades will be improved by your new phone, right?

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Speed controls are finally being tested in YouTube's Android app

Here at Android Police, us writers are encouraged not to use the word "finally" in titles, as it can manufacture unnecessary excitement for something that not a lot of people may care about. However, for something as miraculous as this, there really is no better word to use. Google has at long last begun testing speed controls in the YouTube Android app, something that people have been wanting for years. It's about time.

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Google is reportedly working on "Stamp," an AMP-powered Snapchat Discover clone

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has approached some publishers to participate in a new project allegedly called "Stamp," a portmanteau of "Stories" and their existing AMP service. The new "Stories" would be units of visually-oriented news, comprised of a series of slides including text, photos, and video. If that sounds a lot like Snapchat's Discover or Facebook's Instant Articles, you'd be right.

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[Update: Dorado likely the Verizon Wear24] Commit reveals touch support is coming to AOSP recovery, and an unknown device named 'dorado'

A commit made yesterday to AOSP has revealed two juicy pieces of news. The more interesting thing is also the one we know the least about: somewhere there is a device named "dorado," and we have no idea what it is. The second and more immediately understandable tidbit is that Google is adding touch support to the AOSP recovery. 

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Google Home getting a Preview Program of its own

Some of you may remember when Google rolled out their Preview Program for Chromecasts last year, which allowed the intrepid to try new firmware releases before they were officially ready for public consumption. Well, users of the Google Home will be able to opt-in to a program of the same name, too. If you are the adventurous early-adopter type to give it a try, prepare for a future of pre-release excitement. 

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Google Wallet now allows bulk requests for money from multiple people

Today Google rolled out a minor change to the Google Wallet site. Now you can request money in bulk from up to five people at once. So the next time you need to split an expense with your buddies, or just shake down your friends for cash, you'll be able to save a tiny bit of time. The feature doesn't seem to have hit the Android App yet, but I would imagine it will eventually. 

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VentureBeat posts leaked image of the smaller 2017 Pixel, confirms no headphone jack

Pixel fever is sweeping the internet, and there's no cure. We're all doomed to suffer until Google unveils these hotly anticipated devices, but there are some new details today courtesy of VentureBeat to tide you over. At the top of the list, there's a picture (above) of the smaller 2017 Pixel. It's a mix of old and new.

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PSA: YouTube Music now lets you save specific songs, playlists, or albums for offline listening

Those of you who pay for YouTube Red may know that for a while it's been possible to listen to music on YouTube Music without a connection with the offline mixtape feature. It's not the ideal solution, as it auto-populates based on your listening history. You can remove songs from it, but many users would prefer to choose which songs go on the list, too. At some point recently, the option to save specific songs to an offline playlist was added to the app, something which we thought you might like to know about.

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[Fun Skit] Alexa and Siri battle it off in Ellen Sketch, leave Google Home victorious

If your Friday morning is groggy and you're impatient to get to the weekend, I have one fun little video for you to watch. Ellen DeGeneres recently took on personal assistants in her show with a brief sketch that mostly joshes on their names. These assistants are still quite dumb right now, but look at what happens when they grow personalities of their own, get possessive, and start fighting for your attention:

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Android Messages v2.3 update that adds 'Mark as Read' button in notifications is now available for all [APK Download]

Android Messages v2.3 was introduced with Android O Developer Preview 3 back in June, and it brought a small yet powerful thing: a 'Mark as read' button in notifications. This was something that many people were glad to see, but it was only available in DP3. Now, Android Messages v2.3 has rolled out to all devices, meaning that all of you can now experience what a wonderful feature this is.

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