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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Get Access to File Templates On Mobile [APK Download]

In an APK Teardown many moons ago, Cody noticed a few common strings in the mobile apps of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, that hinted at the release of templates. It took a few months, but the feature has finally gone live on all three Drive apps.

Now when you tap the floating + action button to create a new file in any of the three applications, you'll see an option to choose a template. Tap that and you'll be able to pick any of the readily available preformatted styles that you've had access to on the web version of Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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[900 Dollarydoos] Android Pay Is Coming To Australia In 2016

Ever since its official start in September, Android Pay has expanded bank support, payment terminal support (Square, Paypal Here), and recently started handling in-app purchases. However, Google's payment system has been bound by the USA borders so far and no user outside of the country has been able to set it up or use it. This is changing in the first half of 2016 when Android Pay should launch in the land down under otherwise known as Australia.

In an announcement on the Google Australia Blog, Google explained that Android Pay will launch in partnership with many banks and financial institutions in the country like ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, ING DIRECT, and others.

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[Update: Rolling Out To Most Users] Google Experiments With Review Highlights In The Play Store

It's easy to underestimate the importance of the review process. When considering a purchase, we scour Amazon for well-written reviews, YouTube for thorough comparisons, and (obviously) Android Police for insightful hands-on articles. We do it for everything from smartphones to cars to vacuum cleaners. Sometimes we even enjoy reading reviews for things we don't want to buy, simply for our own amusement. So why do we generally ignore app reviews on Google Play?

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Google Spreadsheets Now Shows Functions In Your Preferred Language

Google Spreadsheets has been available in a few languages for a while, but one of the app's main features, functions, has always been displayed in English regardless of the rest of the menus. That's changing on both the web and app side of Spreadsheets as support for languages in functions rolls out. The setting will follow your preferred Google account language so your experience will be consistent across various Google services.

Existing users whose preferred language is other than English will get asked whether they want to switch functions to that or keep them in English. New users will automatically see functions in their preferred language.

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[Update: Nexus 6] [Flash All The Things] Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Nexus And Android One OTA Roundup

Google is rolling out Android 6.0.1 with some tweaks to do-not-disturb, new LTE bands, and a ton of new emoji. Getting tired of waiting? You could wait for days (or weeks!) to get the OTA on your device the old-fashioned way, or you can just grab the ZIP files from the URLs below. We'll update with new OTA files as we find the URLs, so check back often if your device isn't listed yet.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Buying A Pixel C?

My feelings on the Pixel C are no great secret, but Google's latest hardware product still undeniably delivers on the large-format, premium Android tablet promise the Nexus 9 kind of failed to live up to last year. The Pixel C is Nexus 10-like in its size, but the 1:√2 aspect ratio gives it a more squared-off shape, as opposed to the old Nexus 10's media-focused 16:9 layout.

While Google is positioning the Pixel C as a "pro" sort of device, aside from the keyboard dock, none of that productive promise is really yet delivered on. As such, for now the Pixel C is just like any other Android tablet, which may be desirable depending on just what it is you want out of a device like this.

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[Update: Promotion Is Live!] Google Promo Offers $20 Play Store Credit For Chromecasts Bought From Dec. 13th Till Jan. 2nd

Picture this: a new Chromecast, which is faster and generally better than the old Chromecast, and which costs $35. Now picture it essentially costing $15 if you at all regularly spend money on Google Play.

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Google+ Web Preview Adds Setting To Autoplay GIFs, Makes Notifications Clearer

Google+'s big web redesign started rolling out as a preview almost a month ago. Although the new site was super fast and responsive, it did shed a lot of the features that users of the social network had grown accustomed to. Ever since, Google+'s engineers have been busy adding back bits and pieces of the old site's functionality in a way that doesn't compromise on the updated design's speed and lightness.

Another update has gone live now with a few interesting modifications. First is improved visibility of your notifications (which now sit inside a white circle) and easier access to categories within community pages' sidebars.

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The Latest Google Calendar Update Also Adds Easy Access To Account Sync

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Google Now On Tap Updated To Allow For Easy Screenshots On Android 6.0

Taking screenshots has officially become a little easier for those of us who have a device running Android 6.0. An update has begun to roll out to the Google App that adds a share button to Google Now on tap, which takes a screenshot and allows you to immediately share it. This is great news for some who have been having issues taking screenshots on their 6P while using certain cases, and for those who have trouble pressing multiple buttons at once. Let's take a quick look at how this works, and how it compares to the regular way of doing things.

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