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Android Pay is now available in Taiwan

After what was a pretty slow start, support for new regions by Android Pay is starting to gather pace. A couple of weeks ago, Google pointed to the next 5 countries on the list. After the recent launches in Canada and Russia, Taiwan has now reached the front of the checkout queue – Android Pay is available in the country from today.

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Google says inconsistent Trusted Places behavior is fixed in Play Services v11

Smart lock can be a life saver if you're unlocking your phone constantly, and Trusted Places is one of the most frequently used options. With Trusted Places, you can set locations where your phone will skip the secure lock method, but it hasn't been working so well as of late. Google says that's fixed in the latest version of Play Services, though.

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Google Store officially launches in Puerto Rico, Pixel and other products available for purchase

Puerto Rico, despite being a territory of the United States, is often treated as a separate country by businesses. Puerto Rican residents could order from the US Google Store, but now Google has created a seperate Store just for the island itself.

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Oculus adds Chromecast support to Gear VR

You might recall a Daydream VR tidbit in the torrent of Google I/O news earlier this month; Daydream 2.0 will include Chromecast support. Not to be outdone, Oculus has announced that Gear VR can do that starting now, or just as soon as a new version of the Oculus app can be rolled out to Samsung devices. This makes VR just a tiny bit less antisocial.

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Google improves art searches with high-resolution images, interactive knowledge panels, and more

Google says people like art, and it would know. There are more than 500 million art-related searches on Google every month. The team from Google Arts & Culture got together with the search team to make these results more than just a list of images and Wikipedia links. Now, you'll see high-resolution collections, knowledge panels, better indoor Street View experiences, and more.

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[Update: It's official] Android Pay is going live in Canada

Android Pay has gradually been expanding its reach, but the United States' northern neighbor has been left out - until now. Google previously confirmed that Android Pay would, at some point, reach Canada. At long last, it's finally happening.

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Happy 10th birthday, Google Street View!

It's hard to believe, but Google's Street View is officially 10 years old. What started out as a goofy little side project (like many of Google's most interesting products) has now managed to image numerous countries in every continent on the planet. The Google Maps add-on has even managed to gain a new lease of life with respect to virtual reality, and has proven popular as an educational tool taking learners all around the world on tours to places they might never get to see with their own eyes.

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Google Play Store gets 2 new notification options for pre-registrations and promotions

In his teardown of the Play Store v7.7, Cody discovered that change was afoot with the app's notification settings. A dedicated Notifications section was going to be added and now that change is live.

There's a new Notifications section in the Play Store's settings and it includes two new toggles other than updates being available and auto-updates being completed. One is to be notified when there are games you might like that are available for pre-registration (read: it's different from getting notified when a game you pre-registered for is now live). The other is for deals and promotions on content you might appreciate.

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YouTube's new bottom navigation UI is official

All the way back in September of last year, YouTube began testing a new layout with a bottom navigation bar. Over the past few months, it has continued to go live for more users on Android, with a few minor tweaks along the way. Now YouTube has officially revealed the new design.

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Google is offering up to $10,000 to developers making Google Assistant actions

Actions on Google is the name for third-party services on Google Assistant, which was opened up to developers back in December. There is no shortage of Actions available, but I have yet to find one that I would actually use more than once. Google wants developers to create compelling features for Assistant, so the company has started a competition with various monetary and physical rewards.

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