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Google Support Services now on the Play Store, only actually works with Pixel phones

Let's face it, not everyone's first thought when they have a technical problem is to Google it. You might be the designated 'tech person' for your family or friends, making sure granny doesn't get malware on her dusty Windows XP desktop. Some people need an actual person to help them, and that's completely okay - that's where Google Support Services comes in.

One of the Pixel's exclusive features is 24/7 support straight from the Settings app, which even allows support agents to control your device (if you allow them) if needed. Now Google has published the Google Support Services application to the Play Store, to allow updates without new system updates.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished ASUS ZenWatch 2 1.63" down to $79.99 on eBay

Android Wear is in a sort of a lull now. Beside the ZenWatch 3, no new significant watches have been announced in several months (there are the specialist Nixon, Polar, Michael Kors, etc, ones, but they cater to a niche market) and Android Wear 2.0's update has been pushed over to 2017. So now is one of the best times to grab an older watch that's been on the market for a while but that's still pretty decent in terms of specs.

One such deal is an ASUS ZenWatch 2, the larger 1.63" version. This one has the Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a speaker.

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[Update: Plum] Huawei's Mate 9 gets leaked in standard and curved screen guises, shamelessly rips off Samsung's edge devices

Chinese products don't have a great reputation for unique design, whether it be with cars, designer items, or electronics. With this leaked picture (courtesy of VentureBeat, the home of serial leaker @evleaks) of two upcoming Mate 9 models, "Manhattan" and "Long Island," Huawei isn't exactly doing that rep any favors.

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[Pipe Dream] Android.com's 404 Page Not Found is a fun and cute pipe game

If you head over to android.com/android-police-rocks*, you'll achieve two things: one, you get to tell Google in no uncertain terms that our site is the absolute best evar™ and two, you will get rewarded with a super cool 404 page and a game.

The error message suggests other pages for you to check then offers, "no thanks, I'd rather Play" as an option. Tap that and you'll load a super fun and cute pipe game where Androids launch pink donuts, blue jelly beans, or white marshmallows into the field and you have to rotate the glass pipes to land the desserts in the correct colored pipe.

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Android 7.1 feature spotlight: Google implements hundreds of new emojis for professions, gender equality, more

Android 7.0 marked the first time that Android had more emojis than iOS and although that gap was closed with the release of iOS 10, Nougat 7.1 is here to take the lead again. We're not talking about a couple of new emojis, but dozens of new ones and hundreds of variations on them and on existing ones. Without further ado, let's see what's new with Android 7.1's emoji situation.

Profession emojis with a focus on women

Several months ago, Google made a proposal to the Unicode's emoji subcommittee (PDF link) to add 13 female professions to the emojis in a bid to encourage gender equality and move beyond the traditional roles that women were depicted in in the existing emoji list (dancer, queen, getting a haircut, and so on).

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Report: LG will get rid of its Friends modules for the G6

The LG G5 isn't a terrible phone, but its sales figures would definitely lead you to think otherwise. LG's effort to incorporate "Friends" modules into the G5 caused the phone to fail in a number of aspects. With the recently-released V20, the company ditched the Friends idea, and according to reports coming out of South Korea, it will do the same with the G5's successor, the G6.

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Google's Pixel survives durability tests, including a bend test, that last year's Nexus 6P succumbed to

Ah, the iPhone 6 Plus. Not only was it Apple's first phablet, but after many owners realized that their shiny, huge new iPhones were bending in their pockets, it also became the phone that truly introduced bend tests to the world.

YouTuber Zack from JerryRigEverything performs durability tests on almost every flagship smartphone that gets globally released, and when the world saw him do one (and then another) on a Nexus 6P, it was shocked at the Huawei-built device's seemingly twig-like snapping. Now, Zack has posted a video of himself testing the Google Pixel's durability, and its performance in this arena is definitely more impressive than last year's Google flagship's.

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Chrome 55 Beta adds Download Manager, offline pages, media player changes, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 54 was just released, bringing a substantial amount of changes for both users and developers. Now the first Chrome 55 Beta has been released for all platforms, and there are some exciting changes in store for Android users.

Download Manager

Chrome's built-in download manager first appeared in Chrome Dev early last month, but only now has made its way to the Beta channel. The Download Manager doesn't just serve as a simple list of all your downloaded files (or dozens of APKs, if you're like me), it's also how you get to saved pages.

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By tapping the new Download icon in the overflow menu (where the back/forward buttons are), you can save a page for offline use.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Spigen Rugged Armor case for your Pixel or Pixel XL on eBay Daily Deals for just $13-14

With prices starting from $649, the new Pixel phones definitely can't be considered inexpensive, and fixing or replacing a cracked screen or rear glass panel could cost a decent bit of change. To protect your shiny new investment, why not grab a high quality case? Spigen, one of the most reputable case manufacturers, is offering its Rugged Armor case for the Pixel and Pixel XL at just $12.99 and $13.99, respectively, via eBay's Daily Deals.

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The Google Pixel's SIM tray hides a small hardware Easter egg

Have a Pixel? Take a closer look at your SIM tray - Google's left a note. Specifically: its address. As though to make it really, really, really clear that this is the Phone by Google, Google has printed its address in Mountain View... on the SIM tray. Which is random. But hey, Google. Here's a closer look at the tray from the Quite black model.

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I don't know why Google's address is on the SIM tray, but it is. Also, hopefully no one sends a lost Pixel to Google because they assume this is some obscure way to identify the owner's address.

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