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Android Wear users, Google wants your help for some of its research studies

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Multi-user voice recognition is rolling out to Google Home today

Bringing Google Assistant out of the phone and dropping it into Google Home comes with some difficulties. Not the least of which is, how do you handle personal account preferences and data when Google Home is available to everyone in the house? Until now the solution has been "don't." Starting today, you can register multiple users with your Google home, which recognizes them by voice.

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Lawsuit filed against Google and Huawei over Nexus 6P early shutdown issue and bootlooping

According to a press release from the law firm Chimicles & Tikellis, a class action lawsuit was filed against Google and Huawei at a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas last Friday. The full complaint text can be found here.

The complaint alleges two defects with the Nexus 6P smartphone. The first, that the phone may experience bootlooping, the second, severe and premature battery drain (also known as the early shutdown issue). We reported late last week - on the day of the filing, apparently - that the issue was being investigated for a potential class action by this same firm.

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Huawei Watch, Moto 360 Gen 2, and other watches should get Android Wear 2.0 by end of April or late May

We're impatiently waiting for Android Wear 2.0 to roll to some of the most popular watches released: the second generation Moto 360 and the Huawei Watch. There are also other watches that still haven't received the update and weeks are passing by quickly without a hint of when exactly we should expect the new firmware to hit.

Android Wear support forums' community manager Ernest has posted an update a few hours ago explaining the situation with the different Wear watches and their update timelines. He reiterated the watches that have already received the update, but most importantly, he said that the remaining models should receive their updates by end of April or late May.

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6 Citroën vehicles now support Android Auto, with another on the way

Android Auto has been hitting more and more cars lately, and the most recent recipients are several 2017 Citroën models. If you live in the US and you aren't a car enthusiast, you probably haven't heard of this French automaker, but their cars are pretty popular in regions such as Europe and Asia.

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HTC will announce its flagship 'U' on May 16th, complete with squeezable frame

HTC has lost its way, and we all hoped the HTC 10 would see it back on the path to prosperity. That didn't work out, and this year's U Ultra wasn't a good enough phone to lead HTC anyplace it wants to go. That leaves this leaky new flagship phone, previously known only as the HTC Ocean. Now it's being teased as (probably) the HTC U. It doesn't have the ticker display of the U Ultra, but the U has a trick of its own—it's a more huggable smartphone.

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WSJ: Google planning to block bad ads in Chrome on desktop and mobile

Advertising is very much a balancing act for websites these days. You want to make enough money from an ad-supported site to cover costs, but you don't want to annoy users to the point they block all your ads. Some websites don't seem to care how much they annoy you, though. Google is reportedly getting ready to take a stand against the worst ads on the web with a built-in ad-blocker for Chrome.

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Google PhotoScan 1.4 makes glare removal optional, adds photo sharing [APK Download]

If you've been using PhotoScan by Google Photos to digitize all your pre-stick selfies then this latest bit of news might come in handy. Google has updated the app to 1.4, adding the ability to share photos from directly inside the app using intents, and a new toggle to disable glare removal. Easy sharing can save you time with social media, and the latter could come in handy if you have noticed it messing with light areas in high-contrast images.

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Chromecast HDMI CEC support is broken for some users, Google working on a fix

Back in 2015, Google updated the Chromecast to support HDMI CEC, which allows users to control their devices connected via HDMI with just one remote. Instead of pulling out your phone or tablet for every minor action, some controls (like playing/pausing) can be done through your TV's remote.

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Sharp takes the wraps off of the Aquos R for Japan, Snapdragon 835, 5.3" QHD display, and more in tow


Over in Japan, Sharp has taken the wraps off of its newest flagship. Dubbed the Aquos R, it features some top-tier specs with a lot of hype around the display technology and included artificial intelligence. The choice of the letter 'R' has a four-fold meaning around which the phone's marketing will be unified: Reality, Response, Reliability, and Robotics.

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