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Google One gets a new cloud storage tier

Google One gets a new cloud storage tier

We've been patiently waiting for a new Google One tier, reportedly on the way but limited to T-Mobile customers for some reason. But surprise: the service just started offering a new tier ... at ten times the storage. The new 5TB cloud storage option costs $25 a month, slotting in well between the 2TB and 10TB plans.

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The latest Xfinity streaming app works fine on Android TV — here's how to sideload it

The latest Xfinity streaming app works fine on Android TV — here's how to sideload it

Hey Comcast, y'all should really just publish your TV app on the Play Store already. This weird stuff, limiting it to Sony TVs or Amazon's Fire TV platform, just isn't cool. People are paying you a lot (just, a LOT) to watch TV, you should let them watch it on whatever gadget they want! Or else they'll find ways to do it themselves. For example, taking the Fire TV APK and uploading it to a third-party hosting site, then installing it on an Android TV device like the SHIELD.

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Weekend poll: How do you feel about Material You?

Weekend poll: How do you feel about Material You?

It's been a while since Android received a visual overhaul, but that's just what's on the menu this year. Google's new Material You design strategy is a bold shift from its previous look, pulling colors from your phone's wallpaper to create a dynamic theme across all of your support apps. As we draw closer to the official launch of Android 12, it's worth finding out just how Android users are feeling about the change.

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21 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/5/21 - 9/12/21)

21 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/5/21 - 9/12/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the latest Final Fantasy pixel remaster from Square Enix, a fresh board game adaptation of Axis & Allies 1942, and a slick pixel-based auto-runner. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Pixel 6 thoughts: It's all about that telephoto

Pixel 6 thoughts: It's all about that telephoto

A lot of virtual ink has been spilled about Google's upcoming flagship line-up. From leaks to quasi-announcements to teasers, we've nearly seen everything the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will offer, and through it all, one conviction has remained immutable in my head: I want that telephoto lens and I want it on a Pixel camera.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including KONTXT Voice, Lenovo Smart Frame, and Facebook View (8/28/21 - 9/11/21)

12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including KONTXT Voice, Lenovo Smart Frame, and Facebook View (8/28/21 - 9/11/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a call screening app from the creators of RealPlay, a smart frame app from Lenovo, and a new tie-in app from Facebook for its new Ray-Ban smart glasses. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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Pixel 6 thoughts: Can Google’s flagship snatch me away from Samsung?

Pixel 6 thoughts: Can Google’s flagship snatch me away from Samsung?

It's no secret that I love Samsung phones, and I've written about my transition from Pixel to Galaxy several times. What it's always boiled down to is hardware and software quality. Samsung phones have better specs, build quality, and — in my opinion — better software. That's why I've never been tempted to go back to Google's phones since I made the switch at the beginning of 2019. That's starting to change, however, as the Pixel 6 Pro looks incredible. But is it too good to be true?

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Google Translate's Material You UI overhaul is coming along quickly

Google Translate's Material You UI overhaul is coming along quickly

As Google gets ready to release the final version of Android 12, we've seen a constantly increasing number of Google apps getting Material You overhauls, including Google Clock, Google Calculator, and Google's Phone app. Even more apps that haven't received their respective revamp yet will have one coming soon. Last month, we learned that Google was working on a Material You UI overhaul of Google Translate. Back then, it looked good but fairly rough and unfinished. The redesign is still not available, but new screenshots have surfaced today, showing that the new Google Translate design is quickly coming into shape.

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Google Files is picking up a new trick to delete old backed-up photos

Google Files is picking up a new trick to delete old backed-up photos

Google Photos might not feature free unlimited storage anymore, but if you pay for extra space, it's still an amazing tool that only keeps getting better. The app allows you to keep your precious photos, videos, and memories backed up in the cloud (and off the cloud as well, if you're into that) and easily accessible from anywhere. Since photos backed up to the cloud don't need to also remain in your phone's local storage, deleting them can free up a nice chunk of device space for you. If you also happen to use Google Files, this process can now be automated thanks to Smart Storage.

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Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

If you've ever spent hours rearranging your home in an effort to feel more organized, you might have a lot in common with Google. It's hard to think of a company that spends more time rearranging all of its various menus. The latest settings swap is an attempt to make navigating Assistant preferences a lot easier, but depending on how many smart speakers you own, it might not play out as expected.

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