Last year, Android 11 picked up a "hidden" feature straight out of the 90s: A "trash can" for deleted files. At the time, trashed files weren't actually user-manageable. Apps could mark items for deletion (they'd bite the dust 30 days later) and offer their own ways to restore them, but it wasn't the sort of centralized "trash can" or "recycle bin" for actually deleted files we're used to from other platforms. But based on a recent report, that could change in Android 12.
On Thursday, many American Express customers that had their cards loaded into Google Pay received a notice that their cards had been removed from the app. The cause was apparently a certificate issue, and over the next day or so, some customers had intermittent problems attempting to re-add their cards to Google Pay. We're told the issue has since been resolved, and though your disabled cards probably won't automatically reappear, you should be able to add them back now without any issue.
Google's rumored Pixel Buds refresh has been leaked to hell and back. We already know the company plans to make them cheaper than previous models, possibly by removing the swiping gesture for volume control. You don't need to wait until I/O next month to get Google's true wireless earbuds at a more affordable price. The latest-gen Pixel Buds have hit an all-time low at multiple retailers, making today the perfect opportunity to upgrade your headphones.
Googling something is second nature for billions of us around the world and it's one of the primary ways we seek new information. If you're a frequent user of the search engine on the web, there's a trick you should know about that will surely improve your googling experience.
User reviews are a big part of any storefront. Whether you're shopping on Amazon or directly from a manufacturer, being able to see what other buyers thought of the product can help you make an informed decision when buying. As Google continues to expand its online shop to include Pixel phones, Nest devices, Fitbit trackers, and more, it's vital for the company to add standard features to the site. Review pages for many of its most popular devices are now appearing on its storefront, but in typical Google fashion, they're launching half-baked and hidden from most users.
Rumors of a new pair of Google earbuds have been swirling for a little while now. It seems clear that we're getting a cheaper set — possibly called Pixel Buds A in line with its phone naming scheme for its more affordable models — and Google itself appeared to leak an image of the upcoming product. New evidence has popped up that points to a lack of volume gesture controls.
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but my local internet provider makes sure I encounter one every now and then — yes, I'm talking about the Chrome dino that appears when my internet goes down. If the game has soothed your frustration or distracted you from the terror of not being connected, you might want to get yourself one of these adorable figurines that can sit at your desk.
Google is calling its expanded Timelapse feature "the biggest update in years" to its Earth 3D mapping system. The tool allows you to overlay historical satellite photography on the 3D topographical maps, watching years of change to the landscape in just a few seconds. You can see dramatic shifts to populated cities, or the geological progression of waterways and landmasses. But of course the most obvious application of this tool is viewing climate change in a much more immediate way.
Google loves Easter eggs more than any other company I can think of, and it especially enjoys hiding games inside its various products. The most famous example of this would be the dino game in Chrome, but there are plenty of others to find. Google I/O is a little more than a month away, and it seems Google has taken the opportunity to hide a fun game of Breakout in the countdown page.
If you live in a home wired up with Google Assistant, and you also use Google Duo, you might be tired of getting alerts for calls on your Google Home smart speakers. If you have other people in your home, they're definitely tired of hearing those alerts when you aren't even there. Google's working on a fix for this: using presence detection, it can optionally only start ringing your smart speakers and displays when your phone is physically present.