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YouTube Music relaxes its draconian restrictions when traveling to an unsupported country

The music industry doesn't make things easy for any service in the business of distributing songs. Despite the tight laws and regulations, most music services have figured out a way to make your subscription valid across country borders. That, however, has never been Google's strongest suit, and YouTube Music is one of the biggest examples. When the service launched, subscribers noticed that if they traveled to an unsupported country, they lost all of their privileges. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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Weekend poll: Are you buying a Pixel 4?

Although we've known pretty much everything about the phones for ages, Google's Pixel 4 and 4 XL were finally formally announced just last week. Pre-orders opened the day of the reveal, starting at $799, and although reviews have yet to be released, shipping dates are beginning to creep up on us, with some expected to land early. So, have you taken the plunge and pre-ordered a Pixel 4?

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense demos show it in action across apps, and even when the phone is locked

With Pixel 4 units in hundreds of hands, we've seen divisive reports about its new Soli radar technology and Motion Sense. Our own Ryne and Scott say it works more or less for them, but they fail to see its utility just yet, while Marques Brownlee showed how unreliable it is for him (YouTube). Here's an unexpected opinion though: Artem loves it and it works very well for him.

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Google aware of free original quality HEIC photo backups for iPhones, says it's a 'bug'

After the Pixel 4's announcement, we were surprised to discover it didn't offer free original quality backups on Google Photos like its predecessors. The next day, a Redditor made things even worse for Pixel users by explaining that the new iPhones do get unlimited original quality backups on Photos because they use the HEIC format. We've reached out to Google and got confirmation that this is indeed the case, but it's a "bug" that'll be fixed.

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Google explains why it doesn't support 4K video recording at 60fps on Pixels

Despite the Pixel 4's multitude of new camera chops, you can still reproach it for a few missing features. It lacks a wide-angle camera, it doesn't have autofocus on the front cam, and Google still limits 4K video capture to 30fps. The company has clarified the reasoning behind the latter.

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Some Pixel 4 units are being shipped earlier than expected

After months and months of leaks, anyone excited about the Pixel 4 was finally able to pre-order it last week. Devices weren't supposed to ship until October 24, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Several users have reported that their Pixel 4 and 4 XL orders have shipped and should be reaching them a few days earlier than scheduled.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps expands Waze-like crowdsourcing with new incident types

Ever since Google purchased fellow map maker Waze in 2013, crowdsourced contribution features have slowly made their way to Maps. We've been seeing this support grow with the ability for users to report things like speed traps, slowdowns, and just last month, road construction. Now Google's formally recognizing that construction expansion, as well as announcing the addition of a few other obstructions.

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[Update: Pixel 4] ARCore renamed to Google Play Services for AR, adds support for OnePlus 7T and more devices

Google is always hard at work on adding ARCore support to new devices. This time around, those include the brand-new Note10 and 10+, but other than that, a bigger shift has occurred on the company's AR front – that is, if you count marketing and naming schemes as big shifts. The catchy ARCore Play Store listing makes way for the cumbersome phrase "Google Play Service for AR." The change has already been visible for a while, but the company only introduced the new name in the app's changelog last week, along with announcing support for 60fps rendering on capable devices.

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[Update: Rolling out more widely] Gmail's dark mode is here for some users (APK Download)

When Android 10 officially rolled out, dark mode aficionados were a bit miffed to see that several of the apps that were still white hadn't been updated yet. The Google app, Play Store, Maps, and Gmail were the biggest holdouts, but now the last one is finally getting its darkness on.

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Google's making it stupidly difficult to access the new Assistant if you use a G Suite account

That gesture navigation prerequisite won't be the only issue preventing some folks from using the next-gen Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. Turns out, it also won't work on the device if you are signed into a G Suite account — not just as your primary account, but at all. That means those of us using a G Suite account on the side for school or the day job will have to use a separate work profile as a workaround for now, though Google tells us it is actively working on a fix.

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