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Google Store now sells bundles of Nest hardware at embarrassing prices

Google Store now sells bundles of Nest hardware at embarrassing prices

Remember a few months ago when Google teased an announcement for July 13th, only a week after the company said it was working on a new smart speaker? Remember how the big announcement was just that the Google Store had sales on hardware bundles, and the sales weren't even that good? Now Google is doing that again, but in a more permanent way.

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Google Photos just got a shiny new ML-powered editor

Google Photos just got a shiny new ML-powered editor

Google's short Launch Night In event is already over, but that doesn't mean that the company is out of things to announce. In a blog post, the Google Photos team has shared that it's rolling out a sleek new machine-learning powered editor to the Android app today.

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Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G: Best deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G: Best deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google has finally revealed the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, following months of leaks and rumors. Both phones are available for pre-order starting today, and while the pricing is the same no matter where you get them from, some stores offer bonuses and trade-in promotions that sweeten the deal.

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Google says au revoir to the Chromecast Ultra as the new Google TV dongle arrives

Google says au revoir to the Chromecast Ultra as the new Google TV dongle arrives

Google introduced the Chromecast Ultra back in 2016 as a higher-end version of the standard Chromecast. For the launch price of $69, the Ultra offered faster WiFi speeds, 4K streaming support, and an Ethernet port on the power brick. It was good while it lasted, but now that Google has unveiled the new Chromecast with Google TV, it looks like the company is giving the Chromecast Ultra a fast farewell.

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The new Pixel phones stream Netflix in glorious HDR10, because of course they can

The new Pixel phones stream Netflix in glorious HDR10, because of course they can

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services out there. The app hit a billion downloads on the Play Store earlier this summer, and Google even included a dedicated button for launching the service on the new Chromecast with Google TV remote (to be fair, so does everyone). With the launch of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, Netflix has confirmed that it will support streaming content in HDR10 on Google's latest phones.

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Check out the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G cases on the Google Store in all their fabric-y goodness

Check out the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G cases on the Google Store in all their fabric-y goodness

A brand-new phone is great — until you drop it on a hard surface. That's why a quality case should be one of the first things you think about after buying a new device. Google unveiled the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, and there are already a number of compelling case options on the Google Store, including choices with plant-based materials,  Moment lens compatibility, and of course, plenty of Google-y fabric colors.

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The Pixel 5 isn't even out yet, and Samsung already beat it

The Pixel 5 isn't even out yet, and Samsung already beat it

Today, Google officially announced the extremely leaked Pixel 5. It's a lovely device with a very cool green colorway option, and as an unrepentant Google hardware fan, I'm struggling against the urge to buy it. Honestly, there's only one thing stopping me: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, launching early next month, is the exact same price at $699. And on paper, it's a much better value.

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Including expensive mmWave 5G on the Pixel 5 was a big mistake, Google

Including expensive mmWave 5G on the Pixel 5 was a big mistake, Google

When it launches, the Google Pixel 5 will cost $699 in the United States — easily making it the most expensive Snapdragon 765 device on the market globally. For comparison, OnePlus's Nord costs around $470 in Europe, while the US-sold LG Velvet retails for $600. Both phones have larger screens, more cameras, in-screen fingerprint scanners, and still support the actually-usable sub-6GHz 5G being deployed globally. And I think that pretty much tells us what we need to know about why the Pixel 5 is commanding such a premium — mmWave 5G no one asked for or needs.

Only the American Pixel 5 will ship with the antenna modules required for compatibility with mmWave 5G networks, and those antenna modules are expensive.

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The US and Canada are getting the Pixel 5 after everywhere else

The US and Canada are getting the Pixel 5 after everywhere else

Google's Pixel 5 is official, and the pre-order floodgates have been opened. But this year, there's a bit of a twist when it comes to actual availability: The US and Canada won't be getting the phones first or on the same day as most other markets. In fact, we're getting it last, on October 29th compared to October 15th everywhere else.

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Here are the 5G networks your Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G can use

Here are the 5G networks your Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G can use

If the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 will be your first foray into America's emergent 5G networks, you'll want to know where you can take the phone you've bought — especially if you're buying it directly from Verizon. So, let's get to sorting those airwaves out.

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