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Google WiFi is getting cheaper, and going places

Google WiFi is getting cheaper, and going places

A lot of homes have bred makeshift offices within the last year and the need for good internet coverage has never been felt more strongly. If you were looking for a good mesh Wi-Fi network to invest in, the Google Wi-Fi router might just be the one for you now — it's not only getting cheaper but also being made available in Canada and Europe.

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Google offers its remaining Fiber TV subscribers free Chromecasts to cancel their plans

Google offers its remaining Fiber TV subscribers free Chromecasts to cancel their plans

Back in 2020, Google announced it was retiring its Fiber TV service as it refocused efforts to expand internet availability. It made sense — after all, YouTube TV fulfills the same need for consumers with added convenience. Now, Google is making it even easier to move away from its old Fiber TV service by offering users the chance to upgrade to a Chromecast with Google TV and a new router.

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The blobs are back in the latest Emoji Kitchen update, together with contextual recommendations

The blobs are back in the latest Emoji Kitchen update, together with contextual recommendations

Gboard's emoji mashup stickers are one of the best things about using Google's software keyboard these days. They cover a gamut from cute, to funny, to even a bit disturbing — avocado spider will haunt your dreams. Now Gboard is adding another trick that makes it even easier to use them, offering up emoji kitchen stickers contextually based on what you type. Better, the much-loved blobmoji that were retired with Android 8.0 Oreo are also back in the new Emoji Kitchen mashups.

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Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

As part of today's big announcements from Google, the company snuck in a bit of a surprise: Separate from the embargo details we were provided, Google is also announcing that end-to-end encryption for Chat/RCS messages in Google Messages is now out of beta — at least, for one-on-one conversations.

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Spammers are flooding Google Meet and Drive with phony invitations

Spammers are flooding Google Meet and Drive with phony invitations

If you've been seeing Google Meet invitations and shared Google Drive items from people you don't know, only to have them try to sell you something or extort personal information, you're not alone. For the last few weeks some Google users have been getting new invitations for meetings and shared Drive items that inevitably turn into the same kind of annoying crap you're used to seeing in an email spam filter.

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Google Messages is making it easier to keep track of that address you always forget

Google Messages is making it easier to keep track of that address you always forget

With RCS, Google has positioned its Messages app to take on WhatsApp, Telegram, and any other online chat app aiming for communication domination. Although it has come a long way since its earliest days as Android's default SMS client, Messages is still missing a handful of features found in the competition. Thankfully, you can cross pinned conversations off the list today, as Google is adding starred messages to its app.

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Android's earthquake alerts are expanding around the world

Android's earthquake alerts are expanding around the world

Google's been rolling out a new earthquake alert and detection system that harnesses the vast number of Android devices in the wild, and now it's set to expand to more markets after landing on phones in New Zealand and Greece earlier this year. Starting today, the Android Earthquake Alerts System is available in seven more markets: Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. On top of that, Google promises that "most countries" will get it by 2022.

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Controlling your Android phone with your voice has never been easier

Controlling your Android phone with your voice has never been easier

Android's various voice input methods, from the Google Assistant to the accessibility-minded Voice Access, are all getting an upgrade. The Assistant will let you search for actions or activities inside third-party apps, and Voice Access is getting improved support for password input and a beta "gaze detection" feature that restricts it to work only when you're looking at your phone.

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Android Auto will finally let you choose dark mode as part of its biggest update in ages

Android Auto will finally let you choose dark mode as part of its biggest update in ages

Android Auto keeps your eyes on the road, all while mirroring the most essential parts of your phone. From maps to music and everything in between, Google's car-friendly interface has come a long way since its earliest days. Today, Android Auto is getting a whole slew of changes to help make your summer road trip even better.

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YouTube TV is offering free 4K dongles to paying subscribers

YouTube TV is offering free 4K dongles to paying subscribers

YouTube TV isn't as affordable as it used to be and if you're a subscriber, you surely wouldn't mind getting some more bang for your buck, right? Fortunately for you, Google is feeling generous and handing out free TiVo Stream 4K dongles (worth $40) — most likely in reaction to the service being blocked on Roku.

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