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Aptoide launches 'Google, Play Fair!' campaign website as antitrust row escalates

Google's antitrust woes aren't showing any signs of stopping, with rival Android app store Aptoide launching a full-on campaign against alleged unfair treatment by the tech giant. Back in October last year, Aptoide gained an injunction against Google in a Portuguese court after a Play Protect notice warning users that the alternative might be unsafe. Now, Aptoide is upping the ante.

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Ecobee’s new SmartThermostat features modest redesign and improved voice recognition for $250

The Ecobee4 has been our go-to smart thermostat here at Android Police for quite a while. Its connectivity with various smart home protocols and integrated Alexa voice controls round off the device's temperature regulation capabilities, making it one of the best smart thermostats around. Today, Ecobee has announced the successor to its successful two-year-old product, and true to the proverb "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," not much has changed. The thermostat comes with a modest redesign, the same Alexa integration, improved processing power, and better sound.

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[Update: New features now live] Google releases Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier apps to improve Android for the hearing-impaired

Google's focus on making Android more accessible has been evident — it opened last year's I/O keynote with morse code input on Gboard. In addition to that, Android Pie brought with it an array of new accessibility features, letting motor-impaired users easily jump to nine common interactions on their phones. Today, the Android Accessibility team announced Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, two new apps that look to materially improve quality of life for deaf and hard-of-hearing users. The apps are currently being tested on the Play Store and will be pushed to all Pixel 3 users in the next update.

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[Update: Starting to roll out] Pixel updates for June are up, 3a and 3a XL get their first monthly security patches

It's the first Monday of a new month, and that means Google's Pixels are getting their regular security patches. Downloads for both full factory images and sideloadable OTAs are up and available while we wait for the update to roll out via the more traditional means — which usually takes at least an hour or two. Pixel functional patches for this month's update include a few fixes, as well as improved hotword detection for the "Ok Google" command. The Pixel 3a also joins its forebears in picking up its first ever monthly security updates.

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Google will reveal Stadia prices and games on June 6th

It didn't take long for Google to move from the free Project Stream demo late last year to the Stadia reveal in March. The company isn't even waiting for E3 to drop more details. Google says the first "Stadia Connect" is coming on June 6th, and you'll be able to watch on YouTube. That's when we'll learn about upcoming Stadia games and the service's pricing structure.

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The Lenovo Smart Clock is a decent Assistant speaker at the wrong price

The first 'smart displays' running Google Assistant were released last year, including Google's own Home Nest Hub. They're all 7-10 inches across, with enhanced functionality over audio-only speakers. They can display video news briefings, place video Duo calls, show video news briefings, bring up security camera feeds, play YouTube videos, and more.

But what if you want something smaller? Amazon's Echo Spot was released in late 2017, and a five-inch Echo Show was just announced, but not everyone likes to use Alexa. Lenovo introduced an Assistant-powered smart clock at CES earlier this year, and now you can actually buy one...

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[Update: Full report] Google is in the midst of a massive outage affecting Gmail, Drive, and some third-party services

In the last few hours there have been widespread reports of outages related to several Google services including Gmail, Drive, Nest, Analytics, and Calendar. In fact, almost all of Google's services suite is potentially affected according to the current statuses listed on the G Suite Status Dashboard. The issue appears to be regional, however, with anecdotal reports indicating not everyone is affected.

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Chromebook volume buttons will finally match device screen orientation

One annoying quirk with 2-in-1 Chromebooks (and Chrome OS tablets) has been with how volume controls work. The volume up/down buttons always stay in the same position, even if you flip the device around for example, when I used to have my Asus C302 in tablet mode, pressing where the volume up button should be actually turned the sound level down. Thankfully, this papercut is close to going away forever.

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Google discounts Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Nest Hub smart speakers and display

Although Google's smart home devices have been going on sale several times in the past, the company is currently discounting almost the entire Home range, including the Nest Hub smart display. This is a great opportunity to get an extra intelligent device in your household, or even to buy your first one if you don't have one already.

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Play Movies rentals for popular films start at $0.99 this weekend

This weekend is apparently "Ultimate Movie Weekend," meaning that digital rentals from studios like Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros are being discounted to as low as $0.99. A ton of films have been slashed to $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99, but you'll have to hurry — these prices are only valid until June 3.

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