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Google's home theater integration between Chromecasts and Nest speakers is here (sort of)

Google's home theater integration between Chromecasts and Nest speakers is here (sort of)

Google introduced dynamic audio grouping on the Nest Hub and other Assistant-enabled smart displays earlier this year. The feature allows devices to be added and removed from audio groups on the fly without needing to edit groups beforehand. This ability started rolling out in the Google Home app last week — and it enables a workaround that lets you cast videos to Chromecast devices while the audio plays on Nest speakers.

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How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

Some Google apps are failing to install on Android 11 when you try to sideload the latest versions from a trustworthy source like our own sister site APK Mirror. Ever since Google released the new Android OS, an INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE error keeps popping up for some people who want to install the most recent version of the Google Camera or the Google Recorder, for example.

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Google Assistant can now track wellness data from third-party services

Google Assistant can now track wellness data from third-party services

About a year ago, Google signed an agreement to acquire Fitbit and therefore create its own lineup of wearables. Although the deal is still pending regulatory approval, both companies have been working on joining forces and bringing their services together. Just a few days ago, Fitbit's new operating system built native Assistant integration to the company's watches, in addition to Alexa.

To further complete this process, Assistant has received a new Wellness section, which integrates with Fitbit trackers and lets you access sleep data from any assistant-compatible device.

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Google Podcasts reaches 50 million downloads on Android, so someone is clearly using it

Google Podcasts reaches 50 million downloads on Android, so someone is clearly using it

Google Podcasts may not be superior to many third-party podcast players out there, but it's free and readily available on any device and lets you pick up your listening session on a smart home speaker via voice. That alone might be worth a lot to many people, and it seems that Google Podcasts resonates with at least 50 million users — that's the milestone the app just reached on the Play Store.

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Google's best smart speaker is $150 off for Black Friday

Google's best smart speaker is $150 off for Black Friday

Google released a new $99 smart speaker this year, and it's really pretty great. But Google's biggest speaker, the Home Max, is still its best. It's also its priciest, at an MSRP of $299. But for Black Friday, the Max's price tag has been slashed in half at multiple retailers: you can pick one up for just $149 starting today.

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Google's Black Friday deals start today: $50 off Pixel 5, $150 off Google Home Max, and more

Google's Black Friday deals start today: $50 off Pixel 5, $150 off Google Home Max, and more

We're fast approaching Black Friday, every major retailer's favorite day of the year. There are sure to be savings of all sorts popping up on the big day, but we've got the list of deals you can get on Google products starting today right here — and there are some deals you can't afford to miss.

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These are the best replacements for Play Music's upload library

These are the best replacements for Play Music's upload library

Google killed Play Music in October 2020, a service many people loved for one feature in particular — its online music file locker with uploaded songs that seamlessly integrated with Play Music's streaming catalog. You could also just add titles you own and listen to them without ever having to pay a dime. Luckily, there are a few alternatives that replicate some of Play Music's capabilities, including its successor YouTube Music.

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Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant can now schedule lights on or off

Google Assistant has been able to turn lights on and off for a while, but until now, it could only do so immediately. This meant that it didn't have the capability to run a timer and perform the action after the time had elapsed. Thankfully, the digital helper has gotten even smarter and can now operate your lights according to the time or duration you specify.

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Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

The Pixel 4a 5G is a fantastic device, offering specs comparable to the flagship Pixel 5, albeit at a much more affordable price point. If there are any clear drawbacks, it’s the plastic body that’s certain to attract scuffs and scratches over time. Luckily, there are plenty of great cases out there to keep this from happening. Here are some of our favorite options for the Pixel 4a 5G.

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The 10 best tips and tricks for Chrome on Android

The 10 best tips and tricks for Chrome on Android

Chrome is Google's globally popular browser platform, and while the version for Android may not seem as powerful as the full-fledged desktop application, there's more than meets the eye. Chrome for Android has some hidden functionality lurking underneath the surface, and in this roundup, we'll go over ten of the browser's less-obvious features.

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