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[Update: A couple more] Google Pay adds 55 US banks and credit unions to its already enormous support list

Even though Google Pay is already supported by around 2,000 banks, Google somehow keeps finding new banks and credit unions to add. 14 more banks and credit unions in the US have been added with this update, though we fully expect to see even more in the coming weeks.

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Google just showed us the Pixel 4 months before it will launch

Google just unveiled the Pixel 4 - a phone that won't launch probably until October - on the official Made by Google Twitter account today, June 12th. Given the design of the phone leaked just two days ago, it seems Google decided it wasn't worth hiding anymore and just posted about it on Twitter, which is a pretty crazy awesome thing to do.

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Get a Google Home Max and Mini for just $242 in this Father's Day sale

If you want a smart speaker with a whole lotta sound, the Google Home Max sure is a good option. Originally $400, the speaker's price was later reduced by $100, and we've seen it drop to as low as $262 in a sale before. Today's Father's Day deal marks a new low — $242 for a Home Max, with a Home Mini thrown in for good measure.

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The Pixel 4 could get iPhone-style True Tone adaptive white balance

In addition to the upcoming Face ID-like security planned for Android, Google could be taking yet another page from Apple's playbook — or from its own, depending on how you look at it. Our friends at XDA Developers spotted a "Display white balance" setting in earlier Android Q builds, and paired with some new sensors and a few other details, it sounds like the Pixel 4 may have the chops to dynamically adjust its white balance based on ambient light and color.

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Images will no longer automatically sync between Google Drive and Photos starting in July

Google has long maintained an optional link between Google Drive and Google Photos, but it appears that feature is going away. According to Google, many users find the connection between those services confusing. So, get ready for a "simplified" experience going forward.

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In 2019, Google G Suite feels incomplete without a proper graphics editor

This might seem like wishful thinking at best, but hear me out: Google should make a photo editor. I'm not talking about the simple crop-and-filter tools built into Google Photos, but a "real" raster graphics editor with layers and more flexibility, not just to enhance the already great camera chops of the company's Pixel phones, but to help with modern productivity. The nature of work has been changing since the productivity side of G Suite — Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive — landed back in 2012, and in 2019 many modern workflows can't be completed without graphics or photo editing.

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Chromecasts and Assistant speakers keep disappearing from the Google Home app for some, making them near useless

Google's smart home speakers and Chromecasts are great when they work. You can throw any supported content on them and have it play almost instantly, without worrying about hardware compatibility and app availability as you'd have to on set-top boxes or consoles. However, Google's offers are only great when they really do work. That isn't the case for some users, with their Chromecasts and Homes repeatedly disappearing from the Home app, rendering them effectively useless for many cast-enabled apps.

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Pixel Buds firmware update reduces lag and improves connectivity

Google tried to take on Apple's AirPods with its Pixel Buds, but as we all know, that didn't work out too well – the Pixel Buds aren't truly wireless and connect to each other with a cord, and coupled with some additional issues like poor audio and a finicky charging case, they never stood a chance. However, if you bought them prepared for these problems, you still got headphones with stellar Google Assistant support and quick pairing, so there's that. Now, the Buds are receiving a new firmware update that packs reduced lag, better connectivity, and improved battery stats.

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[Update: It's a Bluetooth tag] Mysterious Bluetooth-only Google device gets FCC approval

It's not uncommon that we learn about new products through FCC filings — just about anything that communicates wirelessly has to get the Commission's approval before going on sale in the US. Usually, the filings give us some inkling of what the product may be. Not this time, though: the FCC has approved a new Google product, and all we know about it is that it communicates solely via Bluetooth.

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[Update: Coming in v76] Chrome on desktop platforms will soon show an Install button for Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps are pretty great. They can be installed to your computer, send push notifications, run offline, and more while still being isolated from the rest of your computer/phone/tablet. Thankfully, Google is now making it more obvious when apps can be installed to your device.

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