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Google is reportedly working on a 5G Pixel phone

Google's new hardware lineup has been leaked to death ahead of its official unveiling, and with less than a week to go, new rumors keep coming. According to a new and not entirely surprising report, Google is planning a 5G Pixel device that it may or may not reveal at its October 15 hardware event.

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Google Play Store v17 fixes the broken changelog menu [APK Download]

Over the past few days, updates to the Google Play Store broke the changelog menu under My Apps & games. Users noticed that tapping the little arrow next to any app didn't trigger the changelog to appear below it, so they had to dig into the app listing looking for the latest changes brought by each update. Thankfully, that's now fixed with the latest Play Store v17.

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Latest Material Design for Docs, Sheets, and Slides rolling out to G Suite accounts

Back in June, Google began rolling out new Material Design looks to Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It took a couple months for that roll-out to hit the wider public, but most Gmail accounts now have it. We say "most accounts" because it's rare for general users of Google's services to come in lockstep with what G Suite account holders are experiencing. Now, we're learning that G Suite users will see the fresh styling on those three apps.

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[Update: DOOM Eternal delayed] All the games on Google Stadia

Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, begins trialing in November — you'll need to buy a $130 Founder's Edition kit to get access — and is expected to expand to the general audience sometime in 2020. So far, 30 games have been announced for the early roster and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along this year. It can be a little hard to keep track of things, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.

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Google Home starts letting users transfer streams between speakers and displays

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house. With all that space and all the people you share it with, you may have wanted to start listening to music or watching a show on one device, then move it over to another. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim.

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Google mandates Digital Wellbeing for all Android devices going forward

Smartphone addiction, like nicotine addiction, is real and it has several negative consequences, such as adversely affecting your social life, your ability to work or study, and even messing with how your brain functions. In response, some companies have created apps to help you find a good balance, like Google's Digital Wellbeing. Starting from September 3rd, 2019, Digital Wellbeing will no longer be an optional phone feature but a requirement for all Android manufacturers to implement into their devices.

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Google to make mobile gaming more predictable and performant with Gaming Device Certification

The mobile gaming industry is big and projected to generate about $90 billion by 2021. With 2.4 billion people expected to play mobile games in 2019 alone, many companies have been releasing devices branded as "gaming" phones, such as Asus, Razer, Xiaomi, and more. Going along with this rising trend, Google has started a new program called Gaming Device Certification that will ensure future gaming phones perform smoothly, predictably, and support the latest gaming APIs.

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Google Pixels and Essential Phone pick up first Android 10 monthly patches

In keeping with tradition, monthly security patches for Android are being released for Pixel phones starting today, with one twist: this is the first time we've gotten a monthly update since Android 10 landed. (The "C3" presumably bugfix release last month doesn't count.) That means a whole pile of functional patches is also included, fixing everything from sensor calibration to potential bootloops, memory drains, and missing notifications.

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The Pixel 3 is at its lowest price ever ($391) on Rakuten right now

In the run-up to the October 15 event that will see the launch of the next generation of the Google Pixel smartphones, prices of the older devices are dropping. The price of the Pixel 3 has now come down to $391 for the 64GB model on Rakuten — that's nearly $70 less than the listed price of $460. You can save by using the code SAVE15 on the site while ordering.

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