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[Update: Pixel 3a, too] Pixel 3a XL comes with a free $100 gift card on Amazon

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL just went live on Amazon a few hours ago, but a pretty enticing promotion is already being offered. Buyers of the Just Black Pixel 3a XL can get a free $100 Amazon gift card, which is sure to be much more useful than the $100 in Google Store credit you'll get from Google itself.

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Tech destroys the walls between our personal and work lives—I'm fighting to rebuild them

I am weirdly zealous about separating my work life from my personal life. My sanity, such as it is, depends upon not having anxieties about my job bleed into my home life, and keeping the chaos and distractions of my personal, family, and creative life from disrupting my work time. After over a decade of almost exclusively working from home, I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into how I can configure the various components of my Google-powered digital life in a way that is efficient and deliberate rather than stressful and schizophrenic.

But as more aspects of our lives become enveloped by the technological, the easier it is for the demands of our jobs to shove their way into our hours off the clock.

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Every new Android Q feature we have found so far [Continuously updated]

It's that time of the year again. Google has pushed out betas for its latest, greatest version of Android: Q. Your eagle-eyed Android Police editors have been combing through looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks. We've enumerated everything we've found here, together with a brief description of what's new. So, let's take a look at Android Q.

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Now Playing on Pixels may soon show location and activity history

One of those subtle Android features that Google makes exclusive to Pixel devices is "Now Playing." Introduced with the Pixel 2, it scans for music in the background and shows you what song is playing on the Ambient Display. According to our friends at XDA, location and activity tracking may be coming to Now Playing's history menu soon.

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Google Slides slides past 500 million installs on Play Store

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Google plans to add scrolling screenshots in Android R

The issue tracker is a good way to bring bugs and feature requests to Google's attention, but sometimes yelling at the guy who runs Android at Google is more effective. Google marked scrolling screenshots as "infeasible" in the issue tracker recently. At Google I/O this year, someone asked Dave Burke about that. Now, Burke has overruled the issue tracker decision, and scrolling screenshots will come to stock Android.

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Google says Assistant is available in more than 30 languages and 80 countries, though many seem to be in beta

I/O's main keynote was a blur of announcement after announcement, so you'll forgive us if we didn't notice this two-second slide where Google's Scott Huffman showed off Assistant's worldwide expansion and explained that it was "now [...] available on over 1 billion devices, in over 30 languages, across 80 countries." We love milestones like this, but many of the countries he pointed out appear to be in beta.

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[Update: New clocks, too] Assistant smart displays get new 'Routines' button

Assistant-powered smart displays have all the voice access features you get with the Assistant speakers, but sometimes it's easier to press a button. There's a new button on Assistant smart displays today, offering quick access to your routines. If you have a smart display, the button is probably already waiting for you.

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Google Keep rolling out dark mode for some users [APK Download]

Google has been very busy updating its apps with dark themes lately. The search app itself currently has a half-broken dark mode for some users, and services like Google News, Messenger and Calculator have had it in a functioning state for a while now. All of this is happening in preparation for Android Q's system-wide theme, but of course, users on earlier versions of the OS also profit from it. The latest app to receive dark mode is Google Keep, and we've got some screenshots courtesy of tipster Kreeper.

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Google attempts to shed light on the confusing 'Works with Nest' to 'Works with Google Assistant' transition

When Google decided to deprecate its Works with Nest API, there was a litany of questions left behind of what would happen. Some of those answers came when third parties started sending notices to Nest product owners saying that their apps and routines would not work with their cameras, thermostats, and other appliances past August 31 (or earlier). At the same time, as Nest account holders begrudgingly move their roots to a Google account, there are questions as to if all the Works with Nest integrations will be carried over. Google has come back today with answers.

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