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YouTube's default video quality will drop to standard definition 480p for everyone

According to a report by Bloomberg published earlier today, YouTube will start limiting its streaming video quality by default, bumping everyone in the world down to "standard definition" quality — or 480p. However, higher resolutions/definitions will still be available for manual selection.

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YouTube highlights channels that help children learn while they're stuck at home

Millions of children are stuck at home right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean they should be in summer holiday mode just yet. To help parents get into the homeschooling groove, Google has put together a list of Youtube creators and channels that make learning from home easier for kids of all ages.

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All the smaller features in Android 11 Developer Preview 2 you might have missed

As expected, the second Android 11 Developer Preview had a few more features hidden inside it than Google let on in the initial announcement. We've covered several of the more prominent features in individual posts, but to save a bit of time, we've compiled the rest of the changes spotted (so far!) in this list.

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These video streaming services are reducing bandwidth consumption following the coronavirus pandemic (Update: TikTok)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most people have to stay quarantined at home to prevent the spread of the virus. This is causing increased network usage, as people need a stable connection to work, study, and of course, entertain themselves. Sadly, the latter requires a high bandwidth, which providers are trying to contain by reducing the quality of their service.

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Google Play introduces Asset Delivery system to streamline game downloads

While the world is slowly progressing with faster Internet connectivity, and OEMs are iteratively offering more storage space in devices, it's still hard to keep up with the rate that games and some other apps have been growing. To combat this trend, Google is introducing a new Asset Delivery API so developers can further streamline the install process for games so users can get up and running even faster and with less space used.

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Google Play Services for AR now supports the Galaxy Z Flip, LG V60, and more phones

Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore, is the engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets. Since the last time we covered the library, 22 more devices have been added to the roster.

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Google Photos adds text selection prompt on mobile and upload origin information on the web

Google Photos is already a solid product and has only recently received a massive facelift that's still not rolling out widely. But there are always little things that can be improved upon, and recently, two have surfaced: The Photos app now shows you toasts that let you quickly copy texts from images while the web interface allows you to see where you've uploaded a given photo from.

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Get $100 off a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, starting at $299

If you're looking for a great phone that won't break the bank, why not consider the one we awarded phone of the year for 2019? The Pixel 3a and 3a XL pack everything you need, and they're currently down to $299 and $379, respectively, which is $100 less than their usual price.

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Google publishes list of recommended work from home accessories for Hangouts Meet

Plenty of businesses use Hangouts Meet for person-to-person video calls and conferencing, especially since the company recently made it free for G Suite customers as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If you're using it at home and struggling with your laptop's built-in webcam or a mediocre microphone, Google just published a list of approved hardware upgrades that have passed the Hangouts Meet hardware peripheral and qualification program.

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Buy Doom Eternal on Stadia by April 3, get Doom 64 free

Doom Eternal hit Stadia, consoles, and PC today, and there's good news for early adopters. If you snag the game on Stadia by April 3, you'll get some free bonuses — including access to Doom 64 when it launches on the platform later this spring.

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