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Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

Google Assistant's latest settings layout separates your phone from your smart speakers

If you've ever spent hours rearranging your home in an effort to feel more organized, you might have a lot in common with Google. It's hard to think of a company that spends more time rearranging all of its various menus. The latest settings swap is an attempt to make navigating Assistant preferences a lot easier, but depending on how many smart speakers you own, it might not play out as expected.

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Google and Spotify have solved their missed alarm issue

Google and Spotify have solved their missed alarm issue

Most of us probably replaced our old and clunky bedside clocks with smartphones ages ago. With a built-in alarm and an always-active battery backup, it's usually a reliable way to get up in the morning. However, throughout this week, Google's Clock app hasn't been activating alarms properly for some users, causing massive headaches for anyone afflicted. Thankfully, a fix has arrived.

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Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google has updated so many of its apps to fit Material You guidelines, it's getting hard to keep track. While Contacts got a facelift a few weeks ago, its matching dialer app had yet to see the same attention. With the release of a new beta, that's finally changing.

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Google should be worried about Epic's injunction against Apple

Google should be worried about Epic's injunction against Apple

The Apple vs. Epic drama probably isn't over yet, but the courts have come to one conclusion. While it's far from the victory Epic may have hoped for, the court has issued an injunction against Apple that should at least allow developers to point customers to non-Apple payment options. It's a small bit of good news for iOS developers, but it leaves us in Android land wondering: How might this affect Google's Play Store billing enforcement changes, which are set to kick in at the end of this very month?

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Google Weather's UI redesign is now live for everyone

Google Weather's UI redesign is now live for everyone

There's nothing Google loves more than to experiment with redesigns. With the power of server-side updates, you'll often see one of your most-used apps flash an all-new look — before it disappears in the blink of an eye. That's what happened earlier this summer when the classic hamburger menu began disappearing from Google Weather's search bar. After flipping the switch off and on a few times, it seems its redesign is finally here to stay.

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Material You is arriving to fancy up Google Calendar, Drive, and Meet real soon

Material You is arriving to fancy up Google Calendar, Drive, and Meet real soon

Pixel owners who've hopped on the Android 12 beta, be aware: the Material You look, with its short-radius curvy shapes, invasion of the Google Sans typeface, and complementary colorsets in muted pastels, is coming to a load of Google Workspace apps in the next several weeks.

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Dark mode for Google Search on the web is here for everybody

Dark mode for Google Search on the web is here for everybody

Our eyeballs have been patiently waiting for a darker version of Search on the web for years. While a few users got a peek at it earlier this summer, as of today the option for a dark-themed Google search should be coming to everyone. You can try it out now. Right now! Go! Do it! Why are you still here?!

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Google Meet adds a quick settings panel for all of your favorite background effects

Google Meet adds a quick settings panel for all of your favorite background effects

Whether you're still working remotely or trying out a new hybrid situation, video conferences are still a common factor in the lives of millions of employees. Google Meet is one of the best ways to hold meetings online, in both one-on-one situations and company-wide keynotes. To make it easier to manage your video's appearance, Google is adding a dedicated effects panel to its UI.

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The first major improvements to Nearby Share since its launch are here

The first major improvements to Nearby Share since its launch are here

Google is further improving Nearby Share, its own take on AirDrop, by adding two new notable features. The first one is group transfer support, with the second one tweaking the visibility aspect of the feature. These are the first major improvements Google is making to Nearby Share since first rolling it out last year.

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Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Yesterday, when Android 12 Beta 5 rolled out, we spotted an apparent rebranding for Google's old Device Personalization Services, picking up the new Private Compute Core name. The stuff actually in that section of Settings remained the same, though, and Google told us the name would be a thing back when it announced Beta 2. Now the company is sharing more about its plans and what, precisely, a "Private Compute Core" means.

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