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Google Assistant has a horrible song to help make sure you wash your hands long enough

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues, health officials have one advisory above all others: you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to make sure they're virus-free. Google's getting in on that action: you can now ask the Assistant for help washing your hands to hear a terrible song about it.

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Enjoy a stable home-wide network with a Nest Wifi router + access point for just $199 ($70 off)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have to stay quarantined at home. Whether you're working, catching up with friends and family, or relaxing and watching a movie, you'll need a stable connection throughout your home to avoid disruptions. Thankfully, Google's Nest Wifi, which is one of the best mesh networks on the market, is currently on sale, as the bundle that includes the router and an additional access point is down to $199, which is $70 less than the usual price.

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Get the Stadia Premiere Edition for $99 today only ($30 off)

While many people seem to have developed an aversion to Stadia, I personally still absolutely love Google's vision for cloud gaming. Sure, a lot of promised features haven't made it into the product yet, but it's slowly coming together. I'm surprised again and again how well it performs, just like others on the Android Police team. If you're not already heavily invested in Xbox, PlayStation, or PC and/or are willing to give a new cloud gaming platform a go, Stadia could be interesting for you. Today only, you can also save $30 on the Premiere Edition of the service, costing you just $99 instead of the usual $129.

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Latest Google Messages beta gets its own image markup tool

After killing off a few earlier attempts at conquering the chat app market, Google has decided to develop Messages at full steam. Thanks to the rich communication services (RCS) rolling out in more and more countries, the SMS app is gearing up to become a possible WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger replacement for many people. With that in mind, a simple image markup editor shouldn't be missing from the service, and Google seems to think the same. It's currently beta testing a markup tool in the application.

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Doom Eternal is launching on Stadia today

The Doom series is among the best-known video games in the world, so it's great to see that Google managed to secure the rights for the latest title in the installment — in fact, this is the game Stadia has been hyping even before the service itself launched. Today, Doom Eternal has finally landed on the platform, along with being released on most other common consoles and stores.

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Unreleased prototypes of the first Android phone appear on eBay

Hardcore Android fans and those with a good memory may remember that the HTC G1/Dream wasn't actually the very first Android device. There was another phone that Google used internally during the platform's development, which was codenamed "Sooner." It was ultimately dropped in favor of the HTC Dream's design, which was Android's first shipping, consumer-facing product, but Sooner technically predates it. And if you'd like to get your hands on one, a small pile of them just appeared on eBay for $200 each.

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Everything we know about Google's upcoming Pixel 4a

Pixel leak season has started, and details surrounding Google's upcoming mid-range phone have started to trickle out.  The previous Pixel 3a was a great phone, and that leaves the Pixel 4a with some awfully big shoes to fill. Any official word is probably still a few months out, but here's what we know about the phone so far.

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Google launches Camera Go app as Android Go usership hits 100 million active devices

Hot on the heels of the Nokia event that brought us the new Android Go-equipped Nokia 1.3, Google has taken the opportunity to talk about the new Camera Go pre-installed on that phone. Similar to other Go apps, it has been created with low-end hardware in mind while retaining some of the features that make Google's image processing so great.

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Google Messages now supports RCS for everyone in Spain

Google gave up on its last custom chat application a while back and went all-in with RCS. However, trusting carriers to work out the details was a disaster. That's why Google started deploying RCS itself a few months ago. The company has rolled the enhanced "Chat" functionality out in numerous regions, and now you can add Spain to the list.

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Pixel 4 will support enhanced dual-band GPS on Android 11 (Updated)

Dual-band GPS — or, technically, dual-frequency GNSS — should be able to provide a better navigation experience by pulling additional data from navigation satellites. A number of Android devices have the hardware required to use this method, including the newly-announced Pixel 4. And according to Google, the feature is "coming soon."

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