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YouTube is testing Premium music controls for those who won’t switch to YouTube Music

YouTube is testing Premium music controls for those who won’t switch to YouTube Music

Even though Google offers a dedicated music application, a good chunk of people still can't shake the habit of catching their favorite tracks on YouTube. Google previously tried to prompt users to switch to YT Music, but it seems like it's tired of doing so as it's testing a new YouTube interface that's meant to improve the music listening experience.

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Google plans to overhaul Chrome media controls to mimic Android 11 even further

Google plans to overhaul Chrome media controls to mimic Android 11 even further

Not too long ago, Google introduced global media controls to Chrome on desktops. It adds a button with media playback controls to the right of the address bar whenever you watch or listen to content on any website. While it's already incredibly helpful in its current state, Google is looking to improve it even further, as an avid Redditor found out.

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Google would really like you to start using its Photos print service, pretty please

Google would really like you to start using its Photos print service, pretty please

Google Photos is one of the best cloud backup services you can find today, even if it's about to lose its most valuable feature. It's a great photo management tool, with or without unlimited free backups. If you already have your entire collection stored in Google's cloud, you should make sure you're taking advantage of all of the other tools available. Some new UI changes are coming to Photos that bring sharing and ordering prints into the spotlight.

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False alarm: Google isn't planning a new free Photo backup plan for Pixels

False alarm: Google isn't planning a new free Photo backup plan for Pixels

Google Photos is dropping its free unlimited "high quality" backups for non-Pixels at the end of this month. Apparently, the company decided it's time to start cashing in on one of its best products and pushing more customers to paid Google One plans. While Google's current stance doesn't make any future Pixels eligible for free unlimited backups, a new "storage saver" tier was seen in a teardown by 9to5Google. While they first thought it could be a new unlimited photo storage plan, Google has since confirmed it's just a name-change being considered for the existing "high quality" option.

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Your Google account is going to take two steps to sign in whether you want it or not

Your Google account is going to take two steps to sign in whether you want it or not

Google wants all of its users to add a second step to authenticate their logins and it's ready to impose this security hurdle on as many people as possible at once. The company has announced that it'll do just that sometime soon.

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Time's ticking on Stadia's latest controller and Chromecast giveaway

Time's ticking on Stadia's latest controller and Chromecast giveaway

The long-term fate of Stadia may be up in the air (and ready to fuel endless debate), but that's not stopping the platform from still managing to attract some AAA titles. Stadia's latest big score is Resident Evil Village, which lands this Friday, May 7. Google's welcoming it with another deal that offers a free Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller with pre-order — and you've only got a few hours left to take advantage of it.

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Google wants you to use the Assistant as yet another messaging app

Google wants you to use the Assistant as yet another messaging app

Google I/O is inching closer, but Google is already on an announcement spree. After teasing some launcher improvements coming to tablets and giving us a first glimpse at its response to Apple's Privacy Labels, the company is now getting ready to share some Assistant updates. For one, Assistant Broadcasts can now reach family members even when they're not home, but there's much more than just that.

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Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Last year, Apple rolled out a new set of what it called Privacy Labels for the App Store. These disclaimers were sort of like privacy-oriented nutrition information attached to each app listing, with developers supplying the details regarding exactly what data their apps collect and precisely how it's used — assuming you trust them to be honest. The moment that news landed last year, expectations swung our collective attention at Google: When would Android and the Play Store get something similar?

The answer is "next year," assuming the tentative schedule Google for the new "safety section" announced today holds up. And based on the details provided, it might beat Apple when it comes to caring about your security instead of just your privacy.

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Evidence mounts that 2021 will be the year Google takes on Apple's Bionic processors

Evidence mounts that 2021 will be the year Google takes on Apple's Bionic processors

For over a year, it's been rumored that Google was working on a custom smartphone chip with Samsung, and last month news surfaced that it would land in an upcoming Pixel phone, presumed to be the Pixel 6. Another small tidbit has surfaced recently that further corroborates Whitechapel-powered hardware is under development and tied to upcoming Google hardware.

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Google takes a hard left on its latest Discover UI test

Google takes a hard left on its latest Discover UI test

Google Discover is one of the search giant's most popular products in recent memory. Even Samsung finally relented and put it on the homescreens of some of its wildly successful Galaxy smartphones — no mean real estate achievement, even for Google. As such, UI tests on Discover are almost as numerous as the dozens of content cards it displays, with constant tests, refreshes, and tweaks coming and going.

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