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Google Pay just added another 18 US banks to its list of supported institutions

It's difficult to overstate the long-term effort Google's been making to get more and more financial institutions signed up to work with Google Pay. A couple years back we were talking about the day its list of US banks might hit a cool 2,000 — a milestone that's in the distant rear-view at this point. And while you might think it would simply run out of banks eventually, we're already creeping up on 3,000. Helping us along the way to get there, we've got nearly a dozen new banks joining the club.

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Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud won't come to iOS due to App Store rules

Google has stayed quiet about bringing its Stadia game streaming platform to iOS, even though the game library application has been available on the App Store for a while now. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been testing its xCloud competitor on iOS, but now it seems neither product will see a full release on Apple's mobile devices.

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Google Pixel 4a becomes best-selling unlocked smartphone at Amazon and Best Buy

Last year's Pixel 3a was a smash hit with buyers, doubling Google's smartphone sales at the time of its release. It looks like Google may have struck gold twice, as the Pixel 4a is currently the best-selling unlocked smartphone at both Amazon and Best Buy.

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Borderlands 3 is free to play on Stadia Pro now through Sunday

Starting Thursday, Stadia Pro members who don't have Borderlands 3 will be able to play it for free. No, this is not a free game you can add to your library — rather, it looks to be the platform's first Free Play Days campaign.

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Option to force 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 is back in Android 11 Beta 3

The setting to forcibly enable the Pixel 4 to a 90Hz-always mode has been brought back as of Android 11 Beta 3. So far as we can tell, the setting was removed in Beta 2. However, it has been brought back — seemingly with a new name.

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Google opts all users out of voice data collection, explains what it does with the data

If you've used any of Google's voice services for Assistant, Maps, and Search, you will have gotten a lengthy notice about some major changes as to how and why it collects audio of what you say. These actions are a response to last year's revelations about how humans were contracted to review those clips and how some of them got leaked. The top-line takeaway here is that every user has been opted out of data collection.

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Android 11 Beta 3 is here with support for the Pixel 4a — our last beta before the official release

Android 11 Beta 3 is out today. (Surprise! A rare Thursday release.) For folks keeping track at home, this is the last beta version before Android 11 is formally released later this summer — probably on September 8th, unless there are some last-minute changes. Google considers this a "release candidate build," so those of you that want to get a taste of Android 11 early have your best shot at stability, and developers can rest assured basically everything in Beta 3 is fixed, final, and ready for your last rounds of app compatibility testing.

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Google accidentally outs possible Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) launch date in blog post

After struggling for years to contain the many Pixel leaks, Google now does things a little differently by showing us glimpses of its products ahead of their full unveiling. Even so, it doesn't appear to have been part of the plan to reveal the pre-order date for its upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) so soon. Someone at Google France seemingly didn't get the memo.

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New Google Nest speaker tipped to launch end of August for around $100-120

Following those previous leaks, Google has taken a page out of its own book and shown us a glimpse of "what the Nest team is working on from home." The images (and video!) clearly depict the upcoming Nest Speaker, confirming the overall design we saw earlier today.

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