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Google Pay is rolling out more widely across Europe

Google Pay is rolling out more widely across Europe

Google Pay’s tight integration with the Android OS makes it one of the most widely available and widely accepted mobile payment solutions. However, many international regions still don’t have access to this nifty tool, keeping people from the convenience of tap-and-pay on almost any Android phone. That’s changing today, at least for ten European countries where Google Pay is finally debuting.

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Google Maps adds more features to help us safely navigate the pandemic

Google Maps adds more features to help us safely navigate the pandemic

Google has spent plenty of time this year updating its products to be more useful during the pandemic, and some of it's freshly announced Maps features serve that same purpose. Improvements to the COVID layer and live information about how busy buses and trains are will help to keep us safe when out and about, and the much-anticipated Driving Mode is finally arriving in preview.

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YouTube Premium subscribers in more countries can now get their free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle

YouTube Premium subscribers in more countries can now get their free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle

Google loves to bundle all kinds of perks with its subscriptions, and a free Stadia Premiere Edition worth $100 is the latest generous gift lucky YouTube Premium subscribers can receive in the US and UK. And now, the company has expanded the offer to more countries. A while back, a Google support representative told a Redditor that the promo would be available in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain starting November 16, 2020, and with that date already passed, the promo is now live in these countries.

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Stadia's new messaging capabilities are rolling out widely now

Stadia's new messaging capabilities are rolling out widely now

Stadia has been in the news lately for generously giving out Stadia Premiere bundles to YouTube Premium subscribers, but that's not the only thing Google's cloud gaming service is giving away. It has now implemented a new messaging system, allowing users to send written messages back and forth between friends who are also on Stadia.

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The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

It's been a few weeks since Google released its new Chromecast with Google TV, and if you picked one up and are anything like the average American, you've probably spent some of that time searching to find the remote. Thankfully, there's a solution if your Chromecast remote has been permanently misplaced: Google is now offering individual Chromecast remotes for sale on the Google Store — and the listing has revealed a slightly-surprising spec.

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Google debuts new Barely Blue limited-edition color for Pixel 4a

Google debuts new Barely Blue limited-edition color for Pixel 4a

Google's Pixel 4a is a great phone at an fantastic price. Perhaps the only drawback was the limited color palette. As the old Ford adage goes: You could have it in any color you want, so long as it's black. That changes now, as Google is debuting a new, limited edition Barely Blue colorway for the Pixel 4a, on sale starting today.

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Chromebook sales skyrocketed in Q3 2020 with online education fueling demand

Chromebook sales skyrocketed in Q3 2020 with online education fueling demand

Demand for cheap but reliable PCs has never been higher since the global pandemic forced students across the country to shift to distance learning. Thanks to the affordability and dependability of Chromebooks, institutions are moving to Google's platform to bring students online, leading to tremendous sales growth worldwide.

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Pixel 5 and 4a 5G don't support 5G SA right now, but they will next year

Pixel 5 and 4a 5G don't support 5G SA right now, but they will next year

Both the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G make it plenty clear that they have next-gen network capabilities, but they lack support for standalone 5G (SA) at this moment in time. While that’s not a big deal right now as most US carriers exclusively rely on the non-standalone tech (NSA), it could prompt some compatibility issues as carriers move to reduce their dependence on 4G LTE for fallbacks. Fortunately, we understand that the two pricier 2020 Pixel phones will get support for 5G SA through a software update next year.

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New Gmail settings give you more control over your data

New Gmail settings give you more control over your data

In recent years, Google has come under increased scrutiny regarding how it uses your personal data, and this has led to the introduction of new privacy features across various products and the ability to auto-delete location history and web activity. The company's latest effort to put users in control of their own data comes in the form of new settings in Gmail.

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Google is adding tutorial videos to Chrome for Android

Google is adding tutorial videos to Chrome for Android

Google Chrome is already (mostly) simple to use, but there is plenty of functionality that isn't well-documented or easily discoverable. That could be why Google wants to add video tutorials to the browser, which are now being tested in the Chrome Dev and Canary channels.

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