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Google Photos wraps up 2020 memories with Year in Review

Google Photos wraps up 2020 memories with Year in Review

Earlier this year, Google gave Photos a fresh look that featured a new Memories tab at the top of the app. With the year coming to an end, that tab is now picking up a "Year in Review" story that will show you your 2020 in pictures, and even let you generate a photo book, if you so wish.

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Our 10 favorite Chrome and Chrome OS features from 2020

Our 10 favorite Chrome and Chrome OS features from 2020

2020 was (well, as of writing, still is) quite a crazy year, and that craziness also had a huge impact on the tech industry. The internet is gradually becoming more divided across countries, the trade war that completely changed Huawei's phone business is raging on, and the global pandemic affected both hardware and software release cycles — you might remember that Chrome and Chrome OS updates were temporarily paused when everyone started working from home.

Despite all that, there were also a lot of good things happening in tech: Foldables have matured and are headed for mainstream, budget phones don't suck anymore, Android has received tons of helpful features, and Chrome and Chrome OS have also benefitted from a lot of great developments.

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Google Assistant ends a shitty year with a shitty New Year song

Google Assistant ends a shitty year with a shitty New Year song

Google Assistant has come a long way from its early days of answering simple questions about the weather. Unfortunately, it's got some way to go before it can be described as a competent singer, and I don't want you to take my word for it. Go ask it to sing you a New Year song and you'll see what I mean.

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GPay offers personalized insights on your 2020 spending habits

GPay offers personalized insights on your 2020 spending habits

Spotify's Wrapped campaign turned out to be an ingenious marketing tool and more companies seem to be realizing the benefits of offering personalized, year-end insights to help generate word of mouth. GPay is jumping on the bandwagon with its own 2020 rewind stats.

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Weekend discussion: Nominate your favorite phones from 2020 for our Readers' Choice Award

Weekend discussion: Nominate your favorite phones from 2020 for our Readers' Choice Award

2020 has undoubtedly been a year to remember. Separate from the pandemic and other concerns, plenty of interesting, unusual, and great phones landed. So, to supplement our own upcoming editors' choice phone of the year, it's time to kick off the nomination process for our Android Police 2020 Readers' Choice Smartphone of the Year, ahead of next weekend's vote. Now is the time to make your voice heard and advocate for a specific model.

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YouTube Rewind will not be happening this year

YouTube Rewind will not be happening this year

As the year comes to an end, it's traditional for YouTube to release a Rewind video: a summation of popular creators, events, and trends that stood out during the previous 12 months. This year is not just any year, though, and it looks like YouTube has decided we'll all be better off without having to relive the events of 2020.

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12 Halloween costumes for robot vacuum cleaners absolutely no one asked for

12 Halloween costumes for robot vacuum cleaners absolutely no one asked for

Happy Covidween AP readers. Holidays during pandemics, as we've all now discovered, are kind of lousy. The only real advantage that Halloween has over other holidays is that at least today just about everyone should be on board with wearing masks... of one sort or another. As I contemplated the lameness of an impending holiday at home with just the family, when we normally host a costume party with friends, an idea occurred to me. If I couldn't have friends come over in costumes, why not dress up some little robots and have a party with them? (That was not even top 10 strangest idea I had that day in case you were wondering.)

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The Pixel 4a 5G hits the value sweet spot of 2020

The Pixel 4a 5G hits the value sweet spot of 2020

It's nearly the end of the year, and while many of us are waiting for the expected autumnal/Black Friday sales to upgrade phones, it's time to put that list together and consider just which models you'll be keeping an eye out for. And if you're still on the fence examining the 2020 lineup, we've got a specific recommendation: The Pixel 4a 5G. At $500 bought outright and unlocked, it offers a nearly ideal balance of value to performance.

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Google took one great idea from the iPhone SE this year: Launch quietly

Google took one great idea from the iPhone SE this year: Launch quietly

A whole lot is going on right now, and not just when it comes to phones. Life is much more complicated in 2020, and it can be hard sometimes to narrow your focus on the hot new gadgets, even when it's your job. Phone announcements are always exciting — and, for me, a little bit stressful — but yesterday's almost low-key launch of the Pixel 4a was unpretentious, a little bit familiar, and down-right refreshing.

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Android 10 update for Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G now rolling out (Updated)

Android 10 update for Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G now rolling out (Updated)

While the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro received Android 10 in September, the company has been very quiet about when the latest major release would hit its first 5G phone, the 7 Pro 5G. CEO Pete Lau finally took to the OnePlus forums with information on the update, but he's bearing bad news. Due to "more rigorous tests, debugging and optimizations" than anticipated, the manufacturer is expecting to launch Android 10 in the first quarter of 2020.

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