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The new Google Photos share menu is a much-needed improvement

The new Google Photos share menu is a much-needed improvement

Google has been rolling out a new share menu to Photos over the past few weeks, and it seems to have reached most people by now. For those of you who share media through Photos often, this change is a godsend.

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[Update: Fixed] Google broke the Play Store's Updates tab

[Update: Fixed] Google broke the Play Store's Updates tab

Google wouldn't be Google if it didn't break stuff from time to time. If you've been wondering why your Updates tab in the Play Store app is blank, rest assured knowing that you're not alone; it's an issue affecting pretty much everyone.

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[Update: Fix rolling out] The first Google Messages beta (v4.7) instantly crashes on start

[Update: Fix rolling out] The first Google Messages beta (v4.7) instantly crashes on start

Earlier this week, Google opened a public beta program for its Messages app. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised since this is Google we're talking about here, but the very first Messages beta (v4.7) is instantly crashing on start for most.

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[Update: Should be fixed] Google Pay is broken for many in Android Q Beta 3

[Update: Should be fixed] Google Pay is broken for many in Android Q Beta 3

Beta releases tend to have bugs, and this latest one from Android Q Beta 3 might be a bit unfortunate for those of you who use contactless payments. Many on Beta 3 are reporting that Google Pay is broken, presumably because of a SafetyNet issue similar to the one from Android P DP4 last year.

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Google Photos is testing a completely useless Printing tab

Google Photos is testing a completely useless Printing tab

As any Android enthusiast will know, Google loves testing new UIs and features on random users. Sometimes the changes are welcome, but other times... not so much. This latest addition to Google Photos falls into the latter category, because a dedicated Printing tab is something that nobody asked for.

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[Update: Third-party support coming] Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads

[Update: Third-party support coming] Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads

We already knew that Google's Assistant UI would only work on the Pixel Stand. This decision by Google, while annoying, is understandable. Less understandable is the recent discovery that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will only wirelessly charge at 10W on the Pixel Stand, with all third-party wireless chargers limited to the much slower 5W.

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BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works

BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works

In an interesting twist, BeyondPod, a podcast manager that has been around since seemingly the beginning of Android, has been removed from Android Auto. This isn't entirely surprising - prior to this April, it hadn't had a public update in two years, and people had been complaining about the huge amount of bugs.

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[Update: Maybe not] The Pixel 3 will only have gesture navigation, with no option for standard nav buttons

[Update: Maybe not] The Pixel 3 will only have gesture navigation, with no option for standard nav buttons

As we all know by now, Google's implementation of gesture navigation is pretty lackluster. Given that it still takes up the same amount of space as the regular nav bar, it doesn't have any real benefits and just makes things confusing. You'll probably be disappointed to hear that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will ship with gesture navigation, and there won't be an option to use the standard three-button layout that's been part of Android for years.

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This is Google's (rather boring) statue for Android 9 Pie

This is Google's (rather boring) statue for Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie was officially released earlier today, but there was one thing missing from the announcement: the statue. You see, Google creates a statue to put on display at its Mountain View campus for each new Android dessert version. Lately, the statues had been getting pretty stale, though the Oreo one showed some improvement. The statue for Android 9 Pie, however, marks the return to boring bugdroids.

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[Update: Google responds] Google still hasn't fixed the Pixel 2's 8-month-old panorama issue, so someone made a workaround (root required)

[Update: Google responds] Google still hasn't fixed the Pixel 2's 8-month-old panorama issue, so someone made a workaround (root required)

As we all know, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use the same camera hardware. But while the Pixel 2 XL hasn't had any major camera issues (at least recently), the Pixel 2 has been having problems with its infinity focus point essentially since launch, leading to blurry panoramas. It's been eight months since the issue was first reported, but because Google still hasn't fixed it, an owner decided to take things into his own hands.

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