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Google Assistant spotted playing dress-up, hinting at Android 12 theme support

Google Assistant spotted playing dress-up, hinting at Android 12 theme support

A new, seemingly themed Google Assistant interface has been spotted in the wild. The images of it in action are incredibly garish, and though it probably isn't working as designed, the change is plausible given what we know of Android 12's upcoming theme support. The images also show off the anticipated "my actions" Assistant feature previously spotted in development.

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Google Assistant reshuffles its settings menu for new features

Google Assistant reshuffles its settings menu for new features

Give Google enough time, and it'll turn any of its apps into a messaging one. Google Assistant was the latest to receive this treatment, and it now allows messages to be broadcasted to smartphones. In recognition of this development, the app is getting a renamed "Communication" menu.

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Hey Google, set a timer for "Timely is shutting down"

Hey Google, set a timer for "Timely is shutting down"

Wow, talk about a blast from the past. The gorgeous Timely Alarm Clock showed up on the Play Store in the summer of 2013, an example of what well-designed Android apps should look like in the Jelly Bean era. Just a few months later, Google gobbled up the developer Bitspin, and made all of the pretty add-ons for Timely free.

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17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today we have a solid amount of sales, and while Wednesdays can be slow, I still have a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is My Sheet Music, a solid app for practicing sight-reading of scanned sheet music. Next, I have Runic Curse, an enjoyable Metroidvania game. Last but not least is Cook, Serve, Delicious, a competent restaurant sim that offers the full PC experience on mobile. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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YouTube TV reaches 10 million downloads on the Play Store, but probably doesn't have that many subscribers

YouTube TV reaches 10 million downloads on the Play Store, but probably doesn't have that many subscribers

It's unlikely that its recent Roku controversy has contributed much to this, but YouTube TV has just reached the 10 million downloads milestone on the Google Play Store. While this is nowhere close to the success some other Google apps have achieved, it's important to note that YouTube TV isn't pre-installed on Android devices and that it's only available in the US.

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Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is probably one of Google's best Android apps — it's constantly evolving and gaining useful new features. Last year, its clipboard was expanded to allow for easier copying and pasting of images, and now screenshots are being added into the mix for your convenience.

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The old Google Pay is dead — long live the new Google Pay

The old Google Pay is dead — long live the new Google Pay

Google Pay was refreshed late last year with an all-new interface and a reworked direction. In addition to mobile payments, the app has expanded to support food orders, online shopping with exclusive discounts, and budget tracking. It's a big switch for users, and while many have likely adjusted to the new experience by now, others have stayed on the older, simplified UI. Unfortunately, time has run out for anyone procrastinating on downloading the new app, as Google has put one final nail in the coffin of the legacy version of Pay.

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25 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for Monday

25 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. We have a packed list of sales today, including a few standouts. First up is Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, a classic CRPG that's easily worth the current asking price. Next up is The Quest, an old-school dungeon crawler that offers a wide array of expansions. Last but not least is Kenshō, an enjoyable puzzler that also offers some really awesome music. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 25 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Should you still buy the Pixel Buds in 2021?

Should you still buy the Pixel Buds in 2021?

Google released its first Pixel Buds in 2017. They were bad. Pretty much everything about them was underbaked: they didn't sound very good, they weren't comfortable, and they had a weird, cumbersome charging case. Last year, we got a true wireless sequel that was definitely better, but still flawed. After months of software updates — and with a new model on the horizon — are 2020's Pixel Buds a good buy today? Let's talk about it.

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Google's Roku workaround is to cram YouTube TV into the YouTube app

Google's Roku workaround is to cram YouTube TV into the YouTube app

The ongoing drama between Roku and YouTube TV has, frankly, been hilarious — though it's probably not that funny for customers using the platform since the spat resulted last week in Roku kicking YouTube TV off its platform. While Google has urged affected subscribers to spam Roku's support lines asking to get it back, the company has come up with a workaround for the time being: YouTube TV is now available from inside the YouTube app itself on Rokus.

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