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[Update: Likely region-specific] Latest Play Store test replaces star ratings with app sizes in results

Google has two apps that it most frequently performs server-side tests on: YouTube and the Play Store. The most recent test that's been spotted is on the latter, and it's an interesting one: the star ratings have been ditched for the app sizes: both useful metrics to see when you're installing an app.

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Google Motion Stills v1.1 adds new editing buttons [APK Download]

Back in July, Google published its Motion Stills app on the Play Store, which had previously only been available for iOS. It's essentially a GIF camera, but the app stabilizes the video while you're recording. You can record for a few seconds, or use the fast-forward mode to speed up and stabilize longer videos. The Android app just got its first update, with a few useful enhancements.

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[Update: Video leaked] Bose's forthcoming QuietComfort 35 II will be part of the "Bisto" family, support Google Assistant

Bose's QuietComfort 35 have been a huge hit in spite of its $349 MSRP. The headphones are comfortable, put out good sound, and the noise cancellation works very well. There's really no need for an imminent successor, but that's not how the tech industry works. The appropriately-named QuietComfort 35 II has been leaked with Google Assistant support, meaning that this is one of Google's "Bisto" headphones.

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Kick off the weekend with 23 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps

Welcome to Friday! For some, the weekend has already begun, which is always exciting. I'm back with the final app sales post for the week, and it's about as exciting as Wednesday's. Still, someone may find something that they like. Anyway, let's get started.

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Google.com was registered 20 years ago today

Quite a lot can change in 20 years. In 1997, the iPod was still a few years away, Bill Clinton started his second term as US President, and a domain for a search index called 'Google!' was registered. In fact, today marks the 20 year anniversary of Google.com's domain registration.

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Chrome 64 will make sure you never have to hear autoplaying sounds again

Autoplaying videos are among the most annoying web trends of recent years, bombarding you with unsolicited content when you least expect it. Chrome 63 (currently on the dev and canary channels) on desktop recently gave users the ability to mute certain websites permanently, and there's a special toggle in the works so you can ensure they stay quiet. In the upcoming Chrome 64, both on mobile and desktop, Google is introducing even stricter conditions that should stop unwanted audio from ever playing automatically.

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[Deal Alert] Get a brand new 128GB Pixel ($139 off) or Pixel XL ($219 off) at Newegg

We're less than a month away from the announcement of Google's newest smartphone hardware, so you might think it's a bad time to pick up a first generation Pixel. But with the price of the new models likely to be even higher and with the current phones still being among the best Android devices out there, those of you who aren't obsessed with having the latest and greatest could do a lot worse than pick up a cut price Pixel.

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YouTube TV expands to 8 new markets including Austin, Portland, and Sacramento

Google's YouTube TV streaming service has been rolling out slowly (very slowly) since earlier this year. After debuting in a handful of markets in late spring, it has rolled out to a dozen or so more cities every month or two. Today, Google has announced another raft of eight YouTube TV markets.

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Google is readying a new payment service for India called Tez

Android Pay has become a popular method of digital payment since its launch in the US and Europe. It hasn't been launched in India, however, where the mobile payments landscape is a bit different. A government-endorsed platform called UPI (Universal Payments Interface) is widely used in India, with banks, e-commerce sites, and even tech companies like WhatsApp and Truecaller launching payment services based on it, hoping to grab a slice of the lucrative pie. Google is almost ready to enter this crowded space, with the launch rumored to be happening on Monday September 18th.

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Google will delete Android backups after two months of no device usage

We're all here because we use and like Android, but maybe you've been a little curious and you're thinking of trying out the new iPhone X for a bit. Well, make sure your iOS adventure doesn't last too long. It turns out Google won't keep your Android backups forever. In fact, it only gives you about two months.

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