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Google finally figured out that bundling subscription services is a good idea

Google finally figured out that bundling subscription services is a good idea

As part of Apple's big drive to diversify its revenue streams and make more money from services, the company seemed to quickly realize that bundling together popular content streams would make a lot of sense. It looks as though Google is finally arriving at this party, fashionably late, with an upcoming bundle of its own, although it's only a small step in the right direction.

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Microsoft wants to stream Windows to all your screens, including your Android devices

Microsoft wants to stream Windows to all your screens, including your Android devices

Cloud-hosted virtual desktops aren't anything new, but Microsoft, as a first party to Windows, hopes to do the competition better with Windows 365. Built on Azure Virtual Desktop, the subscription service will be available to businesses starting next month.

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Premium Twitter Blue subscription launch looks imminent

Premium Twitter Blue subscription launch looks imminent

Twitter seems to be prepping for the launch of Twitter Blue, a premium package of features including the ability undo certain tweets, organize favorite posts into collections, and utilize its recently acquired Scroll paid newsfeed service, at least for iOS.

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Google Play Pass more than doubles the number of countries it's available in

Google Play Pass more than doubles the number of countries it's available in

Google's Play Pass program, where customers trade a monthly or annual subscription fee for all-you-can-eat downloads, premium features, and in-app perks for certain apps, has expanded to 48 new countries.

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Google is now pushing its subscription services on its hardware store

Google is now pushing its subscription services on its hardware store

Google is an advertising business first and foremost, though over the last few years, the company has introduced many paid services: YouTube Premium, Google One, Fi, and Stadia Pro come to mind, among many others. There's never been a central hub where you could find Google's subscription offers, but that's now a thing of the past: You can see all of the company's paid services in one place on the Google Store.

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Get free Chamberlain MyQ Google Assistant integration through May 2022

Get free Chamberlain MyQ Google Assistant integration through May 2022

Chamberlain's myQ garage door openers can be controlled remotely for free, but if you want to access them with a third-party application like the Google Assistant or IFTTT, that'll cost you a nominal fee. Chamberlain is currently offering a number of such subscriptions free of charge for the next two years — no credit card required.

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YouTube makes it easier to catch up on recent or unwatched videos from your favorite channels

YouTube makes it easier to catch up on recent or unwatched videos from your favorite channels

Earlier in 2020, YouTube began testing new filters in the Subscriptions tab of its iOS app to help you sift through the noise of all your followed channels. These filters are now widely rolling out to users on Android.

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Play Store app policy changes go after misleading subscriptions, prep for Android 11 location permissions

Play Store app policy changes go after misleading subscriptions, prep for Android 11 location permissions

The Play Store has a problem with sleazy apps that overcharge customers for basic functionality via subscriptions. A lot of people often don't even realize that they're signing up for expensive plans due to apps highlighting free trials, conveniently concealing that they automatically turn into paid subscriptions. To combat these frauds, Google will instate new Play Store policies that force developers to disclose exactly how much and what for they're charging starting June 16 while the company will also send out emails warning customers before trials turn into paid subscriptions. The updated policies additionally prepare a change for location permissions in Android 11 — developers have to get approval from Google before they're allowed to access background location.

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Google Podcasts web improves with subscriptions, sorting, and more

Google Podcasts web improves with subscriptions, sorting, and more

Last week, Google Podcasts received a revamp on Android along with a new iPhone app, but one of the changes that we didn't explore affected the web interface. It's still not on par with the mobile client, but at least it now offers subscriptions and sorting.

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YouTube gains channel filter in subscriptions, better playback control accessibility (Update: Filters official)

YouTube gains channel filter in subscriptions, better playback control accessibility (Update: Filters official)

We've got a couple of quick new features to run through on the YouTube Android app that will hopefully make sorting your subscriptions out easier as well as help you better control your playback experience. Let's get to it.

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