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Google redesigns its support pages with a whole lot more white space

Google sure loves its negative space. Following bright refreshes of both Gmail and Google Drive earlier this year, Google Help has been overhauled with a new layout that includes way, way more white than the previous design.

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Google Pay adds support for a whopping 171 additional US banks

Google Pay just keeps building support. Its latest batch of 171 (yes, one hundred and seventy-one) new US institutions includes some real heavy-hitters like the University of Michigan Credit Union, Merchants Bank of Indiana, and nine—count 'em, nine—miscellaneous First National Banks.

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Google Assistant is able to troubleshoot problems on your phone (Pixel 2 only, for now)

The Google Assistant on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL is more powerful than ever before, and it can help you do a bunch of things with your phone like change settings or initiate a conversation with support. Thanks to a whimsical request from a reader, we now know about one more ability the Assistant has.

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OnePlus support on Twitter is so bad they confuse compliments with complaints

OnePlus has come a long way since it thought selling the OnePlus 2 without NFC was a good idea—the OnePlus 5 is a good phone, despite the foibles. OnePlus' support, on the other hand, could use some work. After misleading customers about the jelly scrolling situation, OP is responding to praise with apologies.

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The Cartoon Network app for Android now supports Chromecast

Cartoon Network's latest update to the Android app has finally added Chromecast support. Allegedly this has been one of the most requested features for the application, although I am not surprised it took so long to be included. Content distributors are pretty picky when it comes to platform availability. At least now my living room TV can become the dedicated Powerpuff Girls streaming machine it always should have been.

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Some Pixel and Pixel XL owners experiencing failing microphones, Google recommends warranty replacements

When the customer threads over on the Google Support Forum start to get hundreds of replies deep, you know there's a serious problem afoot. This one is affecting the Pixel and Pixel XL, and apparently occurring to a large enough subset of owners that Google is taking its response more seriously than the usual bug. Owners are reporting complete failure of one or more of their microphones, sometimes causing a total audio input block, sometimes occasionally working with the camera app while recording video.

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Android Auto page updated with 2017 Subaru Impreza listing... two months after the car's launch

Hey Android Auto team, you folks aren't asleep at the wheel over there, are you? Because the site with the comprehensive list of Android Auto-supported cars was just updated today to include the newest model of the Subaru Impreza. Which would be cool, except that the 2017 Impreza was announced with Android Auto support months ago, and new models rolled out to US car dealers way back in December. I hope that didn't cost Subaru any sales.

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Some Pixel owners are experiencing random software freezes

Google's trying to market the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones as premium, market-leading devices, and a big part of that is nailing the software experience. Alas, quite a few owners of Google's first-party phones aren't feeling particularly premium as of late: this lengthy discussion on Google's product forum documents a series of as-yet-unexplained software freezes and lockups. Commonalities among the users seem to be a complete freeze of the interface that lasts several seconds to several minutes, including disappearing navigation buttons.

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Google Support Services now on the Play Store, only actually works with Pixel phones

Let's face it, not everyone's first thought when they have a technical problem is to Google it. You might be the designated 'tech person' for your family or friends, making sure granny doesn't get malware on her dusty Windows XP desktop. Some people need an actual person to help them, and that's completely okay - that's where Google Support Services comes in.

One of the Pixel's exclusive features is 24/7 support straight from the Settings app, which even allows support agents to control your device (if you allow them) if needed. Now Google has published the Google Support Services application to the Play Store, to allow updates without new system updates.

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Google's 24/7 live support for the Pixel phones comes complete with screen sharing

The Pixel and Pixel XL are seriously expensive phones, aiming directly at the iPhone and Galaxy devices at the top of the market. To help set them apart, Google announced that it would offer live support for owners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It comes in call or chat form, and users can even share their screen with support agents in real time. Amazon has tried something similar, and just like the Fire tablets, this is pretty clearly intended to help out non-technical users. The feature was leaked back in the summer.

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