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How to access the full Play Store on the Chromecast with Google TV

How to access the full Play Store on the Chromecast with Google TV

By now, many of us are familiar with Google TV, the interface layer that Google introduced with last year's Chromecast and later spread to other Android TV units. The homescreen is focused on recommending shows and movies for you, relegating some of your apps along with app search and discovery to a secondary tab. A major side effect is the lack of proper access to the full Play Store, even though the app is still there. Here are some tricks you can use to open it.

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How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

The idea behind a Chromebook is an always-connected, always-online super lightweight computer that doesn't need a bunch of storage or local apps to accomplish what you need to get done on the go. The reality is that you still very likely do need expandable storage from time to time for things like downloading TV shows, books, or other media you need to access without Wi-Fi or on a slow (or metered) network.

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How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

It's almost shocking the extent to which smartphones have replaced dedicated cameras in many of our lives. Between the advanced optics, next-level image processing, and being able to share pics with just a couple taps, who would ever dream about lugging around an old-fashioned point-and-shoot digicam? But for as far we've come, there's still a lot of appeal in larger, more flexible cameras, with their big sensors and interchangeable lenses. As it turns out, you can use your phone to bring a little bit of extra smarts to even a dumb DSLR, helping to modernize your Google Photos pics with GPS info.

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How to get rid of Google Photos' out-of-sync changes prompt on Android 11

How to get rid of Google Photos' out-of-sync changes prompt on Android 11

Android 11 introduced a new file accessing API, Scoped Storage. It essentially doesn't allow apps to access all files on your phone anymore, which is great for security. However, Scoped Storage also comes with some unwanted consequences. Non-Pixel phones running Android 11 have to ask users to confirm that they want to delete or restore images in Google Photos since the app isn't allowed to delete and restore files without explicit user consent anymore. Luckily, there's a fix for some phones.

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25+ forgotten or hidden shortcuts for your Android homescreen

25+ forgotten or hidden shortcuts for your Android homescreen

When you spend a lot of your day digging into Android as I do, you start looking for ways to get to things faster. One shortcut equals several saved taps and seconds, which add up over a day, week, and more. With time, I've uncovered more and more interesting Android or Google-specific shortcuts that save me every day from the menial and repetitive task of digging into settings or apps. In this article, I'll share some of these shortcuts with you so you too can feel the small joy of reaching your favorite features and settings faster and more efficiently.

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Tip: Android 11's built-in screen recorder also works for voice calls

Tip: Android 11's built-in screen recorder also works for voice calls

Android 11 is the first Android version to ship with a built-in screen recorder on Pixel phones. The native solution has a few tricks up its sleeve compared to third-party options. It's capable of recording sound in a few more places, and you can use that to your advantage when you want to record a phone call (if call recording isn't live in your Phone app, that is). Google even advertises as much in one of its YouTube videos detailing Android 11's top features.

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How to use a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on an Android phone or tablet

How to use a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on an Android phone or tablet

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is easily one of the best Bluetooth controllers on the market. Despite its awkward B/A/Y/X button layout that‘s sure to flummox any gamer who’s ever picked up an Xbox One or Stadia controller, its solid build quality make it both sturdy and comfortable in the hand. If you’d like to give the Pro Controller a spin on your favorite Android phone or tablet, it's pretty simple to get it set up, but be warned: The user experience is lacking.

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How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

Gamers would be hard-pressed to find a single instance where touchscreen controls outperform a handheld controller or mouse/keyboard setup. However, the folks at Stadia understand that players don't always have access to the right peripherals when it's time to play. Here's everything you need to know about how to use the native on-screen touch controls in the Google Stadia app.

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Adobe Lightroom v5.0 adds advanced export options and interactive tutorials [APK Download]

Adobe Lightroom v5.0 adds advanced export options and interactive tutorials [APK Download]

Adobe's Max conference is scheduled to start today, and expectations point to an announcement of Illustrator and Photoshop CC for iPad. Android rumors are less tangible, but users can whet their appetite with an update to Lightroom v5.0.

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[Update: EU Assistant alternative] Google releases trio of new system apps to Play Store, including Pixel exclusives

[Update: EU Assistant alternative] Google releases trio of new system apps to Play Store, including Pixel exclusives

Earlier this month, Google pushed up a Play Store listing for its new Search Suggestions app for Pixel phones, which powers — as you'd likely guess from the name — both the search functionality inside the Settings app and the suggestions which appear at the top. Now three more Pixel-specific apps have hit the Play Store: Pixel TipsConnectivity Health Services, and Voice Action Services. Pixel Tips powers an animated guide that introduces you to your Pixel 3, Voice Action Services is connected in some imprecisely defined way to voice-based Assistant actions, and Connectivity Health Services does...

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