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[Update: It's back on!] Samsung halts international Galaxy S7 Oreo rollout due to random reboots

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices in the UK began receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates at the beginning of this month, but Samsung is now suspending rollouts because some devices are experiencing random reboots. The company has issued an official statement and some instructions for those stuck with rebooting phones.

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[Update x2: Extended to August 31] Get a $10 Google Play credit when you make five purchases with Google Pay in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia

Google recently rebranded Android Pay to Google Pay, and it's now running a promotion to increase use of the service. From now until May 14th, you can get a $10 Google Play credit if you make five purchases via Google Pay, with just a few caveats.

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[Update] You can now set up a Google Assistant payment method in six countries outside the US

Your Google Assistant settings have had a "Payments" section for quite some time where you can set up a payment method and address. This is used for both making purchases through Google Express merchants as well as sending payments to other users. However, both options are only available to users in the US. So if you tried to add a new payment method outside the US, you wouldn't be able to complete the setup. But that seems to have changed.

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Set YouTube as your default Music provider on Google Assistant (even outside the US)

Ever since Assistant rolled out, you have been able to ask it to play any YouTube music video you wanted, except you had to say "watch [this video] on YouTube" from your phone, or if you were using a Google Home speaker, you could ask to "play [something] on the tv/chromecast." The "watch," "on YouTube," and, "on tv" distinctions had to be used, because Assistant considered YouTube as a video source (like Netflix) and not a music one (like Play Music). However, many of you go to YouTube as the first (and maybe only) music source and if you're one of these users, you'll be happy to know you can finally tell Assistant to set YouTube as your default music provider.

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Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case, opens door for more requests to have unflattering search results delisted

If you screw up in a way that gets any sort of media attention, chances are you won't like what you see when you run a query for your name on Google. And those unflattering search results could have far-reaching implications for your livelihood. Two businessmen in the UK didn't like some results that turned up when their names were searched for on Google, so they took the company to the High Court of Justice based on the "right to be forgotten" precedent set by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014. One of the men won, while the other lost and was granted an appeal.

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[Update: Try Premium+, just 99p for 3 months] Deezer is now available on Google Home devices in the UK

At I/O in May 2017, Google announced some new compatibility for playing music on Google Home which included the subscription service Deezer. Users in Germany and France have been able to link their Deezer accounts and request music via the Google Assistant since August last year, but until now the same functionality has been missing in the UK.

As of today, users with a Premium+ subscription (costing £9.99) can add Deezer to their list of music services accessible by their Google Home device. It can also be set as the default music app, so any general requests to the Assistant for songs, albums, and artists will automatically go through Deezer.

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Mobvoi's Ticwatch S and E are available in the UK from today

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Google-backed Mobvoi launched the Ticwatch S and E in the US last year, following on from the impressive TicHome Mini Google Assistant speaker. The stylish Ticwatches now run Wear OS 2.9 out of the box (Android Wear 2.0 at time of initial release) and are making their way across the Atlantic to the UK. They're both available to purchase from today.

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Wileyfox back from the brink thanks to STK licensing deal, new phones on the way

British company Wileyfox has had a whirlwind three years since it released its first budget devices back in 2015. The phones ran Cyanogen OS, but the startup that made the hardware ultimately didn't fare much better than the operating system itself, as Wileyfox entered administration last month in a bid to resolve a severe debt crisis. It was unclear if that would signal the end for the company, but apparently not entirely.

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Pixel Buds now available from Google Store in Australia, Germany, and UK

Our review of the Pixel Buds wasn't very kind to Google's first real set of wireless earbuds since they're just not very good. They were only initially available in the US and Canada, but are now available on the Google Store in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

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UK-based Wileyfox enters administration to restructure its debt

United Kingdom-based phone manufacturer Wileyfox entered the Android smartphone scene in 2015, when it released the Storm and Switft phones. The low-end Spark was released later, in mid-2016. They were budget phones running the short-lived Cyanogen OS, and when Cyanogen collapsed, the company started developing its own ROM.

A community manager at Wileyfox has revealed on Reddit that Wileyfox is undergoing administration. For those of you not familiar with it, administration is a process in the UK where a company gives full control of itself to a person (or small group of people), in order to pay off debts to creditors.

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