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Google announces bold new changes to Chrome OS release cycle

Google announces bold new changes to Chrome OS release cycle

Chrome has been rapidly evolving over the last decade, giving users peace of mind by delivering stability, security, and speed via frequent updates. Thanks to an improved internal testing and rollout process, it became clear to Google that it should kick Chrome's update frequency into high gear. Some people weren't sure if the new release strategy will also apply to Chrome OS — it looks like we got our answer today. 

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Chromecast with Google TV is getting the Stadia update

Chromecast with Google TV is getting the Stadia update

It took an insanely long time for this to happen but Google's cloud gaming service is finally being made available for the Android TV platform. In preparation for this, the Chromecast with Google TV is getting a new update that introduces support for Stadia among other improvements.

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Samsung's SmartThings app is getting a new UI

Samsung's SmartThings app is getting a new UI

Building a smart home ecosystem can make the smallest elements of your life a whole lot easier, but even the best hardware around isn't any good without an excellent software experience backing it up. Today, Samsung is relaunching its SmartThings app with an all-new interface to help power every gadget in your home.

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Minecraft 1.17.0 introduces new three mobs and a bunch of blocks, plus you can team up with an axolotl

Minecraft 1.17.0 introduces new three mobs and a bunch of blocks, plus you can team up with an axolotl

It's been a while since Minecraft saw a significant feature update, about a year, in fact. Today marks the release of the first Caves & Cliffs update, bringing with it three new mobs, a bunch of new blocks, and some new craftable items, such as a spyglass. And this is only the first update for Caves & Cliffs. A second patch is slated for release this holiday season which will assuredly bring even more content to the game.

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Clubhouse looks to grow by connecting users to social networks people actually use

Clubhouse looks to grow by connecting users to social networks people actually use

Clubhouse is the hottest social network of the year, riding a wave of popularity that has forced countless other apps to build rival audio chat apps. It has only been available for Android users for about a month, but the developers have been working quickly to get the app up to par with its iOS counterpart. An all-new update for Clubhouse on Android brings social linking to the app, with a couple of other changes in tow.

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Future Google Play Services updates may improve Snapdragon performance

Future Google Play Services updates may improve Snapdragon performance

Do you know what the Neural Networks API is? If you don't, it's fine, it's one of those surprisingly complex things that makes a lot of different parts of Android better without ever being very visible to the end user. Long story short: it allows developers to apply some of the extremely complicated parts of neural network processing to local Android hardware, getting a boost in performance in the background. And starting soon, it'll benefit from the same kind of regular driver updates that Qualcomm has been using for its GPU driver updates.

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Google is testing iOS-like app update and installation progress indicators

Google is testing iOS-like app update and installation progress indicators

Google has just been spotted testing iOS-like update progress indicators. It's almost certainly a limited test (we don't have it, ourselves), but if you aren't familiar with the concept, that means Google is showing icons in the launcher for apps currently being updated or installed as grayed out, with a progress bar that indicates update progress and text that replaces the app name explaining what is currently happening.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift 2.2c adds a new champion, skins, events, plus a host of improvements

League of Legends: Wild Rift 2.2c adds a new champion, skins, events, plus a host of improvements

The open beta for League of Legends: Wild Rift kicked off in March, and so I took the MOBA for a spin to see how it stood up to the competition. I came away impressed, but for a live service game like this, development never stops, and so the latest patch drops today. Version 2.2c brings with it many new additions, including a brand new champion, eight new skins, some new accessories, a couple of new events, plus tons of champion balance patches. Not all of this will be available at once, but you can expect this content to trickle out by the end of the month.

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TicWatch 3 Pro just keeps getting better, still probably the only Wear OS watch to buy

TicWatch 3 Pro just keeps getting better, still probably the only Wear OS watch to buy

To put it bluntly, the wearable market on Android isn't in a great place. Companies like Samsung and OnePlus have switched to using custom operating systems for their respective watches, with varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, Qualcomm shipped its newest processor for smartwatches last June, but it's still only found in one device. For that very reason, the TicWatch Pro 3 remains the single Wear OS watch worth buying today. If you already have it on your wrist, a new update brings some solid improvements to help make it that much better.

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