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Updated Google Home listing on Google Play shows off the Pixel 2 XL

Google updated the listing today for the Google Home app on Android. And with it, the company also posted some new images, most of which show off what looks like the top half of the still-unannounced Pixel 2 XL.

Whoops.

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Pixel Ambient Services app pops up in the Play Store, confirms always-on music ID feature

You're probably aware that Google is having an event in just a little bit. We've heard plenty of rumors about what will be announced, including one suggesting that Google is planning an always-on music identification feature for the new Pixels. That's looking very much confirmed right now, thanks to a new listing in the Play Store called Pixel Ambient Services.

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Google Voice v5.4 update remembers your last tab and lets you top-up credit

Google Voice is an invaluable tool, even if it still has a few quirks. It makes juggling multiple numbers just a little bit easier and provides a great cross-platform voicemail and messaging tool independent from your carrier. And the Google Voice app for Android was recently updated with two new features. Now when the app is re-opened, it can resume from the last tab you had open, and you can now top-up Google Voice credit from the app itself. 

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[Update: Also live outside the US for some] Google Search Lite app appears to be available in the US for some

In August we heard that Google was following the recent trend and testing a lite version of its Search app aimed at users with slow data connections. Search (Test App) has only been available in Indonesian and Indian markets while being tested, but it was updated to a newer version a couple of days ago, and now it appears to be available in the US for some.

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Mornings are for coffee and contemplation but also for playing 'Stranger Things: The Game'

Lo and behold, sometime late last night BonusXP, Inc. released Stranger Things: The Game. With the second season of the hugely popular Netflix show looming on the horizon, there is no doubt why this title was just pushed out to the Play Store. Shockingly unlike most tie-in mobile games Stranger Things: The Game is an absolutely fantastic release. It plays just like a classic pixel-based adventure game that would easily fit within the library of any 16-bit console, and best of all it's completely free for everyone to enjoy.

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You can now assign each Google Home speaker to a specific room

If you use Google Home to control your smart home gadgets such as lights and thermostats, you'll probably be aware that you can assign them to different rooms in the house. That way you can turn multiple devices on or off with a single command, by saying "turn off the living room," for example. Until now, Google Home speakers themselves couldn't be added to a room, which didn't make any sense.

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Google Indic Keyboard reaches 100 million downloads, despite being eclipsed by Gboard

When an app reaches 100 million downloads, it's usually very easy to see why. Often it's an app whose popularity is clear, but sometimes it's a little harder to see why. That might be the case with the Google Indic Keyboard. At first glance, it's understandable as Indic languages cover numerous countries in the Indian subcontinent, the population of which is massive. What's surprising about it is that Gboard has surpassed the Indic Keyboard in every way, and yet people are still going for an option with fewer features.

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31 new and notable Android games from the last week (9/27/17 - 10/3/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Chainfire announces the end of his involvement with SuperSU

It has been just over two years since Chainfire announced the sale of root tool SuperSU to a newly formed company called CCMT. Despite some initial fears, this transfer of ownership hasn't negatively impacted users, and SuperSU is still chugging along. However, Chainfire's two-year contract with CCMT is running out, so it's time for him to move on. To what? Lots of things, probably.

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Allo for web adds support for Firefox, Opera, and iOS

Allo has now existed for more than a year, and there are some people who use it. Not many, by all accounts, but some! Those brave few will today be treated to a more widely available web client. When Allo for the web was launched in August, it only worked in Chrome. Today, support expands to Opera, Firefox, and iOS (sort of).

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