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[UK Deal Alert] £50 off a Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL, plus a free Home Mini

Anyone who kept an eye on the price of the original Google Pixels will have noticed that they were seldom discounted, especially in the UK, which was a real pain for anyone waiting for the price to drop before picking one up. Only once the 2nd generation models were released did the originals finally come down substantially. We expect the Pixel 2s to follow a similar pattern, but the holidays can throw up the occasional surprise.

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December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo's piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat's share continues to grow

Well, it's that time of the month again. Like last month, Google's a bit later than it usually is with these numbers, and it isn't because we have a new version of Android for the chart. Although 8.1 has been released, this month's platform distribution numbers don't include it. Nougat continues to make gains, cumulatively adding an extra 2.7% to its slice of the pie, and Oreo has almost doubled to 0.5%. 

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Google finally enables button to instantly start Duo video calls from ongoing phone calls

During Google's reveal of the Pixel 2 on October 4th, we spotted a new video call button appearing on the Phone's in-call screen. Tapping on it was meant to switch both members to a video call using Google Duo. Google later added details to support articles that implied this functionality was already live, but the button remained hidden through a few updates to Duo and a couple to the Phone app. That changes today as the video call button is now going live in Google's Phone app when you're calling a number registered with Duo.

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YouTube TV expands to 34 new markets including New Orleans, Fresno, Omaha, and Tucson

Google's streaming television service is quite affordable at a mere $35 a month. While many might jump at the idea, there is an unfortunate restriction. So far, it's only available in some markets. But, as of today, a few million more people can now access it, as YouTube TV is rolling out to 34 new areas including New Orleans, Omaha, and Tucson. 

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[Update: Google Store and Walmart too] Google Home Max is now available for $399 at select retailers

Google made a big fuss about the Home Max when it announced it in October, but it didn't launch the speaker then and promised it would be available in December. Well, December is almost halfway through and we're starting to see the Home Max pop up on a couple of stores.

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Google's AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel devices [APK Download]

Google spent years working on the augmented reality hardware known as Tango. There have been two consumer phones with Tango so far, neither of which has been a great experience. However, the company recently showed off augmented reality content running on Pixel phones without Tango hardware. It didn't have a timeline for making AR stickers available, but today appears to be the day. An update to AR core has appeared in the Play Store and the AR Stickers app is live.

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[Deal Alert] The Chromecast Ultra $15 off deal is back, now down to $54

Black Friday is well behind us now, but it doesn't look like the discounts are stopping anytime soon. All the better for those of you who missed out on a deal, had other priorities to purchase in November, forgot to get a gift for someone, didn't have a use for something but now want it, or maybe bought a product and want another one of it now.

One of the deals that's resurfacing is for the Chromecast Ultra, the 4K and HDR version of the beloved Chromecast. It usually costs $69, but it went down $15 to $54 during Black Friday.

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Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Smart home devices can become extremely complicated. You have to use different apps for each brand, and new devices you add might not be visible to a Google Home. Google has now (partially) solved this problem, with a new voice command.

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Google just fixed a year-old Android Auto bug that caused users to see temperatures in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, and vice versa

The love story between Google and bugs is one that will seemingly never end. Case in point: the company has just solved a problem first reported 13 months ago on its Google Product Forums concerning the incorrect temperature scale being shown on Android Auto head units.

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Samsung Email hits 100 million downloads on the Play Store

Samsung has slimmed down the number of its apps in recent devices, but there are still a couple that come preinstalled. Its email app, appropriately named Samsung Email, is one of those. Samsung Email has just passed 100 million downloads, which is nothing short of a tremendous number.

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