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Google Assistant now supports voice match for multiple Netflix profiles

Netflix was one of the first video services to add support for Google Assistant, but you could only access the main video profile. That really limited usefulness in households where everyone has their own profile. Now, it looks like Google has flipped a switch to add support for multiple profile access via voice match.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November

Since late last November, Nexus Player owners have had the frustrating experience of erratic behavior from the remote. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the remote would seemingly go to sleep. Pressing any button causes the remote to blink for a few seconds, then hopefully reconnect. While not precisely broken, the erratic functionality from the remote has been a point of pain for owners of Google's streaming hockey puck. Finally, Google is preparing to roll out a fix.

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Audiobooks now officially available from Google Play

We've known for months that Google has been planning to sell audiobooks, and a recent APK teardown revealed that the announcement would come very soon. At long last, audiobooks are finally rolling out on Google Play Books, and you can even play them from your Google Assistant speaker.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon offering 'buy one get one free' deal on Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, Moto Z2 Force, and LG V30 with trade in

The phrase 'buy one get one free' can be music to the ears of consumers but doesn't often apply to expensive devices like smartphones. For that reason, this deal from Verizon is looking pretty sweet. Getting in on the Valentine's Day spirit early, the carrier will give you 2 brand new phones if you trade in your current one. That's a phone for you, and one for your other half, perhaps.

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Updated January Android 8.1 OTA files and factory images for Verizon Pixel 2, Softbank and Telstra Nexus 5X and 6P are live

A few days ago, some users started receiving update notifications on their Pixel 2 and were wondering what was happening since, according to the official documentation, they were seemingly on the latest build number. Now Google's official pages have been updated to include these new factory images and OTA files for specific devices on certain carrier versions.

First, the Pixel 2 on Verizon is getting a bump to build number OPM2.171019.016. Then the Nexus 5X on Telstra and Softbank is getting an update to build OPM5.171019.014. And finally, the Nexus 6P on Softbank only (no Telstra) is getting the same build number as its smaller sibling: OPM5.171019.014.

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Acer announces new Chromebox, two new Chromebooks

It appears to be new Chromebook season, as Acer has announced the Chromebook Spin 11 (pictured), Chromebook 11 C732, and Chromebox CXI3. All three are priced near the budget end of the price spectrum, with the latter two intended specifically for education and enterprise markets. The newly-announced models are run by 8th generation (Apollo Lake) Intel processors. As with all new Chrome OS devices, the trio support Google Play, allowing them to run Android apps.

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Gboard Go starts rolling out to Android 8.1 devices with low RAM [APK Download]

Google is in the process of launching all the "Go" apps that will power the lighter, faster version of Android designed for low-power devices. We've already seen Maps Go, YouTube Go, and several more, but now there's Gboard Go. This app doesn't seem to have its own listing in the Play Store, but it's available to devices with low RAM and anyone running Android 8.1 who wants to sideload it.

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Google to fix Android Auto's intermittent failure to start with February security patch

For a system that is meant to be used while you're in a car, Android Auto has a few too many bugs. One of the most recent ones that has arisen is Android Auto's intermittent failure to even start when you get in the car and plug your phone in. Google has addressed this issue and says that the fix will be rolling out with the next security patch.

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[Update: Rolling out now] Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Speed labels for open Wi-Fi networks are now displayed in settings

While open Wi-Fi networks are nice to find, they can sometimes be so slow that you'd prefer to just use your precious mobile data. Google seems to agree with this, having implemented these Wi-Fi speed labels for open networks in Android 8.1 Oreo to let users decide whether they should connect to a certain unknown network.

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Hangouts Meet now supports tablets

By last count, Google had 39 messaging apps. Okay, that's not accurate, but it's not that far off. After moving away from Hangouts as the unified Google messaging platform, Google launched Hangouts Meet as a business-oriented video conferencing product. You may not think about Hangouts Meet a lot, but it still exists and today has gained support for tablets.

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