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Google Translate now provides better gender-specific translations in several languages

Translation is tricky, as you know if you've read any web page automatically converted by Google Translate; different tongues have different nuances that are hard to teach to an algorithm. Specifically, the way languages handle gender varies, and these discrepancies previously led to Google Translate to make assumptions and provide potentially inaccurate translations. Now, though, when gender is ambiguous in a translation input, the output will show both masculine and feminine terms, eliminating the guesswork.

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Google Phone's new three-column Favorites UI is rolling out

Back in August, we spotted a redesigned Favorites tab for Google's Phone app that was met with the approval of many readers. It's taken four months for this UI to start reaching users' phones. Luckily, it does appear to be a pretty widespread rollout.

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Call Screen rolling out to first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL

Call Screen debuted alongside the Pixel 3, allowing users to "screen" calls. While onstage, Google said that the feature would trickle down to the first- and second-generation Pixels in November. That ETA was right on the money for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, though we're only now hearing reports of it arriving on the first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL.

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Kernel source codes for Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play are now available

The Motorola One Power and Moto Z3 Play are fairly recent releases from Motorola, having debuted earlier this year. Both phones have now had their kernel source codes published on GitHub, meaning that custom development for them can now properly begin.

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[Update: Another 30] Google Pay brings on support for 50 more US banks

How many banks can you name off the top of your head? Half a dozen? Maybe you econ nerds can hit 20 without breaking a sweat. But as you start thinking beyond the big national and regional chains, wondering just how many banks there really could be across the US, that number takes off running and does not stop. Over the past few years we've seen Google recruit an ever-growing number of these banks for mobile payment support, and that momentum is not about to slow down now.

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Files by Google adds USB OTG support [APK Download]

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Google's Jacquard smart jacket can now alert you when you're leaving your phone behind [APK Download]

These days, Google's hardware may be all about phones, tablets, laptops, and smart-home gear, but it also continues to experiment with wearables — some more eccentric than others. And while you might know a friend who has a Clips camera, or once spotted someone in public sporting Google Glass, the Commuter X Jacquard smart jacket from Levi's and Google has got to be one of the most low-key of the company's wearable projects. For those of you who have picked one up, we've got some cool news for you today, as Google introduces a new Always Together mode designed to prevent you from leaving your phone (or jacket) behind.

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Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS

Android 4.0, nicknamed 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' was an exciting release. It brought all the improvements in Honeycomb back to smartphones, and for the first time ever, Android had a somewhat-cohesive visual style. However, those days have long since passed, with 4.0-4.0.4 now representing less than 0.5% of the overall Android install base.

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Google Pay international growth brings new options to Spain, Italy, and Japan

We know: the best news about Google services expanding is when the company finally gets around to bringing one of them to a whole new country. And with Google Pay we've been pretty lucky over the past few weeks, seeing Google bring its payment solution to users in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and most recently Chile. But in addition to these new nations joining the Google Pay family, we've also been keeping track of new banks and card providers coming online in nations already covered by Pay. Today we're getting you caught up with some of that latest action, as new payment methods land for users in Spain, Italy, and Japan.

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[Update: Google status update] Google has removed two apps implicated in Cheetah Mobile and Kika click fraud scheme

If you were, for some reason, hoping to download CM File Manager or Kika Keyboard, I have some bad news. A report last week claimed that Cheetah Mobile and an associated company called Kika Tech were engaged in some shady advertising practices, and now Google has responded. These two apps have been suspended from the Play Store, and Google may still take further action.

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