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[Update: Not very new] Play Store now supports pre-registration reward levels

The Play Store now supports reward tiers for apps in the pre-registration phase, allowing developers to entice potential customers to pre-register for more goodies once the app launches. It's not a new concept, but we've never seen it on the Play Store before.

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YouTube picture-in-picture now being tested on the web

For a while now the YouTube app on both Android and iOS has allowed users to minimize a playing video into a floating window, letting them browse other content without interrupting playback. A similar floating mode is apparently being tested on the web now.

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Google app starts rolling out podcast subscription and management

It must be a happy Cody day today. After Google Maps' Shortcuts, another feature he has been tracking for months in his teardowns is starting to go live: podcast subscription and management in the Google app.

Ever since 2016, when podcasts rolled out in Google Play Music, we have been able to search for a podcast and play an episode right from the Google app / Google Search. However, starting in May of last year, Cody started uncovering signs of better podcast support coming to the Google app and Assistant, and now we have the first look at what they may look like.

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Google Maps shortcuts are live for some users with 14 quick actions to choose from

In Cody's past teardowns of Google Maps, one option popped up a few times: Shortcuts. Until now, we hadn't seen the feature yet and hadn't received any tips about it, but it looks like it's starting to go live for some users. Our tipster has it in his Google Maps v9.72.2 but we can't replicate it on our versions yet so it seems to be a server-side update.

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Google Pay now supports transit tickets for Las Vegas Monorail, more cities coming soon

We've been seeing signs for a little while that Google Pay was readying transit ticket support, with the website even being updated to confirm as much. We've been furiously checking the app to see if there's any sign of the feature, only to be disappointed each time. Now, Google has made transit tickets on Google Pay official.

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Google Assistant gets a dedicated Purchases page

A few weeks ago, Cody uncovered signs that the Google Assistant settings would get a new page dedicated to Purchases. Now the page is live for all of us at Android Police.

If you head over to the Assistant settings or to the Google Home app and tap More settings in the side menu, then scroll down, you'll see a new Purchases option between Shopping list and Shortcuts. It's there on all of our devices, so this seems to be a wide rollout. However, since the page is dedicated to purchases made through Assistant, none of us can see anything in it.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy Note8 falls to all-time low of $699.99 ($200 off) on eBay

We just posted a deal on the dual-SIM versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ yesterday, but now the Note8 has been discounted by the same seller. The current price of $699.99 makes this cheaper than both the S9 and S9+, and this is the lowest price we've ever seen for a dual-SIM Note8.

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Samsung Movie Maker to be discontinued after Android P update

Ever heard of Samsung Movie Maker? It's preinstalled on many Galaxy devices, but it's pretty well-hidden; it only shows up after you begin editing a video through the Gallery app. However, the service will soon be discontinued when Android P rolls around, so a few of you might have to find a new video editor on Android.

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Google Pay adds support for five new banks and credit unions in Taiwan and Australia

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[Deal Alert] Nest Cam IQ Indoor down to $219 ($80 off), Cam Outdoor to $169 ($30 off) at B&H

Nest's offerings are among the best in the business, but their MSRPs aren't very competitive. Luckily, both the Cam IQ Indoor and Cam Outdoor are being discounted by B&H. The Cam IQ Indoor is down to $219, making it the lowest price we've seen for it thus far, and the Cam Outdoor has fallen to $169.

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