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The Google Cast app is becoming Google Home

Back in March, Google renamed the official Chromecast application as 'Google Cast', and it is now renaming it again. Several users have sent us the below screenshot, showing the Google Cast app informing them that it will become 'Google Home.'

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The 'Really Blue' Pixel is only a temporary US exclusive, will come to other regions later

Phone makers have long given device colors unnecessarily esoteric names, but Google is going for raw descriptiveness with the Pixel phones. You have Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. The blue offering is certainly bold, and probably the most divisive choice. However, you don't even have the option of getting a Really Blue Pixel unless you're in the US. That will change, though.

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Android 7.1 is coming to current Nexus devices and the Pixel C, will land before the end of 2016 as a dev preview

For those of you who were worried about Google's current Android devices not receiving Android 7.1 Nougat, don't be; Google has confirmed that the Pixel phones' current software version will be arriving on Nexus devices and the Pixel C before the end of the year. However, these devices won't be receiving some Pixel-exclusive (Pixelsclusive?) features.

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Nexus Protect has become Device Protection for Pixels

The branding change with Google's in-house smartphones this year means more than different names for the phones. All the stuff related to the phones has to change too. For example, Nexus Protect. The device insurance program started last year has been renamed to just "Device Protection." The details appear to be mostly the same, though.

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Google is creating an open developer platform called "Actions on Google" to integrate with assistant and an embedded SDK to add assistant to new hardware

Today's announcements by Google have certainly given us a lot to look at in terms of new hardware and features – and possibly a case of sticker shock. But while the show was mostly dominated by new gadgets and demos of Google assistant, there was a really important addition for developers (and ultimately users) at the tail end of the event. Google intends to turn assistant into a major ecosystem for apps and services by opening up the platform to developers.

The platform is called "Actions on Google" and it will allow developers to deliver custom experiences through Google assistant. Google assistant can already take advantage of many existing capabilities like app indexing, deep linking, and even the Voice Interaction API to provide helpful answers and services.

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Google has no plans for future Nexus products

Starting with the Nexus One in 2010, Google has maintained the Nexus line of phones, tablets, and media players. In recent history, the Nexus line became known for (relatively) inexpensive devices with timely Android updates. But it looks like the Nexus 6P and 5X will be the final devices to bear the Nexus name.

Google confirmed to us at their Pixel event today that they have no plans to develop future Nexus products. Presumably, all of Google's hardware efforts moving forward will be under the Pixel banner, which already is populated by phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

While it might be easy to consider the Nexus lineup as the best Android devices hands-down, it did have difficulties.

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Pixel and Pixel XL will support T-Mobile and Verizon WiFi calling

In recent years, WiFi calling has become increasingly prevalent on various carriers and devices; the recently-announced Pixel and Pixel XL back up this fact. Google has confirmed that the Pixel smartphones will support WiFi calling for both T-Mobile and Verizon upon launch.

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OnHub will work with Google Wifi's mesh networks

Google only gave OnHub a passing mention at today's event before announcing Google Wifi. For some reason, the presenter didn't feel it important to mention that those of you who spent $200 on the OnHub last year are not being left out of all the cool new WiFi stuff. Yes, OnHub will be compatible with Google Wifi.

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DxOMark says the Pixel phone has the best smartphone camera around

Google takes pride in its smartphone cameras. The company has long sought to make taking photos a primary part of the Nexus experience, with hit or miss results. Now it's looking like the development team has another hit on its hands. At today's event, Google was proud to announce that DxOMark has given the Pixel phone its highest score for a smartphone camera yet.

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Confirmed: the Verizon Pixel's bootloader will not be unlockable

Thought that Verizon was warming up to the idea of less carrier intrusion because there aren't any obnoxious Verizon logos on the device? Well, you thought wrong. Just minutes before the event, @evleaks tweeted that the Verizon Pixels' bootloaders would not be able to be unlocked; that information has now been affirmed by a Google representative at the San Francisco event.

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