Today

In addition to a new Material You widget and finally offering an end-of-the-year recap, YouTube Music is working on the ability to save your current queue as a playlist.

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Google Play Store adds more prominent button to check for updates

Server-side updates are common for the Google Play Store, and currently yet another is headed to users. For some, the Google Play Store is adding a much more prominent way to check for updates.

Yesterday

Here’s how to set up and use SOS on your Galaxy Watch 4

It goes without saying that anything can happen, and being prepared is important. That’s where the SOS feature on your Galaxy Watch 4 can prove to be invaluable. Here’s how to set up and use it.

Bandwidth: Xbox cloud gamers love touchscreen controls, GeForce Now 3080 tier expands to Europe

Cloud gaming is useful for its ability to bring high-end console/PC games to any device, but as it turns out, mobile gameplay may be the biggest use case. This week, Microsoft released that 20% of users on Xbox cloud gaming are exclusively using the touchscreen controls.

We’re in the final month of 2021, meaning Google only has a few weeks to meet its promise of delivering 100 new games to Stadia during this calendar year. The good news? That promise has officially been reached as of today.

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Do-it-yourself home security has been the way to go for many, with the costs of cameras and other smart home gear coming down and getting more reliable. Google’s Nest lineup has long been among the best in this arena even though it comes at a cost. After several years, Google is finally refreshing its Nest Cam lineup with the arrival of a brand-new lineup that’s headlined by the Nest Cam (battery). Is it a worthwhile upgrade? Let’s dig in.

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Cyber Week Android app deals: Hexologic, 3D EARTH PRO, Doom and Destiny, more

We are wrapping up our Cyber Week Android app deal coverage this afternoon with a fresh batch of price drops waiting for you down below. Just make sure you check out today’s new all-time low on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and this morning’s price drop on the Google Nest Thermostat while you’re at it. Our Google Play software deal collection includes highlights like Hexologic, Neighbours from Hell 2, 3D EARTH PRO, Doom & Destiny Advanced, and some additional freebies, among others. Hit the jump for today’s Cyber Week Android app deals. 

How to install the Android 12 Beta on Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Android 12 brings a lot of exciting features to the OS, even in Samsung Galaxy devices. With the beta release of One UI 4, Samsung devices are able to take advantage of new color-theming options and privacy features. Fortunately, Samsung is making the beta available to a few select devices before Android 12 is completely released.

New Pixel ‘Curated Culture’ wallpapers mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

For December, Google’s monthly Pixel Curated Culture wallpaper collection is celebrating “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.”

Google TV is all about the ability to sift through the huge number of TV shows and movies available on various streaming services. That’s why the addition of user profiles on Google TV has been such an exciting prospect, but unfortunately, the feature has been delayed.

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Deals: Google Nest Thermostat hits $90, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic down to $323, more

Headlining all of today’s best deals, the Google Nest Thermostat is down to $90. That’s alongside a new low on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and iOttie’s Made for Google iON charger. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Since the start of this year, Google has been testing a new YouTube app/experience for the regular Chromecast. The new YouTube Cast app looks to be widely rolled out for the 3rd-gen Chromecast and Ultra this week.

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While Google TV is the future of Android on the biggest screen in your home, the platform’s older version isn’t going anywhere just yet. This week, Google seems to be rolling out Android TV’s latest “Discover” homescreen design out to users in India and some other regions.

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Way back in June, Google Pixel phones were the very first Android devices to gain the ability to secure images and videos behind an on-device passcode or biometrics. After confirming that more devices would get access soon, it appears that the Locked Folder feature in Google Photos is now arriving on non-Pixel Android devices.

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Samsung will update these devices to Android 12

Android 12 is still a very new version of the platform, but Samsung is launching the update for its Galaxy devices less than a month after Google’s own Pixel phones. More devices will be updated over the coming months, and Samsung has confirmed a preliminary list of devices that will be updated.

Samsung November 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices

While Android 12 for Samsung devices look more likely with each passing week, the Korean firm is rolling on with its consistent monthly security patches. For November 2021, a select few Samsung Galaxy smartphones are already seeing the latest updates. Here’s the full, continuously updated list.

Samsung’s fairly impressive track record with device updates looks set to continue as the tech giant has now opened the One UI 4.0 beta phase for Galaxy S10 and Note 10 owners in South Korea.

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OnePlus has rolled out the November security patch to these phones

OnePlus promises to deliver regular system updates for its wide array of smartphones for at least two years and in some cases longer for flagships, so let’s see how they’re handling the November 2021 security update.

December 2

On Monday, Google made Workspace available “for everyone” with free, personal accounts able to turn on the integrated Gmail experience with Chat and Rooms — soon to be called Spaces. Alongside that, Google Workspace branding now appears on the Gmail web client.

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At the end of August, Google delayed its wide-scale office return to early 2022. That is now being pushed back again and a new date will be determined at the start of next year.

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Previewed in October and officially announced yesterday, YouTube Music’s new “Recent Played” widget is now available on Android 12. 

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How to set up Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, and Do Not Disturb on Pixel 6

Digital Wellbeing with Focus Mode and Do Not Disturb on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is all about disconnecting when it matters. Taking a break here and there can be important, especially if you find yourself constantly distracted by what’s going on. Well, with Digital Wellbeing you can limit distractions without silencing the important things.

Cyber Week Android app deals: Earthlings Beware!, Notes Pro, Incognito Browser Pro, more

Today’s additions to our Cyber Week Android game app deal collection are now up for the taking. Just be sure to check out these deals on Hisense’s new A6G 4K Android TV lineup and the Anker Android projectors at up to $400 off before hand. Today’s collection includes titles like Notes Pro, Note Fighter, Earthlings Beware!, Incognito Browser Pro – Complete, and Rush Rally Origins. Hit the jump for today’s best Cyber Week Android game and app deals. 

Over the years, Google has made several attempts to release a wearable that can compete with the Apple Watch. New Pixel Watch rumors today provide additional details.  

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Microsoft Edge adds built-in ‘buy now, pay later’ service, turned on by default

Adding to scrutiny over passive-aggressive means of pushing users away from alternative browsers, Microsoft is also under fire for a new “buy now, pay later” service that has been baked into the new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.

Rocket League Sideswipe kicks off crossover event with PC/console version, Season 1 begins today

Following its launch earlier this week, Psyonix is today announcing that Rocket League Sideswipe is launching Season 1 play starting today, and it comes with a crossover event that players of the full version will enjoy.

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE has proven to be a tricky device because its release date keeps changing. All signs currently point to an official reveal next month, and it seems that the Galaxy S21 FE’s price will be on the higher end of expectations.

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Assistant Driving Mode can now be launched from a homescreen shortcut

Back in October, Google added a Bluetooth-based auto-launch for its Android Auto replacement. The latest way to launch Google Assistant Driving Mode is through a simple homescreen shortcut.

Deals: Hisense A6G 4K Android TVs from $279, Anker Nebula projectors, more

All of today’s best discounts are headlined by a series of Hisense A6G Android TV discounts from $279. That’s alongside a 1-day Anker Nebula projector sale, and the brand’s power strips from $12. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Google announced last month that YouTube would be retiring the dislike count on videos, a change that has already taken effect and has been highly controversial among users. For those who want to keep YouTube dislike counts alive a little bit longer, a neat browser extension makes that possible, at least for now.

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Healthcare providers in Google Search, Maps can now list which insurance they accept

Over the past year, Google listings have gained more attributes and details to better let potential customers learn about a place before visiting. Google Maps, as well as Search, is now letting healthcare providers identify which insurance they accept. 

Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, and that pushes Microsoft and others to go to great lengths to make a dent in the market. Microsoft Edge was rebuilt using the same base as Chrome last year, and it’s really good, but Microsoft is yet again aggressively trying to stop users from downloading Google Chrome on Windows.

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As has been the case for a few years running, Google is currently rolling out its holiday-themed ringtones to Nest Doorbells, this year with a special addition.

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Google’s Android 12 update is huge and exciting, but it also came with an unorthodox timeline and quite a few more bugs than usual. Now, it’s becoming pretty clear that Android 12 is also causing some connectivity/signal issues with Google Pixel phones, including the newly released Pixel 6 series.

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At this point in time, you just don’t need a flagship to get a good everyday Android experience. With initiatives like Android One, Android Go, and Google’s own step into the affordable market, Google has made mid-range and even low-range devices even more usable and enticing than ever. With so many options littering the market nowadays, it’s hard to tell which devices are even worth your time — and money. Let’s dig through and get to know some of the best affordable Android phones you can buy, as of December 2021.

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How to downgrade from Android 12 to Android 11 on Google Pixel [Video]

If you are not content with Android 12 on your Google Pixel, it’s probably music to your ears knowing that you can downgrade your OS to a stable version of Android 11 if you encounter any major problems or just don’t like the substantial overhaul.

As expected, Google has now officially added the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro plus a further group of devices to the ARCore supported list.

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December 1

Google Doodle honors Georges Seurat, the French painter who invented Pointillism

Google has replaced their homepage logo with artwork in the style of Georges Seurat, the French painter who created Pointillism.

Back in May, YouTube started testing “Listening controls” that looked to bring a dedicated music player to the main app for Premium subscribers. This UI is now widely rolled out for all videos.

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How to customize your Samsung Galaxy S21, Fold 3, or Flip 3 homescreen in One UI 4

With the rollout of One UI 4 to many Galaxy devices, a few changes will likely make their way to your device pretty soon. Some of those changes are pretty exciting. One of which is being able to customize your wallpaper and choose a color palette based on that. Here’s how you can customize your Galaxy device’s homescreen with One UI 4.

Qualcomm’s latest Chromebook chip is the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 with up to 60% CPU boost

After announcing its flagship mobile and gaming processor, Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 for “entry-tier” Chromebooks.

In addition to the latest smartphone and laptop SoCs, Qualcomm today announced the “Snapdragon G3x Gen 1” as a “purpose-built” Android gaming chip that will debut on a handheld developer kit built by Razer.

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Google will release the first Android 12L Beta sometime this month. Until then, those with the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro can install Android 12L Developer Preview 1.

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Google’s Android TV platform is picking up steam with bigger commitments from the company itself as well as exciting new hardware releases. Now, Google is making it easier for those with an Android phone to install apps on their Android TV remotely.

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Stadia app rolling out revamped search feature, streamlined login

This week, Stadia’s mobile app received an update, bringing a much-needed search revamp along with some tweaks to the login process.

Cyber Week Android app deals: Money Manager, Infinity Dungeon 2!, Danmaku Unlimited 3, more

As Cyber Week Android game and app deals move forward, we are back again this afternoon with a new batch of price drops. Just be sure to check out today’s all-time lows on the Google Pixelbook Go and Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet as well as these iOttie Android car mounts. Highlights on the app side of things include Money Manager, Infinity Dungeon 2!, Danmaku Unlimited 3, Business Calculator Pro, and more. Hit the jump for today’s best Cyber Week Android game and app deals. 

Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu partnering with Google to shoot Pixel 6 ads

In addition to doing Google TV’s “Watch with Me” series, Simu Liu of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be shooting Pixel 6 ads.

Water resistance is a key feature of most flagship phones, but it’s something that more affordable devices often forgo to cut costs. According to a new report, Samsung is planning to prioritize water resistance on its Galaxy A series in 2022.

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