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Destiny 2 was one of the most appealing games on Stadia at launch, and it remains one of the best titles on the service as we approach its end. But if you were hoping to play Destiny 2 on Stadia’s last days, you’ll be out of luck.

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Samsung’s latest crop of foldable smartphones are solid, but the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 didn’t change that much from their predecessors largely because they lack any comparable competition. But it seems Oppo is ready to take on that challenge, as the Find N2 and Find N2 Flip may see a global release.

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Today’s Google Doodle is celebrating the start of the 2022 World Cup Quarter Finals with an animated image for the upcoming matches.

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Yesterday

Months after debuting on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, version 8.7 of the Google Camera app is rolling out now to older Pixel phones.

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The Nest Wifi Pro is just over a month old, and the first discount on the Wi-Fi 6E system is now available from the US Google Store.

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Google Arts & Culture is the latest Android app to introduce a homescreen widget. This one celebrates the birthdays of famous artists by showcasing their artwork.

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Google’s December Play System Updates ready a beta test for keeping a digital driver’s license in your Android phone’s Wallet app while also preparing for next year’s Pixel Tablet.

Update: The latest tidbits reveal a new download bubble for Play Store and tweaks to Google Wallet in Fitbit.

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Google started rolling out passkey support in October, and availability has now entered Chrome’s stable channel with version 108. 

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Android app deals of the day: Dealer’s Life, Reminder Pro, My Device Pro, and more

It’s Thursday afternoon and that means it’s time for all of the best Android game and app deals we spotted over on Google Play. But speaking of Google, you’ll also want to scope out the price drops we are now tracking on its Pixel Buds A-Series back at the all-time low as well as the new Nest WiFi 6 Pro systems from $170. As for the apps, highlight deals include titles like Reminder Pro, Dealer’s Life Pawn Shop Tycoon 1 and 2, Binders, My Device Pro, and more. Head below for a complete look at today’s best Android app deals. 

Google Stadia is set to shut down for good just a month from now, but a developer kit has now surfaced showing off what was used to get games ready for the now-defunct cloud gaming platform.

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Following the Play Store and YouTube Music, Google’s wind down of 2022 continues with the annual “Year in Search” recap video.

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Before the end of the year, Motorola is dropping in with a new device: the Moto G Play. The new Moto G Play offers a large display with a gaming-friendly refresh rate and other neat features.

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Oppo just set the official dates for Inno Day 2022, the yearly event where it shows off new ideas and where it’s set to launch its Find N2 foldables as well as a new custom chip if the teasers give anything anyway.

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Deals: Google Nest WiFi Pro systems from $170, Pixel Buds A-Series $64, more

All of today’s best deals are now live and headlined by one of the first chances to save on Google’s new Nest WiFi 6 Pro systems from $170. Over on the personal listening front, Google Pixel Buds A-Series return to the all-time low of $64 for only the second time and complement your Pixel handset alongside the SteelSeries Stratus Duo controller to elevate your on-the-go Android gaming at $35. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

The Private Compute Core (PCC) was announced with Android 12 to let ML-backed features operate in a privacy-conscious manner independent of other parts of the OS, including third-party apps. Google recently published a technical whitepaper detailing the Private Compute Core Architecture.

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Android 13 is rolling out to the Asus Zenfone 9

While Samsung has been pushing Android 13 to dozens of devices lately, Asus is now getting around to its stable rollout as the update lands on the compact Zenfone 9.

With Chrome 108, Google is introducing Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes to improve the browser’s performance and extend battery life, respectively.

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As the holidays approach, Samsung is offering up some last-minute discounts and free storage upgrades if you’re looking to pick up a Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold 4, or Galaxy Z Flip 4. Here’s the breakdown.

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YouTube TV is understandably a huge draw. Access to hundreds of live channels, unlimited show recordings, and sports-centric features like key moment playback is more than worth it for many. But does upgrading to the 4K package on top of the YouTube TV base plan really get you a better experience, and is it actually worth it?

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Disney+’s ad-supported tier launches today with Chromecast and Android TV support; no Roku

After months of hearing about it, Disney+ has today launched its “Basic with ads” tier that lets customers save some money in exchange for sitting through a few ads. It launches with support for both of Google’s big-screen platforms, but won’t work on Roku for the time being.

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 update brings a World Cup-themed watch face [U]

Along with stability improvements to the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung’s latest update is bringing a fun new watch face built just for the World Cup celebration.

A previous leak has given us a glimpse of Google’s upcoming foldable, but new Pixel Fold renders have confirmed many of the core elements plus the core dimensions of the as-yet-unannounced device.

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Realme has officially confirmed that the Realme 10 Pro and 10 Pro+ will be released in global regions having launched in China back in November.

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The latest wave of Samsung Galaxy phones is receiving the most recent December 2022 security update. Here’s just how the Korean tech giant is handling the rollout.

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The Pixel 7 Pro launched with version 8.7.165 of Google Camera, and 8.7.250 is now rolling out with the addition of Macro Focus settings but also with the removal of the double-tap action gesture.

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December 7

The Waze team is being merged into the organization responsible for Google Maps, though no changes to the end-user experience were announced as part of this internal change. 

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MediaTek Dimensity 8200 goes official for Android’s affordable flagships with 4nm process

After debuting its flagship Dimensity 9200 last month, MediaTek has this week announced the Dimensity 8200 with a more affordable, but still strong, offering for Android phones.

During the October event, Google previewed that the Pixel’s Recorder app will soon be able to identify multiple people, and “Speaker Labels” are now rolling out.

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Samsung looks to be expanding blood pressure readings to Galaxy Watch to a new country

For the past few years, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch lineup has included the hardware for blood pressure readings, but the functionality is blocked in some countries. Now, it seems the feature is expanding to at least one new region.

Amazon Luna has become one of our favorite cloud gaming platforms with its ability to tie into Ubisoft+ and make PC games available wherever you are. Now, users can play those games even without a Ubisoft+ subscription – here’s how.

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Jetpack Compose is Google’s recommended approach for building UIs on Wear OS and version 1.1 is rolling out with a handful of tweaks that you might encounter in apps. 

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Google is working on upgrading its Nest Audio smart speaker to run on the company’s own Fuchsia operating system.

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Google today announced an add-on for Google Sheets that applies “Simple ML” to your data that was built by the TensorFlow team to help make “machine learning accessible to all.”

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Deals: Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen bundle $39, Lenovo Smart Clock 2 $30, more

All of today’s best deals are now headlined by Google’s Nest Hub 2nd Gen, which comes bundled with a Wiz smart bulb at just $39. Not to mention Lenovo’s Smart Clock 2 at a new low of $30, as well as a chance to score the Fitbit Versa 4 Fitness Smartwatch at $160. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Google’s first wearable is long overdue, but this has had a knock-on effect. It means there are few great accessories for the Pixel Watch. Here are some of the best that we have tested so far and that you might want to know about.

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Recently added in the December Pixel Feature Drop for the Pixel 7 series – and eventually for the Pixel 6 – Clear Calling is a feature that ensures people on the other end of your phone call can hear you almost perfectly. This guide will walk you through enabling it on your device, and why it might be a good idea.

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Android 13 arrives on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and a few other devices

Samsung is bringing Android 13 to the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite this week as the latest Android tablet to support the latest update.

‘Fossil Smartwatches’ app used for pairing Wear OS 3 seems to be causing battery drain

Wear OS 3 is a reinvention of Android’s take on smartwatches, and a big part of the update is changing how you pair to your phone. For Fossil smartwatches using Wear OS 3, users will pair the hardware with the “Fossil Smartwatches” app, but it seems that’s causing battery drain for some folks.

The latest AI-generated Memory flipbook appearing in Google Photos is the “Best of Autumn 2022” collection, which is rolling out right now.

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Following last week’s announcement and mention during the Pixel’s December Feature Drop, Google has started rolling out two new Tiles for watches that quickly show when the sun will rise/set and your favorite contacts.

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From Android apps and games to YouTube, it’s time for annual recaps and Google has released its 2022 Year in Search. Powered by Google Trends, the top trending searches list now includes Google Lens and Hum to Search.

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December 6

Back in June, we noted that Google is no longer developing “Assistant Memory,” and the Collections feature that it would have presumably replaced is now seeing a redesign.

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If a Pixel Watch update is not available on your Wear OS device yet, there’s a remarkably simple way to download and install the OTA immediately. 

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One of the earliest cloud gaming providers, Shadow, is in some ways the antithesis of Stadia, but it’s sometimes better for it.

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Google TV showcases Zooey Deschanel’s watchlist in latest ‘Watch with Me’ installment

Google TV is showing off the favorite films and TV shows of Zooey Deschanel this week with a homescreen widget.

Google Photos has long been able to estimate the location of pictures that don’t contain geodata. It previously did this using Google Account Location History but has since stopped and is giving users the ability to remove those estimates.

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While GPay is getting some Material You tweaks, the app is losing the ability to pay for parking and gas right from your phone in the US.

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Android app deals of the day: Klocki, Home Workouts Pro, Dungeon Warfare, and more

All of Tuesday’s best deals on Android games and apps are now waiting for you down below the fold. Just be sure to scope out the ongoing price drop live on Lenovo’s latest Tab M10 Plus 3rd Gen while it’s down at an  all-time low as well as the rest of our Android deals right here. As for today’s apps, highlight offers include Klocki, Home Workouts Pro, Galaxy Attack, Slaughter 2, Wall of Insanity, Dungeon Warfare 2, and more. Head below for a complete look at today’s best Android game and app deals. 

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