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GeForce Now adds support for account linking w/ Ubisoft

Ubisoft has been one of the biggest names supporting cloud gaming, and this week the developer is adding better support for GeForce Now with account linking.

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As we’ve been expecting since the start of this year, Android is getting a new “App Pairs” feature that is live in 12L Beta 1. On phones, it replaces the previous “Split screen” approach to multitasking.

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Last week, a user reported that their Pixel 3 was not able to dial 911 (emergency services in the US). Google has confirmed that there is an emergency calling bug with Android under a “limited set of circumstances” and that there is a fix. 

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Right off the back of a massive bug fixing OTA update for Android 12, Google has unleashed the next release — Android 12L Beta 1.

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Samsung December 2021 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

Samsung has begun rolling out the latest Android security update for December 2021, and, for some Galaxy phones, the update is arriving as part of the update to One UI 4.0 and Android 12.

Android 12 update for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 seem to be riddled w/ issues for some users

Samsung is moving along quickly with its Android 12 update, with the company’s new foldables being updated now in some regions. However, some serious issues with some of those devices may lead Samsung to pause the Android 12 rollout for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3.

Today’s best Android app deals: Green Project, Meteogram Pro Weather Widget, more

All of today’s Android game and app deals are ready and waiting down below. Just be sure to scope out today’s Google Pixel handset deals and up to $230 off Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7/SE/+ lineup first. Then come right back here for our app deal collection including titles like Green Project, Meteogram Pro Weather Widget, Digital Dashboard GPS Pro, Athletics 2: Summer Sports, icon packs, and more. Hit the jump for a complete look at today’s best game and app deals. 

One of the best features of the new Assistant is Continued Conversation, where your Pixel’s microphone briefly stays open after a response has been given to allow follow-ups. For the past week or so, Continued Conversation on all Google phones, including the Pixel 6, has been broken.

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Google TV integrates with over 30 streaming services and apps, here’s the full list [U]

Perhaps the most useful thing about the new Google TV platform is the ability to aggregate and organize content from a variety of different sources. Which ones, though? Here’s a full list of streaming services and apps that Google TV supports.

The addition of scrolling screenshots that allow you to capture the entire screen was a big part of Android 12. Google has now quietly added support for Android 12’s scrolling screenshots in Chrome.

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The first beta release for Android 12L has arrived, and it’s available on Pixel smartphones. Those devices can’t fully take advantage of most of Android 12L’s large screen optimization, but we can see some of Google’s other upgrades. One notable change is that, in Android 12L, Google is introducing a new style for its Internet toggle and other quick settings.

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For the first time in four years, Google is releasing a mid-cycle update to Android that’s primarily aimed at foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS. Android 12L Beta 1 is the first release available on actual devices, specifically Pixel phones.

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How to get the Android 12L Beta on Google Pixel

Google’s Android 12L is designed for big-screen phones and foldables akin to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the underserved Android tablet market. However, some Google Pixel owners can install Android 12L today through the beta program.

Flutter 2.8 brings performance boost and new Dart features, as Google highlights Flame game engine

Flutter 2.8, the latest update to Google’s massively cross-platform app development suite, comes with an automatic performance boost and new features for the Dart language.

At the end of October, Google announced a mid-cycle update to Android 12 focused on foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS. Beta 1 of Android 12L is now available as the first release for Pixel phones enrolled in the Beta Program.

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Deals: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/SE/+ $230 off, Anker ANC Headphones $91, more

All of today’s best deals are now up for the taking, headlined by Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7/SE/+ lineup at up to $230 off. That’s alongside the popular Anker Soundcore Q35 ANC Headphones at $91 and these TP-Link Assistant smart bulbs from $10. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

How to bring back the Wi-Fi and mobile data toggles on Android 12

Android 12 introduces a new “Internet” menu that contains the options for both your Wi-Fi and mobile data, but strips away the simple toggles that the platform has offered for years now. If you don’t want that change, however, it’s relatively easy to bring back the simple toggles that were available before.

Google Stadia gets a new free-to-play game in Nine to Five

Following its reveal last month, Google Stadia is adding a new free-to-play game. “Nine to Five” is making its debut on Stadia today in early access, completely free of charge.

Google has been under scrutiny this week as multiple reports of mail-in Pixel repairs resulted in compromised accounts and leaked photographs. Now, the company is saying that this breach of privacy wasn’t at the hands of Google employees, and the company will apparently update instructions for mail-in Pixel repairs and help customers lock down their data.

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Galaxy S21 FE will apparently be Samsung’s first device to launch with Android 12

Samsung has proved to be the fastest Android partner to start its rollout of Android 12, and it seems the company will also be pretty quick to use the new OS on a device at launch. As new firmware points to, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE will ship with Android 12 out of the box.

Many Android TV devices don’t often get major upgrades, and the ones that do usually only get that level of support for a couple of years or so. Nvidia, however, is the exception to the rule with its Shield TV still being supported to this day, and it seems even the original model could be getting Android TV 11 very soon.

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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.

Drama has been ongoing between Roku and Google nearly all of this year over the use of YouTube and YouTube TV on the biggest streaming platform in the United States. Today, Roku and Google have finally settled on a deal to keep the app available to Roku owners.

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YouTube is expanding the availability of video chapters within the streaming app to more smart TVs and video game consoles.

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Google Photos has begun surfacing what it believes are your finest photos as part of the “Best of 2021” Memories collection.

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Google’s Year in Search 2021 recap is about healing [Video]

While YouTube Rewind has been retired, Google still has its Year in Search recap, and the 2021 edition is focused on the theme of healing.

December 7

Yesterday’s December patch introduced a slew of fixes that add polish to key Android 12 experiences like homescreen widgets. One such change addresses how Material You customization was largely incomplete due to the absence of widgets.

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The hit PC/console game Rocket League has made its way to mobile phones this week in the form of the simplified “Sideswipe,” but it seems not everyone can enjoy it equally. Just hours after the game’s launch, it’s become clear that Rocket League Sideswipe is encountering issues on Google’s Pixel 6 series and Android 12 in general.

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Some ‘loyal’ YouTube TV subscribers are getting a small discount on their next bill

Over the years, various YouTube TV promos have given out free hardware to subscribers. Google is now giving some customers a $10 credit/discount for being a “loyal friend of YouTube TV.” 

As was promised at the beginning of the year, Google Stadia is now playable on the most recent generations of LG’s WebOS Smart TVs.

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Earlier this year, Google announced a new feature called “Entertainment Space,” a way to offer Android tablets a specialized media experience that organizes content in one place. For the past few weeks, we’ve had a chance to try out the feature, and it has some clear potential, at least when paired with the right hardware.

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In 2020, Google’s streaming service offered a “Year in Review” playlist, while a handful of users got an email with top stats. YouTube Music’s 2021 Recap is much more extensive than previous Google efforts and more on par with other streaming services.

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Google Docs making it easier to customize and edit tables

While Google Workspace offers Sheets, people still use Docs to create inline tables. Google is now letting you better create and customize tables in the Docs web app with a handful of upgrades.

There are a slew of apps available with which you can share your location with friends and family. Although they generally work as intended, some of them prompt privacy concerns. Here’s how you can share your location using Google Maps instead.

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Today’s best Android app deals: Danmaku Unlimited 2, Network Analyzer Pro, 6 takes!, more

Today’s best Android game and app deals are now up for the taking. Joining today’s new all-time low on the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, you’ll find all of this afternoon’s most notable price drops on games and apps courtesy of Google Play down below as well. Highlights include titles like Danmaku Unlimited 2, Pandemia: Virus Outbreak, 6 takes!, Network Analyzer Pro, and more. Hit the jump for a complete look at today’s best Android game and app deals. 

Over the past few days, you might have noticed that Google.com looks slightly different when searching for news. Google’s “Top stories” carousel on the desktop website has been revamped with a new grid-based organization structure.

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Deals: Sony XM4 ANC Headphones hit $248, TP-Link Assistant smart lights from $10, more

All of today’s best deals are now up for the taking and headlined by the Sony XM4 ANC headphones at $248. That’s alongside TP-Link Assistant-enabled light bulbs from $10 and the Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale for $40. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Security patches have proved a valuable tool for keeping Android devices secure, but Android TV OS devices are often an afterthought in this process. With a renewed interest in the platform with Google TV and the release of Android 12, Google will begin releasing security bulletins for Android TV OS.

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Samsung merges its mobile business w/ TVs and other consumer electronics

Samsung is one of the biggest tech companies in the world, with its products in everything from smartphones to washing machines. This week, Samsung has announced that it will merge its mobile phone business with that of other consumer electronics in a major corporate shakeup that brings two new CEOs.

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.

Nearly six months after its last update, the Chromecast with Google TV is getting a handful of performance improvements today.

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December 6

Android 12 has been available on Google Pixel phones for nearly two months now, and even Samsung has pushed a stable update to five of its high-end devices. Now, OnePlus is joining the fray with a stable update to Android 12 heading to some OnePlus 9 series owners.

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The very latest Pixel Feature Drop has arrived alongside the December 2021 security patch, and it brings with it the very first set of new features for Android 12 devices — which means that we’ve gone hands-on.

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Back in September, Google previewed how Chat will let you make one-on-one Meet calls without having to use URLs. Similar to classic Hangouts, this feature is now rolling out in the version of Google Chat inside Gmail.

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According to new documentation, it appears that Fossil has canceled plans for a Gen 6 Diesel-branded Wear OS smartwatch.

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LG is closing the bootloader unlock program that would help keep its Android phones alive

LG pulled the plug on its mobile phone business earlier this year, promising some level of support for its devices for a limited period of time. The Android developer community is well known for extending the lifespan of older phones well beyond what the manufacturer offered, but LG is closing a useful tool in that effort, its bootloader unlock tools.

How to factory reset Google Pixel and other Android phones remotely

There are countless reasons you may want to factory reset your Google Pixel or other Android device remotely. No matter the reason, if your device is out of your hands, you always want to have the option to factory reset it. Here’s how you can do that.

Today’s best Android app deals: Northgard, 9th Dawn III RPG, Shattered Plane, more

We are are now kicking off the week in Android game and app deals with today’s fresh batch of price drops. But first, go scoop up the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G handset at the best price of there holiday season while it’s $100 off. Then head below to dig into today’s app deals including Northgard, 9th Dawn III RPG, Shattered Plane: Turn-Based Strategy, Demetrios, Space Grunts, and more. Head below for a closer look today’s complete list of Android game and app deals.

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