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Waze’s community-based warnings for hazards, speed traps, and traffic can make your daily commute a lot easier, and this winter, the app is introducing a new feature. Starting today, Waze users can see “Snow Warnings” for unplowed roads, real-time snow conditions, and more.

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[Update: It’s back] FX File Explorer removed from Play Store by Google for ‘deceptive ads’

Google’s app removal policies on the Play Store often end up wrongly removing innocent applications and this week, it’s ended up removing a popular file manager. FX File Explorer has been wrongly removed from the Play Store.

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Last month, Google unveiled plans to bring RCS to all Android phones in the United States, scheduled to roll out over the following weeks. Today, a new update to Carrier Services seems to immediately enable RCS on some Android devices, including Google Pixel phones.

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Google today announced its Google Shopping 100, which collates the most trending gifts that have been searched for in the United States — with the Google Home taking the #1 spot in the tech trending list.

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Following the Play Store and other first-party apps, Google Photos for Android is rolling out a Material Theme account switcher. Unlike those clients, this new UI element neatly incorporates a redesigned backup upload indicator.

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The early days of Google Fi were littered with MVNO subscribers getting great branded swag from the annual holiday gift. That diminished as the cellular service grew, but Fi customers this year are getting a free Nest Mini.

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