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November 22

Now Playing on Pixel readying redesign that adds ability to favorite songs

With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Now Playing gained a manual lookup capability that appears as a search button on the homescreen. The next Pixel update to Now Playing will introduce the ability to favorite songs and a bottom bar redesign.

November 9

Google app readying a Search chat head for quick text & voice queries on Android

In July of last year, we spotted development of an “Assistant Chat Head” that never ended up launching. Google is now working on a more useful “Search bubble” chat head that provides quick access to text and voice lookup.

November 4

Google Play will allow alternate IAP billing in South Korea, charge reduced service fee

In late August, South Korea passed a law requiring alternate in-app payment systems in Google Play and the iOS App Store. Google today detailed what steps it will be taking to comply. 

November 15

OxygenOS 12 closed beta program launches for OnePlus 8/8T series

OnePlus has launched a closed beta program for 8 and 8T series owners willing to run the early phases of Android 12 and OxygenOS 12 on their devices.

November 30

Stadia 3.44 for Android preps search revamp, stream spectating, more

The latest update to Stadia for Android, version 3.44, is rolling out now via the Play Store and includes early work on a revamped search feature, livestream spectating, and more.

November 29

Google Play Store names best Android apps and games of 2021

As December approaches, it’s time for annual recaps, and Google Play is ready with the best Android apps and games of 2021. These lists — including Users’ Choice — are localized, and you can browse your country by tapping the “Best of 2021” banner at the top of the Play Store.

November 9

YouTube Music gains ‘Play My Station’ app shortcut that starts original ‘My Supermix’ playlist [U]

Back in July, YouTube Music lost its very useful ‘Offline Mixtape’ app shortcut, but Google is now introducing “Play My Station” as a pretty good replacement for those that want to start playback immediately. 

December 3

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.

November 21

Pixel 6 preps big ‘At a Glance’ upgrade that shows BT device battery, doorbell & ‘flashlight is on’ alerts, more

With the Pixel 6, Google announced a big upgrade for At a Glance that it’s been teasing since the Material You reel shared at I/O in May. At a Glance is now set to get even more features that justify the new design that spans the entire width of the Pixel Launcher.

November 19

Google Messages may soon show iMessage reactions as emoji [Update: Rolling out]

The latest update to Google Messages prepares for a new way to handle the annoying iMessage reaction messages often seen in mixed group chats. Update: This feature has already begun rolling out for some, allowing us to see it in action.

November 8

Stadia 3.41 hints at Dolby surround sound coming to Chromecast

The latest update to the Stadia app for Android offers our first hints at Dolby surround sound coming soon to the streaming service.

November 5

Google Messages working on ability to send MMS video using Google Photos

Google is all-in on Rich Communication Services (RCS) as its main consumer messaging strategy. That said, Google Messages is working on the ability to have video usually sent over MMS be sent using Google Photos instead.

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December Pixel Feature Drop: Hands-on with all the new additions [Video]

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.

November 19

YouTube rolls out animated Android 12 splash screen [Updated]

Every app open on Android 12 is accompanied by a launch animation to make “startup a more consistent and delightful experience.” One aspect of this is an animated icon on the splash screen, with Drive being the first Google app to support this on Android 12.

November 2

Best Android app deals of the day: Simple Scan Pro, Mathematiqa, and more

All of Tuesday’s best Android game and app deals are now up for the taking. Loads of early Black Friday Android offers are already going live including a host of Google smart home gear and today’s Samsung tablet sale, but for now we are focused on Google Play and the day’s most notable app deals. Highlights include titles like Simple Scan Pro – PDF scanner, freebie icon packs, Prune, Mathematiqa, and more. Hit the fold for a complete look at today’s best. 

October 29

OnePlus has rolled out the October 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 October 2021 security update.

October 22

Google Drive for desktop updated with full Apple M1 Mac support

“Drive for desktop” is Google’s unified cloud backup application for consumer and business users after years of maintaining two separate clients. Google Drive for desktop has now been updated with full support for Mac laptops and desktops with Apple’s M1 chip.

October 28

Google details all the new Material Design 3 UI components, including updated ‘navigation rail’

In time for Android 12 and the Pixel 6’s launch, many of Google’s biggest apps have already been updated to Material You. At the 2021 Android Dev Summit, Google fully detailed Material Design 3 and showed off the updated UI components that developers can use to build their apps.

November 1

Here’s every smartphone that officially supports Google Stadia mobile gameplay [Updated]

Google Stadia support is the only thing standing in the way of being able to play triple-A videogame titles no matter where you are — provided you have an active Wi-Fi or data connection.

October 20

Google Tensor explained: Why the Pixel 6 has a custom chip, specs, and what it does

In teasing the Pixel 6 at the start of August, Google very much framed the preview around its first custom-built System on a Chip (SoC). At the Pixel Fall Event today, Google fully detailed Tensor and called it the “biggest mobile hardware innovation in the history of the company.”

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