About the Author

Kyle Bradshaw

@SkylledDev

Kyle has formed an obsession with Google’s Fuchsia OS. He knows it’s going to be the next big thing, but also knows he has to prove that before others will believe it. When not writing about Fuchsia, he can often be found deep in the coal mines of Android and Chromium Gerrit or developing various side projects. He can be reached for tips or just friendly chat by Twitter or email. Kyle@9to5mac.com

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February 15

In this week’s top stories: Google Maps rolls out a new design on Android and iOS, OnePlus phones set to pick up Google Assistant Ambient Mode, “Ultra Low Power mode” teased for Google Pixel phones, and more.

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February 14

Google Doodle honors Susan B. Anthony on her 200th birthday

On this day in 1820, women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony was born in Massachusetts. To honor what would be her 200th birthday, Google is displaying a homepage doodle celebrating the ability for women to vote in the United States.

Thanks to some questionable leaks, we’ve already begun thinking beyond the upcoming Pixel 4a and onto Google’s next flagship Android, the Pixel 5. Google’s Pixel phones have been competing as “flagships” since 2016, but buying a “flagship” in 2020 can now set you back well over $1,000. What would happen if Google stopped chasing “flagship” specs with this year’s Pixel 5 and made something entirely different?

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Earlier this year, the Google app rolled out a new menu where you can volunteer to test out new features in the app. The latest of these Labs has brought Google Doodles to the home screen search widget of more Android phones, once a Pixel exclusive feature.

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February 13

Every year, in the build up to the launch of the next version of Android, Google launches a beta and developer preview period for that update, usually starting with Pixel devices. Today, the landing page for the Android 11 Developer Preview went live, if perhaps earlier than intended.

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Stadia games: NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 get steep discounts for Stadia Pro members

Beyond the monthly free games and access to 4K 60FPS streaming, Stadia Pro offers its members exclusive discounts on games. Starting today, the Google Stadia store is putting a steep discount on NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3.

To an extent, each gaming console or platform is judged by its library and especially its exclusives. To that end, Google is announcing five more games coming soon to Stadia including three “First on Stadia” games.

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One of the features many will likely miss when switching from iMessage to RCS is message reactions. The latest Google Messages beta, version 5.7 “Unicorn,” appears to be adding emote reactions for messages, as well as the ability to draw on images.

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February 11

Well before today’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung exclusively put the Galaxy S20 up for direct pre-order for their most loyal fans. Now that the phone has gone official, here are the many, many ways to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20 & S20+, and the best deals for each of them.

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During the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has announced that it’s going to deeply integrate Google Duo video calling with its phones starting with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip.

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During today’s Galaxy Unpacked event, alongside bigger smartphone announcements, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless earbuds as a sequel to last year’s Galaxy Buds.

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[Update: Back] Dashlane password manager extension has been removed from the Chrome Web Store

As account security has become more important, having a good cross-platform password manager has become almost essential. Unfortunately, one of the more popular password managers, Dashlane, has had its extension removed from the Chrome Web Store due to privacy and permissions issues.

February 10

Without a doubt, the biggest complaint shared by reviewers of the base Google Pixel 4 was its subpar battery life. Those looking to radically cut back on their Pixel’s battery usage may have reason to celebrate, as new evidence hints at a new “Ultra Low power mode” coming to Pixel phones and possibly Android devices in general.

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One of the best parts about the Google Clock app is its ability to play from your favorite music apps when your alarm goes off. Unfortunately, many people using Google Clock are being given a rude reawakening due to an issue with the Spotify app causing alarm music to play again shortly after being dismissed.

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If you’re practicing good account security, you may have your phone number attached to various accounts as part of two-factor authentication. Google Messages is rolling out a new feature to autofill any one-time security codes that your apps may need.

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Every month, Google releases a new Android security patch, resolving any and all security issues that have been uncovered in Android and their own Pixel phones. These updates — sometimes called an “OTA” as they’re supposed to arrive “over the air” — typically arrive on your phone automatically over time, but you can also manually install or “sideload” the update which has now become easier than ever, thanks to the Google Pixel Repair Tool.

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With 2020 well underway, the first Android 11 beta is undoubtedly around the corner, but we’re still somewhat in the dark as to what Google’s next iteration will bring. Our latest insight into Android 11 shows that it’ll soon be easier than ever to print your pictures and PDFs thanks to “Share-to-Print.”

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February 8

In this week’s top stories: an artist “hacks” Google Maps with no less than 99 cell phones to create fake traffic jams, Google files a trademark for a new operating system called “Pigweed,” a robot folds and unfolds the Motorola Razr to its inevitable demise, and more.

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February 7

For years, Mac users have been able to trigger things like the screensaver by moving their mouse to a corner of the screen, a feature known as “Hot Corners.” Today, evidence has surfaced that Google may be building its own version of Hot Corners for Chrome OS.

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Global Beta Testing Network may soon pay players to beta test games on Stadia

As it stands, the only two ways to play a game on Stadia are to either pay Google for Stadia Pro and its monthly free games or simply purchase a game outright. The Global Beta Testing Network wants to flip that model and pay you to beta test and play games on Google Stadia.

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