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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Today

For a few months now, we’ve been watching work progress on a full referral system for Stadia, one that offers an incentive for both the sender and recipient. Today, a limited number of Stadia players have begun to be offered this new referral and reward system.

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This week, Stadia is bringing a jam-packed three days of game announcements and exclusive demos in a video event series they’ve dubbed “Good Stuff.” Today, Google has taken the wraps off of three new exclusive Stadia demos, including Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order coming to Stadia on November 24

While Stadia has thus far pulled in games from great studios like Ubisoft, Square Enix, and 2K, the platform has so far been devoid of EA games, despite a few being announced. As of today, we now have a formal release date for the first EA game on Stadia, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Last week, eagle-eyed Stadia fans spotted a few seconds of what appeared to be a new Pac-Man game during a Stadia ad. Today, as part of Stadia’s three-day “Good Stuff” series, Bandai Namco has now revealed Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle, a battle royale twist on an arcade classic.

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Yesterday

Chrome OS is set to gain a new “Trash” folder that will make it easy to undelete a file you may have accidentally deleted.

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October 17

In this week’s top stories: Google officially shuts down music sales in the Play Store, Carl Pei leaves OnePlus, Google Camera 8.0 can be installed on older Pixels, and more.

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October 15

Whether looking through your camera or browsing images on the web, Google Lens is a great way to learn more about what’s visible in a photo. Today, the Google app and Chrome for Android are gaining an easy way to search almost any image through Google Lens.

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Google Maps will soon indicate how busy a place is directly on the map

One of the most useful features of Google Maps, particularly in the age of social distancing, is the ability to know how busy a restaurant or other business is before you arrive. Soon, Google Maps will be able to show how busy a place is directly in the map view.

At the end of last month, Google hosted its fall hardware event where the company unveiled their latest phones and Made by Google hardware. Tonight, Google has announced a surprise “Google Search On” event, taking place on October 15, to highlight the latest improvements to Google Search and more.

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Long before the launch of Google Stadia, the one game many players have been looking forward to enjoying is Cyberpunk 2077, though no official launch date for the Stadia version was ever given. Today, CD Projekt Red has given Stadia fans the news they wanted to hear, that Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on Stadia side-by-side with other consoles.

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Despite all the reasons we love Chrome OS, the one major downside is that Chromebooks come with an expiration date, after which they’ll no longer receive updates. Google is now giving some Chromebooks just shy of nine years of guaranteed support.

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October 14

The Google Pixel 5 has reached reviewers and will soon be landing in the hands of customers around the world, bringing with it a new update to the Google Camera app. Luckily, it’s possible to install Google Camera 8.0 on older Pixel phones, but it’s not as easy as one would hope.

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October 13

For a few years now, Google has maintained three sizes of smart speakers: small, large, and just right. With the new Nest Audio speaker, Google has taken “just right” to a whole new level.

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Google Stadia teases ‘Good Stuff’ for next week including new games and demos

Part of the magic of Google Stadia is that games, demos, and free play weekends can all be played and enjoyed instantly. Next week, Google has a slate of “Good Stuff” planned for Stadia players, including new games and demos.

October 12

The latest update to Google Stadia for Android, version 2.39, includes preparation for a free trial of Stadia Pro for Google One members.

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The Google Pixel 5 is set to reach its first customers’ hands — outside of the US, anyway — later this week. Ahead of that launch, the Pixel Stand app has received an update, adding “Home controls” styled after Android 11’s power menu.

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Android Studio 4.1 now available w/ Database Inspector, integrated emulator, more

Google has released an update to Android Studio version 4.1, bringing a new Database Inspector tool, some improvements to Material Design, and a more deeply integrated Android Emulator.

Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise, one of the only Chrome OS devices to offer a “pointing stick” cursor.

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October 10

In this week’s top stories: Google Wifi makes a comeback at a more affordable price point, Gmail Go briefly becomes available to all Android devices, the OnePlus 8T’s design is shown in detail, and more.

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October 9

Today, many reviewers use YouTube as a platform to share their thoughts about new products in video form. To better accommodate both reviewers and potential buyers, Google is reportedly planning to integrate a full shopping experience into YouTube.

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