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[Update: Official Details] The Pixel 2 can automatically switch to Do Not Disturb mode when you’re driving

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Before Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it pushed a new app listing to the Play Store that offered some details about the rumored always-on music ID feature. It turns out there's another interesting tidbit in that listing: the Pixel 2 will be able to automatically toggle on Do Not Disturb mode when you're driving.

The listing in question is called Pixel Ambient Services, which is a nice, vague name.

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[Update: Official Details] The Pixel 2 can automatically switch to Do Not Disturb mode when you're driving was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Get a $50 Google Play gift card for $45 from Amazon ($5 off)

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Who wants to save some money on Google Play credit? If you answered "yes," then you're in luck. Amazon is currently offering a $50 Google Play gift card for $45. Bear in mind that you do have to wait for it to actually arrive in the mail, but you will save $5.

Buying apps and games is a lot of fun. For me, it's about supporting my favorite developers and getting all the extra goodies (or even ad removals).

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[Deal Alert] Get a $50 Google Play gift card for $45 from Amazon ($5 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can speak to Assistant in Korean on your phone and Android Wear watch

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

At I/O this year, Google promised support for the Korean language would be coming by the end of the year to Assistant. Then at the October Pixel event a couple of weeks ago, Google also stated that Actions on Google (third-party Assistant integrations from different services) now support Korean. Between then and now, it appears that support for the Korean language has gone live on Assistant.

Google's help pages now say that you can talk to Assistant in Korean on your phone, your Wear watch (which makes sense since it's connected to your phone), and that developers can add it in their Actions on Google apps.

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You can speak to Assistant in Korean on your phone and Android Wear watch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome for Android is testing a ‘breaking news’ push notification

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Whether on mobile or desktop, Chrome always has a few experimental tricks up its sleeve. You can find these at chrome://flags where they can be enabled or disabled. Google uses these to test new features ahead of turning them on permanently, and lots of what we love about chrome started out as an optional flag.

The latest of these experiments to hit the Canary channel of Chrome for Android is a flag that could offer up push notifications for breaking news events.

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Chrome for Android is testing a 'breaking news' push notification was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system isn't bad, but if you asked me whether I'd rather use it or Android Auto with proper integration, I'd take Google's solution any day. If you, too, prefer Android Auto and have been in the market for an FCA product, you're in luck - 14 new cars across five of the association's brands now support it.

Without further ado, here's the list:

  • Abarth
    • 2017+ 595
    • 2017+ 695
  • Chrysler
    • 2018+ Pacifica
  • Dodge
    • 2018+ Durango
  • Fiat
    • 2017+ 500
    • 2017+ 500L
    • 2017+ Argo
    • 2017+ Tipo
  • Jeep
    • 2018+ Grand Cherokee
    • 2018+ Wrangler
  • RAM
    • 2018+ 1500
    • 2018+ 2500
    • 2018+ 3500
    • 2018+ Chassis Cab

This means that you can now have Android Auto in everything from the little city runabout that is the Fiat 500 to the 707hp monster SUV that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube TV playback controls arrive on the Google Home

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

There are just a handful of video services that support voice controls on the Google Home, like Netflix and Google Photos. This allows you to start playback of content on a Chromecast, Android TV, or other Cast-enabled device using Google Assistant voice commands. I'm still waiting for Hulu to add support, but in the meantime, you can now use it with YouTube TV.

The new functionality works just like every other service on Assistant.

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YouTube TV playback controls arrive on the Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Surprise: The Google Pixel 2 has a hidden menu button on its navigation bar

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The menu button used to be oh-so-important to Android in the early years. Google ditched it pretty early on with the introduction of the Galaxy Nexus, but Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note III was released in late 2013 and still had one on board.

But even after menu buttons lost their permanent spots on the chins of phones, some still persisted through long-presses of the multitasking button. You could even find cheaper devices with dedicated menu buttons to the right of their multitasking buttons, and if you really wanted one on your current phone, some custom ROMs would allow you to add one there.

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Surprise: The Google Pixel 2 has a hidden menu button on its navigation bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Google provides various tools to keep your account secure like login alerts and 2-factor authentication. If you're extra paranoid, Google just launched a program tailored to you. The Advanced Protection Program adds a set of stronger protections to your account, and it's available right now for all personal Google accounts. Why isn't it rolling out to everyone? Because Advanced Protection Program isn't going to be very convenient.

Advanced Protection Program is for people who are legitimately worried about someone gaining access to their account data.

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Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel 2 pre-orders are now starting to ship

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Yesterday, Google started charging payment methods for some with Pixel 2 pre-orders. Tantalized, we all sat in eager anticipation for them to ship out. Just a few minutes ago our own Artem received his shipping notification, so it's official. At least some Pixel 2 and 2XL pre-orders are now shipping. 

Shipping times are almost guaranteed to depend on when you placed your order. So some of us (like me) that ordered the panda XL late still have a long wait ahead of them.

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Pixel 2 pre-orders are now starting to ship was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel 2’s camera displays photos using the “Google Photos filmstrip” and not some standalone gallery app

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By now you've probably overdosed on all the Google Pixel reviews (here's ours by the way), but one thing we wanted to focus on was an interesting change in the way the Camera app will handle photo viewing on the phone.

Previously, whether you were on a Nexus or the first-gen Pixel, when you took a photo and tapped it from the Camera app, you'd be taken to a slightly barren interface like the one below: back button and All photos on top, sharing and editing and deleting and info on the bottom.

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The Pixel 2's camera displays photos using the "Google Photos filmstrip" and not some standalone gallery app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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