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Google app beta hints at Assistant text input, search gestures

Analysis of the APK reveals Google's plans to let users ask Google Assistant questions by typing and a new way to summon the search field.

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Google Calendar helps you keep your workout resolution with Fit, Health integration

The update to the Google Calendar app will sync with your favorite fitness app to track and schedule your workouts.

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Google encourages Android tinkerers with standalone downloads of ADB, Fastboot

Google pulls two important rooting and flashing tools out the Android SDK to make it easier for casual users to get at them.

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Google finally releases Gboard for Android, bringing search to the keyboard

Previously iOS-only, the update to Google Keyboard lets you find and send links, pics, and GIFs.

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Google Drive update makes managing backups a little easier

A new dedicated sidebar option takes some of the mystery out of your device and app backups.

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Android Pay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Google's mobile payment system

We cover everything from setting up Android Pay, using it as your go-to payment tool, and even saving all of your loyalty and rewards offers.

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Google's Trusted Contacts pings your loved ones when you need them most

New Google app lets you find your friends, family during an emergency.

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Google makes drawing more powerful with Keep update

The note-taker gains a cool new feature that coverts your handwritten notes into text.

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Google may be testing out a new card-based layout for the Play Store

A new design is making an appearance for some users, though it's unclear at this point how widespread the rollout is.

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These are the coolest things you can do with Google Home

The Google Assistant can do everything from tell you about the day's weather forecast to streaming video and turning off the lights.

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How your Android phone can help you conquer Black Friday

The power of Google and several smart Android apps can help you keep your sanity and save some money during the high holy days of shopping.

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Google Maps will now tell you how busy a place is in real time

Other data-driven tricks include projections about how long people stay at a place and more detailed hours from certain venues.

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Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji suggestions

Google's cross-platform chat app is continues to improve in its bid to lure users from other services.

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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for smarter language learning

Google says that it can translate entire sentences at once, which is far more accurate than just tackling one word at a time.

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The best custom launchers for your Android phone

Be the change you want to see on your phone by tapping into features behind some of these excellent home screen alternatives.

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Google's new PhotoScan app will transform your prints into digital images

Google Photos is also getting a number of new editing tools so you can make more detailed tweaks to your existing images.

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Google Play Newsstand gets a long overdue makeover

The latest version of the app finally gets up to speed with the latest Material Design visual guidelines.

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Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds more diverse playlist recommendations

The mobile app will automatically store music offline based on recent listening history while tapping into your location and other factors for music suggestions.

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