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Google supercharges saved places in Maps with customization and sharing

You can create personalized lists of places and restaurants and share them with your friends in Google's latest Maps update.

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Google Photos update tweaks interface to put focus on album, device folders

The new update to Google Photos includes interface tweaks and some hidden references to cool new features on the way.

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Google Now Launcher's days in the Play Store are numbered

Google has begin notifying developers that it plans to remove the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store soon as it transitions to a new method for phone makers.

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The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

A long overdue revamp modernizes the service, but it still needs some work to truly match its potential.

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The essential Android business apps

Your phone is now your digital briefcase, your ever-present business companion.

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Google shutting older versions of Drive, G Suite apps

Google will begin to phase out legacy versions of its Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps beginning March 1.

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Android Google app now stores offline searches and runs them when a signal returns

The new update to the Google app remembers any queries made in a dead zone and delivers the results when your phone goes back online.

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Choosing between Google Photos or Google Drive for image backups

Google Photos and Drive complement each other in some ways and offer stark differences in others.

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Now you can summon an Uber ride without leaving Google Maps

A new update to Google Maps tightens the integration with Uber by letting you book and track rides right in the app.

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How to set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

Here's how to replace all of those data-hungry apps and services with ones that don't need to know so much about you.

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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.

Google Keep

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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