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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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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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Google Maps beta adds satellite startup option, smarter lists, and several other tweaks

There are improvements to adding a stop along your road trip and hints that hotel deals may get a more prominent spot inside of the app.

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Report: Google is again tweaking the Play Store app's design

A few subtle minor are making their way out into the wild, bringing a little more focus and clarity to Google's app marketplace.

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Android Auto gets rid of that pesky car requirement

With the latest update, you can use the driver-optimized interface right on your phone or tablet, with no special car hardware necessary.

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Google is launching RCS messaging on Sprint, with other carriers on the roadmap

You'll get real-time typing notifications, messaging over Wi-Fi, and other features that will make SMS work a lot more like iMessage.

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Google Fit does some stretching before a major buildup of new features

A teardown of the version 1.6.1 update shows more detailed workout options and a round icon to match nicely with the Pixel Launcher.

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Hangouts brings app shortcuts, other tricks to Android 7.1

Allo may be the cool kid in the world of Google's messaging efforts, but Google is still finding time to bring Hangouts up to speed.

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Google Play is cracking down on fake reviews and fraudulent install numbers

The latest move attempts to improve the app discovery process so it's not unfairly used by developers seeking an advantage.

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Allo 2.0 update brings app shortcuts, GIF keyboard support, and several other new features

It's the first major update for Google's new messaging service, and it brings a lot that probably should have been there at launch.

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Google Messenger gets a new icon, interface cleanup, and preps for RCS messaging

The version 2.0 update also displays unread count badges for custom launchers that support the feature.

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