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Google app beta indicates Goggles-like Visual Search may be on the horizon

Hidden in the latest version of Google app beta is a feature that lets you search within pictures and a new Saved Images shortcut.

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Google tweaks Photos with white balance correction as it eyes image archiving

When you use the auto corrector in the Google Photos editing window, it will now adjust the color warmth to achieve proper white balance.

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Google makes it easier to summon Assistant in Allo, adds in-app GIF searching

A new update rolling out to the Android Allo app adds a new icon for bringing Assistant into a conversation, lets you search for GIFs, and upgrades some popular emojis.

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Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50MB, but please don't send them

Google doubles the limit of the size of emails it will accept from 25MB to 50MB, but keeps the sending cap fixed at 25MB.

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Everything you need to know about the Google Home app

This relative newcomer to Team Google has turned into an essential application for managing several core services.

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Google's new Playables ad platform lets you try out games before you download them

With Google's Playables users can test limited versions of Play Store games over HTML5.

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Google promotes Keep note app to a G Suite core service, much to our relief

As a new core component of G Suite, Google integrates Keep into Docs, letting you edit and create notes without launching a separate window.

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Google beefs up Play Store discovery, introduces strikethrough discounting

In an announcement at the Game Developer Conference, Google unveiled a series of initiatives designed to boost developers' success in the Play Store.

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Google will start adding Assistant to Nougat and Marshmallow phones this week

After months of exclusivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google will allow all Nougat and Marshmallow phones in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany to talk to Assistant.

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Google shuts Spaces, the content-sharing app you probably never heard of

Google will be shutting down Spaces on April 17, ending the experimental service that never really got off the ground.

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Google rebrands Messenger as Android Messages in a move toward a universal texting app

Android Messages is merely a new name for Google Messenger, but it could signal big changes for messaging on Android phones.

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Google Camera update adds shutter sound toggle, zoom bar, exposure tweaks

A minor update to the camera app for Nexus and Pixel phones brings minor, but welcome, quality-of-life improvements.

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Google Home can now buy stuff for you on command

Now you can ask Google Home to order things from Walgreen's, Costco, or Toys R Us through Google Express.

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How to use your smartphone to get politically active

You want to do more than tweet, share, and like. You want to make a difference. These are the apps that can get you there.

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Google Assistant can now share personal info in Allo, but only if you let it

A new feature in Google's Allo messaging apps lets you share calendar, contact, and travel information retrieved by Google Assistant to other members in a group chat.

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Google tweaks Clock app design in new 5.0 update

The new update to Google's Clock app rolling out to the Play Store doesn't bring any sweeping changes, but it makes navigation a little easier with the use of labels instead of icons.

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Google turns up the integration between Home, Play Music with new personalized playlists

Google Home now uses machine learning and location services to deliver the perfect Play Music mix for whatever you're doing.

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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 might be gearing up to remove millions of Play Store apps next month

Google begins to crack down on Play Store apps with dubious privacy policies, warning developers that it will take action beginning March 15.

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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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