Pixel and Pixel XL Get More of the Pixel 2 Launcher Experience

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With the update to Android 8.1, the Pixel and Pixel XL gained a lot of the Pixel 2’s new experience. The update, for the most part, included everything that had been tweaked about the Pixel 2’s software, without the full Pixel Launcher goodness. That has now changed, likely thanks to a Google App update or a behind-the-scenes server-side flip. Either way, the new tweaks that are arriving on the original Pixel and XL are somewhat minor, but do add some polish. For one, the Google Search ...

Google Play Black Friday Deals are Up: 80% Off Select Games, Free Play Music Subscription, More

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This morning, Google opened up its Black Friday Deals for the Google Play store and they cover just about any category of media you might be interested in. From games and apps and subscriptions, to books and movies and music, Google likely has something discounted that’ll catch your eye. For the gamers in the building, Google has dropped many of their “premium” games by 80%. You can get into games like LEGO Jurassic World, Mini Metro, and Shadow Fight 2 for $0.99 (normally $5). Even Call ...

Google Lens Now Officially Rolling Out to All Pixel Phones in Google Assistant

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In recent days, we have seen the Google Lens icon pop-up at random in Google Assistant on a handful of Pixel phones, leading us to assume that/wonder if the rollout of its full feature set had begun. Google confirmed that to be the case this afternoon, saying in a blog post that all Pixel phones (including Pixel 2 and 2 XL) will gain access to the full Lens over the “coming weeks” in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore. First introduced back at Google ...

YouTube TV Update Adds Picture-in-Picture on Oreo

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YouTube TV is receiving an update today to v1.11.6 that introduces picture-in-picture support for devices running Android 8.0 Oreo. The update may not add anything else, though, so if you aren’t on Oreo, feel free to move along. Once updated, PIP should be live for you automatically. All you’ll need to do to use it is open up a show and then press the home button. You’ll then see it shrink into a small floating box on your screen that can be repositioned almost anywhere. It’s ...

NVIDIA Hosting Black Friday Deals on 15 Games for Up to 75% Off, Starts This Wednesday

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NVIDIA is getting in on the Black Friday action this year, but you won’t have to wait till then to get the savings. The deals will go live this upcoming Wednesday on Google Play, and inside, there’s a lot of great titles up to 75% off. Overlooking the list, I’ll name a few of the bigger titles. There will be DOOM 3: BFG Edition for just $2.49, Parallax for $1.25, Super Meat Boy for $3.75, as well as Tomb Raider 2013 for $3.75. That’s just the ...

YouTube TV App Makes Its Way to Select LG, Samsung Smart TVs

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Announced today, the official YouTube TV app is available for owners of a Smart TV from LG and Samsung. While specific models aren’t stated on YouTube TV’s support page, it does list years, being 2016 and 2017 models. If you own a Samsung Smart TV and would like to download YouTube TV, simply open up Apps, then search for YouTube TV. For LG TVs, head into the LG Content Store, search for YouTube TV, then download. Here’s the current list of supported devices for YouTube TV. Android TV (excluding ...

You Can Now Create Stories Directly From Instagram’s Mobile Website

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For quite some time, Instagram’s mobile website has been pretty barebones. You could look at photos and like them, but when compared to the actual app on your phone, the experiences don’t quite stack up. Thanks to a change, which includes the ability to create Stories straight from the mobile web, things are looking better. Announced this morning, with availability said to rollout widely over the coming weeks, users who are logged into their account on www.instagram.com will see a new “Camera” icon in the top ...

Philo Streaming TV Service Costs Just $16 and Includes No Sports Programming

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There is no shortage of streaming TV service options today. Google has their own. Sling TV is still here. Playstation and Hulu are too. DirecTV is in on it. And I’m sure there are more, those are just the handful that come to mind right away. This week, we get to add to the list a company called Philo who is doing things a bit differently. Philo launched a nationwide streaming TV service yesterday that costs just $16 per month. Yeah, you are reading that correctly. ...