Button Mapper Lets You Change Pixel 2’s Active Edge Action

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Not cool with the Pixel 2’s Active Edge being locked to Google Assistant and not open to any action you might get more use out of? Button Mapper has been updated with a work-around that will let you change it, though it’s not as simple as just installing an app and tapping on a couple of things. Instead, you have some work to do, including a bit in adb (👎). Because Google has apparently hardcoded Google Assistant to Active Edge in the Pixel 2’s SystemUI, they ...

Google Play Music for Android TV Getting Big Redesign

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Here’s some exciting news for Google Play Music fans, specifically those who use the service on Android TV. Spotted by the folks at Android Police, Google’s music service is getting a big redesign, one that should be making its way to your set-top box or smart TV soon. As you can see from the above header image and screenshot below, a lot of the UI has been blackened, allowing some album covers to really pop with color. Additionally, Google has removed a few of the notable ...

Monument Valley 2 Hits Google Play on November 2

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Back in June of this year, Monument Valley 2 launched with iOS exclusivity. Today, the developers gave Android users a reason to be excited for November 2. According to a tweet sent out by ustwo games, the game will finally be made available for Android that day, about 5 months after it was first available for iOS. If you haven’t already known, the game has been up for pre-registration on Google Play for some time. Pre-registration, in this case, means no more than just a notification ...

Google Calendar, Sexified With Material Design, Now Available to All Desktop Users

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Back in mid-August, a big redesign for the web-based Google Calendar was teased by a beta user on reddit. Today, that redesign is official and available for everyone, and man, it looks good. Basically, the whole thing has been redesigned from top to bottom, complete with a floating action button, ability to check on other’s calendars (should you be an enterprise user), as well as the fact you can add rich formatting and hyperlinks to calendar invites. As Google details, “Now you can see contact information of ...

New Nova Launcher 5.5 Beta Adds Searchbar to Dock Option, Fun Icon Animations, More

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A new Nova Launcher v5.5 beta update is available now to beta participants and it includes some of the goodness from the Pixel Launcher in the Pixel 2, as well as other Oreo-styled items. For one, you can now add the search bar directly to the dock if you want, just like you’ll see on the Pixel Launcher with the Pixel 2. You’ll find it in Nova Settings>Dock>Searchbar in dock. To style it, you’ll do so from Nova Settings>Desktop>Search bar style. If you aren’t a fan of ...

Your Pet Photos Will Now Show Up Alongside Your Friends and Family in Google Photos

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Because we all take massive amounts of pictures of our pets thanks to all of our pets being awesome, Google is making it easier to locate them all in Google Photos. Starting today and rolling out globally, Google will start showing your cats and dogs in groups alongside all of the people you currently see. Instead of just a “People” category, you’ll find a “People & Pets” category that includes your furry friends too. You’ll be able to name them and quickly make albums or movies ...

Google WiFi Adds Site Blocking to Keep Away Inappropriate Websites From Your Kids

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Google WiFi, a heck of deal in the mesh WiFi router game, received an update today that gives admins the ability to turn on site blocking. That’s a techie way of saying that Google is giving parents a way to block unwanted content from their kids’ devices. With site blocking turned on, Google says that more than 8 million non-kid-friendly websites won’t show through on devices you specify. The option uses Google’s SafeSearch, which is always on the hunt for new sites to add to its ...

Download: Pixel 2’s Live Wallpapers on Your Device

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Last week, the Pixel 2’s updated Pixel Launcher and Camera app both made their way onto online Android nerd rooms, so it’s no surprise that the new live wallpapers from Google’s new phones did as well. We’re talking about the live wallpapers that Google showed off during the Pixel 2 event, wallpapers that may look like a typical aerial shot of the Earth, yet have subtle motion within. You can see the wallpaper above running on my LG V30 review unit, which is the one that ...