[Update: Rolling out now] Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and more

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According to a new support page, Android Wear 2.9 is rolling out now. As long as your watch has some version of Android Wear 2.0, you should get it Google just started rolling out Android Wear 2.8 earlier this month, but it's already talking about Wear 2.9. Like the last update, this one isn't making huge changes to the nature of Wear. It does, however, include a few new options for notification counters on your watch face and some changes to the way developers handle ...

DEAL: Sign-Up for Project Fi and Buy a Fi Phone, Get an $80 Credit

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Google’s Project Fi really wants you to leave your current carrier and come join its wireless party. Google is currently trying to entice you to do that by offering you an $80 credit if you come over and buy a Project Fi phone, like the Pixel 2, Pixel XL, or Moto X4. If you come on over and buy a phone, you’ll get the $80 credit once you activate it and keep it active for 30 days. This isn’t one of those sneaky Verizon or ...

DEAL: Woot has Certified Refurbished Pixel 2 in All Colors for as Low as $530 ($120 Off)

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Oh boy, do we have a deal today. Woot is hosting a Pixel 2 deal that drops the price of the phone with 64GB storage to as low as $529.99, which is $120 off. They also have the 128GB model, which has been dropped to just $579.99 ($170 off!). Now, these Pixel 2 phones are “certified refurbished,” so they aren’t brand new. Even refurbished, this seems like a good price for the phone that typically retails for $650 and goes up as high as $750. Right now, ...

Google Found a Way to Bring Smart Replies to All Messaging Apps

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Smart replies are available in a few Google-made applications already, such as Inbox and Allo. If you have never used them before, they are AI-powered responses to messages you receive from others. For example, if someone asks “Where are you?” in Allo, the software recognizes this, then delivers options for you to respond with. With the given example, Allo could recommend you reply with your current location, allowing your friend to get a better sense of where you are. Now that you have an understanding of ...

DEAL: Google Home ($30 Off) and Mini ($10 Off) See Price Drops, Bundles Save You Even More

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Now might be the best time to think about getting into a Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max. At this time, there are solid discounts on all of Google’s Home products, particularly if you bundle them together. Even you don’t need multiple, Home and Mini are discounted individually too. The deals are as follows. Google Home Mini is $10 off everywhere, dropping its price to $39. If you buy two, though, you’ll save $30 and pay just $68. If you want a regular Google Home, ...

Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and more

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Google just started rolling out Android Wear 2.8 earlier this month, but it's already talking about Wear 2.9. Like the last update, this one isn't making huge changes to the nature of Wear. It does, however, include a few new options for notification counters on your watch face and some changes to the way developers handle complications. Starting in Wear 2.9, a dot-style indicator (which was optional before) will be displayed by default at the bottom of watch faces to indicate you have unread ...

Files Go Adds Tablet Support, Expands SD Card Support, Intros ‘Open With’ Option

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Google’s Files Go storage management app is getting updated this week, bringing three new features to all users. The first major change is the expansion of SD card support. With one tap, users can now view files on their SD card in a list or grid view, leading to easier management of files stored on an SD card. Also, tablets are now supported! The other change is “Opening files in other apps.” Like you’d see on a desktop computer, users can now select an “Open with” option, meaning ...

SHIELD TV gets new Assistant capabilities, including broadcasting and security camera streaming

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Since the Nvidia SHIELD TV added Google Assistant support last year, it's been slowly catching up with other Assistant-enabled devices by adding new functionality. It looks like a couple more capabilities are now available. At least we think so, as Assistant features across different devices are so inconsistent that it's sometimes hard to tell what's new and what's not. According to Nvidia, broadcasting messages and the ability to summon your security camera stream on your TV via the Assistant are both new additions. Apparently, if ...