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 ...

DEAL: Verizon Now Doing Pixel 2 and 2 XL 50% Trade-In Discount + BOGO Half Off

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Last week, we shared Verizon’s latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deal that slashed up to 50% off the phone if you traded in one of a handful of phones. We shared it because the list of phones eligible for the 50% off deal was actually pretty solid and still is. This week, though, Verizon has sweetened the deal by adding on a buy one, get one half-off bonus. So now, if you trade-in your phone and get 50% off, you can also grab ...

Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch

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The Nexus Player, Google's first (and only) digital media player (see note) has received support for Google Assistant as part of the November security update. This is the third Android TV device to receive the Assistant, after the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions. Given the quality of the microphone in the bundled controller, you are probably better off using the Android TV Remote app with your existing smartphone, but the feature does work. It is slightly unclear how Assistant support is added—the ...

Bugdroid Justice League Heroes Invade Android Pay

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To celebrate the launch of the new Justice League movie, the Android Pay team has worked in a few new characters and animations when you make purchases using your phone. As you will see, the new Bugdroid toons are based on The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, and Cyborg. When you make purchases using Android Pay, the little toons will do nifty animations, and you’ll unlock all of the characters by making more purchases. According to Google, you won’t know who you’ll unlock first until you make ...

Verizon Will Give You 50% Off Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL If You Trade Some Old Phones

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Verizon is currently running a 50% off deal for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that isn’t horrible depending on your situation. It’s one of those semi-sneaky deals where you have to trade in the proper phone to get the full 50% off, plus they then spread the 50% off discount out over 24 months to keep you locked to their network for the next couple of years. It’s a garbage move for the most part that almost all carriers are doing these days ...

Google Makes Its Secret Files Go App Available for Download

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Files Go, the secret file manager app of Google’s that was discovered earlier in the week, is now available for download on Google Play. Google’s VP of product management, Caesar Sengupta, took to Twitter last night to acknowledge the app and that it had been discovered, noting that they opened it up to more people are at welcoming feedback. For those who missed it, Files Go is a smart file manager from Google that tries to recommend apps or files to clean up from your device ...

Sony’s Android TVs now support the Google Assistant

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If you're lucky enough to own a recent Sony 4K HDR set with Android TV, you now have access to the Google Assistant. As well as using it to explore video content and get information, you'll also be able to control your smart home devices, just as you can with the Assistant on your phone or a Google Home product. Any Sony Android TV model from 2017, along with some from 2016 (XBR-Z9D, XBR-X800D, XBR-X750/X700D), will be able to make use of the Assistant, ...

Google Search and Maps Now Show You Estimated Wait Times at Restaurants

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It has been almost a year since Google began showing their Popular Times feature in Google Search and Maps, so today, they are adding an additional bit of information to it. As you search for your favorite restaurants in Google, you’ll now see estimated wait times along with the busy indicator. In order to see the new estimated wait times, you’ll simply tap on the hour bars in the Popular Times section, as can be seen in the image above. So not only will you be ...