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Google's official Wallpapers app is now in the Play Store

The app works on any Android device running 4.1 or higher, giving you a chance to explore some Googly wallpaper options.

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A new widget gives you a quick view of traffic conditions in Google Maps beta

Find out if the coast is clear or if you need to take a different route as you're about to head out the door.

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Google Clock 6.4 brings app shortcuts and a smarter stopwatch

Now when you set a timer or use the stopwatch, it'll pick up right where you left off after rebooting your phone.

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Google Photos begins creating animations from videos, gets smarter about fixing sideways pictures

You may start seeing more frequent memories to help you capture all those small moments of a young child growing up.

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Google Phone app 5.1 adds in new gestures and interface tweaks

The app comes from a Pixel system file dump, so it's unclear at this time if it'll make it to Nexus phones or is just for Google's newest hardware.

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Which apps and services work with Google Home?

Clear your throat for a lot of "OK, Google" with these services that are ready on day one for Google's Echo competitor.

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Duo is replacing Hangouts in Google's batch of preinstalled apps

Instead of swapping Hangouts for Allo, Google is apparently more interested in pushing out a better video call experience than a messaging alternative.

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YouTube Music update improves sharing and preps for more playlist features

Some under-the-hood capabilities will eventually bring the kind of customization that you would expect from a dedicated music streaming app.

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Virtual assistant faceoff: Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri

A lot can change in a year. Just ask Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistants. We posed the same questions to all four in the summer of 2015 and again in fall 2016, with notable...

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How to change default apps in Android Nougat

The ability to switch up the default browser, SMS app, and other essentials are much easier to find in the latest version of Android.

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Google Maps for Android adds 'OK Google' voice, navigation commands and other search tricks

The new features will make your phone a more helpful assistant during your next trip since you won't have to mess with the screen.

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Google Maps highlights foodie photos and your upcoming places in the latest beta update

If you're on the fence about which restaurant to check out next, perhaps a shot of the bacon-wrapped filet mignon will lure you in.

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YouTube Gaming update smooths out chat experience and drops in a new Easter Egg

Version 1.7 also is built to better support Android Nougat and fix a number of pesky bugs that have hung around.

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Google app beta adds 'in apps' homescreen button for quicker searches of your phone's content

It also looks like the term 'Google Now' may be going away, with the company uniting its effort behind the new Google Assistant.

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Google finally launches its Allo messaging app

Leaning heavily on Google's new Assistant, Google hopes Allo will finally give it a messaging app that really sticks.

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Google Photos improves sharing and builds up movie making skills

Sending photos is much easier if you and the recipient are using Google's all-in-one image service.

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Five Google Photos tips for finding, organizing, and sharing all your pictures

Can't find that one photo you're looking for? Google’s smart photo app can make it easy.

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Google Trips is here to tame all your unruly travel plans

The Android and iOS app taps summarizes your details and lets you save it offline for easier access while traveling.

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