Here’s every Google app getting an Android tablet UI, and what updates are live [U: Play Store]

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Here’s every Google app getting an Android tablet UI, and what updates are live [U: Play Store]

– Sep. 30th 2022 7:49 am PT

@technacity

At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.

Google apps with tablet UIs

Reverse chronological order, latest updates at the top

—Google Play Store
Update 9/30: Ahead of a broader redesign, Google has updated the Play Store with a navigation rail that is more compact than the previous drawer.

At the moment, this allows app icons to be larger but those carousels will soon make way for cards. Google Play has also tweaked the corner logo and search field to be more compact.

—Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides
Update 9/17..

Here’s how much the Pixel Watch will allegedly cost in the UK and Europe

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Here’s how much the Pixel Watch will allegedly cost in the UK and Europe

– Sep. 30th 2022 6:55 am PT

@NexusBen

The Pixel Watch is set to debut in less than a week, and we know it’s going to be a pricey option. Now, we’re getting a clearer picture as to what the Pixel Watch will cost in the UK and Europe, as price details surface.

To recap what we know so far, we first reported that the Pixel Watch’s cellular model would cost $399 in the US. Later, we further learned that the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model would start at $349 in the US, as backed up by retail sources.

Now, Roland Quandt of WinFuture reports on Twitter that Pixel Watch prices in the UK will line up with what we’ve heard so far.

According to Quandt, the list price for the Pixel Watch in the UK is £339. From that, he claims that the price of the Pixel Watch in Europe will be €379 for the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model and €419 for the cellular option. That’s pretty much what we expected, given the US pricing, but ..

An Elevated Experience: XPENG Launches G9 EV, Taking Innovation Even Higher with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect the XPENG G9 launch. It was originally published in November 2021. You don’t need a private plane to be at the forefront of personal travel. Electric automaker XPENG launched the G9 SUV this week during NVIDIA GTC. The intelligent, software-defined vehicle is built on the high-performance … Read more

Twitter for Android officially rolling out revamped UI for direct messages [U]

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Twitter for Android officially rolling out revamped UI for direct messages [U]

– Sep. 30th 2022 11:23 am PT

@NexusBen

If you send a direct message on Twitter for Android this week, you might see a new look.

As spotted by Max Jambor yesterday, Twitter seems to be testing out a new UI for direct messages in its Android app.

Update 9/30: Twitter has now officially confirmed this new redesign is rolling out widely. We’ve added further details to the post to reflect this, as well as more images from Twitter.

The new design puts the message text box in a row of its own, instead of being lumped in with the image attachment, GIF search, and send buttons. There’s also a rounded look to this box which feels much more in line with the design of Android in recent years.

Our Dylan Roussel was quick to point out that this new look comes as a result of the redesign using Google’s Jetpack Compose tools. He previously found the UI in development as early as June of this ye..

What’s the plan for Stadia exclusive games? Here’s what we know so far

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What’s the plan for Stadia exclusive games? Here’s what we know so far

– Sep. 30th 2022 9:58 am PT

@NexusBen

Google Stadia shuttered its first-party studios barely a year after it debuted, meaning no first-party exclusive games were ever announced, much less released. But there were several games that were released only on Stadia, and we don’t yet know what the future holds for these exclusives. Here’s what we know so far.

Stadia exclusives – What’s being lost, and what we know about the future
Related: Google Stadia is shutting down in January, all purchases will be refunded

Gylt
Released as one of Stadia’s first games, and its first true exclusive, Gylt is a horror title developed by Tequila Works. It’s been well-received on the whole but has never had plans to be released anywhere but Stadia.

So far, there’s no sign of Gylt being brought to other platforms.

Outcasters
One of our favorite games released on Stadia was the exclusive title Outcasters. Develop..

September’s Google Play system updates: Play Store redesign on Wear OS, new Wallet features [U]

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September’s Google Play system updates: Play Store redesign on Wear OS, new Wallet features [U]

– Sep. 30th 2022 11:15 am PT

@SkylledDev

Google has laid out some of what Android fans can expect from the September 2022 Google Play system updates, including improvements to Kids Space on tablets.

Update: This latest set of updates also includes new audio switching features for Wear OS and improvements to the Play Store.

A significant portion of what makes Android so useful is the way so many apps are integrated with Google Play Services. In recent months, Google has grouped together Play Services, the Play Store, and the “Google Play system updates” introduced in Android 10. Every month, the company lays out what changes to expect from this trio, which they’ve dubbed “Google System Updates,” and they steadily add more patch notes over the course of the month.

The easiest way to check whether you need to update Google Play Services on your phone is to follow a di..

Google Messages: How to use emoji reactions with any recipient

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Google Messages: How to use emoji reactions with any recipient

– Sep. 30th 2022 12:46 pm PT

@ChaosRomero

In Google Messages, you can send reactions to received messages with a selection of emoji, no matter who texted you. This guide will quickly show you how to react to messages.

For a while now, Google Messages users have been able to react to RCS messages with a roundup of seven different emoji. As of recently, that feature is now expanding to SMS messages as well, which means messages sent by an iPhone user are eligible for the reactions feature in Google Messages, even with Apple not supporting the modern standard.

How to react to SMS and RCS messages with emoji
Reacting to a message in Google Messages is easy. Here’s how to do it:

In Google Messages, find any message thread and open it.
Choose a received message and long-tap it.
Tap one of the emojis that appear in the pop-up window.

The window that appears contains seven different emoji to choose from:..

Inside AI: NVIDIA DRIVE Ecosystem Creates Pioneering In-Cabin Features With NVIDIA DRIVE IX

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As personal transportation becomes electrified and automated, time in the vehicle has begun to resemble that of a living space rather than a mind-numbing commute. Companies are creating innovative ways for drivers and passengers to make the most of this experience, using the flexibility and modularity of NVIDIA DRIVE IX. In-vehicle technology companies Cerence, Smart … Read more

Ubisoft will reimburse Stadia players with PC copies of its games

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Ubisoft will reimburse Stadia players with PC copies of its games

– Sep. 30th 2022 12:58 pm PT

@SkylledDev

Ahead of Google Stadia’s shutdown in January 2023, Ubisoft has announced that players will be able to claim free PC copies of their lost games.

As part of the company’s original announcement, Google shared that all Stadia hardware and software purchases — with a few key exceptions — will be refunded in full, with the majority of refunds being processed by mid January. Ideally, players who lose access to their game library would simply repurchase those games — perhaps even at a lower price — once Stadia’s refund comes through. Stadia game saves would even be able to carry over to PC in most cases.

Regardless of Google’s refunds, as an act of goodwill, Ubisoft has told The Verge that players will be able to claim PC copies of the publisher’s games in their Stadia library. The finer details of how this will work have not yet been ironed out, but the workflow..

Pixel Watch was briefly up for pre-order on Amazon, revealing bands and Fitbit Premium perk

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Pixel Watch was briefly up for pre-order on Amazon, revealing bands and Fitbit Premium perk

– Oct. 1st 2022 6:23 am PT

@NexusBen

In what is perhaps the biggest Pixel Watch leak yet, a gallery of official-looking images show off the various bands, watch faces, and Fitbit support, among other things, of Google’s upcoming smartwatch.

Posted to SlashLeaks by @OnLeaks, this is one of the biggest leaks of Pixel Watch promotional material to date, and offers our best look yet at what Google is bringing to the table.

Starting with Pixel Watch bands, we get our first good look at four different band designs for the Pixel Watch.

The Pixel Watch band images are, unfortunately, fairly low-res, so it’s hard to tell for sure exactly what materials are being used, but these are our best guesses.

Firstly, we can see all of the silicone colors – black, grey, off-white, and a light green. There appear to be two different leather band styles from there, including one style in ..

How much is your Stadia refund going to be? [Poll]

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How much is your Stadia refund going to be? [Poll]

– Sep. 30th 2022 2:30 pm PT

@SkylledDev

In the wake of Stadia’s shutdown announcement, Google announced that all customers of the service would be getting refunded in full. How much is your refund going to be?

When Stadia first debuted, it did so exclusively to those who pre-ordered the $129 Founders Edition bundle (plus two “buddies” per Founder). In the nearly three years since then, Stadia had released just shy of 300 games and offered both standalone Stadia Controllers and a bundle that included the Chromecast with Google TV.

Aside from two key exceptions — Stadia Pro subscription costs and hardware purchased at retail stores — Google is refunding players for all Stadia-related purchases. For players who have been with Stadia since the beginning, these are totalling out to be massive refunds, with some clever members of the community humorously referring to them as “Stadia Stimulus Checks.”

So far, Google..

Google ad shows Pixel 7 Pro camera zoom, Pixel Watch UI and new bands [Video]

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Google ad shows Pixel 7 Pro camera zoom, Pixel Watch UI and new bands [Video]

– Sep. 30th 2022 9:00 pm PT

@technacity

For the past week, Google has been running a Pixel 7 ad on YouTube that happens to reveal a lot more of the Pixel Watch than we’ve previously seen.

Starting with the phone, we possibly get our first camera samples from the Pixel 7 Pro. Google shows off somebody capturing a dive from a distance by using 4x optical zoom, like the 6 Pro does today. In the background, you see the La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain.

There are also examples of the Pixel 7 offering “more detail, while “more focus” and “more magic” (eraser) are also touted.

App usage on the Pixel Watch app includes the Now Playing screen of YouTube Music for Wear OS, Google Maps navigation, Google Wallet/Pay, and taking a phone call. What’s notable about the last short, assuming its representative, is how you can flip the Pixel Watch so that the crown is at the right inste..