Google Analytics now uses machine learning to show you personalized reports automatically

Today Google has introduced a nifty new reporting feature to its Google Analytics app, “Automated Insights.” With the new feature, the app can now show specific reports, which previously would have taken hours to create, as soon as the app is opened.

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Android Wear 2.0 won’t automatically install apps on your watch, requires Play Store install

Android Wear 2.0 is bringing a lot of useful user-facing features, but it seems that there’s one as-yet-unreported change happening in the background with Wear 2.0 that might not be so well received.

According to one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates, Android Wear 2.0 will require completely standalone watch and phone apps, and abandons the system used since the first version of Android Wear that automatically installs Android Wear apps based on the apps you have on your phone.

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Latest Facebook app update will automatically collate your friends’ recommendations for restaurants & more

If you’ve ever asked your Facebook friends to recommend a restaurant, a new feature rolling out should make it much easier to check out the responses.

Facebook is using a combination of AI and simple keyword recognition to identify posts asking for recommendations, and will then prompt you to turn on the Recommendations feature. When you do, it will automatically add the restaurants’ Facebook pages to the thread, as well as populating a map with their locations.

Engadget reports that the new feature is intended for use not just with restaurants, but with a range of businesses …

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Android Basics: How to stop your phone from automatically adding icons to the home screen

When you are setting up a new Android phone, the Google Play Store on some devices has a setting enabled that will automatically add icons for all newly installed applications to your home screen. This can be a nuisance when you are installing all of your favorite apps at once but, thankfully, it’s easy to disable…

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New ‘Instant Tethering’ feature in Google Play Services automatically sets up tethering between devices

Tethering your various devices to your phone to get connected to the internet is a common use case for many people these days, but the experience in getting it set up definitely has room for improvement. Now, there’s a new feature rolling out through a Google Play Services update (it seems to be version 10.2 in this case) that will let you tether your devices to a hotspot hosted on your phone with just a single tap…

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Chrome for Android adds option for automatically playing videos in full screen when device is rotated

Playing video on an Android device is generally done through an application dedicated to that purpose. YouTube, Vimeo, and most other video services have their own applications so you don’t have to play things through the browser. Some videos, though, need to be played through a browser. Now, Chrome for Android is quietly adding a new feature that makes watching those videos feel a bit more native.

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