Google Play Music showing new Podcasts interface for some users

It wasn’t that long ago that rumors predicted that Google was planning to bring a new podcasts feature to its popular Play Music app. This would see Google add yet another media platform to its already large list of options available in the Play Store. With it already offering books, movies, music downloads and streaming, apps and games, it would mean Google would now offer virtually every kind of popular media. Popular podcaster, Bill Simmons confirmed the move on Twitter before taking down his tweet earlier today.

Thanks to Android Police, we now have a good idea as to what the podcasts user interface will look like and the features it’ll bring along with it…

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Comment: Google Play Movies needs a way to upgrade purchased movies to better formats

As DVD and Blu-ray sales continue to drop, more people are turning to online, digital subscription platforms like Netflix and Hulu to consume content. But if you want to own this content, you have to purchase it through services such as Google Play Movies and iTunes.

Now that 4K is becoming more popular, consumers might want to upgrade their movies to the best quality available, but with Play Movies, this isn’t possible…

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Google VR Services hits the Play Store, details receiving notifications while in Daydream

Ahead of Daydream View’s launch later this week, some pre-orders have already begun to ship. However, early owners are unable to enter VR due to several missing apps. Google VR Services has just hit the Play Store and is one part closer to enabling the complete Daydream experience.

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Opinion: Google’s future is in AI, but Chrome OS getting the Play Store is a big deal today

This year’s I/O was a big one. Maybe not the largest in terms of new products and services, but definitely not the smallest either. Among other things, the Mountain View, California company announced its Daydream VR platform for Android, an evolution of the Google Now assistant in the form of an AI-powered “Google Assistant,” a couple of new messaging apps and some hardware to play the part of debuting the Assistant, a new version of Android Wear, and more.

The keynote had this overarching theme that Google is no longer just a company that does search and ads. Now, Google is diving head first into artificial intelligence and machine learning, and most of the things that were announced in the keynote fell into that narrative for the most part. This is the stuff that’s not coming out for at least half a year. Most things, from Allo and Duo to Google Home, felt half-baked. It felt like everything was unfinished, and to some degree, that’s true. It’s still early days.

While Google wanted to paint this big picture of what the company envisions for the next few years and beyond, it saved some of the stuff that’s actually really cool today for other events at the conference. The most obvious of these was the press-only event Google hosted on day 2, showing off a huge new feature for Chrome OS: support for the Play Store that has long been tied down to Android. We’ve known this was coming for a long time, but now it’s here — serving as the next move to make Chrome OS and Android more alike than ever…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Moto Z 64GB (unlocked) $500, Moto G4 Play for Verizon $35, Honor 8 $265, more


Well, the day has finally arrived. Just about all of the most notable Black Friday deals are now live. Head below for the best deals of the year on Apple products, TVs, media streamers, displays, games, accessories and much more:

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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Google/Android:

Amazon knocks the unlocked 64GB Moto Z down to 0 for a limited time (Reg. 0)

Moto G4 Play for Verizon is just at Best Buy, works great without a data plan (Reg. )

  • Honor 8 Android Smartphone w/ 32GB GSM 4G LTE (unlocked): 5 shipped (Reg. 0)
  • Pick up a stylish Fossil Q Smartwatch for iOS/Android, starting at
  • Amazon unlocked Android Black Friday sale: 64GB Moto G Plus (4th gen.) 0, more
  • Top-rated LG Android 4G LTE Smartphone for shipped (Reg. 0)
  • Google’s Chromecast 2 streaming media player gets a rare discount to for Black Friday
  • Acer 14-inch Aluminum Chromebook 1.6GHz/4GB RAM/32GB HDD: 0
  • Get the fitness tracking Moto 360 Sport smartwatch for just 0 shipped (Reg. 0)
  • Grab a 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for 0 shipped (Reg. 0+)

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9to5Google Gift Guide: These are five affordable Android phone deals to grab this holiday season

9to5Google Gift Guide: These are the four best Android phones to buy this holiday season

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TVs/Home Theater/Audio:

Cyber Monday TV Deals: Samsung 40″ 4K Smart UHDTV 0, Samsung Curved 55″ 4K w/ 0 Amazon Gift Card 8, more

Gold Box: Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 surround sound speaker sets and pieces, Bookshelf Loudspeaker set shipped

  • VIZIO 40-inch 5.1-Ch. Surround Sound System with Slim Wireless Subwoofer: 5 (Reg. 0+)
  • This cool Projector/Speaker combo will set you back 5, today only
  • Black Friday brings big discount to Sonos PLAY:1 Wi-Fi speaker, get it for 9 (Reg. 9)
  • Black Friday TV Deals: Samsung 65-inch 4K Smart HDR UHDTV ,299more
  • Black Friday TVs: Samsung 40″ 4K 0, Toshiba 60″ 4K w/ Roku 0, more
  • VIZIO’s 38-inch 2.0-Ch. Soundbar System w/ Bluetooth: shipped (Reg. 0)
  • UE BOOM 2 is one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers: 0 shipped (Reg. 0+)

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Smartphone/Gadget Accessories:

Pick up a four-pack of Tile Mate Bluetooth Trackers for just .50 Prime shipped, an Amazon all-time low

  • Keep your iPhone safely in sight while driving, iOttie’s car mounts are on sale for as low as
  • Nomad’s Black Friday event takes up to 65% off its accessories: Lightning Keychain , more
  • Anker’s best iPhone accessories are all on sale for Black Friday, deals from .99
  • Save 35% on every Caudabe iPhone case: ultra-thin Veil XT for iPhone 7 now (Reg. )
  • Add a new case to your iPhone 7/Plus, Apple Watch or iPad Pro for
  • Spigen AP12T Car Mount Universal Phone Holder (Reg. )
    • with code AP12T40P

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Hard Drives/Storage:

Samsung 128GB EVO Micro SDXC Card (48MB/s) w/Adapter: shipped

  • Put an extra 128GB of storage in your MacBook Air/Pro w/ Transcend’s JetDrive: (Reg. )
  • Amazon is taking up to 40% off nearly every SanDisk product: flash drives, SSDs, microSD cards
  • Amazon is discounting top-rated Samsung 850 EVO SSDs: 500GB 5 (Reg. 0)more
  • Seagate’s 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive is down to just shipped (Reg. 7+)
  • Add 480GB of fast storage to your Mac/PC w/ SanDisk’s Solid-State Drive 0 shipped
  • Seagate’s 2TB Backup Plus Slim USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: shipped
  • WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive for + 3TB Toshiba portable for shipped

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Electronics:

Netgear networking up to half off today, DOCSIS 3 Modem: , Range extender: , Gig Switches , Routers, more

Daily Deals: CyberPower Sinewave UPS Mini-Tower 0, Toshiba 55″ 4K TV w/ Chromecast Built-in 0, more

  • Target takes 15% off sitewide to start Cyber Week: Apple Watch Series 2 from 5more
  • Sony’s popular extra bass Bluetooth headphones have 30 hours of battery life: (Reg. )
  • Turn your iPad into a real educational tool, Osmo Genius Kit is now
  • Acer Gold Box has some inexpensive Windows PCs/All-in-ones, 24″ 1080P HDMI Display:
  • NETGEAR’s Nighthawk AC1900 802.11ac Wireless Router is on sale for 0 (Reg. 0), more
  • The Audio-Technica Pro ATH-M20x Headphones are now available for just (Reg. +)
  • Black Friday Printer Deals: Brother Mono Laser w/ AirPrint (Reg. 0+)more
  • Add Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard to your Mac for .50 Prime shipped
  • DJI’s Phantom 4 Drone has it all and it’s on sale today for 9 shipped (Reg. ,100)
  • DJI’s Phantom 3 Standard Drone goes to 0 shipped
  • Fix your broken Wi-Fi for good, eero system on sale from 1 (Reg. 9)
  • Microsoft takes 0 off its new 13-inch Surface Book 256GB: 99 shipped
  • Monitors: ASUS 28-inch 4K w/ 2 HDMI and USB 1, Dell 28-inch 1080p 0, more

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Games:

Games/Apps: Cyber Monday Consoles – PS4 Slim from 8, Xbox One S 1TB + GC, Madden 17 , iOS freebies, more

App Store Free App of the Week: Artie’s Magic Pencil goes free for the first time (Reg. )

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Smart Home/Home Goods:

Alexa can secure you some of Amazon’s best Cyber Monday deals: Free GC, more

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Amazon Devices/Streamers/More:

Amazon Cyber Monday: Buy a Dash Button for .99 ( off) and get a free after first use

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Fashion:

Cyber Monday fashion promotions take up to 70% off + free shipping: Amazon, Levi’s, J.Crew, Toms, Eddie Bauer, many more

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Fitness Trackers:

Black Friday pricing on Fitbit now live: Alta , Charge 2+ HRM 0, Blaze Smart 0 w/ multiple color options

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Other/More:

Give the gift of fitness with all time lows on Nordic Track, Treadmill 7more

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Apple:

Amazon and B&H are discounting Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook by up to 0: 256GB ,149 or 512GB ,449

Apple Pencil for iPad Pro is now on sale for Prime members: shipped (Reg: )

eBay rolls out Cyber Monday Apple Deals: 13-inch MacBook Air 128GB 7 and 27-inch 5K Retina iMac 2TB ,900

  • Give your Apple Watch the Nike+ Sports Band that Apple refuses to sell: .50
  • eBay’s Black Friday Sale brings solid Apple deals: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB 0, more
  • Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar 2.9GHz/8GB/256GB: ,700
  • Grab a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Certified refurb) Space Gray/Silver/Gold at Amazon for 9 shipped

Machine Learning-powered Bubble Zoom will enlarge text in digital comics from Play Books

The Play Books app has a special affinity for comic books with a number of features meant to improve the reading experience on mobile devices. Announced as part of Comic-Con, Bubble Zoom uses machine learning to magnify text bubbles in digital comics. Users can test this out now on select Marvel and DC volumes.

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Google Play Protect begins rollout with redesigned ‘Verify Apps’ in Play Services

Announced at I/O 2017, Google Play Protect is essentially a rebrand of the company’s existing suite of security services for Android devices. In a statement, Google notes that it is beginning to rollout today in the Play Services app and coming soon to the Play Store.

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Google uploads ‘Pixel Ambient Services’ to Play Store, confirming music recognition feature

Late last month a rumor started to make the rounds that the Google Pixel 2 would have an always listening feature that would recognize music playing in the background. It would then use this information and display the song on the handset so the user could easily see what is playing. A new ‘Pixel Ambient Services’ app just showed up in the Play Store which has confirmed this functionality…

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