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July 17, 2017

Google to try to get more users to adopt its pop-up based two-factor system

Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your information safe. While the industry has traditionally used SMS or email to verify if you’re actually you, Google thinks there’s a better way.

Using a simple pop-up system, Google will begin notifying users of login attempts to their accounts. An invitation to try out the new system will begin rolling out next week, and users will be able to switch over if they so please. This system does require data, so though it is faster and more discrete than receiving a text message, it may not be the best option for those who don’t have access to internet all that often. That being said, it is much more secure, as it avoids [...]

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April 26, 2017

Google App may start showing pollen counts and add a search bar to the notification panel

Code from the Google App version 7.1.21 beta has hinted at what could be in store for the next updates. The strings, discovered by Android Police, indicate that Google could be about to introduce a pollen counter to the app and add a search bar to the notification area.

Google already delivers weather updates for users, warning them if they’re in for heavy rain and suchlike, so it makes sense that it would also include a pollen counter — and launching it ahead of this summer would be good news for hay fever sufferers.

The notion of the search bar being added to the notification area is a little murkier. The wording in the code snippets suggests that this won’t [...]

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February 11, 2017

Google Assistant enabled on some non-Pixel phones with new alpha Google app

OK, so this probably isn’t something you’re going to want to try because alpha release apps are generally awfully buggy (as this one is), but some folks getting the latest alpha of the Google app are reporting that it enables Google Assistant on non-Pixel phones.

Android Police reported the feature, but noted that the alpha app’s release in the beta channel was likely a mistake. So there’s no guarantee Assistant will be coming to all phones anytime soon, even if it does seem likely.

See also: Google Assistant can be enabled with Open GApps installation 1 week ago

Not everyone is getting Google Assistant enabled either and there doesn’t seem to be any [...]

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January 7, 2017

Google app will now notify you when new Google Doodles arrive

If you want to be notified when a new Google Doodle is added to the company’s main search homepage, you can now do so with the Google app for Android. The company has rolled out a server-side update to that app that puts in a new high-level notification for Doodles.

See also: Google Assistant: The top features you should know September 22, 2016

The update puts the Notifications option at the very top of the Settings menu for the Google app on most Android devices. If you own a Google Pixel or Pixel XL, that new Notifications option can be viewed under the Google Assistant menu.

At the moment, the new setting is only for “New Doodle games, videos, and [...]

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