Google brings play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini

Google is bringing play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini today, after initially removing them due to an issue that could cause the device to constantly record users.

Instead of tapping the top of the Home Mini to start and stop playback as had been originally planned, owners will now be able to long press the volume buttons on either side of the device to control whatever’s playing. That extends to music, news, alarms, phone calls, and so on. If it’s playing, you’ll be able to press and hold to stop it — which can be a lot more convenient than using your voice if you’re already right beside the device.

The update will roll out to Home Mini units that are enrolled in Google’s software p…

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Google Play Store starts showing free and premium filters for searches

Some users have been seeing these green suggestions when performing a search on the Play Store app for almost a year, but the feature began rolling out more widely in June (I still don’t have it). However, it only seemed to provide keywords to further specify your search, not proper filters to separate the results according to price. Now it looks like Google is testing the latter kind.

Reader teh Jax is seeing “free” and “premium” filters among the options when he performs a search on the Play Store.

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This wireless VR tech could make it easier to play with others

The next big hurdle for virtual reality is obvious to anyone who's put on a headset: Getting rid of all of those wires. We've seen cordless solutions from TPCast and Intel, but now Amimon, a company best known for developing wireless video technology…
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HTC Smart display for the upcoming U11+ shows up on the Play Store

The upcoming HTC U11+ promises to be an interesting device (unless you live in the US, where it won’t be released – sorry). It’s apparently what became of ‘Muskie,’ the canceled HTC-made Pixel 2 XL, so we’re expecting a premium smartphone that could be HTC’s best yet. My initial reaction to it was very positive, anyway.

One of the features that will ship with the U11+ is Smart display, which is essentially HTC’s version of Ambient Display.

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Google Files Go app now available publicly on the Play Store

The Google Files Go app is now out of beta and available to everyone on the Play Store. Files Go is primarily a file manager app designed with Go Edition devices in mind. Instead of showing your file directory it instead has categories like images, videos, audio, documents, apps, etc. The app also lets you send files to another Files Go user. It creates a local hotspot, which it then uses to send the file over on Wi-Fi. Depending upon your device, you can get some pretty fast transfer speeds without ever using any data. The app also gives suggestions on deleting unused apps,…

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