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Why the hell are Google's Nest cameras so expensive?

By all appearances, I'm Google's perfect smart home customer. I'm already deeply invested in the Assistant ecosystem, I've got tons of smart displays and speakers, and as the new owner of a house, I'm constantly in the market for little ways to update and automate things. But as I'm currently shopping for a set of smart security cameras, Google's first-party Nest hardware is at the very bottom of my list — the prices are simply ridiculous.
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9 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Microsoft Edge Beta, Opera GX, and Expensify.cash (6/5/21 - 6/19/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have the arrival of Microsoft's beta version of the Edge browser, a new release from Opera designed for gamers, and a social money app from Expensify. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.
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ZTE Axon 30 Ultra review: Ultra okay

Do you miss the days when you could get a spec-heavy smartphone for less than a thousand bucks? Well, you're in luck because ZTE is finally launching a new flagship phone in the US, and it's competitively priced. For $749, the Axon 30 Ultra packs a Snapdragon 888, a big camera array with multiple zoom levels, and premium build quality. However, there are still rough edges abound, and the phone's 5G connectivity in the US is lacking. While, the Axon 30 Ultra doesn't earn that "Ultra" name like the Samsung and Xiaomi ultras do, but it's still a pretty good phone. Might I suggest: "ZTE Axon 30 Pretty Good?"
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Google messages now lets you adjust the font size using pinch to zoom

Google is constantly improving its text messaging app with new features. It recently got a bunch of enhancements, such as the ability to automatically declutter your inbox and send encrypted RCS messages. These are significant improvements, but there's one simple yet essential feature that has been missing from the app for a while: the ability to pinch to zoom in your conversations. Thankfully, the feature is now available in the app's latest version.
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Google swears this is your very, very, (very) last chance to add a Nest Detect to your system

This story was originally published on Mar 23, 2021 and last updated on Jun 18, 2021. What's the only thing Google likes more than introducing new products and services? You, in the back? Yes, that's right: killing them off. Last fall, we spotted the writing on the wall as the Nest Secure home security system was being retired, including its Nest Detect sensors. In the months since we've had a few opportunities to snag more of those sensors as they sporadically returned to the Google Store, but now we're getting word that they're finally about to leave for good.
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Text-recognition superpowers are coming soon to the Chrome OS scan app

It's been over a year since the pandemic brought students and employees across the globe home to work online. The demand for flatbed scanners and printers have soared, and thanks to Chrome OS 89, its new scanner app makes digitizing your paper documents in a snap. It seems Google is looking for ways to make its scanning app more powerful, as it's adding two new features that should sway you away from your messy filing cabinet.
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The Verizon-backed Yahoo carrier you forgot existed is shutting down

Oh, Yahoo. How the mighty have fallen. It seems like only yesterday you ruled the internet, handling mail, search, and news for hundreds of millions of internet users across the globe. But things have changed, and while the Yahoo brand has continued to live on, it's currently being sold off by Verizon to Apollo Global Management. The future of Yahoo Mobile — a carrier you definitely remembered existed — wasn't disclosed when Verizon announced the sale last month, but unfortunately for its customers, the service is shutting down in August.
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab A7 Lite makes its retail debut at an impulse-buy price

Android tablets can be a tough sell. With phone screens as stupid-big as they are these days, and laptops as light and portable as you'll find, tablets have been feeling a little shouldered-out. But even as they face fierce competition, they still shine at tasks like media consumption and video conferencing. There are quite a few solid offerings in the Android space to choose from, with Samsung really dominating. Last month we saw the company introduce the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, and today we're getting word of its very affordable retail debut.
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Pinned conversations are starting to arrive in Google Messages

Google has spent the last decade trying to get messaging right, but it seems its dedication to RCS is finally paying off. Its Messages app has gotten really good lately, picking up end-to-end encryption and starred messages just this past week. It seems that another long-awaited tool is finally coming to Google's messaging service, as pinned conversations are appearing for users in the app.
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Block out the world with Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for just $200

The outside world can be a loud place, full of distractions and noise. If you're trying to get work done, the last thing you need is your neighbors in the apartment above you practicing clogging lessons. Thankfully, noise-canceling headphones make it easy to tune out your surroundings. Sony makes some of the best ANC headphones and earbuds you can get your hands on, and while the WH-1000XM3s aren't the newest kids on the block, today's deal is unbeatable for the value.
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Here's why Google Photos uploads for some aren't counting against account storage

Google's new storage policy came into effect on June 1 and dropped the free unlimited backup plan for Google Photos. However, some users — including a couple of us at AP — have managed to upload several GBs of media without it occupying even an iota of our account storage. What's happening, you ask? We reached out to Google for an explanation and discovered that some Photos users are just luckier than others.
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Android 12's new color-theming feature is nothing without some good wallpapers — get some free ones on us

This story was originally published on Nov 5, 2020 and last updated on Jun 18, 2021. Android customization is about to receive a huge overhaul thanks to Android 12 and Material You. When the public version finally lands later this year, you'll want a snazzy cache of wallpapers to change up the look and feel of your phone. To help you build up your collection, we're giving away free wallpapers in every edition of the Android Police Newsletter. Here's how and when you can get the next one.
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Reports of the Z Fold2's death turn out to be (slightly) exaggerated

This story was originally published on Jun 17, 2021 and last updated on Jun 18, 2021. Earlier this week, Samsung seemingly ceased selling last year's flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold2. The product listing at Samsung's store was temporarily replaced with a disclaimer that "The Galaxy Fold is no longer available for purchase on Samsung.com," directing customers to other options. While that quickly sparked rumors that Samsung was ending sales in anticipation of its next-gen foldables, the company now assures us that the Fold2 has not been discontinued.
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What's happening to Oxygen OS? OnePlus speaks up

Earlier this week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lao finally announced an integration with Oppo, a move that had been rumored since he took over product responsibilities for both companies. Although his initial forum post confirmed the two companies would remain separate entities, a few questions went unanswered. Luckily, we have a confirmation on one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the move.
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Time for a smartphone diet: An ode to Lite phones

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With discounts as high as 40% off, now is a great time to buy a robot vacuum

Sometimes, all the bells and whistles that come on many of today’s robotic vacuums are just overkill — all you need is something to clean your floors while you tend to more important things. Even better if you can get such a vacuum for a really great price. If this sounds like you, you’re going to want to check out Roborock’s S6 Pure and E4 Mop, both heavily discounted through Prime Day.
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10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's almost the weekend, and I have some great sales to share, including a few standouts. First up is KORG Kaossilator, one of if not the best synthesizers on Android, and it's currently half off. Next, I have Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a console-quality RPG that offers tons of fun. Last but not least is Kenshō, a gorgeous puzzler that also offers a relaxing experience. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.
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Google seems to be working on an alternative to Apple's Find My network

One of the most salient features of an Apple AirTag is how it utilizes the roughly one billion iPhones out there — via the Find My network — to ping its location even when it's not in Bluetooth range. Wouldn't it be great if Google could somehow capitalize on the more than 3 billion Android devices around the world to help find your lost phone? Well, this might just happen.
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Google really wants you to use virtual desktops on your Chromebook

Most of us probably feel overwhelmed by the endless slew of browser tabs and and all the software windows cluttering up our PCs. Thanks to virtual desktops for Chromebooks, managing your tasks is way easier: you can create a workspace for each of your classes, or have a dedicated desk for gaming. Your organization possibilities are virtually endless — yet very few users take full advantage of this feature. It seems Google really wants you to realize how useful it is, as it's experimenting with putting virtual desks front-and-center to the Chrome OS experience.