Google’s ‘MyAndroid’ site will help you personalize your home screen

Just because Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system doesn’t mean that everyone’s home screen has to look the same. Thanks to the vast differences in the custom interfaces that OEM’s pre-install on devices and Android’s huge potential for customization, we can all set up our handsets and tablets in unique ways. If you are finding¬†inspiration hard to come by, though, you can visit Google’s new “MyAndroid” site, complete a “Taste Test” about your preferences, and then choose from offer a variety of styles that Google thinks will suit your personality and device.

Microphone issues plague some Google Pixel owners

After a string of issues with some Google Pixel phones, such as Bluetooth shutting off randomly and another bug which interfered with the phone app sending audio over Bluetooth, it appears that yet another problem has appeared. This time, some Pixel owners are hitting the support forums saying that their microphones stop working, and unfortunately it looks to be a hardware issue.

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Nest working on less expensive thermostat, home security systems

Anyone who has shopped for a smart thermostat or smart home security systems knows they are not cheap. This often forces consumers to make some decisions about long term returns on investments. Alphabet’s Nest division is hoping to make it a little easier for buyers to purchase several of these items according to new reports. Nest is working on a new, less expensive version of their Nest thermostat, a home security system and updates to their indoor security cameras.

Google Play Music announces City Soundtracks as first original podcast

Music services such as Spotify have become more popular in recent years compared to the traditional approach of purchasing albums and building up your personal music library. Google Play Music is a great app for finding music you love and discovering new artists and today Google has announced a new way to enjoy your music with their first original podcast: City Soundtracks.

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