IT'S BEEN A short week, so there's not much Google News you've missed, but here it is anyway, then it's on to the good stuff you may have missed over Christmas:
So. Did you win? The Android Pay promotion gave out more than 50,000 prizes over Christmas just for using tap-and-pay. We ended up with £23 in Costa vouchers. That's equivalent to about a morning's worth of skinny mochachocachinos at INQ Towers.
If you're thinking of getting healthy in 2017, Google Calendar is your friend. As well as integrating with a gazillion apps and platforms, Google Fit now works alongside Google Calendar to help you monitor your goals in one place. It also works for Apple Health.
Samsung has released the first Chromebooks designed for use with Android apps from the Google Play Store. Although we've seen a lot of models enabled for Play Store, this is the first set that will be made from the ground up to run ChromeOS and Android simultaneously.
The Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus are both 2-in-1 devices, landing in April and February respectively.
Nvidia's announcement of Google Assistant on its new Spot dongle was the curtain-raiser to a whole bunch of news about Google Assistant - it's going to be updated to all Marshmallow and Nougat TVs in the US in the coming months (no news about the UK yet, though in some cases we're still stuck on Lollipop). It'll also be coming to Android Wear 2.0 devices and cars.
Also breaking out of the box, the Google Daydream is going to be made available on a number of devices apart from the (rather hot running) Pixel. First up is the Moto Z with devices from Huawei and Sony on the way.
GSuite has a couple of new additions - there's ODF and EPUB support, Page Setup on Android devices, and the acquisition of Limes Audio, which is supposed to help create better sound quality in Google Hangouts.
And finally one for the developers - ADB, fastboot and a number of other key tools are available to download separately, instead of having to download the whole Android Studio. This is particularly good for those who like to do a bit of cheeky modding or unlocking and don't need all the dev stuff. Phew. µ
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