Google is expanding Fast Pair, casting to more devices | Digital Trends

Google is expanding Fast Pair, casting to more devices | Digital Trends

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One of the most underrated features of any platform is the ability to quickly (and easily) pair headphones and earbuds to whatever device you want. And to that end, Google announced a couple of improvements on that front at CES 2024.

First up is Fast Pair, which makes it simple to pair accessories like the Pixel Buds Pro to devices like an Android phone or Chromebook. Over the next month or so, Fast Pair support is expanding to Chromecast With Google TV. And it’ll expand even further later in the year to additional Google TV devices.

It works thusly: You put your accessory into pairing mode, and then just perform a quick tap to connect to anything that’s supported — headphones, speakers, whatever. And when you want to go back to just your phone, it’s just as easy to unpair the devices again.

Casting — the protocol born from the Chromecast era — also is getting a boost. Starting today, you’ll be able to cast TikTok content from your phone to any device that has Chromecast built in. And Google says that’s just the start, as you’ll eventually be able to cast live videos from TikTok.

Google also says it’s expanding the reach of Chromecast in 2024. The new LG series of televisions — which we’ve taken a pretty good look at already — will have Chromecast support, of course. But it’s also going to hit LG Hospitality and Healthcare, which should mean hotels and hospitals (and everything in-between).

Still need more Chromecast love? Google says that later this year you’ll be able to move what you’re playing on Spotify or YouTube Music from your phone to a docked Pixel Tablet. So that’s nice.

Look for it all in the coming weeks and months.

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Google Pixel Watch 2 just got its first proper discount | Digital Trends

Google Pixel Watch 2 just got its first proper discount | Digital Trends

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If you’re on the hunt for smartwatch deals, here’s an offer that you should definitely consider — the Google Pixel Watch 2 for $300, down from $350 at Best Buy We think there’s a lot of shoppers who have been waiting for the wearable device’s first proper discount since its October 2023 release, so if you want to pocket the $50 in savings, you’re going to have to be quick with your purchase.

Why you should buy the Google Pixel Watch 2

The Google Pixel Watch 2, Google’s follow-up to the Google Pixel Watch, lets you access your favorite Google apps like Google Maps and Google Calendar on your wrist, on a 1.2-inch screen with a 320 pixel-per-inch density and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. It comes with Fitbit as its fitness platform, and emergency features such as fall detection and real-time location sharing. The Google Pixel Watch 2 just received an update to enable notifications to your Android phone when it’s fully charged, which is a sign that owners can look forward to more additions in the future.

Between the Google Pixel Watch 2 and Google Pixel Watch, we recommend going for the second generation of the smartwatch despite no visible changes between the two models. That’s because the improvements are mostly under the hood, with a processor upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 for faster performance and better battery efficiency, an entire ensemble of new and improved sensors for fitness tracking, and Google’s Wear OS 4 pre-installed.

The Google Pixel Watch is just nearly two months old, but you can already get this new piece of tech with a $50 discount from Amazon, Best Buy, or Target. It’s down to its lowest price so far of $300 from $350, but probably not for long as we expect a lot of demand for the smartwatch. There’s a chance that stocks are already running low, so if you’re already looking forward to wearing the Google Pixel Watch 2 on your wrist, there’s no time to waste — lock the price in as soon as possible.

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Google Pixel Cyber Monday deals: Pixel 8, Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds and more | Digital Trends

Google Pixel Cyber Monday deals: Pixel 8, Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds and more | Digital Trends

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There are some fantastic Cyber Monday deals on Google’s popular line of Pixel devices which includes smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds. If you’re looking to treat yourself to one of these, we’ve rounded up all the best Google Pixel deals from numerous retailers below. Stock is likely to run out fast now we’re at Cyber Monday so be quick with the buy button so you don’t miss out on the right deal for you.

Google Pixel Watch Cyber Monday deals

Google Assistant listening on the Google Pixel Watch.
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The Google Pixel Watch 2 is already out, which means the Google Pixel Watch is a prime candidate for a discount on Cyber Monday. It’s still a perfectly capable smartwatch though, even with the launch of its successor, as it runs on Google’s Wear OS for access to a wide range of apps and health-monitoring features on your wrist. You need to push through with your purchase as soon as possible though, as stocks are already probably running low on most Cyber Monday smartwatch deals.

  • Google Pixel Watch Active Band —

  • Google Pixel Watch (Refurbished) —

  • Google Pixel Watch —

Google Pixel Buds Cyber Monday deals

Pixel Buds Pro in their case.
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The Google Pixel Buds line of wireless earphones and earbuds is is the perfect companion for Google’s mobile devices. The Google Pixel Buds Pro, in particular, are highlighted in our list of the best true wireless earbuds as the new standard for Android users because they’re comfortable to wear, offer excellent sound quality, and come with effective active noise cancellation. If they’re what you want, or you’re thinking about getting a cheaper variant, act fast before the discounts disappear. Consider some of the other options in our look at the best Cyber Monday headphone deals.

  • Google Pixel Buds —

  • Google Pixel Buds A-Series —

  • Google Pixel Buds Pro —


Everything from laptops and tablets, to coffee makers and air purifiers, and smart home essentials.

Google Pixel Phone Cyber Monday deals

A person holding the Google Pixel 8 showing the screen.
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When you mention Google Pixel deals, the first thing most people will think about are the line’s Android-powered Pixel smartphones. Surprisingly, the Google Pixel 8, which is among the latest versions of the device, is already on sale for Cyber Monday. There are other cheaper alternatives available though, including refurbished models that you can consider if you’re on a tight budget.

  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB, Renewed) —

  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 7a (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 7 Pro (128GB, Renewed) —

  • Google Pixel 8 (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 8 *256GB) —

  • Google Pixel 8 Pro —

  • Google Pixel Fold (unlocked) —

Google Pixel Tablet Cyber Monday deals

The side of the Pixel Tablet in a case.
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There’s currently only one Google tablet on sale for Cyber Monday tablet deals. You get your choice between white or black on the Google Pixel Tablet with a charging dock. Also check out Nest Cyber Monday deals for more smart home setups, which you can control through a tablet.

  • Google Pixel Tablet — with charging speaker and dock (white) —

  • Google Pixel Tablet — with charging speaker and dock (black) —

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Google Pixel Black Friday Deals: Pixel 8, Pixel Watch & More | Digital Trends

Google Pixel Black Friday Deals: Pixel 8, Pixel Watch & More | Digital Trends

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Google’s popular line of Pixel devices includes smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds — and they’re all available with eye-catching discounts in this year’s Black Friday deals. if you’ve had an eye on any one of them, you should take advantage of the offers that retailers have rolled out for the shopping holiday, and you need to act fast because stocks will run out quickly due to high demand. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our favorite Google Pixel Black Friday deals below.

Google Pixel Watch Black Friday deals

Google Assistant listening on the Google Pixel Watch.
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The Google Pixel Watch 2 is already out, which means the Google Pixel Watch is a prime candidate for a discount on Black Friday. It’s still a perfectly capable smartwatch though, even with the launch of its successor, as it runs on Google’s Wear OS for access to a wide range of apps and health-monitoring features on your wrist. You need to push through with your purchase as soon as possible though, as stocks are already probably running low.

  • Google Pixel Watch Active Band —

  • Google Pixel Watch (Refurbished) —

  • Google Pixel Watch —

Google Pixel Buds Black Friday deals

Pixel Buds Pro in their case.
Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

The Google Pixel Buds line of wireless earphones and earbuds is is the perfect companion for Google’s mobile devices. The Google Pixel Buds Pro, in particular, are highlighted in our list of the best true wireless earbuds as the new standard for Android users because they’re comfortable to wear, offer excellent sound quality, and come with effective active noise cancellation. If they’re what you want, or you’re thinking about getting a cheaper variant, act fast before the discounts disappear.

  • Google Pixel Buds —

  • Google Pixel Buds A-Series (Renewed) —

  • Google Pixel Buds A-Series —

  • Google Pixel Buds Pro —


Save on everything from laptops and tablets, to coffee makers and air purifiers, and a whole host of Apple tech like iPad, Apple Watch and even the latest M3 MacBooks, as well as smart home essentials like the Amazon Echo and smart bulbs.

Google Pixel Phone Black Friday deals

A person holding the Google Pixel 8 showing the screen.
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

When you mention Google Pixel deals, the first thing most people will think about are the line’s Android-powered Pixel smartphones. Surprisingly, the Google Pixel 8, which is among the latest versions of the device, is already on sale for Black Friday. There are other cheaper alternatives available though, including refurbished models that you can consider if you’re on a tight budget.

  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB, Renewed) —

  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 7a (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 7 Pro (128GB, Renewed) —

  • Google Pixel 8 (128GB) —

  • Google Pixel 8 *256GB) —

  • Google Pixel 8 Pro —

  • Google Pixel Fold (unlocked) —

Google Pixel Tablet Black Friday deals

The side of the Pixel Tablet in a case.
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

There’s currently only one Google tablet on sale for Black Friday tablet deals. You get your choice between white or black on the Google Pixel Tablet with a charging dock. Check them both out here.

  • Google Pixel Tablet — with charging speaker and dock (white) —

  • Google Pixel Tablet — with charging speaker and dock (black) —

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Pixel Buds A-Series, Pixel Buds Pro at lowest prices of 2023 | Digital Trends

Pixel Buds A-Series, Pixel Buds Pro at lowest prices of 2023 | Digital Trends

Android smartphone owners who are looking for true wireless earbuds deals shouldn’t miss this chance to get the Google Pixel Buds A-Series or the Google Pixel Buds Pro for their lowest prices this year. The Google Pixel Buds A-Series are down to $59 from $99 for $40 in savings, while the Google Pixel Buds Pro are down to $139 from $200 for $61 in savings. If you’re interested in taking advantage of either or both these offers, you’re going to have to hurry with your purchase because we’re not sure how much time you’ve got left before they expire. If you take too much time to think about it, the bargains may be gone by the time you get back to them.

Google Pixel Buds A-Series — $59, was $99

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The Google Pixel Buds A-Series are the more affordable version of the Google Pixel Buds 2, but they don’t sacrifice a lot for the drop in price. They’re still incredibly compact, and they offer hands-free access to Google Assistant just by saying “Hey Google” followed by voice commands. The wireless earbuds can last up to 5 hours on a single charge, and a total of up to 24 hours if you include their charging case. The Google Pixel Buds A-Series are water resistant, so they won’t be damaged by sudden rainfall or sweaty workouts, and their beamforming microphones help make your voice sound clear during calls, even when you’re in a noisy place.

Google Pixel Buds Pro — $139, was $200

Google Pixel Buds Pro seen in front of their charging case.
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The Google Pixel Buds Pro are described as the new standard for Android users in our roundup of the best true wireless earbuds. They’re compact to carry and comfortable to wear, and they offer effective active noise cancellation and transparency to either block all the sounds around you or to let them in without having to take the wireless earbuds out of your ears. The Google Pixel Buds Pro are capable of running up to 11 hours on a single charge, and up to a total of 31 hours with their charging case, which offers wireless charging. They’ll also let you access Google Assistant through voice commands, and they’re also water resistant.

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