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Google Tips launched to help with Android, Gmail, YouTube and more

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Google has launched a new website aimed at offering assistance for all of its services, from Android to YouTube.

The website will feel very familiar to anyone who’s used Google Now on their mobile device. It adopts a similar card-based interface, with rows of virtual cue cards containing informal descriptions.

Each can be flipped to explain in greater detail a particular facet of a particular Google service. So, for example, there’s one that says "Play YouTube like a jukebox," which concerns creating playlists on your YouTube account.

Elsewhere you can "Let Maps show you the restaurants your friends love," or see how "Your phone is your pedometer."

Each flipped card offers an introductory paragraph to the issue, a list of stuff you need (usually just a Google account) and what the service works on, and a bunch of clear descriptive photos tracking each stage of the process for you to flip through.

You can also filter all of these cards out according to the specific Google service (there are 13 in all), or according three wider themes: On the go, At home, and At the office.

Google has also provided the ability to suggest your own Tips cards, provided you’re signed in with your Google account of course.

All in all, it's the ideal provision for a time of year when millions of people - including a great many novices - will be receiving a new Android smartphone or tablet, or even a Chromebook.

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