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Google is pushing back some white Pixel 2 orders, offering a free Live Case as compensation

Shipping delays on Pixel phones are nothing new. It took months for Google to get out from under the backlog for the original Pixel. This time, the white models seem to be in particularly short supply. Several people who ordered the smaller Pixel 2 in white are getting notices from Google that their orders have been pushed back by a month, but they are getting a small token of apology from Google.

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SmartThings Link hands-on: Turning your SHIELD TV into a smart home hub

Connected home items are becoming more and more common, from light bulbs to doorbells and so on. Since the beginning of it all, I've really wanted to join in the smart home thing, mostly because I am lazy and want to control my house with my voice. Cost to entry has been rather prohibitive and I've always rented places, so I figured most of my options would be limited.

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[Update: Fixed] Google Photos isn't showing recently backed up images for some

Google Photos is probably one of the most renowned products the company has ever made. But, right now some people are having a bit of trouble with it. For many, images uploaded to the service since October 17th aren't appearing on the Google Photos website, although the images are being backed up and can be accessed via Google Drive. 

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'Pay with Google' is now live for select retailers and apps, more coming soon

At Google I/O back in May, the company announced the Google Payment API, It promised a new way to pay in apps or online with any debit or credit card linked to your Google account. It's similar to how we can already make purchases using Android Pay, with the bonus of not being tied exclusively to Android devices or the Android Pay app. The final "Pay with Google" implementation is now ready to go, and it's available right now with a number of different retailers.

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YouTube Music v2.04 introduces an all-red icon, will soon enable double-tap to seek [APK Teardown]

YouTube may be in the process of making some changes to its branding and style choices with some of its mobile apps. A few days ago, the YouTube Gaming app received an update sporting a redesigned icon that kept its original heart shape, but sidelined the low-poly look it had launched with. And now it's time for the YouTube Music app to do the same. 

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[Update: Google comments further] Google acknowledges Pixel 2 XL display issue, is ’actively investigating’

If you keep an eye on Android news, and particularly if you have any interest in Google's latest hardware, it won't be news to you that there's some controversy surrounding the screen on the Pixel 2 XL. While almost every other aspect of the phone has received universal praise, the LG-made POLED display panel has seen plenty of criticism.

Several different complaints have been reported, ranging from a blue tint when viewing the screen at an angle, screen burn-in or image retention, lines of dead or colored pixels, low light graininess, dull (if accurate) color profile, light bleed, and even a strange shadow arc.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium is getting Android 8.0 Oreo starting today

A few days ago, Sony Xperia XZ Premium owners may have seen news about the promised Android 8.0 Oreo release for their phone. According to Xperia Blog, Sony in Japan confirmed that the update would be coming in December, which fell in line with the earlier assurance that it would be rolled out before the end of the year.

December isn't far away, but there's now even better news, as Sony has just announced that the Oreo update is actually starting to roll out to the XZ Premium today. That's more than a month ahead of the previously stated date, and users will be thrilled to have their devices running the latest and greatest version of Android so soon.

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You can now ask Google Home to play news videos on your TV

The Google Home doesn't have a display of its own, but it's becoming very good at controlling other screens around your house. You can start playback of content from Google Photos, YouTube, and others with a simple voice command, turning the Home into a voice-controlled TV remote. Google has now added the ability to easily watch news videos on your TV using Assistant commands.

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Weekend poll: What do you consider to be 'good' battery life?

Battery life is a highly subjective thing. For some, getting 3-4 hours of screen-on time is more than adequate, others don't consider anything short of 6 to be enough. Even though I'm probably on my phone more often than most (since it's kinda my job), I'm of the opinion that 4-5 hours is a pretty decent goal for manufacturers. Anything above that, while great to see, I just consider a bonus since I'm probably not going to use it before I plug in at night.

What about you? The topic of 'good' battery life has been a subject of some debate here at Android Police over the last few weeks.

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Mercedes adds fingerprint support to its otherwise-terrible app

If you have a recent Mercedes-Benz, you may have used the 'Mercedes me' app. It allows you to manage your car remotely, including starting the engine (2016 models or newer) and locking/unlocking the doors. The app currently has an average rating of 2.1 stars on the Play store, with the vast majority of reviews being one star.

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