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Weekend poll: Where and how did you buy your Google Pixel?

Last weekend, I asked you if you bought a Google Pixel (or ordered one) - about 5,000 of you responded that you had. Interestingly, the most popular model among Android Police readers looks to be the 128GB XL, which is the most expensive Pixel you can buy. Google's financing and availability through Verizon no doubt are the reason for this: by spreading payments over a term of months, you greatly reduce the immediate financial impact of what would otherwise be a nearly thousand-dollar purchase. Outside the US, though, the availability of such things is more limited.

This week, I want to know where and how you bought your Google Pixel.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Sony Xperia XZ for just $649.99 from Amazon ($50 off)

As of late, Sony Mobile has been making some pretty decent smartphones, but it destroys any chances of them succeeding by slapping massive price tags on them. The relatively new Xperia XZ is one of these phones; it's nice, but $700 nice? Not to most. However, with this latest markdown by Amazon, you can grab an XZ with a US warranty for $649.99, $50 less than the MSRP.

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'Chrome Home' flag hidden in Chrome Dev/Canary, moves address bar to bottom

In a world of large phones, it makes sense to move commonly-used actions to the bottom of the screen. A new flag in Chrome Dev and Canary, only described as 'Chrome Home,' moves Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen when enabled.

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Chainfire releases a systemless root method for the Pixel and Pixel XL

The Google Pixel phones' development has had a big week; just a few days ago, the Verizon and EE variants had their bootloaders unlocked. Now, Chainfire, the famed developer of SuperSU and FlashFire, has debuted a systemless root method for the Pixels.

Due to the Pixels' odd partition structure (two system, two boot, two vendor, zero recovery, and zero cache partitions), Chainfire's root method required a bit of re-engineering. It's pretty impressive how quickly he was able to do this, but we'd expect no less from him.

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That annoying Chromecast notification is coming from the Facebook app - here's how to fix it

Over the past few days Android users have been noticing an annoying notification that pops up after using the Facebook app and watching any video. It says "Cast Device Not Connected," and includes a play and close button... and that's it. The notification opens the Facebook app when it's tapped, but the buttons don't do anything and it can't be dismissed with the usual swipe. The only way to kill the notification is to force close Facebook.

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Twitter's latest alpha brings support for app shortcuts, Nougat multi-window, and a round icon [APK Download]

Android 7.1 launched with the new Pixel phones and became available in beta form for the Nexus 5X and 6P not too long ago, but many apps are already introducing support for the new features that 7.1 brings. With its newest alpha build, Twitter has become the latest app to do so by adding support for app shortcuts and a round app icon. This build also enables multi-window for devices running 7.0 Nougat+.

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Action Launcher makes Quickcuts free, implements more of the Pixel and Android 7.1's features

It's fun to see developers duking it out — peacefully — over who adds the most new features first. Action Launcher's and Nova Launcher's devs are a great example. And it's all for the good of the platform and early adopters. Take Android 7.1's launcher app shortcuts. Action Launcher was the first to add them preemptively, Nova Launcher followed by enabling them even on earlier versions of Android, and now Action Launcher is implementing gestures with them to let you open the app shortcuts pop-up and select one of the shortcuts in one go.

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Hands-on with MUVIZ Nav Bar Audio Visualizer: Really neat if you are into this sort of thing

Music is definitely everywhere. From our own personal libraries and streaming stations to advertisements and entertainment, it is a fundamental part of who we are as individuals and as a culture (for better or for worse). Since music is just noise (how's that for a scientific breakthrough), I have always found it neat to see the visual representation of the soundwaves in line with the song that is playing. Back when Windows Media Player was a thing, I always turned on the visualizer, finding it much more entertaining than staring at the album art — or worse, the placeholder image when no art was available.

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Allo 2.0 has hidden chat themes, for your theming needs

The first major update to Allo, version 2.0, added a number of much-needed improvements. However, WhatsApp users may note that chat themes are still missing in Allo. 9to5Google has managed to enable some hidden themes included with the update, which can be activated on a per-user basis.

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Google celebrates Halloween with ghosts, ghouls, witches, pumpkins, and more in Android Pay

To most people, Halloween means witches, ghosts, and ghouls. Google's obviously gone with this definition too, since the animations on Android Pay have been updated to include a range of the undead, pumpkins, witches, wizards, ghosts, ghouls, and skeletons.

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