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Google releases advertisement for Pixel phones in Canada, hours before the event

Apparently, Google couldn't wait a few more hours for their own event (9am PDT in California, by the way) and decided to leak their own phones via an advertisement in Canada. The ad is a minute long and doesn't show us much that we didn't know, save for an interesting URL at the end.

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Allo's rank on the Play Store is in freefall

After hitting 5 million downloads and #8 in the Top Charts just under a week ago, Allo is now falling fast. As of writing this, it is in 86th, but was 75th a few hours ago and, according to this tweet, 62nd earlier yesterday. This probably shows that after millions downloading it during the initial release and hype period, that has now passed and the number of downloads has fallen dramatically.

As you can probably infer, this is most likely not good for Allo's adoption rates. Looking at my personal contacts list, I have 9 contacts who have set up an account, out of 100+ phone numbers I have on my phone.

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[Update: Quite Black too] Verizon and @evleaks reveal even more of the Pixel and Pixel XL, show off Really Blue and "Google Magic"

We know, we know, there are only a few more hours until the Google event, but details about the Pixel phones just keep on spilling. Our latest peeks come courtesy of Verizon Enterprises, which, as you can probably tell from the name, sells smartphones and plans to businesses, and prolific tech leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). On Verizon's site, both Pixel and Pixel XL listings showed up on the "SmartPhones" page, but they didn't lead to any live listings; however, there's still some info we've gleaned.

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[Finally] Nexus 6 gets official Android 7.0 Nougat with October 5th security patch

Ever since the Nougat update officially debuted for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 WiFi, and several other Google devices, Nexus 6 owners have been left hung out to dry with their mere Android N Developer Previews. A short while after that, Google informed us that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE Nougat updates would be rolling out "in the coming weeks." Well, it's been three weeks since that statement, and Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to Nexus 6 owners.

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Google is rolling out October security patches, still no Nougat for the Nexus 6 [Update: Nexus 6 Nougat]

It's that time of the month—the new Android security patches are heading out to Nexus and Pixel devices. The OTA will show up on its own soon enough, but if that's not actually soon enough, the OTAs or images can be downloaded from Google's developer page right now.

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Pixel phone listings appear at Carphone Warehouse, offering new shots and more info

Carphone Warehouse has already made their store listings for the Pixel and Pixel XL live, showcasing the devices in more pictures and confirming specifications previously only rumored. These aren't leaks anymore - these are actual listings for the new devices. Granted, all of this is subject to change until the official announcement in two days, but most of these specifications have already been leaked.

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Weekend poll: Pixel or Pixel XL?

We know just about all there is to know about the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. Well, except exactly how much each model will cost - that one has remained elusive, even as we're a mere two days from the official launch. But hardware-wise, we know Google's new top-tier devices will feature Snapdragon 821 chipsets, likely four-carrier US compatibility, 32 or 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 12MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, USB-C ports, and 5 and 5.5" displays. The only real differences will come in regard to price, display resolution and size, and battery capacity.

The smaller Pixel is expected to start at $649 for the 32GB model.

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[Update: White model too] Google Pixel and Pixel XL press shots leaked

Exactly one week ago, real photos of the Pixel and Pixel XL leaked. Although that leak did clear up exactly what we can expect appearance-wise from the Pixel devices, the images did not show the home screen - or the rumored new navigation buttons.

VentureBeat has leaked a press photo of the Google Pixel (not the XL), including a screenshot of the phone's user interface. We can clearly see the Pixel Launcher in action, as well as the new circular launcher icons. What is new, however, is our first look at the new navigation icons.

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PSA: You can pin apps in Android 7.0 Nougat's share menu

It's been a while since we covered specific features of Android 7.0, and it turns out there are a few new-to-Nougat features that people are forgetting about. One of those features is the ability to pin apps in the share menu; even the big boss Artem forgot about this one. If you share things frequently and only use a few options, this could come in handy.

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Video: Taking a look at the Nexus 6, two years later

Would it surprise you to know I've only ever owned three of Google's Nexus phones? I bought the Nexus One for AT&T back in 2010, received a Nexus 5 as a holiday bonus from Artem (he gave one to everybody on the team) in 2013, and bought an AT&T Nexus 6 in 2014. While the Nexus One will always be the phone I remember as my first smartphone, it wasn't actually a great smartphone, and the Nexus 5 and I didn't really have much of a chance to connect / for me to by annoyed by it (I broke it a few months after receiving it).

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