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[Update: Fixed] Bluetooth devices are breaking Android notifications with duplicate alerts and ignored settings

This seems to be the week of Bluetooth bugs. In what could be a related issue, we've received reports that notifications and notification sounds are being doubled (or even tripled) on Android devices which are paired with other Bluetooth devices. Some are also reporting that media and ringer volume are being inexplicably paired together, resulting in do not disturb, silent, and vibrate mode settings being effectively ignored when media channel volume is above silent.

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[Update: New OTA rolling out] Some Pixel phones are bootlooping on Q Beta 4, but a factory reset fixes things

Android Q Beta 4 came out earlier today, and though there don't seem to be as many new things as with prior Beta releases, it's nice to have notification swiping as God intended and the rotation lock button back. However, it's not all good news; some people are reporting issues with bootlooping when attempting to update to Q Beta 4, primarily those with Pixel 2 XLs.

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[Update: Fix in coming weeks] Some OnePlus 7 Pros are suffering 'phantom' touch input issues

Back when OnePlus debuted with its disruptive new OnePlus One phone in 2014, touchscreen issues were chief among complaints, and for some, the latest 7 Pro may be a bit of a throwback. As of now, there are a good number of reports together with example videos that demonstrate the OnePlus 7 Pro's touchscreen is randomly processing non-existent taps, an effect which has been alternately called "ghost" or "phantom" touches.

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Some OnePlus 7 Pros are ignoring touch input at screen corners, but OnePlus is working on a fix

OnePlus is still hard at work fixing the so-called "ghost" or "phantom" touch issue on the 7 Pro that a minority of units exhibit, but a new touchscreen problem seems to have cropped up in the meantime. For some, a portion of the top of the phone's screen (typically the top left or right corner) can become unresponsive during use, rejecting touch input.

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Google Assistant is muting itself over Bluetooth for some — a big problem for Android Auto users

We're having trouble reproducing this particular issue, but we've been tipped off to a small pile of reports that the Google Assistant is muting itself when using some Bluetooth devices. That poses a particular problem when using the Assistant together with a Bluetooth connection in a car, with many complaining that it ruins their Android Auto experience.

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[Update: Fix rolling out] Samsung pulls Galaxy S10 update after reports of phone-freezing bugs

Last week, Samsung pushed out a software update (XXU1ASE5) to the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S10 series, delivering the latest security patches for May, plus a handful of camera improvements, including an improved night mode. One week later, Samsung has stopped distributing that update. According to SamMobile, it was pulled as a result of widespread bugs, which include issues with third-party apps and the entire phone freezing up.

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Android Q Beta 3 seems to be breaking RCS messaging for some

It's not unusual for beta software to come with quirks, and we've recently discovered yet another in Android Q Beta 3: RCS messaging functionality previously present in Messages on Pixel 3 phones seems to have disappeared. RCS-enabled conversations have reverted to SMS, and the Chat features option has vanished from the app's settings.

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Google Photos doesn't let you remove a person from a shared album, but Google is working on a solution

You know how sometimes you use an app or service for years and don't notice some basic functionality is missing, until another user points it out or you try to find it for the first time. This happened yesterday with our very own Artem, who discovered a rather important omission from Google Photos: once you've shared an album with a user, you can't remove them from it.

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[Update: Should be fixed] Google Pay is broken for many in Android Q Beta 3

Beta releases tend to have bugs, and this latest one from Android Q Beta 3 might be a bit unfortunate for those of you who use contactless payments. Many on Beta 3 are reporting that Google Pay is broken, presumably because of a SafetyNet issue similar to the one from Android P DP4 last year.

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Battery optimization menu is crashing on Android Q Beta 3

A beta is by definition software that you shouldn't consider stable. When Google has trouble keeping bugs at bay even in its release software, we don't expect much from betas. But Android Q beta 3 is proving to be a little problematic — possibly even more so than Beta 2. The new gesture navigation is half-baked and breaking things left and right, snoozing for notifications has disappeared, and there's a bug that could cause you to disable your SIM card without intending to. All of these issues weren't there in Beta 2, and still we're discovering more problems as we go.

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