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Pixel 4 Snapchat, Instagram videos plagued by maddening 'clicking' sounds (Update: System-wide fix likely coming soon)

At launch, no Pixel is without its issues, and the most recent problem might sound a bit familiar for those of you that remember the Pixel 2. A minority of Pixel 4 owners are experiencing what is alternately described as a popping, clicking, or tapping sound in videos recorded through third-party apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Not all units appear to be affected (we have inconsistent experiences with it in-house), but based on the example below, it seems like it could be pretty annoying.

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Bug in Google Photos removes tap-and-drag gesture for multiple selection (Update: Solution)

A recent update to Google Photos is annoying a lot of users by removing the super handy tap-and-drag for selecting multiple images. Not all users are affected and it's not clear if this is a server-side bug or a sign of things to come, but if the latter's the case, then it sure is not a wise decision, Google.

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(Update: Fixed) Google Assistant refuses to answer some users on Android Auto, despite understanding requests

Google Assistant and Android Auto didn't play together nicely a while ago when the Assistant muted itself over Bluetooth for some. Another unrelated issue has now surfaced where Google simply doesn't answer voice commands on Android Auto, even though it understands and parses speech perfectly fine.

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Hangouts is so abandoned that a major video saving issue hasn't been fixed in 8 months

We know Hangouts isn't long for this world. Support for the service is winding down and being replaced by Meet and Chat, but the transition is slow and has only been initiated for G Suite users so far. Those with personal Gmail accounts can't migrate and many are still attached to Hangouts. Whether you're in that boat or you have some data in the app that you want to save, you probably hit a major issue when trying to download videos: you can't do it from the app.

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Google's making it stupidly difficult to access the new Assistant if you use a G Suite account

That gesture navigation prerequisite won't be the only issue preventing some folks from using the next-gen Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. Turns out, it also won't work on the device if you are signed into a G Suite account — not just as your primary account, but at all. That means those of us using a G Suite account on the side for school or the day job will have to use a separate work profile as a workaround for now, though Google tells us it is actively working on a fix.

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[Update: Fixed] The My Verizon app is causing call delays on Android 10 devices

It's not atypical for new OS releases to have teething issues, and Android 10 is no different... at least for Verizon users. Those on Big Red who just updated to the latest Android software have been experiencing severe call delays on their Pixels, and it turns out that the My Verizon app is to blame. The issue can be alleviated by revoking some permissions or deleting the app altogether.

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Nvidia acknowledges 4K playback issue on Shield TV with some apps

If you have a Shield TV, you may have noticed that some apps have stopped playing content in 4K. That's annoying, but Nvidia has acknowledged the issue and said it's working on a solution.

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Chromebooks were mistakenly telling users that their updates were about to dry up

Chrome OS's Dev and Canary update channels bring the latest features before they hit the stable track, but at the expense of bugs and other issues. Many who use Dev/Canary have probably experienced a mini-heart attack upon seeing a "Final software update" message within the past week, but rest assured — it was just an unfortunate bug that's since been fixed.

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Latest Zenfone 6 update causing crashes, ASUS blames motherboard malfunction

Following a recent update to the Zenfone 6, some owners have been reporting system stability problems including frequent crashes/restarts, network connectivity problems, and bootloops. According to a recent statement issued by an ASUS representative on the company's ZenTalk forums (spotted by PiunikaWeb), the issue is a hardware fault in affected devices which is triggered by the update.

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