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Android Q Beta 3 brings classic navigation buttons to the Pixel 3

Android Q Beta 3 brings classic navigation buttons to the Pixel 3

Google has been reworking navigation on Android for a few years. Android 9 Pie launched with gesture navigation, and to help speed along adoption, Google didn't officially allow Pixel 3 owners to switch back to the original three-button navigation scheme. However, Beta 3 of Android Q comes with a nice surprise — the original buttons are back.

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[Update: OTA, 3a images] Android Q Beta 3 is now available, delivers plenty of new features

[Update: OTA, 3a images] Android Q Beta 3 is now available, delivers plenty of new features

Following our previous expectations and just in time for developers in attendance at the ongoing I/O developer conference, Google has just pushed out downloads for Android Q Beta 3. OTAs don't seem to be pushing out via the traditional means just yet, but you can start sideloading the update on your Pixel now. Beta 3 also adds support for 15 other partner devices from 12 OEMs.

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[Update: Now on 3a] Driving Mode on the Pixel 3 can automatically turn on Android Auto

[Update: Now on 3a] Driving Mode on the Pixel 3 can automatically turn on Android Auto

It's no secret that driving and cellphones don't mix. On the Pixel 2, users can create a rule for automatically engaging Do Not Disturb. On the Pixel 3, there's a new option to open Android Auto automatically with Driving Mode.

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The Pixel 3a is on so many carriers and there are so many deals

The Pixel 3a is on so many carriers and there are so many deals

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have just been announced at Google I/O 2019 and will be on the most carriers in the United States than any other generation of Pixel phone. Google Fi, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and Visible are pegged to sell the phones as early as today for about $400 and $480, respectively. We've got all you need to know about any deals and quirks you should watch for.

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Google plans to build multiple generations of affordable Pixel phones

Google plans to build multiple generations of affordable Pixel phones

During my briefing at Google's hardware division last week, I learned a fair bit about the new Pixel 3a from the team behind it. One message that team wants to send: Pixel 3a and 3a XL are not "one-off" devices. Google is committing - at least for the foreseeable future - to releasing affordable versions of its Pixel smartphones, presumably on an annual basis.

Google wouldn't confirm that it plans to keep the current release cadence for the "a" series, which has (almost certainly by design) given its "premium" phones a wide berth. My take is that this allows their features and capabilities to shine without having to answer for their appearance in two much cheaper - half price, even - handsets.

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[Update: Refunds in 1-2 business days] Google Fi accidentally charging full price for financed Pixel 3s after half-off deal, but it's working on a fix

[Update: Refunds in 1-2 business days] Google Fi accidentally charging full price for financed Pixel 3s after half-off deal, but it's working on a fix

Google Fi has had a couple of issues when it comes to customer service over the years, but it just hit a new level. Many customers that purchased phones on financing plans are now being charged the full price of their devices, putting them out hundreds of dollars and incurring additional costs such as overdraft fees. Google says it's aware of the issue and working on a fix.

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May 2019 updates for Pixel phones are now available for download

May 2019 updates for Pixel phones are now available for download

It's that time again—Google has dropped the latest Android Pie builds for your Pixel devices. You can get the OTA the old-fashioned way on your phone, but the files are available for direct, immediate download right now.

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[Update: Stores are getting stock] T-Mobile may start carrying the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL

[Update: Stores are getting stock] T-Mobile may start carrying the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL

Google got in bed with Verizon to launch the Pixel lineup in 2016, and Big Red has been Google's exclusive carrier partner ever since. However, a new report claims that T-Mobile is about to get its chance to sell Google's latest Android phones. That suggests T-Mobile could have more Pixel phones in the future.

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Sprint will start selling Google's Pixel phones soon

Sprint will start selling Google's Pixel phones soon

Google's Pixel series of phones have been Verizon exclusives since they launched all the way back in 2016. For years, customers of other US carriers have had to purchase the phones directly unlocked from Google, and that lack of widespread retail presence has likely had a negative impact. However, today we've spotted indications that Sprint will join T-Mobile in selling Google's Pixels.

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Verizon offers $1,100 off purchase of two Pixel 3s with a new unlimited line via bill credits

Verizon offers $1,100 off purchase of two Pixel 3s with a new unlimited line via bill credits

Verizon is no stranger to buy-one, get-one promotions, though they're usually nothing particularly special. However, Big Red is running a pretty enticing deal for Mother's Day: $1,100 off via bill credits with the purchase of two Pixel 3s and the addition of a new unlimited line.

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