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Prime Day Pixel deal: Pixel 3 for $539 on Amazon

Google's budget Pixel 3a phones might be getting most of the attention right now, but the slightly older Pixel 3 is a better device in most ways. It's also twice as expensive... unless it's Prime Day. The Pixel 3 is currently down to $539, a $260 discount.

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The Pixel 3a XL will come with a $100 Amazon gift card on Prime Day

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are already a great deal with a starting price of $400 and the best camera available on a smartphone. It's getting even better on Amazon Prime Day, though. Amazon will throw in a $100 Amazon gift card with purchase of a 3a XL. You can get a deal on the more expensive Pixel 3 phones, too.

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Check your email: Google is discounting the Pixel 3 by $300 for some

Though it's been out for nine months now, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are still excellent choices for those in the market for a new flagship phone. And because of its age, some pretty good discounts are starting to appear. The Google Store is currently offering $300 off the 3/3 XL, meaning that you can get a brand-new Pixel 3 for as little as $499.

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[Update: APK Download] Pixel Launcher set to pick up new notification pull-down gesture in future Android Q beta

One of the most popular tweaks offered by many third-party Android launchers/home screen replacements looks like it might be coming to Google's Pixels. According to a report by the folks at XDA Developers, the Pixel Launcher in a future Android Q release (originally pegged to be Beta 5) may include a gesture that allows swiping down to expand the notification shade from anywhere on the homescreen.

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[Update: OTA rolling out] Pixel monthly security updates for July are now available for download

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means the latest Pixel security patches are here. In addition to the general security fixes we usually anticipate — and which make Pixel ownership so great for the security-conscious — this month comes with a small pile of Pixel-specific functional patches, too, including further improvements to "OK Google" hotword detection (following last month's), fixes for issues ranging from "stuck" boot to black screens, and other tweaks.

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Refurbished Google Pixel 3 available for just $390 on Amazon

Though the Pixel 3 may not be the latest thing on the block anymore, it's still an excellent phone with a class-leading camera. If you've been waiting for them to drop in price before picking one up, Amazon is currently offering refurbished Pixel 3s for just $390.

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You can snag a Not Pink Pixel 3 for just $500 ($300 off) at B&H

The Pixel 3a brought Google's camera prowess to the masses with a compelling $399 MSRP, but the non-a Pixel 3 is coming down in price pretty fast. You can currently nab a Not Pink Pixel 3 for just $499.99 at B&H, $300 under MSRP and $100 below the Google Store's current sale price.

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[Update: Not working in Beta 4] Android Q brings half-baked dual-SIM support to the Pixel 3

Google has embedded eSIM capability into its Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 handsets, so users could choose between using a physical chip or a virtual one. Unfortunately, the option was limited to registering one or the other on the network, but not both at the same time. With Android Q, the company is bringing (limited) dual-SIM support to its latest flagship, so you can simultaneously connect both the physical and eSIM to the cell towers.

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Dynamic System Updates arrive for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in Android Q Beta 4

Last year, Google speculated it might be possible for Android devices to boot a GSI (Generic System Image) without needing to unlock the bootloader and flash it. That functionality was shown off as working just recently at this year's Google I/O developer conference, under the name "Dynamic System Updates," or DSU. (It's not the most descriptive name, since DSU effectively lets you live boot into other Android images.) We were told the functionality would eventually make its way to Android Q, and as of Beta 4, it has.

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Downloads for Android Q Beta 4 are now live, including the Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Android Q Beta 4 has just been released, and while those of us in the Beta Program wait for OTAs to roll out via the more traditional (and slower) means, images for manual flashing are also available — though they don't get updates. If you're chomping at the bit to test out Beta 4, you can pull them down now.

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