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Ward off Pixel 4a envy with a new Pixel 3a/3a XL or 4/4XL fabric case for $20 (50% off)

Pixel phones have usually been known more for utilitarian design than flashy looks, but Google's line of fabric cases certainly helps the phones stand out from the crowd while adding some drop protection as well. With the announcement of the new Pixel 4a, the Google Store is cutting prices on fabric case options for the Pixel 3a/3a XL and Pixel 4/4 XL down to just $20, a savings of 50%.

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August 2020 security patches land for Pixel phones

August updates are live for Google's Pixels — notably behind some Samsung devices. The trend of intermittently skipping those "functional patch notes" continues this month, so we can't tell you what sort of user-facing changes or fixes you might see (if there are any at all), but it does include a good number of "high" and "critical" labeled fixes, so you'll want to pull them down sooner rather than later anyway.

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Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a: What's new in Google's 2020 budget phone?

The Pixel 3a was, undeniably, one of the best phones of 2019. Google's slick software and borderline magical camera processing made this unassuming budget device more appealing than phones that cost twice as much. We were hoping to see its successor this spring, but the Pixel 4a is just now official (and you should read our review of it). It shares a lot with the Pixel 3a, but it makes a few notable changes.

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Live Caption now works with phone and video calls on Pixels

As part of today's Pixel 4a festivities, Google has also announced a new feature that's coming to older Pixels as well. Remember Google's Live Caption feature that transcribes speech in real-time, on-device, for things like videos? Well, Live Caption will now also work for video and voice calls — more useful than ever in these socially distant times.

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Google rolling out July security update to Pixel phones

It's the first week of the month, and you (probably) know what that means — it's security patch time! A few days after Samsung started rolling out the July security update to its Galaxy S20 models, Google is now delivering the patch to all supported Pixel phones.

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Google confirms the Pixel 3a has been discontinued

In a statement provided to Android Police, Google has confirmed that its Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones are now discontinued. No more stock will be made available on the Google store, and the phone will only remain available through a handful of 3rd party retailers as remaining units sell through. Google's full statement, via a Google spokesperson, follows below.

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This is how to get the Android 11 Beta on your Pixel phone

The Android 11 Beta is now official, and the era of Developer Previews are over. While Android 11 isn't "done," the switch to betas is a sort of milestone for stability as we approach a final release. There are still risks, but Google's transition to a beta branding means you probably shouldn't run into any serious deal-breaking bugs — though there's still some risk. Part of this change also means you don't need to manually install Android 11 via ADB, like you had to with prior Developer Preview releases. In fact, getting it on your Pixel phone is a snap, and here's how to do it.

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June updates for Google Pixels are here with plenty of bugfixes

Google's monthly Pixel software update is now rolling out, including June 2020's security patches and changes announced as part of this quarter's Pixel Feature Drop. The OTA should be rolling out in the traditional sense shortly, but in the meantime, you can sideload the update yourself, or peruse the huge list of Pixel functional patches — they're almost all just fixes, but there's a ton of them.

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Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop update has been announced with a handful of new features and tweaks for the company's line of phones. While we might yet find more minor changes hiding inside when it rolls out, we're told there are four broad categories of new features Pixel owners can look forward to: New Adaptive Battery tweaks to stretch out battery life, Recorder app integration with the Google Assistant and Google Docs, tools to better manage your sleep, and new personal safety features including crisis alerts and a "safety check" feature that notifies emergency contacts if you don't respond to a scheduled check-in.

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Google's $279 Pixel 3a sale expires tomorrow (May 28)

The Google Store started a sale last week on the Pixel 3a and a whole bunch of Nest stuff. The 3a phones have grown into old age for their product cycle, so if you do want to get a new one while supplies last, you only have through tomorrow to do so.

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