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[Update: OTAs begin] August updates for Pixels, Android Security Bulletin are now live

It's the 5th of the month of August 2019 and that means Google is pushing out a bunch of updates for your Android device. The latest Android Security Bulletin has been issued along with the latest Pixel Update Bulletin. For the most part, it's a quiet run this time around prior to the official launch of Android Q, though Pixel 3a and 3a XL users might see some more battery savings with this update.

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Google reveals the Pixel 3a doubled its phone sales last quarter, because people like cheaper phones

Google parent Alphabet has reported a strong second quarter with revenues up to almost $38.9 billion, a 19% gain from the same period last year. Growth in its mobile search, YouTube, and cloud has strengthened in all regions and has helped turn over net income of $9.95 billion. There was also good Android news coming from the Pixel 3a.

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TWRP adds support for the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are capable mid-range phones, standing out from the competition by using the same high-quality cameras as in Google's flagships. With the devices being on the market for about two months now, the modding community has already had plenty of time to work on them. And indeed, TeamWin has ported its TWRP software to the two phones, unlocking their full custom ROM and root potential.

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Pixel 3, 3a owners with Google Fi device protection can now get same-day screen repairs at uBreakiFix

Google Fi subscribers who own a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL and have opted into paying a few dollars per month for device protection have gained a nice perk if they so happen to drop their phones and crack their display: the carrier has announced that if customers are approved for a screen repair claim, they may opt to take their phone to a uBreakiFix location for same-day service.

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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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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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The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

The wide range of Android phones on the market is one of the platform's greatest strengths - there's something for everyone. However, with all the choices available, trying to find the best smartphone an be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you out, we've compiled a short list of the best Android phones you can buy, from low-end budget devices to premium flagships.or even

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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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[Update: Starting to roll out] Pixel updates for June are up, 3a and 3a XL get their first monthly security patches

It's the first Monday of a new month, and that means Google's Pixels are getting their regular security patches. Downloads for both full factory images and sideloadable OTAs are up and available while we wait for the update to roll out via the more traditional means — which usually takes at least an hour or two. Pixel functional patches for this month's update include a few fixes, as well as improved hotword detection for the "Ok Google" command. The Pixel 3a also joins its forebears in picking up its first ever monthly security updates.

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