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Google’s first Pixel feature drop boosts performance, updates Photos, Call Screen, Duo (Update: Quarterly releases planned)

Google’s first Pixel feature drop boosts performance, updates Photos, Call Screen, Duo (Update: Quarterly releases planned)

Just a few days after we covered some possible upcoming features for the Pixel phones thanks to a teardown of the Pixel Tips app, Google officially introduced them as part of the first "Pixel feature drop." Other than memory enhancements to the Pixel phones, you'll find app-specific improvements in this update such as the option to add blur to any picture in Google Photos, automatic Call Screen support for robocalls, and improvements to Duo.

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The Pixel 4's enhanced RAM management will come to other Android phones, eventually

The Pixel 4's enhanced RAM management will come to other Android phones, eventually

Speaking to The Verge about the Pixel's first Feature Drop update, VP of Product for Pixel Sabrina Ellis claims that one of the features of that update—improved memory management—will eventually come to other Android smartphones. This implicitly confirms that the feature is not a Pixel-specific optimization, but rather a change in the Android platform itself.

The insight here, though, is that this means many Android phones may not take advantage of these changes to the way Android handles RAM for quite some time. That's because Google is likely introducing this change as part of a larger, platform-level update in the Pixel's quarterly Feature Drop, changes many phonemakers may not choose to integrate until Android 11.

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Pixel 4 and 4 XL December factory images and OTA downloads are live

Pixel 4 and 4 XL December factory images and OTA downloads are live

The December 2019 update finally started rolling out for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL yesterday. If you're among those impatiently tapping the "check for updates" button to no avail, you can now download the images manually and install them yourself from a computer, as OTA and factory image files have been posted by Google.

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Automatic Call Screening is coming to all Pixel phones on Android 10 'over the coming weeks'

Automatic Call Screening is coming to all Pixel phones on Android 10 'over the coming weeks'

Google announced a slew of updates as part of the first Pixel feature drop yesterday, among them the ability to automatically screen calls from unknown numbers on the Pixel 4. It looks like this option won't stay limited to the latest phone in the lineup for a long time, as Business Insider cites Google saying that it'll "roll out to all Pixel devices with Android 10 over the coming weeks."

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The unlocked Pixel 4 is down to $599 on eBay ($200 off)

The unlocked Pixel 4 is down to $599 on eBay ($200 off)

Despite the many things the new Pixel 4 phones do well, one of their more criticized qualities has to be the price tag. Early adopters have grown used to shelling out hundreds of dollars on launch day just to be scorned by steep discounts one month later. If you were't able to grab a Pixel 4 on Black Friday, you're in luck, because you can pick one up on eBay for only $599 ($200 off) right now.

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Pixel Launcher now shows long-press options even for app shortcuts

Pixel Launcher now shows long-press options even for app shortcuts

The December security patch rolled out earlier this week to first-gen Pixels, as well as the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a. With it, came a lot of features for Google's older flagships like Live Caption, Styles, gesture navigation in third-party launchers, and a swipe gesture for notifications on the homescreen. There's also one minor but nice improvement that came with the launcher: app shortcuts get a similar action panel to regular apps.

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Live Caption is a Pixel 4 exclusive at launch, will come to Pixel 3 and 3a in December (Update: And here it is)

Live Caption is a Pixel 4 exclusive at launch, will come to Pixel 3 and 3a in December (Update: And here it is)

At Google I/O, Google teased a new impressive feature coming to Android, Live Caption. Whether you're deaf, hard of hearing, in a loud environment, or without headphones in a setting that requires silence, Live Caption can automatically transcribe what's being said in a video or audio on your screen. It seems impressive and it'll be coming to the Pixel 4 at launch. Pixel 3 and 3a users will get it in December. (Update: And they just did.)

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Buy a Pixel 4 or 4 XL on Fi and get 50% back in credits

Buy a Pixel 4 or 4 XL on Fi and get 50% back in credits

We've already learned that the Pixel 4 is just as quick to receive discounts as the Pixel 3 back in the day as it's $200 off in the Google Store this week. If you're interested in using the device on the Fi network, Google will give you an even crazier price: When you activate the phone through the carrier, it'll give you 50% of the full price back in Google Fi credit. That means you can get the smaller Pixel 4 64GB version for the unbelievable bargain price of $400, while the most expensive Pixel 4 XL 128GB will go for $500.

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(Update: Amazon) Get a Pixel 4 for $599 or 4 XL for $699 ($200 off) before the Black Friday rush

(Update: Amazon) Get a Pixel 4 for $599 or 4 XL for $699 ($200 off) before the Black Friday rush

We already knew the Pixel 4 lineup would be getting a $200 discount this Black Friday. Even Google teased it a few days ago and promised the deal would start on November 24. Looking at my calendar, it sure seems like today is the day and the discount has already popped up at a few online retailers.

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(Update: Credit arriving) Pixel 4 pre-order customers still waiting on Google Store credit as Black Friday sale approaches

(Update: Credit arriving) Pixel 4 pre-order customers still waiting on Google Store credit as Black Friday sale approaches

Some Pixel 4 pre-order customers feel they've been left behind by Google's Black Friday offers. Long story short, when they reserved their phones to receive $100 of Google Store credit within 6 to 8 weeks, many people were assuming the company would forego a holiday season sale on phones it had just launched. However, the Pixel 4 will indeed be $200 off starting on November 24, and that has left first adopters with a bruising.

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