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How to enable Rules on Android 10 with root

How to enable Rules on Android 10 with root

Before Android 10's official release, an automation feature called "Rules" was discovered during the beta phase that many hoped would make its way into the final build of the OS. Although it didn't appear as feature-rich as Tasker, it seemed like a good starting point for Google to build on. After being absent for a while, the Rules feature began popping up for certain Android 10 Pixel users as a server-side update. If you'd rather not wait for Google to activate the feature for you, there is a short and simple method available now, assuming you have a rooted Pixel phone running Android 10.

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(Update: Rolling out for Fi subscribers) Pixel 4 will support dual-SIM dual-standby

(Update: Rolling out for Fi subscribers) Pixel 4 will support dual-SIM dual-standby

Back in February, preliminary data seemed to indicate the Pixel 4 would support dual-SIM dual-standby, which allows two separate lines to be provisioned simultaneously on the same device. The feature became fully available on the Pixel 3a thanks to the Android 10 upgrade, and it's only fair to expect Google's latest flagship would also support DSDS. Although the company hasn't officially confirmed this, some evidence indicates the handset should handle the functionality.

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Pixel 4 Smooth Display 90Hz feature now works at more brightness levels (Updated)

Pixel 4 Smooth Display 90Hz feature now works at more brightness levels (Updated)

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have already been in the hands of reviewers and customers for a while now. With the first real-word reports coming up, we were stunned to see huge discrepancies between battery usage statistics and ominous 60Hz screen refresh rate lock-ins for some people who seemingly couldn't get the 90Hz Smooth Display mode working. A recent finding shines light into the issue: The display only switches to 90Hz with a screen brightness set above 75%.

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Google's November patches out: First update for Pixel 4, 2016 Pixels left behind

Google's November patches out: First update for Pixel 4, 2016 Pixels left behind

Monthly security patches for November 2019 are out for Google's Pixels — including the latest Pixel 4 and 4 XL. This marks the first major monthly update for the pair of phones, and they're getting a few fixes with it, too. In addition to the generally enhanced security, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are getting some camera tweaks and improvements to Smooth Display, likely tied to previous oddities observed in the feature.

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Pixel 4 has USB video output disabled in software

Pixel 4 has USB video output disabled in software

The Nexus 5 was the last of Google's phones to support video output over a wired connection (remember SlimPort?), but some have continued to hold out hope for the feature. While it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Pixel 4 still doesn't support wired video output, one interesting fact about it has been discovered: it seems to be disabled in software.

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Pixel 4 root users can now enable Motion Sense in restricted countries

Pixel 4 root users can now enable Motion Sense in restricted countries

The Pixel 4 is the first phone to ship with Soli-powered Motion Sense gestures, but the Soli radar chip shuts off when the phone is used in restricted countries. The reasoning is quite simple — radar technology can potentially interfere with navigation systems and military equipment, so Soli needs explicit approval from governments. Unfortunately, the number of countries where Motion Sense works out-of-the-box is quite small. We suspected it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to bypass the regional restriction, and today's the day.

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Tip: Double tap the Live Caption overlay to see more lines of text

Tip: Double tap the Live Caption overlay to see more lines of text

Live Caption is one of the most interesting features introduced on the Pixel 4, and it's great that it's coming to the Pixel 3 and 3a line, as well. By default, it only shows you two lines of live-transcribed text, which might be enough in most circumstances. But if you ever need to see more context, you can double tap the overlay to make it display eight lines of text.

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Google will bring its AI-powered Recorder app to older Pixel devices

Google will bring its AI-powered Recorder app to older Pixel devices

When Google unveiled its voice recording app aptly called Recorder at its Pixel event last month, we were impressed by its capabilities. Unlike standard run-of-the-mill recording apps that simply make and store audio files, Google's version uses its AI smarts to perform real-time voice transcription into text, and it can locate music and specific words inside the audio file — all without a cloud connection. Initially announced as a Pixel 4-exclusive, a Google employee has confirmed on Reddit that Recorder will be made backward-compatible with older Pixel devices.

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Pixel 4's Screen Attention won't come to older Google phones

Pixel 4's Screen Attention won't come to older Google phones

Among quite a collection of interesting Motion Sense features that use both a radar chip and the front camera, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL also come with a screen attention function that keeps the display on as long as you're looking at it. It looks like this feature doesn't use the Soli radar and relies solely on the front camera, so so there's nothing stopping it from being deployed to older Pixel phones. We asked Google about it, and unfortunately, it confirmed to us that it doesn't have any plans to expand it beyond the Pixel 4 for now.

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Google has no immediate plans to open Motion Sense API to third-party devs

Google has no immediate plans to open Motion Sense API to third-party devs

The Pixel 4's Soli radar chip and Motion Sense features have made the news multiple times over the past weeks. From questionable utility to restrictions and resulting quirks, we've learned that this new technology comes with a few asterisks, but we didn't know whether developers would be able to tap into it. Google has now told us that an API isn't currently in the plans.

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