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Google Pixels and Essential Phone pick up first Android 10 monthly patches

In keeping with tradition, monthly security patches for Android are being released for Pixel phones starting today, with one twist: this is the first time we've gotten a monthly update since Android 10 landed. (The "C3" presumably bugfix release last month doesn't count.) That means a whole pile of functional patches is also included, fixing everything from sensor calibration to potential bootloops, memory drains, and missing notifications.

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[Update: More details] Pixel lockscreen PIN bug is making phones unusable

Dozens of Pixel owners are reporting that they can't authenticate into their devices because every time they put their PIN in, the phone loops them back to the lock screen. The issue, which was first reported on the Pixel Phone Help forum nearly a month ago, seems to be affecting Pixel XLs the most, though there have been mentions of other Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series devices. So far, product experts have been encouraging affected users to escalate the issue with Google directly or reset their device from recovery.

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[Update: Rolling out] Download the Android 10 OTA images for your Pixel here

Android 10 has been officially released for Google's Pixels as of today, but if you don't happen to see the update rolling out in the traditional sense on your own device, we've got you covered. Downloads for sideloadable OTAs and factory images are already live, though they're a bit more work to get onto your phone.

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Pixel users can now access Google Assistant toggles right from system settings

There are plenty of settings that you can toggle for Google Assistant covering everything from privacy limits to languages to which voice you want to hear from. It's always been a scramble, though, to tap into those settings as they're several taps into your Google Account settings. Now, with the latest update to the Google app, Pixel users will be able to access those settings from their system settings.

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[Update: File your claims now] Google settling OG Pixel microphone lawsuit, claimants to receive up to $500

Back in 2017, some original Pixels and Pixel XLs started experiencing microphone failures — theorized to be due to a hairline crack in the mic's solder. Google RMA-ed these devices, but the problem persisted in some replacement phones too, and a class action lawsuit was filed the following year. We now have word that Google has agreed to settle this lawsuit for $7,250,000 pending final court approval.

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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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[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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Adorable kid builds his own cardboard Pixel, shares teardown video

This might be the most precious thing you see on the internet today. A YouTube creator going by the name Little Tesla has broken into the world of video teardowns and durability tests dominated by folks like Zack at JerryRigEverything, but with a few twists: His phone is made of cardboard, and he's just a kid.

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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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