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Google didn't backtrack on its first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL promise of lifetime full-resolution Google Photos backups

It's becoming a bit of a tradition: Every year, when Google's new smartphones are announced, we have to confirm once again that the first-generation Pixel and XL will keep benefiting from their lifetime original quality photo backups for life. This year, Google made a little snafu, seemingly backtracking on that promise, but it's all been fixed now.

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who's calling and what they want before answering

Not everything got leaked before Google's event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up.

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Google Duplex rolls out starting in November on Pixel phones

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn't confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it's almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones starting next month, but it won't be available everywhere.

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Smart Compose comes to Gmail for Android as Pixel exclusive

Google rolled out Smart Compose in Gmail earlier this year, but it was only on the web. Now, it's coming to mobile, but not everywhere on mobile. At Google's hardware event, Rick Osterloh noted that Smart Compose would arrive in Gmail for Android as a Pixel exclusive.

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October Pixel patches now available via OTA files and factory images

Promptly on time, Google has released October's OTA files and factory images for the Pixels, as well as its general Android security bulletin for the month. At the same time, Verizon is pushing out the set of patches to Pixel users now. It's the second update to Android 9 Pie, and this time around there are no Pixel security patches — just a few functional patches including, most notably, what might finally be a fix for the 2016 Pixel fast charging bug.

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Google Store opens its own mail-in 'Repair Center' for Pixel phones in the US

Prior to today, if you broke something on your Pixel phone and you wanted it fixed through an official channel, you'd have to go to the widely-known uBreakiFix or Puls (a phone repair startup). An in-house mail-in repair service, dubbed 'Repair Center,' has just been added to the Google Store. So if you want Google itself to fix your Pixel, you're now in luck.

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uBreakiFix offering free Pixel repairs for areas affected by Hurricane Florence

uBreakiFix is Google's main partner for device repairs, and last year the company offered free repairs to anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. The United States east coast is still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which caused widespread flooding around North & South Carolina. If you live in the affected areas, uBreakiFix will repair your Pixel for free.

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[Update: Accidental Google rollout, now reverted] Pixels have suddenly started activating battery saver when almost fully charged

Like most phones these days, Google's Pixel devices have a battery saver mode that automatically kicks in when your charge level reaches a certain threshold. You can change the percentage at which battery saver activates, but apparently Google can do that, too. A substantial number of Pixel owners are reporting their phones have suddenly switched to battery saver mode when almost fully charged.

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[Update x2: Will be fixed soon] 2016 Pixel XL owners experiencing issues with quick chargers after Android Pie update

Over the past few weeks, some owners of the 2016 Pixel XL have reported problems using quick chargers on Android P. For most of that time, Android P was still in beta, so bugs were to be expected. Unfortunately, issues with quick charging are still present in the final 9.0 release.

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