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Screenshots on Pixel phones are much faster with the latest update

Screenshots on Pixel phones are much faster with the latest update

With yesterday's December update, Google also introduced its latest Pixel Feature Drop including Hold for Me, Extreme Battery Saver, and a few other new bits and pieces. In addition to the new features Google advertises, other little enhancements are often snuck in without much fanfare, and screenshots seem to have been given that treatment this time around.

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Google Camera 8.1 includes a much-needed Storage Saver option

Google Camera 8.1 includes a much-needed Storage Saver option

Making the most of your phone's storage can be a tricky balancing act, and it's going to get even tougher with Google Photos doing away with free unlimited cloud storage next year. Thankfully, the Google camera app has recently added a new feature to help you save some extra space on your Pixel.

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Google adds status updates to emergency sharing in Personal Safety app

Google adds status updates to emergency sharing in Personal Safety app

The changelog for the last version of Google's Personal Safety app — available exclusively for Pixel phones — mentioned that emergency sharing "now includes information about your phone call status and battery levels" but we didn't find these features in the app itself. As a new version of the app rolls out, these new status updates are becoming available, even to those still on older versions.

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Google's got a fix in the works for Pixel Buds 2 annoying audio cutouts, especially while outdoors

Google's got a fix in the works for Pixel Buds 2 annoying audio cutouts, especially while outdoors

The new Pixel Buds have plenty going for them: they're modern and sleek, they sound nice, and their Android integration is top-notch. But a quick glance at the Pixel Buds support forums shows tons of reports of connectivity problems. The good news is that Google is aware of these issues and a fix is on the way — eventually.

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LineageOS 17.1 ROM arrives on 2016 Pixels and Nexus 6

LineageOS 17.1 ROM arrives on 2016 Pixels and Nexus 6

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM out there, with dozens of supported devices and a few nice features over stock Android. The new Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 was just released earlier this month, and now the project is bringing back support for two classic Google phones.

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Pixel 3 and 4 USB transfer speeds dwarfed by the competition in recent tests

Pixel 3 and 4 USB transfer speeds dwarfed by the competition in recent tests

According to a recent set of benchmarks conducted by the folks at Android Authority, Google’s latest Pixels suffer a bit of a problem with file transfer speed over USB Type-C. Although Google bills the port as supporting USB 3.0 transfer speeds, something about the phone’s configuration results in nearly half the speed compared to other recent phones, like the OnePlus 7T Pro and Galaxy S10e.

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Many still affected by long-standing Android 10 update issue that breaks Pixel sensors

Many still affected by long-standing Android 10 update issue that breaks Pixel sensors

Last year, after the Android 10 update first started rolling out for Pixel owners, there were a handful of reports that device sensors — things like the ambient light sensor for screen brightness, orientation sensor for auto-rotation, and Active Edge sensor — stopped working. A workaround was found for those with unlocked bootloaders, and many of those affected were part of the root and ROM crowd, but almost six months later, many phones are still affected, and those with Verizon-branded, locked devices are still simply out of luck.

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First-gen Pixel and Pixel XL will predictably not get Android 11

First-gen Pixel and Pixel XL will predictably not get Android 11

We're officially on the road to Android 11, which means a whole round of developer preview builds are on the way to Pixel phones — as well as other non-Google phones likely to be announced at I/O in May that will go through their own beta stack. Unfortunately, for O.G. Pixel and Pixel XL owners, they won't be joining for the ride.

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Check yo' mail: Settlement checks for the 2016 Pixel microphone lawsuit are landing

Check yo' mail: Settlement checks for the 2016 Pixel microphone lawsuit are landing

If you filed a claim in the lawsuit against Google for the 2016 Pixel's microphone woes, then you might want to check the mail today. Settlement checks have started to arrive in quantities up to $500, depending on your claim.

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Option to save Call Screen audio disappears on some Pixels (Update: Coming back)

Option to save Call Screen audio disappears on some Pixels (Update: Coming back)

Automatic Call Screening arrived as a feature for the Pixel 4 with the very first Pixel Feature Drop, before rolling out more widely just this month to all Pixels. However, another feature that landed together with it seems to have disappeared for at least some of us: The option to save audio from those screened calls is gone on some devices.

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