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Some Pixel users are seeing a 4G icon instead of LTE, but Google is working on a fix

With the latest Android 10 October security patch, some people using Pixel phones in the US have seen their LTE icon switch to 4G. This change is also visible in network settings, where it says 4G instead of LTE when you're choosing a connectivity preference. Since there's a lot of confusion about what exactly the difference between the two standards is, people used to seeing LTE instead of 4G have been concerned that their connection may have been downgraded. As it turns out, the whole gallimaufry was an unintended change of terminology, not a switch of the actual network, and Google has both a workaround to offer and a proper fix in the works.

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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: Not released] Pixel Launcher set to pick up new notification pull-down gesture in future Android Q beta

One of the most popular tweaks offered by many third-party Android launchers/home screen replacements looks like it might be coming to Google's Pixels. According to a report by the folks at XDA Developers, the Pixel Launcher in a future Android Q release (originally pegged to be Beta 5) may include a gesture that allows swiping down to expand the notification shade from anywhere on the homescreen.

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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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