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Giveaway: Register to win a brand new Pixel 4 from Chargeasap [Worldwide]

The Kickstarter phenomenon behind innovative products like UNO cable, X-Connect cables, and the upcoming Infinity Cable whose already-raised $318,000+ campaign ends this weekend, Chargeasap now wants to help you get your hands on a brand new Pixel 4. Read on for how you can enter for your chance to win Google's latest smartphone.

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(Update: Feature removed) Google Camera 7.2 brings back H.265 video recording to the Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 officially launches tomorrow, though many people have already received the phone a little early. Just in time for the official release, Google has published an update to its camera app, bringing it up to version 7.2. It adds back H.265 video to the Pixel 4 and improves the new Social Share feature by adding Slack as another option.

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(Update: OTA coming to more devices) November security patch still hasn't rolled out to many Pixel 4 devices

The November Android security patch has been out for a week now, but it still isn't available for many unlocked Pixel 4 units. Affected owners report that their phones falsely state everything's up to date when checking for updates in Settings, even though this should force software onto your device right away these days. Savvy users trying to flash the OTA file manually are also interrupted by an error message.

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There's a second, more objective reason for the lack of 4K 60fps video on the Pixel 4 (and Google could fix it)

A month ago, Google explained why it doesn't support 4K video recording at 60fps on its latest flagships (or any of its phones, for that matter): It said the majority of users stick with 1080p, so it'd rather focus on improving that mode and avoid large storage consumption by 4K 60fps videos. As it turns out now, there might be another reason related to the Pixel 4's Snapdragon 855 processor, which always pulls images from the two rear cameras at once.

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(Update: Fixed) The Pixel 4's camera has serious white balance problems (gallery)

Google has been pouring a lot of effort into nailing down photo processing on its flagships since it started building its own phones. In the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the company may have added too many intelligent camera features for their own good. It introduced a new machine-learning-based white balance algorithm that is supposed to produce more natural-looking images under harsh lighting conditions, but as it turns out, some edge cases can end up looking worse instead.

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense causes a persistent battery icon in fullscreen YouTube videos (lolwut)

The Pixel 4 has a number of annoyances, but depending on how you feel about constantly visible battery status icons, you may or may not like this one. When you're watching a fullscreen YouTube video on the Pixel 4, you might see a dim battery indicator in the top right corner. Getting rid of it is quite counterintuitive: you need to deactivate Motion Sense's "skip song" feature. Conversely, if you'd like seeing the battery indicator while watching YouTube videos, you need to turn on the Motion Sense feature (if you haven't already).

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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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Pixel 4 Xposed module lets you use face unlock in apps that only support fingerprint authentication

The Pixel 4 is the first Android phone to feature a proper secure face unlock mechanism that can't be easily fooled by pictures or similar looking people. To enable authentication in banking apps or password managers, this technology requires Android 10's new biometrics API. Since it's different from the previous fingerprint API, there are only a handful of applications that already support it. A new Xposed module provides a workaround for unsupported apps that aren't yet compatible with the Pixel 4's face unlock. The only caveat: it requires root access.

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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 Pay adds biometric authentication for sending money in Android 10 [APK Download]

You've been able to send money via Google Pay for a while now in the US and India, but so far, you could only protect your transactions with a PIN. The latest Google Pay version, 2.100, is looking to change that. It's adding support for Android 10's new biometrics API so you can use your fingerprint or face to authenticate transactions instead.

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