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Get Google's Pixel 3a fabric case for $20 (half off), plus a free premium screen protector

Google's first-party accessories have improved a lot over the last few years, especially when it comes to the fabric cases available to Pixels. When fabric cases debuted alongside the Pixel 2, they quickly became a favorite among owners, and they've become a staple of subsequent Pixel launches. The only real issue with these cases is the price: usually $40, which is a lot for a phone case, and all the more so if you're buying one for a Pixel 3a. But if you act before April 5th, you can grab one for $20 and get a free screen protector thrown in.

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Pixel 4 car-crash detection can now be sideloaded onto older Pixels thanks to Android 11 Preview

The first Developer Preview of Android 11 didn't just reveal a barrage of new system features and tweaks to pore through. It also ushered in a dogfood version of the Personal Safety app that can enable crash detection on Pixel phones outside of the 4 and 4 XL. Here's how to sideload the app and get it running:

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Monday deals: Save on new Pixel phones, Nest Hub bundle, wireless earbuds, and more

Hello again, and happy Monday. We're kicking off the third week of February with a diverse lineup of discounted products, including an assortment of Google Pixel phones, a buy-one-get-one-free Google Nest Hub bundle, wireless earbuds, and more. Check out the savings below...

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Native call recording seems almost ready for launch in latest Google Phone app beta

Google has offered call transcriptions as part of its call screening service on Pixel phones for some time already, but we know the company is also working on native actual call recording in its Phone app. Following hints in the form of code strings in versions, XDA Developers managed to activate and use call recording for the first time on the current Phone beta, 44.0.291987060, which has also received a minor icon facelift.

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Google's December 'feature drop' feels more like a 'feature drip,' patch still missing on many Pixel phones (Update: Cumulative update planned)

Google announced the Android December security patch with much fanfare, calling it the first quarterly "Pixel feature drop" that adds new system capabilities and app functions to all Android 10-equipped generations of Pixel phones. However, just like the company had issues with the November patch for the Pixel 4, it looks as though many Google phone owners still haven't received the December system update thus far. Even hitting the "check for update" button doesn't seem to help. This makes the feature drop feel more like a disjointed feature drip, with some parts of it dribbling out faster than others.

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Automatic Call Screen starts rolling out on Pixel 4 with an option to save audio from calls

Automatic call screening is one of the headliners of the December Pixel feature drop, and it has started to roll out to the first Pixel 4 units on the latest security patch level. Once it has arrived, it will automatically be deployed to deal with spam calls, and it can be activated for unknown, private, or possibly spoofed numbers, as well. The feature now also widely offers to save audio from any screened call in addition to the familiar transcript, just as we suspected from teardowns.

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Google’s first Pixel feature drop boosts performance, updates Photos, Call Screen, Duo (Update: Quarterly releases planned)

Just a few days after we covered some possible upcoming features for the Pixel phones thanks to a teardown of the Pixel Tips app, Google officially introduced them as part of the first "Pixel feature drop." Other than memory enhancements to the Pixel phones, you'll find app-specific improvements in this update such as the option to add blur to any picture in Google Photos, automatic Call Screen support for robocalls, and improvements to Duo.

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Leaked Google ad discounts the Pixel 4 and 4 XL by $200 for Black Friday sale

You know what they say about buying a Pixel phone at launch: don't, because there's probably going to be a sale just around the corner, kind of like this showstopper from last year. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL only debuted in October, but Google's flagship smartphones may soon be receiving a hefty discount targeted at Black Friday buyers.

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First-gen Pixels will get one final update in December

After delighting first-gen Pixel owners with an update to Android 10 — a one-year extension beyond Google's original two-year promise — the company is cooking up another surprise for the OG Pixels. Initially thought to have reached the end of the road in terms of security patches at the closing of October, the original Pixels will receive one final OTA update in December that will include improvements from November and December.

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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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