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[Update: OTAs rolling out] Android Q Beta 2 downloads are available for installation now

In keeping with the initially projected schedule, Android Q Beta 2 has just been released for human consumption. While we all wait for the Beta Program OTAs to roll out, the impatient can get an edge on the rest of us by sideloading the already available OTA images or manually flashing the factory images.

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April updates for Google Pixel phones are up for download

It's the first Monday of the month, and Google's monthly security patches are rolling out, as expected. Downloads for all Pixel phones are up now. Functional patches this month include a fix for the Pixel 3 screen flashing on wake (finally), Bluetooth improvements for the OG, and improved "voice-unlocking performance for Google Assistant."

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Google stops selling the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on its store

Although the Pixel 2 came out in 2017, it's still a very relevant device today. In fact, several of our staff use it as their everyday phone and are quite happy with it. Owners can also get an early view at Android Q, so it makes a lot of sense people would still want to buy one, especially when you can get it for $300 off. Google, however, thinks it's time for buyers to consider purchasing the newer Pixel 3 and is taking the older version off its store's shelves.

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[Update: It's back] Get a brand new Pixel 2 XL for just $400 ($300 off) from Best Buy

Phone deals sure are common these days, but this one is one of the better ones, I think. Best Buy is currently offering a brand new 64GB Pixel 2 XL for $399.99, a price that we'd usually only see on refurbs. This being Best Buy, however, the model in question is the Verizon variant, which means a locked bootloader.

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Android Q Beta registration is going live

Beta registration for Android Q is going live as we speak. Some have already been able to register their devices and receive OTAs, while others are still seeing the old landing page. Either way, if mucking about in ADB or unlocking your bootloader doesn't appeal to you, this method is a bit easier.

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Download the Android Q beta for your Pixel phone now (all models)

After a bit of hand-wringing (sorry about that) Android Q is finally, actually here. This latest version may still lack a formal, dessert-themed name, but it's now available for all Pixel phones — including the nearly three-year-old 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL. Both factory images and sideloadable OTAs are live.

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Pixel 3 March OTA update may speed up the terribly slow camera

Right on schedule, Google has just pushed out OTA and factory image downloads for the latest March updates to its Pixel line. Unlike last month, we've also got a pile of functional patches for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL which include improved storage performance and better "startup and responsiveness of [the] Camera app." Reports also indicate the update is rolling out already via the traditional means.

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January Pixel updates are out now: Pixel 3 video sound quality fix, 5X and 6P finally left behind

The latest pair of Google flagships haven't been without their controversies — it's effectively a yearly ritual as the tech enthusiast community picks apart a new Pixel phone's faults— but subsequent updates typically resolve the vast majority of these issues. Lucky for us, Google claims that another Pixel 3 problem has been resolved with January's update. The issue with low-quality audio while recording video is allegedly fixed. And downloads are posted and ready for sideloading if you're impatiently waiting for this fix to hit your own Pixel 3.

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Refurbished Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones are as low as $360 on Amazon for today only ($140 off)

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may not be the latest and greatest phones from Google anymore, but they'll still be more than capable for most. They're still very quick, their cameras are top-notch, and they'll continue to receive software support for another two years. As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day, refurbished Pixel 2 units can be purchased for as little as $359.99, with 2 XL models coming in at a slightly higher $395.99.

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Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

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