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[Update: Fix in the coming weeks] June OTA update may have made the Pixel 2 XL much slower to wake up

One of the primary selling points of Google's Pixel devices is how fast they are compared to other Android devices. So, owners are understandably irked that Google's latest OTA update seems to have slowed down something you probably do dozens of times per day. According to multiple tips and online complaints, the June OTA made the Pixel 2 XL much slower to wake up from sleep.

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7 of our favorite tech sales, discounts, and deals this week: Pixelbooks, Echo Show, Moto phones, and more

Last weekend we really wanted to bring you a roundup of our favorite tech deals of the previous few days, but when it came time to catalog them all and share them with you, all the good ones had expired. That's the problem with a lot of these offers — they may be really compelling deals, but they can also be seriously fleeting. Luckily, this week's sales are proving to be much kinder to those of us who like to have some time to think about purchases before diving in, and plenty of the good ones are still running. Here are seven of the best from the past week:

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[Deal Alert] Project Fi offering $150 credit with purchase of Pixel 2 XL

Project Fi offered the Pixel 2 XL at a $150 discount back in April, but that sale was for one day only. If you missed that deal and were hoping to grab a 2 XL for use with Fi, a very similar deal has now presented itself: a $150 service credit with the purchase of a Pixel 2 XL.

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[Update: Rolling out in June OTA] Google has a fix for Pixel 2 XL proximity sensor issues, expect it 'in the coming months'

Back in October, we reported on a change in the Android 8.1 release that made the proximity sensor behave differently. Unlike before, it wouldn't turn Ambient Display off when you covered the sensor, something we saw even in 8.0 for the newer Pixel 2s. That may or may not have been intentional, but it seems there were also other issues relating to the proximity sensor in 8.1, more about which you can read in this mega thread on the Pixel User Community forum.

Many of the problems specifically affect the Pixel 2 XL, and range from the sensor being confused by things like screen protectors, causing 'always on' Ambient Display to turn off unexpectedly, to not being able to use the device at all during calls.

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Nexus and Pixel factory images, OTAs, and security bulletin for June are up

Each month Google releases security updates and fixes for both Android in general, and its most recent first-party hardware. This month is no exception. OTAs and factory images for Nexus and Pixel devices are now live, as is this month's security bulletin, functional patches for which seem to include a fix for the Pixel 2 XL's proximity sensor issues

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[Update: Same offers at other stores] Deal alert: Google Store offering $150 credit with purchase of Pixel 2 XL and Home Mini, $50 off Clips, and much more

The Google Store is currently running quite a few sales on everything from the Pixel 2 XL to the Chromecast Ultra for Father's Day. Purchasing a Pixel 2 with a Home Mini will get you a $150 credit for future purchases, the Clips is $50 off, and there are several deals for Home/Wifi products.

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What We Use, 2018 Edition: The stuff Ryne can't live without

I've been here at Android Police for over a year, now, fighting my way up the ranks and RSS feeds. So far I've succeeded, and having the opportunity to spend my days writing about technology has been incredible. As a result of that, I've accrued a ton of hardware and software, much of which has become an integral part of my workflow and life.

So here's a peek at all the stuff, personal and professional, that lets me do me.

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Google releases May 2018 OTA and system image files, publishes security bulletin

Every month Google's ritual of regular security updates keeps our Pixel and Nexus devices safe from both real and imaginary electronic boogeymen. These updates usually land sometime in the first week of the month, and like clockwork, here they are. Google has just posted both the May 2018 OTA files and system images for its Pixels and remaining supported Nexus devices, as well as the latest general Android and first-party security bulletins. 

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[Deal Alert] Get $500 off the Verizon Pixel 2 XL at Best Buy

If you’re still itching to get your hands on the Pixel 2 XL, now is the perfect time to grab a sweet, sweet bargain. Best Buy is currently offering the Verizon model with a whopping $500 off, suddenly making Google’s latest flagship one of the most affordable high-end handsets.

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[Deal Alert] The Pixel 2 XL is $699 ($150 off) on Project Fi for today only

Project Fi occasionally offers significant discounts on its (small) collection of available devices. The Moto X4 dropped to $250 in February, and Fi had a BOGO deal for the phone earlier this month (which is still active). If you're in the market for a Google phone instead, the Pixel 2 XL is now $150 off.

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