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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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Driving Detective brings automatic Do Not Disturb while driving to non-Pixel phones using official Transition API

The Pixel 2 launched with many neat tricks under its belt, one of which is the option to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb while driving. Later on, Google opened up the smarts behind this to developers with the Transition API, letting them easily implement a real-world activity detection algorithm into their apps. And we're now reaping the benefit: Driving Detector is a new application that turns on Do Not Disturb automatically when driving, using the official API, and it works on non-Pixels too.

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4 of our favorite tech sales, discounts, and deals this week

For passionate Android fans, there are few times of year that are happier than when we're glued to our screens reading all the news, watching all the streaming sessions, and catching up on everything that's happening at Google I/O. The past few days have kept us seriously busy with the Android P beta, to say nothing of updates for other Google services. But even with all these heavy-duty distractions going on, we still had an eye out for the best new deals and offers to land. In case you missed them first time around, here are some of our favorite ways to save a little money this week.

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Verizon Mother's Day deals include BOGO on Pixel 2 with free Google Home Mini and Chromecast

Mother's Day is almost upon us and so are the related deals. If your mom needs a new phone and you do too, or maybe if both your mom and mother-in-law need new phones, you may want to give Verizon's BOGO offers a look.

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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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Android Auto Wireless is now enabled for Nexus and Pixel devices

Android Auto's Wireless mode was rumored for months before we got official confirmation of it. JVC and Kenwood introduced a total of 7 Auto head units with Wi-Fi connectivity as an option at this year's CES, but until now even if you just got one of these new units, you couldn't use the mode as your phone wasn't ready for that. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

According to Cody's teardowns, version 3.0 of Auto was nearly ready for the Wireless mode, but it's v3.1 that's required (APK Mirror link) to get things properly working.

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[Deal Alert] Certified refurbished Verizon Google Pixel 2 for $499.99 ($150 off) today on Woot

Chances are, if you read Android Police, you either recently bought an Android phone or are looking to buy a new one. If you fall into that latter category, then a device that might be worthy of your consideration is Google's Pixel 2. Right now — and only for a few more hours — Woot has a deal on a set of refurbished Verizon Pixel 2 devices in multiple colors and with both 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage.

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John Legend's "A Good Night" music video was shot entirely on a Pixel 2

The video clip for John Legend's newest song, A Good Night, takes place at a nightclub and follows two individuals as they meet and eventually end up getting married. The song itself is quite catchy, but what's most interesting is the fact that the whole music video was actually shot entirely on the Pixel 2, even despite the less-than-ideal lighting conditions you'd find in a dimly lit room with strobe lights.

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Google's April 2018 OTA files and system images are available for download

Google's monthly tradition continues—owners of Pixel and (some) Nexus devices can grab the latest software builds. The updates will roll out automatically in the coming days, but you don't have to wait. The OTA files and system images have both shown up, and there are bulletins documenting the surprisingly extensive list of changes.

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