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Buy one Pixel 3 or 3 XL, get another free-ish (via $799 service credit) on Project Fi

The latest Pixel phones are a little too spendy for some, but Google's Project Fi service has a deal that might make them more palatable. If you purchase two 2018 Pixels on a group plan, you can get a $799 service credit. That's sort of a "buy one, get one" deal as the base model Pixel 3 costs $799. You do still have to buy the phones, though.

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[Update: Deals page is live, sales start 11/22] These are the Google Store's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Couldn't afford a Pixel 3 when it first came out? Google's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals significantly reduce the overall price of Google's latest smartphone in the US. Beginning with pre-Black Friday offers, Google has shared several new deals on its latest smartphone and other Made by Google products.

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[Update: Fix coming] Some Pixel 3 XL owners are complaining of buzzing/distorted speakers

Pixel season wouldn't be complete without a bunch of complaints from early adopters of possible hardware and software faults. Last year, the main controversy surrounded the terrible LG OLED panels used for the Pixel 2 XL. This year, there are a few early contenders, including what we may be calling 'buzzgate.'

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[Update: Fix due soon] Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing

You've may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there's a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we've received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some.

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Google's Night Sight launches for all Pixel phones today - get it now [APK Download]

At the Pixel 3 launch event in NYC, Google showed off what it called "Night Sight," a feature that produced incredible looking photos in a near-absence of light. Modified versions of the Google Camera app gave everyone willing to sideload them an early taste at the feature, but the wait is now over. And according to Google, Night Sight is rolling out for all Pixel devices, past and present, in the coming days.

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If your Pixel 3 vibrates for notifications during video recording, here's the easy fix

Pixel 3 bugs have been taking up far too much of our time recently, but thankfully this is one that is very easy to fix. Some users have been noticing that while recording video, their Pixel 3 will still vibrate for incoming notifications, causing the video to distort along with the buzz. This is something that should be prevented by default, and the solution is simple.

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Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL case reviews: Because breaking an $800+ phone would really suck

If you thought the Pixel 2 and 2 XL were expensive, you probably weren't very happy when you saw the Pixel 3's $799 and Pixel 3 XL's $899 MSRPs. The Pixel 3 XL received a modest $50 jump in price from the 2 XL, but the Pixel 3 went up by a whopping $150 when compared to the Pixel 2. In other words, those who've purchased a new Pixel, regardless of the model, are probably going to want to protect it.

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Hold your Pixel 3 close: You probably can't get it repaired right now [Update]

As we always say, it wouldn't be a Google device launch with a few bumps along the way. If one of those bumps caused you to break your shiny new Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you could be in for a rude awakening. For many owners, there does not appear to be any way to repair the phone right now.

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[Update: Older Pixels] The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a drawing app Easter egg

Google's history with Android Easter eggs goes all the way back to Gingerbread when it snuck a weird phone zombie painting into the OS. Ever since then, you've been able to tap on the version number to get a neat little animation or game. The Android Pie bonus was a little disappointing, but it's improved on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Those phones have a hidden drawing app Easter egg.

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November Pixel 3 and 3 XL update correctly identifies slow wireless charging

We were a bit perplexed a few weeks ago when Google announced its $79 wireless charger. After all, there are other 10W wireless chargers out there for much lower prices. Then, we found out only Google's official Pixel Stand can charge the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at full speed. Oddly, other wireless chargers still displayed as "Charging Rapidly" on the phones. Google appears to have fixed that in the November OTA.

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