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[Deal Alert] New Project Fi subscribers can get $80 off any phone

Project Fi is becoming more and more enticing, with the recent additions of Bill Protection (basically an unlimited plan) and extended international coverage. The biggest downside to Fi is still the lack of supported devices, but now the carrier is making that a bit more enticing. If you sign up for Fi from now until February 28, you can get $80 off any phone it sells, in the form of service credit.

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[Deal Alert] New 2016 Quite Black 128GB Pixel XL on sale for $499.99 on eBay ($269 off)

Being late isn't usually a good thing, but when it comes to purchasing technology, it does have its upsides. Chief among them is probably being able to pay a reduced price for something that not long before could only be purchased at the full MSRP. If you've still been looking to purchase a first-gen Pixel XL with maxed out storage, then eBay currently has a deal which can save you at least $269, plus any additional sales tax savings if you live outside of Illinois.

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Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel's microphone problems

Hot on the heels of the Project Fi news, it appears that Google is being sued for another problem. Last year we reported that many original Pixel and Pixel XLs were having microphone-related issues caused by a physical defect in the device. Now the same group of attorneys that put together the LG bootloop lawsuit is seeking a class action against Google for the OG Pixel's microphone defect. 

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February 2018 Android 8.1 patches are live for Pixel and Nexus devices

It's time again for another update to Android, and it's rolling out to Google devices starting now. If you just can't wait for the OTA to reach you, there are some files you can download to skip the wait. It looks like most devices just have a single build this month, which will make things much easier.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 2016 Pixel on sale for $319.99 and Pixel XL for $359.99 with coupon codes

Google launched new Pixel phones a few months ago, but the 2016 Pixel phones are still solid devices. They're faster than many phones, and the camera performance is incredible. Google hasn't discounted the last-gen phones very much, but there are some cheap refurbished units available on Daily Steals. We've also got some coupon codes to make them even cheaper.

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Google Phone v16 fixes issue with Pixel screens not waking on incoming calls with Bluetooth device connected [APK Download]

These days, almost all manufacturer apps can be updated via the Play Store. This makes updating them with new designs and features a lot easier, as you might have glimpsed from our teardowns. Most recently for the Google Phone app, v15 added a white navigation bar, assisted dialing for international travelers, and some more. We didn't spot any major changes in Phone v16, but it appears that it fixes an issue people were having with receiving calls while they had a Bluetooth device connected.

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Google is looking into Android 8.1 lockscreen swipe issues on Pixel devices

I'd wager that most owners of Pixel phones use the fingerprint sensors on the back to unlock their phones, but there are circumstances in which using the backup PIN, pattern, or password is necessary. Many Pixel owners, myself included, have noticed that it's become rather difficult to swipe the lockscreen up on Android 8.1 Oreo. Google is aware of the problem and is looking into it.

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Google posts Nexus/Pixel system images and OTA files for January 2018 patches

Google is getting an early start in 2018 by rolling out the monthly patches for Nexus and Pixel devices. The OTA files and full system images are available a few days earlier than usual, and devices should begin seeing updates in the not too distant future. It looks like several devices have two different builds available this month, so you'll have to grab the right one if you just can't wait.

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Google's AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel devices [APK Download]

Google spent years working on the augmented reality hardware known as Tango. There have been two consumer phones with Tango so far, neither of which has been a great experience. However, the company recently showed off augmented reality content running on Pixel phones without Tango hardware. It didn't have a timeline for making AR stickers available, but today appears to be the day. An update to AR core has appeared in the Play Store and the AR Stickers app is live.

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Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo

One of the most basic and convenient features of life in Google's ecosystem is contacts sync. From email to phone numbers and Google+ profiles, you know that whatever platform you are on, you'll be able to reach out to the people you need to with a minimum of fuss. But for some this essential feature isn't working correctly, and contacts aren't being successfully synced to their Oreo-powered Android devices.

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