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Google is working on a fix for poor Netflix quality on Pixel phones caused by Widevine bug

Google is working on a fix for poor Netflix quality on Pixel phones caused by Widevine bug

Some Pixel owners have noticed over the last couple of monthly updates that their phones have lost Widevine L1 status, falling to L3 and rendering them incapable of playing back some DRM-protected content at high quality. More simply, that means they can't play HD content in apps and services like Netflix. By far the majority of devices are not affected and the cause isn't immediately clear. Google tells us it's aware of these reports and working on a fix, and devices from other manufactures may also be affected.

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The Pixel 5 costs way too much, and I don't care

The Pixel 5 costs way too much, and I don't care

I've been using the Pixel 5 I bought for myself for about half a year now. I'm kind of in love with it. Which is weird, because I'm in a definite minority among the Android Police staff. I'm going to take a few minutes to completely disagree with my editor-in-chief's assessment of the latest Google hardware… it's not like it would be the first time.

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The latest patch for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and more is out now — here's what's new

The latest patch for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and more is out now — here's what's new

Google's Pixel updates for April are here. This isn't one of the big feature drop updates (that was last month), but device owners can look forward to the latest security patches and a handful of fixes and improvements. This time around, Google specifically calls out improved photo quality in some third-party apps and even GPU performance improvements for on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, plus a handful of fixes addressing issues on several Pixel models, including a problem that dates back to a missing December Feature Drop feature.

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Switch from a banana to a Pixel phone

Switch from a banana to a Pixel phone

Hey Google, you doin' okay? A couple of weeks ago you posted a very weird video, describing the basic Pixel phone migration process with a weird collection of meditation images and ASMR-style narration. Now you're back with this combination phone migration-intro to karate video. It feels like someone on the Pixel team really, really wants to go viral.

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This meditation session is brought to you by the all-new Google Pixel

This meditation session is brought to you by the all-new Google Pixel

Most of us work for the weekend — two whole days of freedom. But being free from responsibilities and cares doesn't mean you shouldn't be mindful. It is in this frame that Google presents a meditational ASMR video chock full of head-tingling advice on how to move data from your old phone to a new Pixel device. Because we really needed this.

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Should you buy a Pixel 4a or a Pixel 5?

Should you buy a Pixel 4a or a Pixel 5?

Google really doubled down on affordability with its 2020 lineup. There was no super premium option last year; there was the Pixel 4a, cheaper than its predecessor at $349, the Pixel $499 4a 5G, and the $699 Pixel 5. The three phones share a lot of DNA, but the 4a and 5 in particular are very similar, physically, with nearly identical footprints. If you're in the market for a small phone from Google, how do you choose? Let's discuss.

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T-Mobile is giving its subscribers a $150 discount on the Pixel 4a 5G right now

T-Mobile is giving its subscribers a $150 discount on the Pixel 4a 5G right now

The Pixel 4a 5G has always been one of the most affordable 5G options around since it debuted last year, but the phone has received a number of discounts recently. Its price fell to $449.99 at most retailers at the start of this week, and now T-Mobile is dropping the price a full hundred bucks lower, making it available to subscribers new and old for just $349.99.

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How to make your Samsung Galaxy smartphone feel more like a Pixel

How to make your Samsung Galaxy smartphone feel more like a Pixel

I personally love Samsung's One UI, but not everybody wants their Samsung smartphone to feel quite so Samsung. Getting your phone to feel a little more Google and a little less Galaxy is fortunately quite straightforward, both thanks to Android itself and some of the inherent customization features found in One UI. In this guide, we'll show you how to make your Galaxy phone look and feel a bit more Pixel-y. I'll be using my S21 Ultra for this demonstration, but these steps can be used on any Samsung device running One UI 3.0.

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Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones have become pretty customizable thanks to the Pixel Themes app first introduced with Android 10, but there's one part of the Pixel skin that you can't tweak too much — the lock screen. The Android 10 beta suggested that we might get some custom clocks at some point, but when the OS went stable, no traces of alternative clocks were left. That might change with Android 12. It looks like Google will include Pixel-exclusive lock screen clocks.

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Chrome OS is preparing support for Pixel phone screen mirroring

Chrome OS is preparing support for Pixel phone screen mirroring

Google is slowly rolling out Phone Hub to Chrome OS, a new software bridge connecting phones with Chromebooks and making it easier to access recent tabs and starting up a hotspot. But it looks like that's just the beginning. We've been tracking a new software dubbed "Eche SWA," and thanks to additional evidence scooped by 9to5Google, we suspect that you might someday be able to view your phone's screen right on your Chromebook, though it might be limited to Pixel phones.

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