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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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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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Foodmoji and Text AR Stickers get their own Play Store listing [APK Download]

Google's AR Stickers began rolling out in December of 2017 to Pixel devices. At the time, users had 5 sticker packs to choose from when adding imaginary things on top of their real camera shots: Star Wars, Stranger Things, food, blocks, and text. Blocks were separated from the main app in February (Winter Sports were added then) and now food and text are seeing the same fate. The latest v1.2 update to the AR Stickers app shaves off about 28.5MB from the file by removing the two packs, which can now be downloaded separately.

Once your AR Stickers app is updated, you will see a red dot on top of the food and text icons.

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The 2016 Pixel phones are no longer available on the Google Store

Google changed tactics in 2016 with the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL. The Nexus brand was gone, and the phones were more expensive. Still, the Pixel turned out to be a fantastic phone. Google kept it around on the Google Store even after the Pixel 2 launched, but now that's over. The first-gen Pixels are gone.

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Mid-range Pixel for developing markets could land this summer (joined in India by Home, Nest stuff, practically everything Google sells)

Whether you're selling phones or powering the platforms behind them, there's little that's more exciting for a company seeking out growth opportunities than a rapidly expanding market. As other markets around the globe see slumping projections or sales threatening to plateau, India's doing gangbusters, and last year sales of smartphones were up 14 percent. This growth hasn't gone unnoticed, and today we're checking out some signs of Google's increasing interest in India, including rumors of a possible new Pixel phone targeting India and other “price-sensitive” markets.

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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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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 1st-gen Pixel just $234.99, Pixel XL $254.99 plus $10 gift card on Daily Steals with our exclusive code

Have you been looking for a device to play around with Android P on? Or perhaps you just want a nice phone on the cheap? Daily Steals is currently offering refurbished units of the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL in both 32GB and 128GB storage variants for incredibly cheap in all colors and both 32GB and 128GB storage variants, as well as free $10 gift cards and an additional discount exclusive to our readers.

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[Update: Now available for Pixel C] Google posts system images and OTA files for March 2018 patches

Another month is just starting, and that means it's time for the latest round of Pixel and Nexus patches to roll out. Google has posted both the system images and the OTA files, so you can get the latest version on your device without waiting for the update. You might actually want to go out of your way this time as there are some functional updates for Pixel devices.

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Android P developer preview images and OTA files are now live, but no beta program yet

Android P is making its first appearance today, and you can give it a shot right now if you've got the right hardware. The system images are now available on the Google developer site, but there aren't as many supported devices this time around. All you've got to choose from are the first and second generation Pixel phones.

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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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