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New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds "at a glance" section to the top

Google has just announced its 2017 #madebygoogle hardware line up, including the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. There are lots of interesting new software features to talk about, including a new always-on ambient display that tells you what song is playing in the background without you even asking, but the first thing anyone notices when they unlock their phone is the launcher. Sabrina Ellis, director of product management, took to the stage to talk about the new Pixel Launcher home screen, among other things. It is getting a considerable makeover, and it's bound to be controversial.

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First-generation Pixel drops to $549, Pixel XL to $669 on Google Store

When new smartphones debut, their predecessors either get discounted or get axed altogether. Google has chosen the former route for the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL, which are now being offered for $100 off their MSRPs thanks to the introduction of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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Get $325 back on your new Pixel 2 or 2 XL when you add a T-Mobile line

Shortly after the Pixel 2 announcement, T-Mobile already has an offer for customers who bring the shiny new toy and create a new line. You can get $325 back from the magenta carrier via a prepaid card, which is 50% off of the 64GB Pixel 2. 

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Google Lens will be a Pixel-exclusive feature at first, coming soon to Assistant and Photos

Google Lens is the machine learning-powered successor to Google Goggles, with the ability to search for whatever it can see through the camera. We've been hearing about it since Google I/O 2017, but today at the company's press event, even more details were shared about Lens.

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Pixel Ambient Services app pops up in the Play Store, confirms always-on music ID feature

You're probably aware that Google is having an event in just a little bit. We've heard plenty of rumors about what will be announced, including one suggesting that Google is planning an always-on music identification feature for the new Pixels. That's looking very much confirmed right now, thanks to a new listing in the Play Store called Pixel Ambient Services.

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More detailed Pixel 2 pictures leak, show off all three colors

We saw some Pixel 2 XL pictures from famed leaker @evleaks earlier today, but it turns out he wasn't done. Blass has now released pictures depicting the Pixel 2 in all three color variants, as well as the back of the XL. We're preparing ourselves for some nasty comments about those bezels.

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Google's October OTAs should fix some Pixel spontaneous reboots

The Oreo update has gone smoothly for most Pixel owners, but it hasn't gone perfectly for everyone. Some Pixel owners have been plagued by reboot issues since that update, and the cause has been difficult to pin down. According to Google, the OTAs rolling out today on Pixel devices will stop the reboots, which have a few distinct causes.

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Google releases Android's October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices

The month of October has just begun, which means Pumpkin Spice lattes, leaves falling off trees, and marathons of The Nightmare Before Christmas on TV. It also means Google has released another Android security bulletin, just like the company does at the start of every month. As usual, OTA zips and factory images with the fixes are already available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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[Update: Another pic, this time without a case] Pixel 2 XL leaks in new photo, confirms redesigned launcher and dual speakers

Google is unveiling the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in just two short days, but us tech enthusiasts are an impatient bunch. An image of the Pixel 2 XL in a case has just been leaked by Evan Blass, and it confirms a bunch of things we suspected were coming, including a heavily revised launcher and dual front-facing speakers.

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[Update: 14.2 bugfix and download] Magisk beta v14.1 roots the Pixels and survives OTA

Hot off his recent vacation, Magisk developer topjohnwu has released a beta version of Magisk (v14.1) that works with the Pixel phones. We've even installed it on one of our own Pixel XLs and, well, it works. This is probably one of the oldest requests users have had for Magisk, and now it's here. Best of all, it works without a custom recovery, and (allegedly) survives OTA. 

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