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7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

Got a Pixel? Then you've got one of the best damn cameras in all the Android land. But hold the phone: Your kickass camera can do even more than you realize.

Sure, it takes incredible pictures — but that's just scratching the surface of the Pixel camera advantage. Google's homemade phones have thoughtfully created photo-related software with all sorts of scrumptious smarts baked in. And that means they're overflowing with useful tricks and tucked-away options that are all too easy to overlook.

In honor of my new Pixel Academy e-course — a totally free seven-day email adventure that helps you uncover tons of next-level Pixel treasures — I wanted to share some of my favorite hidden Pixel camera possibilities with you, my favorite Android Police pals.

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Your 100+ open Chrome tabs will be easier to navigate with this flag

Your 100+ open Chrome tabs will be easier to navigate with this flag

Joggling bazillions of open tabs has always been a hassle in Chrome. In contrast to Firefox or Safari, the Google browser doesn't make the tabstrip scrollable — tabs just keep getting smaller until you can only tell them apart by favicon, and the rightmost tabs will even start disappearing at some point (I've been there, trust me). Google introduced tab groups to mitigate that problem, but the company has also long been wanting to introduce a scrollable tabstrip as an alternative. And in Chrome version 88, you can finally enable the first version of a scrollable tab bar via a flag.

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You can disable Reddit's maddening 'Open in app' popup once and for all

You can disable Reddit's maddening 'Open in app' popup once and for all

Reddit's mobile website is pretty well made, fast, and responsive — if it wasn't for the pesky "See this post in ... Reddit App" popup that slides up from the bottom every time you open a Reddit link someone sent you. But it turns out there's a way to get rid of it, and it was hidden right under our noses the whole time.

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Tip: Google Assistant 'call' commands are contextual, and work in WhatsApp and Duo

Tip: Google Assistant 'call' commands are contextual, and work in WhatsApp and Duo

The new minimal Google Assistant that launched with the Pixel 4 (and is now available on the 4a, 4a 5G, and 5 too) has several tricks up its sleeve. It can answer contextual commands inside Chrome and reply to messages in apps like WhatsApp and Messages, among other features, but what we didn't know is that its call placing abilities are also dependent on the app you're using.

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Tip: You can mute Twitter Fleets to hide them from your feed

Tip: You can mute Twitter Fleets to hide them from your feed

Twitter recently jumped on the Instagram Stories bandwagon with its own Fleets, fleeting tweets that sit in a horizontal-scrolling section at the top of your feed. Not everyone is all that enamored with the social media app's latest feature, but there is a way to get rid of Fleets if you're willing to put the work in.

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How to get Google Photos integration in OnePlus Camera instead of the stock Gallery app

How to get Google Photos integration in OnePlus Camera instead of the stock Gallery app

Anyone using a non-Pixel device like a OnePlus phone and Google Photos in conjunction probably knows that this can lead to some annoying issues. When you delete a photo in the camera right after taking it, it's possible that Google still uploads it, making you repeat the deletion process in Photos. The solution is simple on recent OnePlus phones: Just disable the pre-installed Gallery. The camera will then preview your shots right in Google Photos, and the app will respect deleted images right away.

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You can remap the new Chromecast's Netflix and YouTube remote buttons

You can remap the new Chromecast's Netflix and YouTube remote buttons

The new Chromecast with Google TV is the first Chromecast to have a dedicated remote, and it comes with some useful extra buttons for the Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix. Voice control will probably come in handy for almost everyone, but what if you don't use YouTube and Netflix often enough to justify that extra space on the remote? As it turns out, there's an option and an app for that.

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Check out all your helpful feedback Google's ignored over the years with this handy tool

Check out all your helpful feedback Google's ignored over the years with this handy tool

If you're an Android Police reader who's ever used a Google product, you're probably familiar with the process of submitting feedback to the big G: click your avatar in the top right, then select the "Send feedback" option at the bottom of the menu. But did you know there's a central location where you can view the feedback you've submitted throughout the years?

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How to make a WhatsApp voice or video call with Google Assistant

How to make a WhatsApp voice or video call with Google Assistant

Last year, Google introduced integrations with WhatsApp that would let you start an audio or video call on the app via Assistant. While the feature is now widely available, the actual commands you need to use to utilize it are a little less than intuitive. You need to phrase things just so in order for Assistant to understand you actually want to use WhatsApp to make a call, which is mildly annoying. Fortunately, we've got a quick and easy guide to get you fluent in Google Assistant speak.

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'OK Google, open Assistant settings' could be the simplest way to get to Assistant settings

'OK Google, open Assistant settings' could be the simplest way to get to Assistant settings

The Google Assistant is incredibly powerful once you start diving deeper into all of the custom voice commands and routines you can build for it. Unfortunately, these options live in the Assistant settings, which is rather hidden and hard to access — you need to invoke the Assistant, swipe up, wait for your profile picture to show up in the top right corner, and tap it to head there. Google seems to recognize this and has highlighted a neat voice command that gets you there instantly: "OK Google, open Assistant settings."

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