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Google appears to have fixed the 'check for update' button on Pixels again

In what is likely to be the biggest low-key Android news today, Google seems to have silently flipped the switch (again) when it comes to the "check for update" button on Pixels. On every Pixel device we've tested here at Android Police, tapping the button in the Settings app is successfully pulling down the recent January update.

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January Pixel updates are out now: Pixel 3 video sound quality fix, 5X and 6P finally left behind

The latest pair of Google flagships haven't been without their controversies — it's effectively a yearly ritual as the tech enthusiast community picks apart a new Pixel phone's faults— but subsequent updates typically resolve the vast majority of these issues. Lucky for us, Google claims that another Pixel 3 problem has been resolved with January's update. The issue with low-quality audio while recording video is allegedly fixed. And downloads are posted and ready for sideloading if you're impatiently waiting for this fix to hit your own Pixel 3.

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Refurbished Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones are as low as $360 on Amazon for today only ($140 off)

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may not be the latest and greatest phones from Google anymore, but they'll still be more than capable for most. They're still very quick, their cameras are top-notch, and they'll continue to receive software support for another two years. As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day, refurbished Pixel 2 units can be purchased for as little as $359.99, with 2 XL models coming in at a slightly higher $395.99.

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Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

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Pixel Sounds updated to v2.0, and it actually works now [APK Download]

Google laid the groundwork for a new app earlier this month, and now you can (maybe) use it. While the prospect of "Pixel Sounds" isn't the most exciting, it improves a part of the Android experience that has long needed an overhaul. Pixel devices will soon have a more expansive set of ringtones with a much prettier interface. The app didn't work when it first popped up, but v2.0 does, and it's rolling out now.

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Get your December Pixel updates: 'Improved memory performance,' 2016 Pixels absent (again), Nexus 5X and 6P not left behind

It's the first Monday in a new month, so there's one thing you can typically expect from today: Google will release its monthly security patches for Pixels. There are a couple of surprises this month, though. The Nexus 5X and 6P are still getting updates, and December images for Google's 2016 Pixels are again curiously absent. The list of functional patches included this month is large, and it also includes "improved memory performance in certain circumstances," for the Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, and 2 XL.

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Get a refurbished Pixel 2 for $420 or Pixel 2 XL for $440, today only on Woot

Last year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not be Google's latest and greatest anymore, but they're still nice devices. They even have some advantages over the newer models, depending on your views on glass backs and notches. Woot has a great deal on the duo today, with the Pixel 2 going for $420 and the XL for just 20 bucks more.

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Call Screen is starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

The Pixel 3 launched with Call Screen, which allows Assistant to "answer" by asking who's calling and offering ways to respond to calls. At the event, Google promised that the feature would trickle down to the older Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in November. We're halfway through the month, and it looks like Call Screen is indeed starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones.

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Google's Night Sight launches for all Pixel phones today - get it now [APK Download]

At the Pixel 3 launch event in NYC, Google showed off what it called "Night Sight," a feature that produced incredible looking photos in a near-absence of light. Modified versions of the Google Camera app gave everyone willing to sideload them an early taste at the feature, but the wait is now over. And according to Google, Night Sight is rolling out for all Pixel devices, past and present, in the coming days.

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November security patch forces Night Mode when Battery Saver is enabled, whether you want to or not

With the November security patch that began rolling out to Pixels last week, one change was made to the way Night Mode and Battery Saver interact. When the latter is enabled, the former immediately changes to on, and the behavior can't be modified, though you can manually switch back to off.

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