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Best old flagships that’s worth your money in 2020 – and ones to avoid

Best old flagships that’s worth your money in 2020 – and ones to avoid

Contrary to what manufacturers would have you thinking, phones last for well more than just a year. New ads may make the new phones look sleek, but their predecessors were just there a couple of months before. And chances are, most of them are now half the price.

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AT&T Pixel 4 March security update pulled for critical bug

AT&T Pixel 4 March security update pulled for critical bug

Google has just released its regular monthly update to improve the security of its Pixel phones and Android in general. It even talked about in some detail the new security-unrelated features that the Pixel 4 will be receiving this month. Imagine, then, the confusion that some Pixel 4 owners received instead when the March update for AT&T was mysteriously yanked from the Internet. It turns out that Google may have missed a critical step that left some features like Google Pay broken on the carrier-locked phone.

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Android 10 automation Rules rolls out to more Pixel phones

Android 10 automation Rules rolls out to more Pixel phones

Android is technically and legally a more open platform and yet it is ironically way behind in having a user-friendly automation framework. There is the powerful but often complex Tasker whose existence is threatened with every new Android release and security policy. Google itself may be working on such automation features built into Android 10 itself. But while it might now be rolling out to Pixel phones at large, it's still pretty limited in its functionality.

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Google’s March Pixel feature drop is here and you’re going to want it

Google’s March Pixel feature drop is here and you’re going to want it

Google is pushing out its big March feature drop to Pixel owners, adding new features to Motion Sense, Duo video calls, payments, and more. The new software will begin rolling out from today, Google confirmed this morning, with handsets as far back as the Pixel 2 getting new abilities.

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Android 11 Quick Settings icons get colorful in red, green, blue, and yellow

Android 11 Quick Settings icons get colorful in red, green, blue, and yellow

Upon digging deep within the code for the first Android 11 / Android R developer preview Beta build of Google's new mobile OS, colors were discovered! Colors were found in a code dump from the Google Pixel 4 version of Android 11 DP1 (developer preview 1) here in February of 2020. The colors available seem to match those of Google's own logo, with Google-logo-toned yellow, red, green, and blue.

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Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 release for testing up on AOSP

Google Pixel 5 was revealed - for the first time, in text, by a Google developer - in AOSP. AOSP stands for Android Open Source Project, and it represents part of the larger Google/Android equation. Android is currently called an "open source" operating system, and development can be seen in part on the internet with code commits with the Android Open Source Project - that's where the Google Pixel 5 was name-checked today for the first time.

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Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Pixel 5 prototype leak is sending shivers down the Internet’s spine

Google has always been accused of trying to copy Apple but there are cases when that can actually be a good thing. For a time, it seemed that the tech giant has finally come across its own confident aesthetic identity, one that fans of both software and hardware products can be proud of. Then along came the Pixel 4, which seemed to throw a wrench in that theory. And just when you thought the worst is over, here comes a first glance at what could be the Pixel 5.

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Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Google loves showing off its AI chops and especially the speech recognition in Google Assistant. It might simply be frivolous convenience for some while others may even be worried about the privacy implications of things like Duplex and Call Screening. Last year, however, Google revealed an application of these technologies that few will argue isn't helpful to everyone. Fortunately, it seems that this feature won't be limited to Pixel phones and might soon find their way to all of Chrome's incarnations.

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Pixel 5 could feature an Ultra Low Power mode

Pixel 5 could feature an Ultra Low Power mode

Smartphones are getting more and more powerful but batteries are barely able to keep up. We are pretty much left with band-aid solutions like quick charging, no matter how fast and impressive they may be. Making software more energy-efficient is also a much-needed fix but, sooner or later, you will run out of juice. It seems that Google is preparing something for this year's Pixel phone that will let you squeeze out as much as you can when the next power outlet is still hours away.

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Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Spam calls, despite the rather tasty name, have devastating effects on the industry both in terms of dollars lost as well as in people harmed. It is only now, however, that the industry is making a concerted effort to solve the problem but inter-carrier solutions are taking some time to take effect. In the meantime, Google has rolled out its own fix, naturally powered by AI and Google Assistant, and it is now making that available to Pixel phones, including the very first one.

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Pixel 4a leak hints at no 5G for mid-range 2020 Google phone

Pixel 4a leak hints at no 5G for mid-range 2020 Google phone

We are about to get flooded by a few high-end and mid-range phones in the coming weeks leading up to and culminating at MWC 2020 but Android purists might already have had their fill with the Pixel 4 last year. That said, the price point of Google's premium phone has scared off not a few Android faithful. That's where the wallet-friendly "a" variants come in and if the current information we have on the Pixel 4a is accurate, it shouldn't be a surprise that it won't be as capable as many phones coming this year.

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Pixel 2 finally gets Live Caption, sideloading required

Pixel 2 finally gets Live Caption, sideloading required

The Pixel 4 may have been a dud rather than a bang when it came to hardware but, as with other Pixels before it, Google has more or less made up for it in terms of software. In addition to the usual AI-based camera tricks, the Pixel 4 flaunted a few features that, technically speaking, is part of the general Android 10 release. That includes Live Captions, which is now available on all Pixel phones except, of course, the now unsupported OG Pixel.

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