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One of Pixel 2’s most annoying problems is getting fixed

One of Pixel 2’s most annoying problems is getting fixed

Ever since the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched, there have been numerous reports of problems plaguing the handsets. Some of these issues are more severe than others, but one problem was particularly annoying. Shortly after launch, Pixel 2 users reported hearing a high-pitched sound or clicking noise when they placed the phone to their ear and the display was on.

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Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

A useful new tool is rolling out to both the original Pixel and newer Pixel 2 smartphones: users have found that Google Lens, the visual search feature that relies on the device's camera, has started arriving in Google Assistant. It's a gradual rollout, unfortunately, so not every Pixel owner has it just yet, but it a good step towards making Lens more accessible and easier to summon.

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Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Google Pixel 2 owners can now get help troubleshooting their smartphone using Google's own personal assistant app, at least unofficially. The feature appears to work for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones, but not for other handsets with the app. The person who spotted the ability is located in the US and running a developers preview of Android Oreo 8.1.

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Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Another day, another user report tipping an unwanted effect from some part of the Pixel 2 phone. This time around, the issue is an unusual banding effect that presents on some handsets when the phone's camera is in LED light. On video, this banding effect looks almost like a strobe, and is apparent when the camera is pointed at an LED light source, such as an LED light bulb or LED display.

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Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Most of the time, when Google launches a new smartphone, Android modders and developers scramble to take whatever new launcher it has and make it available for other smartphones. This time, things have come full circle with a new third-party Pixel Launcher made for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. The modified Pixel Launcher pretty much keeps the simplicity of the original while adding a few customization options to satisfy the different aesthetic tastes of different users.

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Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

The Pixel 2 XL is already known to have several issues with its display, including muted colors and burn-in, but now users are discovering yet another problem with Google's larger smartphone. Members of the Pixel User Community website are reporting that the screen has little or no responsiveness at its edges, resulting in certain taps or gestures going unrecognized.

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Pixel 2 fused video stabilization tech detailed: how it combines EIS and OIS

Pixel 2 fused video stabilization tech detailed: how it combines EIS and OIS

Smartphone cameras may be improving rapidly, but the resulting videos are only as good as the stabilization tech accompanying them. While many companies are introducing optical image stabilization on their smartphones, Google took things a step further with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, offering something it calls Fused Video Stabilization. Fused stabilization aims to make up for the deficits of both electronic stabilization (EIS) and optical stabilization (OIS) by combining the best both have to offer.

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Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had something of a troubled launch thus far. Problems have been cropping up here and there ever since the phones were released, and today we're learning of a new one that involves Google Assistant. As it turns out, the Pixel 2 and its big brother both struggle when asked to route Google Assistant through a Bluetooth headset.

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android's Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2. The company added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

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Pixel 2 microphone problems have a classic NES-style workaround

Pixel 2 microphone problems have a classic NES-style workaround

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their share of launch problems, but one of the most baffling revolves around the pair's microphone. Since launch, users have been reporting an issue that causes the microphone to stop working during voice calls or when using Google Assistant. As you can imagine, that's a pretty big problem for a device that is first and foremost a phone.

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Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Oleophobic coatings on phone displays, as with glasses lenses, make life easier by resisting the skin oil that would otherwise quickly leave prints all over the device. The Pixel 2 XL's display has an oleophobic coating to help reduce fingerprint smudges, but some users say it may be making things worse: some users say their display is scratching very easily, and one person has reported a strange smudging problem.

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Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

This week the Pixel 2 camera app was released as its own, separate APK download for all devices that can kick it. This means that those devices that run Oreo - some of them, anyway. For the most part this means a limit to Google's devices - Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, and the Pixel 2 devices - though you should already have the app in that case.

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