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Pixel 2 clicking sound fix is inbound: here’s the official workaround

Pixel 2 clicking sound fix is inbound: here’s the official workaround

That annoying clicking sound that is bothering some Pixel 2 owners will be fixed via a software update, according to a statement Google posted on its Product Forums. The announcement was made by a Google Community Manager, who said the update will be available "in the coming weeks." As well, the statement gave Pixel 2 owners an official workaround for the issue, but it's one we've heard before.

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Pixel 2 XL display will get more vivid colors, Google talks about burn-in issue

Pixel 2 XL display will get more vivid colors, Google talks about burn-in issue

Google just posted a statement about Pixel 2 XL display issues, revealing that it will indeed release more vivid color options via a software update in the near future. The company previously indicated that it would consider releasing such a feature if user feedback indicated that it was necessary. However, as far as the burn-in issue is concerned, Google has mostly dismissed the worries, saying that it's "in line with that of other premium smartphones."

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Verizon unlimited plan full-quality video streaming costs ten bucks extra

Verizon unlimited plan full-quality video streaming costs ten bucks extra

Verizon previously eliminated full-resolution video streaming from its unlimited plan, a move that upset many subscribers for obvious reasons. The carrier is reversing that decision for these customers, but only with a big catch: they'll have to pay more every month to get access to that full-resolution streaming. This move follows Verizon's recent fracturing of its unlimited plan.

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BLU Vivo 8L packs 20MP selfie camera, 5.3″ display, and metal body

BLU Vivo 8L packs 20MP selfie camera, 5.3″ display, and metal body

Maker of generic unlocked Android smartphones BLU has just launched a new 'premium' smartphone option called the BLU Vivo 8L. This particular phone, which is being sold unlocked on Amazon, features a metal body alongside a 5.3-inch HD display, big battery and, most notably, a 20-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. The front-facing camera has a higher resolution than the rear camera, oddly enough.

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MetroPCS unlimited LTE deal offers free Android phones for switching

MetroPCS unlimited LTE deal offers free Android phones for switching

T-Mobile's prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS is offering customers a new promotion that includes a free smartphone for each line ported over to the carrier. This is part of a larger deal where subscribers can get four lines with unlimited LTE data access for $100/month combined including fees and taxes. Users get to pick which free phone they want from a limited roster of options.

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T-Mobile iPhone X price and trade-in official details: everything to know

T-Mobile iPhone X price and trade-in official details: everything to know

T-Mobile has revealed all the official details for its customers who want to get the iPhone X. The new iPhone will be going up for preorder starting this Friday. Ahead of that, T-Mobile has revealed the pricing for the handset under both its equipment installment option and its JUMP! On Demand option. Pre-orders open at 12:01AM PT on October 27.

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iPhone X upgrade pre-approvals now available

iPhone X upgrade pre-approvals now available

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program members can now get pre-approved for the iPhone X ahead of its preorders launch. We reported over the weekend that these pre-approvals were inbound and now they're available. With this, iPhone Upgrade Program members who plan to get the coveted iPhone X can get approval out of the way early, ensuring they can be among the first wave to get their hands on the new smartphone.

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Pixel 2 teardown discovers the hardware behind Active Edge

Pixel 2 teardown discovers the hardware behind Active Edge

With the Pixel 2 now available around the US, there's no better time for the arrival of iFixit's teardown. As it does with all flagship phone releases, iFixit has cracked open the Pixel 2, giving us a look at its internal hardware and determining just how easy it will be for end-users to perform DIY repairs. Beyond the fixability rating we always look forward to, this Pixel 2 teardown makes some pretty interesting discoveries.

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Google lists device sales numbers at Pixel 2 event

Google lists device sales numbers at Pixel 2 event

Google has taken the stage at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, and as it usually does before it gets to the meat and potatoes of its presentations, it took the chance to recap how some of its products performed over the past year. Today, Google senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh took to the stage to do just that. Though he's there to debut some new products, he had some impressive statistics to share as well.

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Take it from an HTC fan: this Google deal won’t help

Take it from an HTC fan: this Google deal won’t help

I'm an HTC fan, but I can't say I'm impressed by the company's billion dollar deal with Google. The phone-maker has been instrumental in many of the most pivotal moments in modern smartphone history, producing some of my favorite devices in the process. I've also found myself at times being one of the company's more vocal critics, though, and for all HTC's attempts to spin this deal with Google as a win-win for all, I'm not convinced.

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Google’s $1.1bn HTC deal: 5 things to know

Google’s $1.1bn HTC deal: 5 things to know

Google has gone shopping, spending $1.1bn on picking up some of the key Pixel team from long-time Android partner HTC. It's not the outright acquisition that many predicted, and nor is it a wholesale sell-off of the HTC smartphone team. Instead, the deal - though couched in the usual "testament to the decade-long strategic relationship between HTC and Google" hyperbole - seems more akin to a hybrid talent-grab and bailout, dressed as cooperation. Here's what you need to know.

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These Motorola phones will get the Android Oreo update

These Motorola phones will get the Android Oreo update

Motorola has just announced the list of its smartphones that will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. A dozen handsets have made the list, many of them being exactly what we expected: the moto z and its various variants, moto z2 Play / Force Edition, and more. Motorola also has an online tool that allows its handset owners to select their carrier and phone to find out if/when it'll be updated.

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