Google rolls out March security update for its Pixels and Nexuses, factory images and full OTAs available

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Microsoft has Patch Tuesday, Google has Patch Monday – the first Monday of the month, that is (unless it’s a holiday in the US). So, as today is the first Monday of March, like clockwork the search giant has outed the newest Android security update for its Pixels and Nexuses. Factory images and full OTA zip files have been posted as usual (see the Source links below). If you want to manually flash either, note that the former will erase your data. Although unless you’re an enthusiast with very limited patience, you’re probably best served by the over-the-air rollout, which should have…

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IDC: Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels in 2017, Essential Phone sales under 90,000

During its earnings call earlier this month, Google revealed that its device shipments doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, but as usual the company didn’t give us any hard numbers. Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped IDC, one of the big analyst houses, from releasing its estimates. According to Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s Research Director, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels last year. The analyst also confirms Google’s own report saying that shipments have indeed doubled. That said, Google is still very far from being anywhere near a market leader in this regard. Given that its distribution…

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Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel’s microphone problems

Hot on the heels of the Project Fi news, it appears that Google is being sued for another problem. Last year we reported that many original Pixel and Pixel XLs were having microphone-related issues caused by a physical defect in the device. Now the same group of attorneys that put together the LG bootloop lawsuit is seeking a class action against Google for the OG Pixel’s microphone defect. 

Google did appear to take the original reports of microphone problems quite seriously last year, going so far as to replace phones which exhibited the issue.

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Lawsuit claims Google ‘knowingly sold’ Pixels with microphone issues

Shortly after Google released its first branded smartphones in 2016, the Pixel and Pixel XL, some early adopters reported a microphone issues. While they were fixed in phones produced later, the problems disabled all three mics on the devices and oft…
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Users with Android 8.1-powered Pixels and Nexuses are reporting swipe issues

Looks like the Android 8.1 update has brought along some annoying issues for users of Google’s Pixel and Nexus branded devices. A large number of reports on Reddit as well as the company’s own online forums indicate users are facing swipe-related problems with their units post the update. Reports say actions like swiping up to bring lock screen, swiping to dismiss lock screen notifications, or swiping to answer or decline calls not only require extra effort, but multiple tries as well, thus making the entire user experience quite annoying. For its part, Google has just said it’s…

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Google rolls out January security update for Pixels and Nexuses

As a new month has just begun, Google is ready to push out the latest Android security update to the Nexus and Pixel devices it still supports. The company has already made the usual factory images and full OTA zip files available for download, and you can grab those if you’re really impatient and don’t mind using command line tools to take care of the installation (and have nothing against a data wipe if you go the factory image route). Otherwise, it’s best just to wait a few hours, or, in the worst case scenario, a few days, to get the over-the-air update. The rollout should commence…

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Android’s monthly security bulletin now details functional updates for Pixels and Nexus phones

Google has been publishing its security bulletin for the monthly Android patches for a long time, but starting October 2017 (last month), it created a special bulletin for Nexus and Pixel devices. With the newly released November patch, Google has started populating one new section in the bulletin that details “Functional updates.”

Google has recently started using the monthly patches not just for security fixes, but also as an opportunity to fix functional bugs on Nexus and Pixel phones and add really urgent features that could not wait until a full system software update.

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Google makes Android’s November security update available for Nexuses and Pixels

As a new month begins, Google releases a new bunch of security fixes for Android, and makes them available to its Nexus and Pixel devices. Things are a little bit different today, however, since the company now lists a separate section in its security bulletin page that details “functional updates” for Pixels. These are the fixes that aren’t related to security, and for the November release 6 out of 12 such patches are related to Bluetooth. There are a couple of camera improvements baked in too, an audio fix, two mobile data-related enhancements, and a vague “improved application stability”…

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Android 8.1 Developer Preview is now available for Pixels and Nexuses

As hinted at during the introduction of the Pixel Visual Core custom SoC, Android 8.1 is a thing. And from today it’s not in the “coming soon” aisle anymore. Google has launched the first Developer Preview for Android 8.1, which is now available for the following supported devices: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel C. Download To get it, you can enroll one of those in the Android Beta Program and then wait for an over-the-air update which will install 8.1. Or you can manually flash a system image if you’re into that kind of thing. This is one…

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Google confirms original-quality photo uploads from the 2016 Pixels are grandfathered for life

Ever since Google went out of its way to put a (very short) expiration date on unlimited photo uploads for the new Pixel 2s, there’s been some concern about the original 2016 Pixels, as they never had a limit placed on them. We reached out to a Google representative for some clarification and were told that nothing has changed when it comes to the original Pixels. Both the 2016 Pixel and 2016 Pixel XL will continue to receive free unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos with no time limitations.

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