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The ‘Check for update’ button on Pixel/Nexus devices still isn’t pulling the latest OTAs as promised, but it’ll be fixed in 2018

Friday, December 8th, 2017

There was much celebration in the Android Police virtual HQ earlier this year when Googler Elliott Hughes revealed that the much-maligned "Check for update" button was getting an overhaul. After so many pointless presses, this button would finally do something on Pixel and Nexus devices. If there was an update available, the button would download it. However, this feature still isn't working. According to Hughes, the bug that broke this feature will be fixed in early 2018.

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The 'Check for update' button on Pixel/Nexus devices still isn't pulling the latest OTAs as promised, but it'll be fixed in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google fixes disabled bootloader unlock on Pixel 2 phones

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a Pixel, but for many, it's the unlockable bootloader that's most appealing. Imagine the disappointment when some Pixel 2 devices from the Google Store showed up without an unlockable bootloader. Google seems to have gotten right to work on the bug, and it's now fixed.

Having an unlockable bootloader means you can flash whatever you want to the phone. This is an option for all Pixel (and Nexus) phones, except for the ones sold by Verizon.

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Google fixes disabled bootloader unlock on Pixel 2 phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Skype Lite v1.25 fixes the ‘phantom call’ Bluetooth bug

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Some Android users have been irked by a mysterious "phantom call" bug in the last few weeks, and we recently tracked down the cause to Skype Lite. No one likes phantom calls. I mean, for one, that's spooky. And second, they steal audio focus. Skype has taken note of the error, and a new version of the app is rolling out with a fix.

The bug was a pretty frustrating one for those who connect to Bluetooth devices on a regular basis.

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Skype Lite v1.25 fixes the 'phantom call' Bluetooth bug was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The ‘phantom call’ Bluetooth bug in Oreo is probably caused by Skype Lite

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Google's history with Bluetooth is a bit rocky, but it looks like at least one Bluetooth bug in Oreo isn't entirely Google's fault. The so-called "phantom call" issue appears to be the result of a third-party app. Namely, Skype Lite. Uninstall that, and you should be all good.

The phantom call bug is an annoying one, so you'd probably know if it's been happening on your phone. After the Oreo update, some users reported their phones would spontaneously switch to a phone call when connecting to Bluetooth.

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The 'phantom call' Bluetooth bug in Oreo is probably caused by Skype Lite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Latest Google app beta update has a fix] Google Assistant on Pixel 2 is not detecting voice input through Bluetooth headphones

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Most owners of OG Pixels can attest that Bluetooth on those devices is not the best. We've written a fair few articles about the various issues over the past year, but with the launch of the new Pixels we were hopeful that Google might have improved things somewhat. While Bluetooth performance so far does seem to be more consistent, we've just learned about one particularly annoying bug that Pixel 2 owners have uncovered.

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[Update: Latest Google app beta update has a fix] Google Assistant on Pixel 2 is not detecting voice input through Bluetooth headphones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says fix for Pixel SMS issue will roll out with November security patches

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Reports of missing text messages on the original Pixel and Pixel XL began popping up as soon as the Oreo update rolled out several weeks back. Owners of affected devices collected their experiences in the Google Product Forums, and Google pledged to look into the matter. That was just a few days ago, and now Google says it's tracked own the cause. You can expect a fix soon.

This issue is a frustrating one for Pixel owners.

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Google says fix for Pixel SMS issue will roll out with November security patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Google has long maintained various reward programs for its own apps and services like Chrome and Android. However, most independent developers can't afford to run a similar program. Today, Google is stepping in to support Android app security with the Google Play Security Rewards Program. It's like Google's bug bounties, but for third-party apps.

Under the program, security researchers will be encouraged to hunt for vulnerabilities in popular Android apps on the Play Store.

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The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inbox email notifications are currently broken for some users

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

If there's one feature of an email client that everyone depends on, it's notifications. I mean, if you're receiving emails, it's kind of important to be informed about them, right? Sadly for many Google Inbox users at present, this isn't happening. Notifications for the Android app appear to be broken, and it's understandably making people mad.

  

Nearly all recent reviews for the app on the Google Play Store complain about this, as you can see from the images above, and user frustration is plain to see.

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Inbox email notifications are currently broken for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s October OTAs should fix Pixel spontaneous reboots

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Oreo update has gone smoothly for most Pixel owners, but it hasn't gone perfectly for everyone. Some Pixel owners have been plagued by reboot issues since that update, and the cause has been difficult to pin down. According to Google, the OTAs rolling out today on Pixel devices will stop the reboots, which have a few distinct causes.

Probably the most common reboot issue in Oreo is related to picture-in-picture with YouTube.

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Google's October OTAs should fix Pixel spontaneous reboots was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo settings app crashes for some when viewing Wi-Fi or mobile data usage

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Picture the scene: you're near your monthly data allowance and you want to check your usage to see what you should turn off to avoid some astronomical overuse charges. We've all been there. But imagine when you get there your settings app decides to give up the ghost, over and over again. That's been the situation for Artem the last couple of days, as you can see from the tweet below.

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Android 8.0 Oreo settings app crashes for some when viewing Wi-Fi or mobile data usage was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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