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Google News is using up several gigs of data for some users, resulting in overages for many

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A Google News bug has been making the rounds since early September, but has recently picked up steam and claimed many victims: the app is downloading tons of data in the background and causing overages for many users.

Although the first person to complain about the issue did so on September 1, it isn't until the 19th that the reports started multiplying. Some users are fortunate enough to have noticed it when it had only used 1.3GB of their data, others weren't just as lucky.

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Google News is using up several gigs of data for some users, resulting in overages for many was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The latest Messages 3.7 update is crashing constantly on Wear OS watches

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Messages 3.7 began rolling out a few days ago, and while the update brings some significant improvements on Android phones, notably the addition of contact sharing, it did something a lot less desirable on Wear OS. The app is now crashing constantly on smartwatches and can't even stay open for a second.

The widespread issue started creeping up five days ago with the rollout of Messages 3.7.049. Watches from all walks of life are seeing the problem, so this doesn't seem to be limited to a certain model, maker, or Wear OS version (whatever these are now).

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The latest Messages 3.7 update is crashing constantly on Wear OS watches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Messages 3.7 adds contact sharing, fully rolls out Automatic previews, and removes Smart Reply [APK Download]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Messages, the renamed Android Messages, has seen a few interesting changes in the past months. A new Material UI, a dark mode, and an overhauled search experience have rolled out to the app, and although today's update may not seem as groundbreaking, it's certainly quite useful as it finally lets you share contacts.

The changelog mentions sharing and adding contacts, which is new, as well as the automatic previews feature that rolled out with Messages 3.6.

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Messages 3.7 adds contact sharing, fully rolls out Automatic previews, and removes Smart Reply [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Lenovo gets it] Smart displays will soon get multi-room audio, Home View, improved device control, and more

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Google has just announced a "major" OTA update for all smart displays. Coming at the end of the month, the update will introduce some much-requested changes, such as multi-room audio grouping, as well as features shown off at the recent Made By Google event.

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[Update: Lenovo gets it] Smart displays will soon get multi-room audio, Home View, improved device control, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out to all Pixels] Google promises to fix camera bug resulting in unsaved photos

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A few nasty software bugs have been discovered on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, one of which causes some photos not to be saved. It's not entirely clear what triggers the bug in the first place, though there were reports of it affecting other Google-made phones too, like the Pixel 2 XL.

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[Update: Rolling out to all Pixels] Google promises to fix camera bug resulting in unsaved photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

We already knew that Google's Assistant UI would only work on the Pixel Stand. This decision by Google, while annoying, is understandable. Less understandable is the recent discovery that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will only wirelessly charge at 10W on the Pixel Stand, with all third-party wireless chargers limited to the much slower 5W.

A reader recently purchased a 10W Anker wireless charger to wirelessly fast charge his Pixel 3 with, only to discover that the phone was only getting a maximum of 500mA via the charging app Ampere.

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Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new Game of Thrones Chromebook marketing is kinda funny, but mostly cringey

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Last Friday (the 19th), the @Google account tweeted out that "Winter is coming for Chromebook..." together with a confusing video that showed a clip from Game of Thrones playing inside Slides on a Chromebook. The crossover event seems to have resolved as a new "White Walkers" page is now up on Google's Chromebook site. At first glance, it seems like an out-of-touch marketing effort, or a last minute attempt to use up acquired licensing, but parts of it are at least a little funny.

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Google’s new Game of Thrones Chromebook marketing is kinda funny, but mostly cringey was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google promises to fix camera bug resulting in unsaved photos

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A few nasty software bugs have been discovered on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, one of which causes some photos not to be saved. It's not entirely clear what triggers the bug in the first place, though there were reports of it affecting other Google-made phones too, like the Pixel 2 XL.

Whatever the root cause is, Google has promised it will be fixed "in the coming weeks." A Google spokesperson has provided us with the following statement:

"We will be rolling out a software update in the coming weeks to address the rare case of a photo not properly saving."

It's good to know that at least one of the Pixel 3's software bugs is already in the process of being fixed.

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Google promises to fix camera bug resulting in unsaved photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Another video, potential explanation] Pixel 3 could have a memory management issue that kills background apps

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Google's recent batch of Pixels aren't without their issues, and as more phones get in consumer's hands, new reports of problems surface. The latest controversy stems from the Pixel 3's apparent inability to shuffle more than a few apps at a time. In fact, taking a photo is apparently enough to kill Spotify if it's playing music in the background, and in our own tests cycling more than 3-4 apps can force some out of memory.

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[Update: Another video, potential explanation] Pixel 3 could have a memory management issue that kills background apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel 3 camera rolling out to Pixel 1 and 2, adds viewfinder to Wear OS watches

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

As we've previously covered, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have an updated Google Camera application. The new version has an iPhone-like sliding UI, support for capturing RAW images, a new panorama mode, and more. Not only does the update also add a viewfinder to your smartwatch, but it's also now rolling out to 2016 and 2017 Pixels.

We've received multiple reports that Google Camera 6.1 (which shipped on the Pixel 3/3 XL) is now rolling out to earlier Pixels on the Play Store.

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Pixel 3 camera rolling out to Pixel 1 and 2, adds viewfinder to Wear OS watches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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