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Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Many people, like myself, look at Google's phones for one specific reason: they have an easily unlocked bootloader. That means when software support runs dry, or you get the itch to root/ROM, you can modify things without having to compound any potential security concerns with additional issues like exploits or undocumented software. If that's your motivation, too, this news could be a small concern. Some Pixel 2s purchased directly from Google seem to have locked-down bootloaders. 

If last year's Pixels are anything to go by, typically it's just the Verizon models that have locked bootloaders, lending some credence to the theory going around that Google may have inadvertently shipped some Verizon models in place of its own unlocked SKU, though hardware IDs don't seem to agree.

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Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel 2’s muted mic issue may be fixed by blowing into the bottom speaker Nintendo-style

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Half the utility of a smartphone is obvious from its very name. At a minimum, it should be able to make calls, which requires a working mic and speaker. For some, half of that simple equation is missing when it comes to the Pixel 2 and its microphone. When making calls, it just doesn't work. The current workaround is straight out of an NES-equipped childhood: blow into it. 

The problem is straightforward.

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Pixel 2's muted mic issue may be fixed by blowing into the bottom speaker Nintendo-style was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Portrait mode is failing randomly for some Pixel 2 XLs when used in succession with burst mode

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Portrait mode is one of the things I'm most looking forward to trying on my Panda Pixel 2 XL — at least, when it finally ships sometime around Christmas. But it would appear that it might be bugging out in some circumstances. For some, photos taken in portrait mode are inexplicably registering as burst photos without any of the portrait mode magic being applied to them. 

The issue doesn't seem too widespread, but the specifics required to trigger it could be a limiting factor.

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Portrait mode is failing randomly for some Pixel 2 XLs when used in succession with burst mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some Pixel XL owners are having issues installing the October OTA, Google is looking into it

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

This October's update isn't just about security patches, it also has some much-needed Bluetooth fixes. Unfortunately, some of us are having trouble actually installing this latest OTA. The difficulty seems to fall into two basic categories: those who haven't yet unenrolled from the beta and can't see the update, and those who can see the update but can't install it. The former is an easy fix (just exit the beta), but for those of us in the latter camp, Google is looking into it. 

Both Android Police's Artem and I ran into this issue on our Pixel XLs, and according to statements on Google's Product Forums, we aren't alone.

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Some Pixel XL owners are having issues installing the October OTA, Google is looking into it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: More info, and a fix inbound] Mystery: Some Nexus Players on Android 8.0 Oreo are uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

If you've migrated your Nexus Player onto Android O, and you've noticed networking problems or sudden data cap issues, you're not alone. Some people, including our own Artem, have found that their Nexus Players are going a bit crazy, uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data for no apparent reason.

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[Update: More info, and a fix inbound] Mystery: Some Nexus Players on Android 8.0 Oreo are uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mystery: Some Nexus Players on Android 8.0 Oreo are uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data

Monday, September 11th, 2017

If you've migrated your Nexus Player onto Android O, and you've noticed networking problems or sudden data cap issues, you're not alone. Some people, including our own Artem, have found that their Nexus Players are going a bit crazy, uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data for no apparent reason.

There's not a lot of information we can offer about this problem. We don't know what it could possibly be uploading to take up so much space/bandwidth, where it's being sent, or why it's happening.

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Mystery: Some Nexus Players on Android 8.0 Oreo are uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SmartThings implements a fix for its recently buggy integration with Google Home

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

If you have a SmartThings hub and a Google Home, you may have noticed that the two haven't been playing nice together since July. The issue was brought to our attention when we covered the SmartThings Hub 50% off deal a couple of days ago, and as I understand it (I don't have an ST hub myself), it seems that many users noticed that devices added by SmartThings in Google Home either weren't operational anymore or that when they tried to do the integration for the first time, Google Home would import all their devices without giving them the choice to choose or exclude.

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SmartThings implements a fix for its recently buggy integration with Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Motorola’s Z2 Force may also have the so-called “jelly effect” popularized by the OnePlus 5

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

It seems like Motorola's latest just can't catch a break. Following the unfortunate news about the hardiness of the ShatterSheild display, it turns out there may be another problem with the screen. The Moto Z2 Force may also suffer from the "jelly" effect which results in a slight distortion of the screen on certain animations.

That should sound pretty familiar, as it's the same issue the OnePlus 5's display has.

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Motorola's Z2 Force may also have the so-called "jelly effect" popularized by the OnePlus 5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Motorola’s Z2 Force may also have the so-called “jelly effect” popularized by the OnePlus 5

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

It seems like Motorola's latest just can't catch a break. Following the unfortunate news about the hardiness of the ShatterSheild display, it turns out there may be another problem with the screen. The Moto Z2 Force may also suffer from the "jelly" effect which results in a slight distortion of the screen on certain animations.

That should sound pretty familiar, as it's the same issue the OnePlus 5's display has.

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Motorola's Z2 Force may also have the so-called "jelly effect" popularized by the OnePlus 5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[You jelly?] OnePlus acknowledges scrolling “jelly” effect on OnePlus 5 screen, says it’s normal

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

OnePlus has finally made a statement about the reported "jelly" display issues. We reached out to them yesterday about the problem, and today we received a response from the company. Unfortunately for any users suffering the strange display distortion, OnePlus has stated that the effect, while isolated, is apparently a result of "natural variance in screens."

The full statement provided by OnePlus is below.

The OnePlus 5 uses the same level of high-quality components as all OnePlus devices, including the AMOLED display.

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[You jelly?] OnePlus acknowledges scrolling "jelly" effect on OnePlus 5 screen, says it's normal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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