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Google is looking into Android 8.1 lockscreen swipe issues on Pixel devices

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

I'd wager that most owners of Pixel phones use the fingerprint sensors on the back to unlock their phones, but there are circumstances in which using the backup PIN, pattern, or password is necessary. Many Pixel owners, myself included, have noticed that it's become rather difficult to swipe the lockscreen up on Android 8.1 Oreo. Google is aware of the problem and is looking into it.

The most prominent issue is having to swipe all the way to the top of the screen to reveal the PIN/pattern/password input, but that seems to only be because it's the most-used action.

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Google is looking into Android 8.1 lockscreen swipe issues on Pixel devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts Nexus/Pixel system images and OTA files for January 2018 patches

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Google is getting an early start in 2018 by rolling out the monthly patches for Nexus and Pixel devices. The OTA files and full system images are available a few days earlier than usual, and devices should begin seeing updates in the not too distant future. It looks like several devices have two different builds available this month, so you'll have to grab the right one if you just can't wait.

As usual, the OTA files are live for those of you without an unlocked bootloader.

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Google posts Nexus/Pixel system images and OTA files for January 2018 patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in 2017

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Last August, I published a list of the most and least popular smartphones and tablets used on Android Police. That post was surprisingly popular - and I've had repeated requests for a follow-up. Now that well over a year has passed, I think the time is right for a new installment, and one spanning a far greater time period than the month-long data set I used to compile the last version.

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The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google has added text to the Pixel Launcher search box for some, and nobody wants it

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Google is no stranger to testing both warranted and unwarranted design changes in its apps on normal users, so this comes as no surprise. This time Google is testing a small change to the Pixel Launcher, but it's one that nobody asked for, and seemingly nobody wants it either.

Someone at Google must think that people need reminding what the search box does. Not content with putting it prominently within reach of everyone's thumb at the bottom of the launcher, Google is now toying with putting text inside that reads either "Search apps and web..." or simply "Search..." – just in case you had no idea what it's for.

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Google has added text to the Pixel Launcher search box for some, and nobody wants it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google seems to have locked the Pixel Launcher’s install count to ‘1-5’ in the Play Store [Update]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Pixel Launcher comes pre-installed on Pixel phones, but it's also listed in the Play Store for easy updates. However, Google appears to have made an unusual change to the app listing there. It no longer shows the actual number of installs. Instead, it's locked to the smallest "1-5" group.

There are two possibilities here.

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Google seems to have locked the Pixel Launcher's install count to '1-5' in the Play Store [Update] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel devices [APK Download]

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Google spent years working on the augmented reality hardware known as Tango. There have been two consumer phones with Tango so far, neither of which has been a great experience. However, the company recently showed off augmented reality content running on Pixel phones without Tango hardware. It didn't have a timeline for making AR stickers available, but today appears to be the day. An update to AR core has appeared in the Play Store and the AR Stickers app is live.

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Google's AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

One of the most basic and convenient features of life in Google's ecosystem is contacts sync. From email to phone numbers and Google+ profiles, you know that whatever platform you are on, you'll be able to reach out to the people you need to with a minimum of fuss. But for some this essential feature isn't working correctly, and contacts aren't being successfully synced to their Oreo-powered Android devices.

Reports are varied.

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Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 OTA files and factory images are now live

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Anxiously waiting for 8.1 to land? It would appear that today is the day. Google has just released both the OTA files for sideloading 8.1 and the requisite factory images. Intrepid Android enthusiasts can flash the update, though it is worth noting that the OTA files aren't currently working when sideloading from DP2 on at least one device. 

So far the OTA for 8.1 itself doesn't appear to be rolling out.

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Android 8.1 OTA files and factory images are now live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s December 2017 security bulletin is up, system updates go live tomorrow (December 5th)

Monday, December 4th, 2017

It's almost time for another round of updates to Google's Android devices. The currently supported Pixels and Nexus phones should begin seeing new builds tomorrow, but Google already has the latest security bulletin up to detail what's fixed in the new version. There don't appear to be any functional updates this month, though.

If you're interested in the full list of patches included in the December updates, you can see the Android security bulletin.

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Google's December 2017 security bulletin is up, system updates go live tomorrow (December 5th) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Latest Gmail and Maps versions have white/inverted nav bars on Android 8.1

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

White navigation bars are nothing new, with LG phones having had them as options for many years and Samsung recently making them the default to reduce burn-in on its Galaxy phones. Now they're becoming abundant in Google phones with the introduction of Android 8.1 Oreo, both for aesthetic effect and in an attempt to minimize burn-in. Their latest appearances on 8.1 are in Gmail and Maps, where they've found new homes.

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Latest Gmail and Maps versions have white/inverted nav bars on Android 8.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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