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The Android Pie update is causing problems for Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 users and today we want to take you through what you need to know about Android 9.0 Pie problems. In August, Google released its Android 9.0 Pie operating system. The update is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and […]

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The Android Pie update is causing problems for Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 users and today we want to take you through what you need to know about Android 9.0 Pie problems.

In August, Google released its Android 9.0 Pie operating system. The update is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. It also powers the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Unfortunately, it’s the end of the road for Google’s Nexus line. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will both stay put on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Android 9.0 Pie has also rolled out to the Essential Phone and OEMs like Samsung are finally pushing out their own version of the operating system.

The Android Pie update is exciting, but like all Android updates, it’s plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.

If you’re thinking about downloading the latest Android Pie update for your phone, you should be familiar with these issues before you install. This way you won’t be caught off guard.

If you’re already using the Android Pie update on your device you should be keeping an eye out for problems and reporting what you see to Google so it can improve the product in future updates.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android Pie problems, provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android Pie update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next.

Prepare for Your Android Pie Update

It’ll be tempting to install the latest version of Android Pie when it appears for your device. However, many of you will want to do some prep work before installing the new software on your phone. A little prep can go a long way toward preventing issues.

It’s difficult to predict what you might encounter once you install new software on your device. While some you will see a performance boost, others will run into performance issues and bugs. And this is precisely why you should take some steps before you install the latest Android 9.0 build on you device.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we typically use before we install Android software on our Pixel devices. It helped us get through the seemingly endless stream of new Android Oreo builds and it should help you prepare for your update.

If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on the pre-installation process, just make sure your files are all properly backed up before you transition from one version of Pie to another.

Data loss issues are rare, but you’ll want to make sure all of your bases are covered before you make the move.

Pixel Android Pie Problems

Google’s squashed a handful of bugs and performance issues, but problems continue to plague the company’s Pixel devices as we push into the new year.

Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the installation process, take a look at our guide. It’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

As we push away from the February security update’s release we’re also hearing about an assortment of other bugs and performance issues.

The list is growing and we expect complaints about Android Pie to continue to pickup as more Pixel users download and install the update.

The current list of complaints includes:

  • Bootloops
  • Lockups and freezes
  • Adaptive brightness issues
  • Disappearing home and recent buttons
  • Sound/volume problems
  • Fingerprint sensor issues
  • Various connectivity (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) problems
  • Bad battery life
  • Abnormal Battery drain when Adaptive Battery is turned on
  • Google Assistant voice match settings issues

Be on the lookout for fixes for these issues inside of an upcoming security update for Pixel devices.

How to Fix Pixel Android Pie Problems

If you run into Android Pie issues you can’t rely on Google to fix your problems. New builds won’t come every week and the next release will probably bring its own set of bugs and issues.

If you encounter a bug or performance issue on your phone you’ll need to be extremely proactive. Fortunately, there are a ton of resources out there.

Our broad list of fixes for the most common Android issues is a great place to start if you’re struggling on the software. We’ve also put together more specific guides to fixing Pixel issuesPixel 2 issues, and Pixel 3 problems.

Our guides will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with Wi-Fi, problems with Bluetooth, random reboots, and many other common problems.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, and there’s no guarantee you will, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum. XDA’s PixelPixel 2, and Pixel 3 forums are also excellent resources.

Where to Report Problems & Find Feedback

Android Pie users should keep an eye on feedback about the update as we push deeper into 2019.

We continue to see feedback about the Android Pie update emerge on social media sites like Twitter. We’re also seeing Pixel users share their thoughts about the update on sites like YouTube.

You’ll also find useful feedback emerge on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsXDA-Developers, and Android forums like Android Central Forums.

Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android Pie users.

If you run into an issue on your device you’ll want to report your issue to Google. You can do so via the company’s website or via the Pixel Help Forums.

What’s Next

Google released Android 8.1 Oreo in December, 2017 but we haven’t heard anything about Android 9.1 yet.

The only Android updates on our radar right now are the company’s monthly security patches. These updates often deliver bug fixes and we could see Google deliver essential bug fixes in the next release.

We expect the March security update to roll out early next month. Google typically rolls its security updates out on the first Monday of each month.

If you’re dealing with issues keep your eyes out for it. It might have essential bug fixes on board.

7 Things to Know About the December Nexus 5X Update

Nexus 5X December Update Impressions & Performance

Nexus 5X December Update Impressions & Performance

Before we get into an early look at the December Android 8.1 build's performance on the Nexus 5X, a few notes about the installation process. 

If you're currently running the latest Android 8.1 build, and we assume most of you are, it shouldn't take long to transition from the version you're currently running to the new build. It took us just a few minutes to get the software up and running on our Nexus 5X. 

We've been using the Nexus 5X's December Android 8.1 Oreo build for short time and the update is performing well in key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

We haven't noticed any major changes on our Nexus 5X since moving from the November build. That's a good thing. We didn't run into any major problems with last month's update.

Battery life continues to hold up nicely and we have yet to run into any horrible drain during our time on Android 8.1. If you do start to encounter battery life issues, take a look at our guide to fixing bad Android Oreo battery life.

We've been able to connect the Nexus 5X to multiple routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi. So far, the speeds are fast and reliable.

We've also successfully connected the Nexus 5X to several Bluetooth devices including headphones and speakers. 

The Nexus 5X in our possession feels pretty fast with the December build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

The December update feels stable on our version of the Nexus 5X. That said, if you're feeling leery, you should think about waiting for long-term feedback emerges. 

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Pixel February Android 9 Pie Update: What to Know https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-3-february-android-pie-update-whats-new/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-3-february-android-pie-update-whats-new/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 21:38:09 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=456738 Pixel February Android 9 Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Right on time Google’s monthly Pixel Android 9 Pie update is available, and here’s what owners need to know. We’ll go over what to expect, what’s new, what changed and more with this latest update. And show you how to download it today. Google releases monthly updates to improve security and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. And […]

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Pixel February Android 9 Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Right on time Google’s monthly Pixel Android 9 Pie update is available, and here’s what owners need to know. We’ll go over what to expect, what’s new, what changed and more with this latest update. And show you how to download it today.

Google releases monthly updates to improve security and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. And while every device will benefit from this round of updates, lately we’ve seen a lot of bug fixes for devices like the Pixel 3 in these small updates.

Basically, many Pixel owners will get a new version of Android this week. Keep in mind that older devices are no longer supported, like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. This is only for the Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and Pixel C family of devices.

Remember, even though they seem small, these are important updates that can affect your device and its performance and security. Like we see with every monthly update, we’re getting a few security enhancements, stability changes, and multiple critical security patches.

Supported Devices

  • Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel C Tablet

Pixel February Android Pie Update Details

Google released this new software on Monday, February 4th, and immediately released the update to users. Expect an over-the-air update notification today, or you can manually check in settings.

Google shared more information on the Android security bulletin, but oddly enough left the new Pixel bulletin mostly empty. However, we’ll highlight the most important stuff below for owners. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.

Typically, the point of these updates is to stay up-to-date on the latest security patches or exploits, then fix a few bugs if necessary. Late last year when the Pixel 3 first came out Google fixed a slew of problems in monthly updates, but now it looks like the February patch is all about security. Nothing really changed.

February Android Pie Update Bug Fixes

Google continues to take monthly updates very seriously, which is good to see. These are function updates, not just software tweaks. Again, this month all we’re really seeing is a round of patches and security improvements. Although Google could update the Pixel bulletin with more information.

For now, you can see that Google retroactively patched several versions of Android this month, not just the latest Android 9 Pie.

The Pixel December update fixed a SLEW of bugs and problems. So either Google didn’t change too much this month, or previous software upgrades squashed all the bugs and phones like the Pixel 3 XL are running smoothly here in 2019. That said, Google could just be putting all of its efforts into Android Q.

Download the February Pixel Update

If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. That said, we’re already seeing the update hit most devices, so we recommend waiting for the OTA instead of manually downloading the files.

  1. Download Factory Images
  2. Grab OTA Update Files
  3. Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
  4. Read the Android October Security Bulletin

When Will I Get the Update?

Once the announcements go online these updates typically arrive instantly, or within 24-48 hours. I already received it on my Pixel 3 XL, while my smaller Pixel 3 is still waiting for its arrival. You might be waiting a day or two, but most owners should have it before the end of the week.

I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel 3 XL on Android Pie. And yes, Google claims the “check for updates” button works now.

Other Details & What’s Next for the Pixel

Oddly enough, Google didn’t share any information this month about what changed for the Pixel 3. Typically the Pixel Update Bulletin page has all the details. This month it is empty. If they add to that site we’ll update this post with more information. Either way, you should still accept the February patch when it arrives.

In closing, expect an update on your Pixel 1, 2, or 3 devices in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. The only other device getting support is the Pixel C tablet. Nexus phones are no longer on the monthly security patch list.

And remember, this only applies to Google’s Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and more this doesn’t apply to you. Those devices are still slowly getting the Android 9 Pie update from their respective manufacturers.

So, get the latest February Android 9 Pie for your Pixel 3 and stay tuned for more details on Android Q in the near future.

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Macaulay Culkin Goes Home Alone Again With Google Assistant https://www.gottabemobile.com/macaulay-culkin-goes-home-alone-again-with-google-assistant/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/macaulay-culkin-goes-home-alone-again-with-google-assistant/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:15:09 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=454779 Macaulay Culkin Goes Home Alone Again With Google Assistant is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Home Alone is one of the best Christmas movies you can watch, and now you can re-live it with Macaulay Culkin and Google Assistant. The 38 year old actor goes back to the McCallister house, revisiting classic moments with the help of the Google Assistant on an Android phone and using a Google Home Hub to […]

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Macaulay Culkin Goes Home Alone Again With Google Assistant is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Home Alone is one of the best Christmas movies you can watch, and now you can re-live it with Macaulay Culkin and Google Assistant. The 38 year old actor goes back to the McCallister house, revisiting classic moments with the help of the Google Assistant on an Android phone and using a Google Home Hub to check his schedule and see the front door when the pizza guy shows up. There’s a Google Home Mini in the bedroom and again to set a routine into motion to scare off Harry and Marv.

In all Kevin uses Google Assistant on three devices in ways that tier into the movie. If you already have an Android Phone, you can start using Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google.” From there you can add items to a chopping list or set reminders.

With a Google Assistant enabled display like the Google Home Hub, or my favorite the Lenovo Smart Display, you can see who is at your door when you have a smart doorbell like the Nest Hello doorbell. You can also use Google Assistant on the Google Home Mini, phone or on a smart display to set the heat with Nest, Ecobee and many other smart thermostats.

What Macaulay Culkin needed to go Home Alone again and ward off the Wet Bandits with a smart home and Google Assistant.

What Macaulay Culkin needed to go Home Alone again and ward off the Wet Bandits with a smart home and Google Assistant.

At the end of the hilarious ad, we see Kevin trigger a routine called Operation Kevin that combines a number of actions into one command. In this case it;

  • Turns on a light
  • Locks the front door with an August lock
  • Turns on the fireplace
  • Starts playing Christmas music
  • Sends a robot vacuum on the move with a dance partner on top
  • Starts the toy train to give NBA player a tour of the room

You can do everything that Kevin does with Google Assistant and the right smart home accessories. You can check out our list of the best Smart home gadgets you can buy and out Smart home gift guide if you’re still shopping.

12 Best Smart Home Gadgets for 2019

Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant

The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is an awesome new way to use the Google Assistant in your home -- and with a screen. 

Essentially the Lenovo Smart Display is a vastly better version of Amazon Echo that looks like it should be in your home and with loads of features that Alexa doesn't deliver. 

The Smart Display is a Google Home with a screen, that comes in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. In addition to standard Google Assistant controls, you can also interact with touch, and you can see your results on the screen. This works great with YouTube and other video results, recipes, directions and other activities. 

The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in is $199 for the 8-inch model and $249 for the 10-inch model with Bamboo back. The Smart Display arrives in early Summer 2018. 

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15 Common Google Pixel Problems & How to Fix Them https://www.gottabemobile.com/15-common-google-pixel-problems-how-to-fix-them/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/15-common-google-pixel-problems-how-to-fix-them/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 23:21:33 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=357694 15 Common Google Pixel Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two great phones with a lot to offer. That said, these phones aren’t perfect, and being over two years old are starting to show signs of aging. In fact, problems continue to plague users around the world, even after the update to Android 9 Pie. As a result, we’ll […]

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15 Common Google Pixel Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two great phones with a lot to offer. That said, these phones aren’t perfect, and being over two years old are starting to show signs of aging. In fact, problems continue to plague users around the world, even after the update to Android 9 Pie. As a result, we’ll go over some of those problems and offer tips on how to fix them.

Read: 20 Best Google Pixel Cases

Recent updates have fixed a slew of problems, including a massive December Android Pie bug-fixing update, but it also added new issues. Like Bluetooth glitches, or the Pixel XL not charging properly in Android Pie. We’ll address that and more below.

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Some users are facing WiFi issues, microphone problems, and Bluetooth is still a complaint even after Android 9. There are complaints about lens flare or pink colors and a halo in photos from the 12.3 megapixel camera. Not to mention overheating, slow charging, XL not charging at all, poor GPS and more. There are even some random reports about the battery running out before it says its empty, or phones that stop working completely. If so, try this fix or read on for more details about any and all problems.

Google Pixel WiFi Problems

Just like we see with almost every smartphone on Android or iOS, a lot of users are complaining about WiFi. Whether that be speeds, drops or connectivity. Typically this is just a little glitch that is easily fixed.

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If you’re having issues with WiFi our first suggestion would be to turn it completely off, then back on. Slide down the notification bar and tap the WiFi quick-setting tile at the top. Then turn it back on and try to connect. If this still doesn’t help a quick reboot usually solves the problem.

That said, if you’re still experiencing Pixel WiFi problems it’s always a good idea to reset any home routers or modem. Another option is to head to Settings > WiFi and forget your wireless network. Then search again and reconnect, put in the password, and try it again. Android 8.1 had a lot of changes to WiFi, Google’s most recent Android Pie update has even more.

Pixel Bluetooth Problems

With so many different devices, brands, accessories and car makers we always see Bluetooth complaints. Personally, my Pixel never had a single issue until I updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. After it, we started seeing widespread complaints on Nexus and Pixel devices.

Some are reporting Bluetooth drops randomly, which has been a problem in the past. The biggest thing we’re seeing is connectivity in cars. Some just don’t want to keep the connection, or it turns itself off. We recommend deleting all Bluetooth pairings and starting over, for the best experience.

The official Android 8.0 Oreo update, then the January Android 8.1 Oreo update finally fixed Bluetooth once and for all. At least, that’s what Google said. We saw a slew of changes to Bluetooth, and most of the big complaints are gone. Google further refined that with Android Pie, so you shouldn’t have any major issues anymore. Try re-pairing all of your devices, and check for software updates on 3rd party stereos from Sony or Pioneer.

Pixel Camera Problems

Aside from the newer Pixel 2, the original Pixel has one of the best smartphone cameras around. It received high scores from independent reviews, and most owners love it. Sadly, there is a small hardware issue with ALL Pixel phones, but early on Google made changes to fix it. Basically, this is a non-issue.

We’re talking about lens flare, which happens on all cameras, especially expensive DSLR’s. That’s why big lenses come with hoods to block out reflecting light. Some users are seeing a flare of light in photos, or a ring. Many use this for artistic purposes, but it’s happening more than it should on Pixel.

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This is due to a variety of reasons, and Google promises that it’s nothing to worry about. Personally, out of over 300 photos, only two of mine experienced this in just the right situation. I’ve yet to notice it since.

If photos are blurry make sure to enable HDR+ and try wiping the camera lens free of any fingerprints. Google released an update in 2016 that fixed the camera, and most don’t have this issue anymore.

Another problem is international models in poor signal areas (no 4G LTE) have a weird camera glitch or artifacts on the display. The Google Support forum has multiple complaints about the camera freezing, artifacts, and blocks on the screen or even pink and purple colors appearing and ruining photos. This is a small limited problem that only happened in specific scenarios. Read all about Google’s fix at the Google product forum.

Pixel Microphone Problems

Our microphone on two Pixel XL devices work just fine, but this Reddit thread is full of complaints. Apparently, sometimes the microphone just stops working or acts funny. This is an issue we’re not hearing too much about, but some have received replacements over the situation. In fact, if your microphone stops working Google will likely replace your phone.

We recommend starting a phone call to voicemail and turning speakerphone on and back off. That should toggle the microphone and fix any issues. Another idea is to perform a factory data reset, although that will erase everything from your device. Those with microphone problems may want to get a replacement. Are you facing problems with this? Let us know.

While not the microphone, there is another problem with sound. Multiple owners have confirmed at loud volumes the speaker gets scratchy and there’s some sort of audio problems. Some have even received replacement devices as a result. We have good news, the Android 7.1.2 update fixes Pixel audio problems. Google confirmed this was one of many fixes too. They made further adjustments to audio in Android 8.1 for the original Pixel, and the new Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel Overheating

Every smartphone gets hot while charging, especially using the fast rapid charging technology with USB Type-C. Because of the issues Samsung faced recently, all users are getting worried about a hot phone, when they shouldn’t. There is nothing to worry about with your Pixel.

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It’s what allows our phone to charge from 0-50% in about 20 minutes, and gives the Pixel amazing battery life. Fast charging is a great feature although the phone may get a little hot while charging. Especially if you are gaming or using navigation at the same time.

We recommend just using one of the great cases we linked to at the top of the page, and you won’t feel the charging heat. At the same time, there could be an app misbehaving that is causing the device to stay awake. Thus using too much power and heating things up. Head to Settings > Battery > and see if anything suspicious is at the top of the list. If so, uninstall it and contact the developer.

Bootloops After Update

If your phone is rebooting over and over again following a recent update, we have a potential fix. This can happen for several different reasons, especially if you don’t have enough battery for it to finish the process. If you’re dealing with bootloops turn off the phone or wait for it to reboot. Once it does, press and hold the power button and when you see the Android logo press and hold volume down.

You’ll see a notification to “boot into safe mode” and you’ll want to press ok. You should see safe mode at the bottom. From here make sure everything works and that apps aren’t crashing. A specific app could be part of your problem. Uninstall any new apps, look for updates again, and reboot your phone.

If you still can’t get the bootloops to stop boot back into safe mode. Now, go to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset and erase your phone. It’s a bummer, but starting over and erasing everything is better than having a phone that doesn’t work at all. This usually fixes whatever caused the random reboots.

Pixel Notification LED Light Missing

Most Android smartphones have a notification LED light near the top that blinks for incoming calls, texts or notifications. It’s something many Samsung users love. We’ve received a lot of questions about why the Pixel doesn’t have one.

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Google disabled the Pixel Notification LED out of the box, but we can turn it back on.

It does though, it’s just disabled by default. Follow this guide to enable the notification LED, and customize it with an app called Light Flow for the best experience. The phone uses a feature called Ambient Display, but some users prefer the old style. Carry on.

Pixel Battery Life Problems

In our testing, the Google Pixel XL still has some of the best battery life, even if they’re over a year old. Pair the 5.5-inch screen with its huge 3,450 mAh battery and it should last everyone an entire day if not more.

As with every phone, because everyone uses them differently, some are having problems with poor battery life. This could be due to a lot of things but is likely an app that isn’t working right with the Android Oreo update. We recommend customizing location settings, turning the screen brightness down to around 40% or automatic, and closing big apps you no longer need. The phone is almost 2 years old, so battery degradation could also be a factor.

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However, the best route is to head into settings and make sure an app isn’t draining your juice. Head to Settings > Battery and see what’s at the top of the list. Typically Android system, Android OS, or the screen is at the top. If there’s an app at the top, something isn’t right. Uninstall it, disable the app, or tap on it and hit “Force Close” to kill an app that’s draining the battery.

We also recommend setting up Battery Saver modes when you’re in a pinch and need extra juice.

Furthermore, a big update in May of this year fixed a few potential charging problems. If you were on the Android P beta you missed those. That said, they’re in the final Android 9 update so you shouldn’t be experiencing anything anymore.

Fingerprint Scanner Problems

The Google Pixel has one of the fastest, most accurate, and easiest to use fingerprint scanners. That said, if you didn’t set it up right or saved a print before adding a case, it might not work 100% of the time.

If so, try going into settings and deleting any saved fingerprints and redoing the process to set it up. If you’ve installed a case the angle could be slightly different, so again we recommend redoing the entire process. Make sure the scanner is clean and free of dirt, and same goes for your fingertips.

On a semi-related note, previous Nexus devices had a feature where the screen would turn on when the device is picked up. So you don’t have to constantly tap the scanner on the back. This was left out of the Pixel software at launch but Google added it in recent software updates. Find this under display settings.

Pixel XL Android Pie Charging Problems

For whatever reason Google continues to face problems with charging on the Pixel and XL. Now that the Pixel XL has Android 9 Pie we’re seeing reports about quick charging, and how it doesn’t work. Basically, this is what lets the phone go from 0-50% in around 25-30 minutes.

After Android Pie users are no longer seeing “Charging Rapidly” no matter what charger or device they’re using. Even the official USB Type-C with Power Delivery charger that came in the box. Sometimes phones charge at full speed, other times it’s extremely slow.

We have good news. The October 1st Pixel update will reportedly fix charging issues once and for all. Google is sending out the latest October security patch to multiple devices and it specifically mentions charging. So, check for updates and hopefully you get that battery full faster than before.

Pixel Android 9 Pie Problems & Fixes

Our list of fixes will help you with just about any situation. That said, if you’re looking for information specific to Android 9 Pie on the Pixel or Pixel XL click here. We put together a guide on Android 9 problems and fixes. While you’re at it, this comparison will show you everything that’s new in the latest software for your phone.

At the beginning of each month Google releases software updates. In December 2018 Pixel owners received a slew of bug fixes, and we’re expecting even more in January and February as the launch of Android Q nears.

General Bugs & Problems

Another problem is the Pixel and Pixel XL keep freezing for users. The June Android Nougat update fixed it, according to Google. That said, we started seeing this complaint pop up again after the update to Android 8.1 Oreo in December, followed by more with Android Pie. Are you experiencing any freezing? If so, make sure you’re running the latest August Android 9 update for your phone. Then, look out for the October patch with more stability.

Of course, some users may have other small problems here and there. Like screen glitches or rotation, lag, app crashes, or other minor things that can often be solved by a simple reboot. Actually, most problems I get asked about daily are often solved by a reboot.

Owners can easily reboot the phone by long-pressing the power button, and hit “restart”. It will quickly turn off and restart back to how it was before the problems. You shouldn’t need to do this often.

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If the Pixel is completely frozen, do a hard reset. Simply press and hold both power and volume up at the same time, and hold for about 10 seconds until it reboots. This will fix any issue with a frozen or unresponsive device, then make sure you’re running the latest Android release.

Pixel Missing Text Messages Problem

Another common complaint for Pixel owners is the missing text messages thing. For whatever reason SMS messages fail, don’t send, or don’t come in like they should. Having text message problems is extremely frustrating. And now, we’re seeing Gboard typing problems on top of that.

For more information on this problem and what to expect click here. The December 8.1 release added a fix for the KRACK exploit, solved the missing text bug, and overall text reliability. Basically, you shouldn’t be dealing with this anymore. If so, it’s likely something else causing it.

Pixel Factory Data Reset

Last but not least is a factory data reset. This is the last resort, as it will erase all user data, apps, messages, and content from the phone. This typically fixes any major issues, software problems and more. It will revert the Pixel back to the stock out of the box state.

This is the best route to take for any big problems, and actually something I do after every major software update for a fresh start. Keep in mind it erases everything on the phone. Backup all data using many of the tools available, then follow the steps below wipe out your phone.

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Head into Settings by pulling down the notification bar and hitting the gear-shaped icon near the top. In settings scroll down to Backup & reset and then tap Factory Data Reset. The phone will reboot a few times, erase everything, and boot up fresh and ready to go.

Expect more changes and bug fixes to arrive with each monthly update, or with the big Android P release later this summer.

What Next?

After trying some of these fixes are you still having problems? Let us know in the comment section below.

So what’s next? That of course, is the first few big bug-fixing updates to Android 9 Pie in January or February. Google released Android 9 in early August after a long beta period. And while they had plenty of time to test things, once millions of people got the update more issues emerged. Now that they have, Google will quickly address any and all of them. Like the charging fix in the October patch, and the WiFi issues in the December patch.

Additionally, if there are too many problems we could see Google release Android 9.0.1 or even Android 9.1, but we don’t expect to see that until early 2019, if at all. Stay tuned for more details and good luck.

10 Best Google Pixel Screen Protectors

InvisibleShield Glass for Pixel XL

InvisibleShield Glass for Pixel XL

 Zagg is a pioneer when it comes to screen protectors. Being one of the first years ago to offer durable and safe protection for our phones. And they continue to do so in 2016. This is an InvisibleShield Glass screen protector made of hardened, re-inforced and strengthened glass just like what comes on the phone. From the company behind Zagg. 

It's extremely resistant to scratches and damage just like the stock Gorilla Glass on the Pizel, and will act as a second layer of protection. If for whatever reason it gets a scratch, chip or crack, remove it and the phone is as good as new. Zagg is one of a few brands we always turn to for screen protection.

Reviews suggest it doesn't cover the entire screen, which is by design as the glass has a slight curve on the edges. This is to prevent the "halo" effect many see on iPhones. It also makes the screen protector case friendly so it doesn't get pulled up and wasted. Keep that in mind before ordering. 

Buy it Now from Verizon for $39.99

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Pixel December Android Pie Update: What to Know https://www.gottabemobile.com/nexus-pixel-december-android-pie-update-bug-fixes/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/nexus-pixel-december-android-pie-update-bug-fixes/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:07:22 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=453914 Pixel December Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The December Android Pie update is now available for Google Pixel devices and Oreo for Nexus users, and here’s what owners need to know. We’ll go over what to expect, what’s new, what changed and more with this new software. Including links to manually download it today. Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a […]

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Pixel December Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The December Android Pie update is now available for Google Pixel devices and Oreo for Nexus users, and here’s what owners need to know. We’ll go over what to expect, what’s new, what changed and more with this new software. Including links to manually download it today.

Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. And while every device will benefit from this round of updates, the December Pixel 3 Android Pie update is massive.

Basically, many Pixel & Nexus owners will get an updated version of Android this week. Keep in mind that some older devices are no longer supported, or are only getting Android 8.1 Oreo while newer phones receive Android Pie updates and stability enhancements.

This is an important update that will affect your device and its performance. Most notably, those with the Pixel 3 XL. Like we see with updates at the beginning of each month, we’re getting a few security enhancements, stability changes, and multiple critical security patches, plus a few bug fixes.

Supported Devices

  • Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (Android Oreo)
  • Pixel C Tablet

Pixel December Android Pie Update Details

Right on time, Google confirmed the update on Monday, December 3rd, and immediately released the update to users and for developers. OTA updates arrived the same day. However, the Pixel 1 update and factory images didn’t go out until later in the week.

Google shared more information on the Android security bulletin, as well as the Pixel/Nexus security page with details on every single change. However, we’ll highlight the most important stuff below for owners. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.

Google’s main effort is security here, and lately, they’re patching a lot of bugs or problems. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are still new so they’re taking this opportunity to fix a slew of issues. From camera performance, memory problems, always-on display issues and more. That’s on top of all the usual security patches and extra protection.

December Android Pie Update Bug Fixes

Google continues to take monthly updates very seriously, which is good to see. These are function updates, not just software tweaks. And while we found a bunch of minor security exploit patches, it’s the huge bug-fixing list that owners need to pay attention too. Basically, you’ll want this update ASAP.

While it’s no secret that the Pixel 3 has more than a few problems, they’re almost all getting addressed today. This is an impressively massive list of bug fixes. More than we’ve ever seen from Google in one monthly software upgrade. If you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 (or XL versions) this is a great update.

The most notable changes are improvements are to the camera or shutter performance, audio improvements, USB-C device detection, and improved memory performance. The memory issue is the biggest complaint for the Pixel 3, so expect vastly better performance and multitasking after the December update.

As you can see, most of these changes are for the Pixel 2/2XL and the Pixel 3/3XL both.

Download the December Nexus & Pixel Updates

If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Nexus or Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. That said, we’re already seeing the update hit most devices, so we recommend waiting for the OTA instead of manually downloading the files.

  1. Download Factory Images
  2. Grab OTA Update Files
  3. Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
  4. Read the Android October Security Bulletin

When Will I Get the Update?

Google usually delivers these updates right away, or within 24-48 hours of the announcement. So while my smaller Pixel 3 and my old Pixel XL both got it the afternoon of December 3rd, some may end up waiting a few days. We recommend waiting, or you can get it from the links above.

I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel 3 on Android Pie.

My original Pixel XL didn’t get the update until December 7th.

Other Details & What’s Next for Nexus/Pixel Owners?

In closing, this update is extremely good news for Nexus and Pixel owners, but mainly those with the new Pixel 2/3 or Pixel 3 XL. It finally fixed some major memory management issues, sound problems, and a variety of other complaints. Just like we knew it would.

Essentially, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. And remember, this only applies to Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, or Motorola, this doesn’t apply to you. They are still waiting for the original Android Pie update and probably won’t see it until 2019, unless you join a beta program.

So what’s next? Well, Google released Android 9 Pie in August, and we could see Android 9.0.1 or 9.1 at some point in early 2019. That said, the company could jump right to Android 9.1 Q in March with a new developer preview, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, a few more updates will arrive in January, February, and March as Google starts work on the next milestone software release.

If you’re still experiencing issues on Oreo with a Nexus device you should check out this post for more help. Or, we have some Pixel Android 9 specific fixes and advice too. For now, stay tuned for more details and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns about this December Android Pie update.

Pixel December Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Pixel November Android Pie Update: What to Know https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-3-november-android-pie-update-what-to-know/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-3-november-android-pie-update-what-to-know/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:50:37 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=452387 Pixel November Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In early November Google released its latest Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. That being Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus devices. This is the first Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Pie update, and here’s what you need to know. Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. […]

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Pixel November Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In early November Google released its latest Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. That being Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus devices. This is the first Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Pie update, and here’s what you need to know.

Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. This month Google added some important fixes for all Pixel devices.

Many Pixel & Nexus owners will get an updated version of Android this week. Keep in mind that some older devices are no longer supported, or are only getting Android 8.1 Oreo while newer phones receive Android Pie updates and stability enhancements.

Update: After a short delay, Google released the November Android 9 Pie update for the original Pixel and Pixel XL on November 19th. We’re not sure what the hold-up was, but we’re assuming they fixed some critical bugs. As of November 20th, all 3 years of Pixel phones should have the November Android Pie update.

This is an important update that will affect your device and its performance. Especially the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL. This month we’re seeing a few security enhancements, stability changes, and multiple critical security patches, plus a few bug fixes.

Supported Devices

  • Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (Android Oreo)
  • Pixel C Tablet

Pixel November Android Pie Update Details

Right on time, Google confirmed the update on Monday, November 5th, and immediately released the update and released the files for developers. My Pixel 3 got it early on November 5th, but it took until the 19th for the original Pixel XL.

Google shared more information on the Android security bulletin, as well as the Pixel/Nexus security page detailing everything for those interested. Plus, we’ll highlight the important parts below. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.

Unfortunately, we’re not seeing anything major in this update that will fix the slew of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL problems users are dealing with. That said, we’re expecting multiple fixes in the December update, once Google has time to address them.

That said, Google’s main effort is security here, and only occasionally do they patch bugs. We could get a separate update for the Pixel 3 XL specifically.

November Android Pie Update Fixes & Patches

Google continues to take monthly updates very seriously, which is good to see. For most of 2018, the company added a slew of bug fixes in with these security updates. Function updates, not just software tweaks. And while we found a bunch of minor security exploit patches, it’s the small bug fixes that are important.

In October Google fixed the fast and wireless charging problems, and the stability in Android Auto. This month, we’re seeing huge changes to Android’s picture-in-picture feature, improved key generation requests, and tons of stability improvements for notifications as a whole.

Download the November Nexus & Pixel Pie Updates

If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Nexus or Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. Or, read more information about each one of these changes.

  1. Download Factory Images
  2. Grab OTA Update Files
  3. Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
  4. Read the Android October Security Bulletin

When Will I Get the Update?

At this point, almost everyone should already be on the November release. The only exception to that is Pixel and Pixel XL owners, as it got delayed until the 19th. That said, your original Pixel should get the November release today, or by the end of the week at the latest. Google is usually fast to deliver updates, or you can manually download and install it yourself as we speak with the links above.

I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel 3 on Android Pie.

Other Details & What’s Next for Nexus/Pixel Owners?

In closing, it looks like Pixel 3 owners will have to wait until the December Android Pie update to fix memory management issues, sound problems, and other complaints. Those with older devices are all good, and simply will see improvements and enhanced security.

Essentially, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. And remember, this only applies to Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, or Motorola, this doesn’t apply to you. They are still waiting for the original Android Pie update and probably won’t see it until 2019.

So what’s next? Well, Google released Android 9 Pie in August, and we’re expecting some sort of maintenance update (or MR release) within the next two months. We’re not sure if it’ll remain Android 9, or go to something like 9.0.1 or 9.1 Pie. Either way, an update should be coming to squash any early bugs from this new software. In the meantime, take a peek at our list of problems/fixes below.

Read: 15 Common Pixel 2 XL Problems & How to Fix Them

Those experiencing issues on Oreo should check out this post for more help. Or, we have some Pixel Android 9 specific fixes and advice right here. For now, stay tuned for more details and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns about the November Nexus and Pixel Android Oreo/Pie update.

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All the Pixel 3 Features Coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 https://www.gottabemobile.com/what-pixel-3-features-are-coming-to-older-pixel-2-xl/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/what-pixel-3-features-are-coming-to-older-pixel-2-xl/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:15:16 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=450690 All the Pixel 3 Features Coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Most of the best new Google Pixel 3 features are coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 XL. In fact, several of them are available as we speak on your older phone. In this guide we’ll explain each of Google’s neat new features, tell you which older Pixel devices will get it, and when. Including […]

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All the Pixel 3 Features Coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Most of the best new Google Pixel 3 features are coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 XL. In fact, several of them are available as we speak on your older phone. In this guide we’ll explain each of Google’s neat new features, tell you which older Pixel devices will get it, and when. Including the new Night Sight camera or Call Screening using artificial intelligence.

While some of the new stuff is exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, or just aspects of Android Pie, a lot of these features will roll out to other Pixel phones. You don’t need to spend $800-$900 on a Pixel 3 to get these sweet new camera tricks.

  • Call Screen will answer phone calls, transcribe it, and let you decide to join in or hang up
  • Google Duplex brings AI smarts to your phone and makes calls for you (like dinner reservations)
  • Night Sight uses machine learning to take great photos so you’ll never have to use the flash again
  • Playground and AR blends the real world with lifelike characters right on your screen

Google didn’t share a list of every feature older Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will get, or when they’re coming. What we do know though, is that several exciting new features or camera enhancements will arrive via software updates in the coming weeks, if they haven’t already.

Call Screen & Google Duplex

Earlier this year Google announced Duplex, AI smarts built into the Google Assistant. You surely saw a video of Duplex making phone calls and dinner reservations for you, and it was so amazing it’s almost creepy. And while Duplex is still coming out later this year, another part of Duplex known as Call Screen looks awesome. As of November 15th, this is available for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3.

  • Coming to both Pixel and Pixel 2 devices

Get ready for Call Screen to answer phone calls for you, transcribe conversation, and let you know if the call is worth answering or not. You can take over and pick up, hang up, or report the caller as spam. Here’s a screenshot of this working on the Pixel 2 XL. We expect the original Pixel to get it too.

Even if you do know the number calling, this is a great way to decide if an incoming call and conversation are important enough to answer while you’re busy at work. Then, the full Duplex feature set will roll out city-by-city in November and December.

Night Sight (Google Camera)

We’ve seen “Night Mode” options on smartphone cameras for years and years, but Google’s new Night Sight takes it to an entirely new level. No more glowing or red eyes, terrible shadows, and lack of detail. Here’s a photo from Google’s press event comparing its new Night Sight to the iPhone Xs. Now that Night Sight is available, we’re happy to confirm that the results below are REAL. Night Sight is amazing.

  • Coming to both Pixel and Pixel 2 devices (Available now)

As you can see, the photo still looks like the environment isn’t all that bright, but the difference between the two is incredible. Google went as far as to claim you’ll never need to use a camera flash again. Not on the Pixel 3 or even the older Pixel 2.

Download: Google Camera

Without getting all technical, Night Sight is basically using Google’s advanced machine learning to enhance low-light photographs in subtle yet highly accurate ways. There are likely a few different things at play here, including the phone taking several photos and stitching them together. It’s like Night Mode, HDR, and AI blend together into one powerful camera mode.

This is available now for all Pixel devices, and people love it. Get it yourself with the link above.

Playground and Augmented Reality

Google’s new Playground brings some awesome AR elements to the Pixel phone and camera. In fact, these are an upgrade over the ‘AR stickers’ that many enjoyed last year.

  • Coming to both Pixel and Pixel 2 devices

With Playground, the characters have a natural lifelike feel that’s really impressive. Characters like Iron-Man and the Hulk from Marvel movies, or even Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) can now respond to your actions and facial expressions right on the screen. They’ll even interact with each other.

This is basically AR Stickers on steroids. The Playground characters have appropriate lighting and shadows and look so real it’s quite amazing. There are also new packs for Weather, Pets, Sports, and Signs coming soon. Google Lens is getting better too.

These are available right now for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, and likely the original Pixel before the end of November. They should be inside the Google Camera app or get it right here.

Motion Auto Focus

While it wasn’t mentioned up on stage by Google, the official Google Camera v6.1 has more than Night Sight and a few other things hiding inside. Another new feature likely coming to the Pixel 1, 2, and 3 is Motion Auto Focus.

  • Coming to both Pixel and Pixel 2 devices

Tapping on a subject in the viewfinder will tell the Pixel camera to keep track of the in-motion objects. Whether that’s their own movement or if the person holding the phone moves to adjust or better frame a shot. A white circle will lock-in on the subject. We’re also seeing hints of a new PhotoBooth and Super-Res zoom features, but we’re not sure if they’ll actually come to older Pixel devices. Most likely some of the more advanced features like depth effects and Super-Res will work on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3, but not the original Pixel.

Gmail Smart Compose

Another thing we’re expecting on the original Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is Gmail’s new Smart Compose tools. This new feature, like many others, uses Google’s efforts in machine learning to predict what you want, need, or should say while replying and typing an email.

  • Coming to both Pixel and Pixel 2 devices

Basically, it’s like predictive text for Gmail conversations. It’s available in the all-new Gmail, and on the Pixel 3 first, then eventually older Pixel phones will get it. Not to mention other Android devices in 2019.

Top Shot (Maybe)

Last but not least, we want to talk about the Pixel 3’s best new camera feature — Top Shot. While Google didn’t specifically say up on stage that it’s coming to older devices like the Pixel 2, we have a sneaking suspicion that it will eventually.

Top shot is like Motion Photos or Apple’s Live Photo, but more useful. It’ll take tons of photos in rapid succession, then detect the best photo for you automatically. Just watch the video below to get blown away by Google’s AI.

The idea here is that Google’s camera uses AI and machine learning to screen out any photos where a subject might have their eyes closed or be making a weird face unintentionally, choosing “smiles instead of sneezes” and offers you the best photo automatically. You don’t have to scroll through the list like the video, it does it for you. Users don’t have to look through all of the photos, but you can if you want.

Again, everything in this post will come to your older Pixel devices in the coming weeks or sometime this month, except for Top Shot. However, it’s all software-based, so we’re hopeful it’ll arrive at some point down the road. You can already enjoy Night Sight and Call Screen on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Some of the other features like Group Selfie require new hardware, like dual front cameras, and are exclusive to the Pixel 3. We’ll update this post as Google continues to deliver the best Pixel 3 features to the Pixel and Pixel 2.

All the Pixel 3 Features Coming to the Pixel and Pixel 2 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Pixel October Android Pie Update: What to Know https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-october-android-pie-update-what-to-know/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-october-android-pie-update-what-to-know/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 23:08:35 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=450120 Pixel October Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This week Google released its monthly October Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. Only now its Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus phones. Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. This month Google added some important fixes for the Pixel and Pixel 2 on Android 9. […]

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Pixel October Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This week Google released its monthly October Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. Only now its Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus phones. Each month these updates improve security, and occasionally fix a few bugs or problems. This month Google added some important fixes for the Pixel and Pixel 2 on Android 9.

With the Pixel and Pixel 2 October Android Pie update rolling out as of October 2nd, owners will want to know what to expect. In addition to the latest security, you’ll get fixes for Bluetooth and charging.

Read: What’s New in Android Pie: Everything to Know

Many Pixel & Nexus owners will get an updated version of Android this week. And remember, older devices like the Nexus 5 and Nexus Player are no longer supported. Instead, the Nexus 5X and 6P are getting Android 8.1 while newer devices are the second monthly patch to Android 9 Pie.

Either way, this is an important update that could affect your device and its performance. For October, we’re seeing new security enhancements and multiple critical security patches, then a few bug fixes. The most important change is Google fixed the fast charging and no charging problems of the Google Pixel since getting the Android Pie release.

Supported Devices

  • Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (Android Oreo)
  • Pixel C Tablet

Pixel October Android Pie Update Details

Google confirmed the update on Monday, October 1st, and immediately posted the files for developers to manually install the latest software. As expected, most users received the over-the-air update notification within 24-48 hours. I got mine the night of October 1st on the original Pixel XL.

Google refreshed the Android security bulletin, as well as the Pixel/Nexus security page with all the details for those interested in digging deeper into the changelog. Then, we’ll highlight the important bits below. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.

As expected, we aren’t seeing anything too crazy or major in this monthly release. Again, Google’s main effort is security, and occasionally they patch a few bugs or problems while they’re at it. Typically, there are at least 30+ changes, but this month is very light. As a bonus, that means Google’s doing a good job keeping our smartphones safe.

Before we get into all the changes, we want to suggest you skip manually installing the update. Being such a small software release it’s not worth the risk. Instead, simply wait for Google to send the over-the-air update files to your phone or tablet if you didn’t get it already.

October Android Pie Update Fixes & Patches

Lately, Google is taking monthly updates very seriously. For most of 2018, Google added a slew of bug fixes in with these security updates. Function updates, not just software tweaks. And while we found a bunch of minor patches, it’s the small bug fixes that are important.

This is the second monthly patch to Android Pie so we expected a lot of small changes. However, Google only patched four things. The most important one is the “improved fast-charging behavior for Pixel devices”. It isn’t just a small fix, but it makes Pixel phones recharge in around 90 minutes, instead of taking over 3-hours. This is a big fix, and it should have arrived way faster. Then we’re seeing performance, Android Auto, and call screen behavior changes.

Download Nexus & Pixel October Updates

If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Nexus or Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. Or, read more information about each one of these changes.

  1. Download Factory Images
  2. Grab OTA Update Files
  3. Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
  4. Read the Android October Security Bulletin

When Will the Update Arrive?

We’re expecting the update within the next 24-48 hours. Google is always fast to deliver updates, or you can manually download and install it yourself as we speak with the links above.

Some users may choose to manually download the files and update to the October Oreo or Pie release themselves. However, we recommend waiting for Google’s OTA update notification to arrive instead. It’s easier that way. I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel XL on Android Pie.

Other Details & What’s Next for Nexus/Pixel Owners?

In closing, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. Remember, this only applies to Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, or Motorola, this doesn’t apply to you. They’re still waiting for the original Android Pie update, and probably won’t see it until 2019.

So what’s next? Well, Google released Android 9 Pie in August, and we’re expecting some sort of maintenance update within the next few months. We’re not sure if it’ll remain Android 9, or go to something like 9.0.1 or 9.1 Pie. Either way, an update should be coming to squash any early bugs from this new software. In the meantime, look at our list of problems/fixes below.

Read: 15 Common Pixel 2 XL Problems & How to Fix Them

Those experiencing issues on Oreo should check out this post for more help. Or, we have some Pixel Android 9 specific fixes and advice right here. Otherwise, stay tuned for more details and drop a comment below with any questions or concerns about the October Nexus and Pixel Android Oreo and Pie software. Once you get it, make sure fast “rapid charging” works.

Pixel October Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Google Pixel 3: 5 Features We Want Next https://www.gottabemobile.com/google-pixel-3-xl-5-features-we-want-next/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/google-pixel-3-xl-5-features-we-want-next/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:12:50 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=440462 Google Pixel 3: 5 Features We Want Next is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is still one of the best Android phones you can buy, but it’s not perfect. Things can always improve. As we inch toward the launch of Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we want to go over a few features we want next. In fact, these are features we […]

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Google Pixel 3: 5 Features We Want Next is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is still one of the best Android phones you can buy, but it’s not perfect. Things can always improve. As we inch toward the launch of Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we want to go over a few features we want next. In fact, these are features we think the phone needs, not just what buyers want.

With leaks and rumors are everywhere, we already know almost everything about these phones. Not to mention Google already confirmed an October 9th launch event.

Google’s Pixel 3 will build on the success of the Pixel 2. That means a big, beautiful display, paired with clean and fast software. Not to mention better cameras, louder speakers, improved water-resistance and more.

Now that Google owns most of HTC’s smartphone division we’re expecting good things from the Pixel 3 XL. That said, a few leaks suggest it might not be as great as we expected, or as we detailed below. Either way, here are the changes we want or need to see.

Better Retail Availability and Presence

We know Google’s new Pixel 3 for 2018 will be a great phone. There’s no question about that. The biggest problem for the Pixel 2 was that it’s only available unlocked or on Verizon Wireless. That cuts out millions of potential buyers on other carriers.

I buy my phones unlocked, but most people don’t. Most buyers want to go into AT&T or T-Mobile and feel the phone first. Try it out, see if it’s big enough (or too big) and use features like AT&T WiFi calling. Being limited to unlocked, online sales, or Verizon is a problem we want Google to finally overcome in 2018. Sadly, we doubt this will happen. It’ll likely be a Verizon exclusive, again.

When you walk into a cellular store you see the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices. Google needs to be right there with them if they want the Pixel 3 to succeed. We want it to, so we can buy it from T-Mobile with a monthly payment plan. If any carrier joins the Verizon exclusive, it’ll be T-Mobile.

Smaller Bezels

Bezels are so 2016! Phones are moving away from the big bezels of the past, and that’s a good thing. The Galaxy S9, iPhone Xs, and even the upcoming OnePlus 6T all look stunning. These are huge screens in devices that are small, portable, and easy to hold. You can get a phone with a massive 6-inch screen in the form factor of a 5.2-inch device from a few years ago thanks to smaller bezels.

Leak showing the Pixel 3 XL (and the notch)

Shrinking bezels are extremely important, and we’re confident Google will match all the latest trends. In fact, Google matched the iPhone X trend a little too much, and what you see above is the huge notch in the screen. Still, the bezels are small and the display stretches to the top of the phone body. Expect something like a 5.5-inch display in the Pixel 3. Then, an even bigger 6.2-inch (or bigger) Pixel 3 XL. These phones will have a similar overall size and shape as the Pixel 2, only with better screens and smaller bezels.

We’re really hoping Google has a 3rd bezel-free phone that’ll be its high-end offering because that notch is ridiculous.

The only potential problem we see with shrinking bezels on a Pixel phone is the front-facing speakers. That’s a unique feature of Nexus and Pixel devices, and we doubt Google wants to get rid of them. As a result, we have the chin and notch as shown above.

Wireless Charging

Years ago most of Google’s Nexus devices featured wireless charging. That quickly went away with the Nexus 6P and Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 family of phones. However, Samsung has offered wireless charging for years, Apple has for the last two years, and it’s time for Google to do the same.

In fact, I’d be surprised if Google didn’t add wireless charging at this point. Just because it’s a “feature-parity” thing. They must match the competition. Not to mention these days buyers have so many choices for accessories, docks, wireless charging speakers, cars and more. Even hotels and restaurants like Starbucks offer wireless charging. It’s something fairly easy to integrate, so let’s have it Google.

Better Display & I Hope That Notch is Fake

Speaking of the display, we want something better on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It’s no secret that Google used an LG screen on the Pixel 2 XL, and it had all sorts of problems early on. Google and LG quickly fixed most of them, and my own personal XL looks fine to this day. That said, it can and should be better.

The original Pixel has a Samsung AMOLED screen that looks gorgeous. We have a feeling Google will go back to that route and offer Samsung or Sharp AMOLED screens in the Pixel 3. Although, it could be an SLCD5 from HTC. The best Android phone on the market can’t have a sub-par screen.

And for the love of all things Android, please don’t have a notch. Clearly, every leak we’ve seen for months shows a massive notch in the Pixel 3 XL display. A notch bigger than the OnePlus 6, iPhone X, LG G7, and just about everyone else. What is Google thinking?

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that Google added some neat features and controls in Android 9 Pie to hide the notch. So while you’ll end up with a huge status bar that’s taller than most, you can use software to hide the notch. Sigh.

Leaks do show what’s essentially three cameras on the front. So, we might get great selfies and enhanced security from that notch.

Better Water Resistance

The original Pixel was not water-resistant, which is how mine died. With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google followed Apple and added an IP67 dust and water-resistant rating. That means those phones can handle more than a splash, and go in around 3ft of water without dying.

We want Google to improve this feature and match the likes of Samsung, LG, and even Apple’s new iPhone Xs, by offering a full IP68 water-resistant rating. This means you can accidentally drop your phone in around 5ft of water, or more, for over 30 minutes, and it’ll still work fine. This is one of those hidden features that’s also a life-saver. You’ll love the extra peace of mind.

Google needs a big screen, smaller bezels, wireless charging, and other neat features this late in the year. Especially if they want to compete with the Galaxy S10 in early 2019.

We Can Dream, Right?

In closing, we want to mention a few other Pixel 3 features you shouldn’t expect. Things that won’t happen, but are worth the wishful thinking. Stuff we wanted to see.

Read: 4 Reasons to Wait for the Pixel 3 & 3 Reasons Not To

The new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Google removed it last year, and they won’t go back on that choice and offer it in 2018. Well, we seriously doubt it but I’ll take a headphone jack it they want to give it to us.

I’ll take a second rear camera too, but I don’t think we’ll get that either. I’d take the phone above or even below over the upcoming notched design, that’s for sure.

Render by Ben Geskin

And finally, just stop asking. The Pixel 3 will not have a microSD slot and expandable storage. Google hasn’t offered this since the original Nexus One. We do, however, believe that Google will offer the Pixel 3 XL in 64GB, 128GB, and even a 256GB model that retails for over $1,000. That’s more than enough for most.

All said and done, expect more Pixel 3 leaks and rumors within the next few weeks as the launch event nears. Then, come October 9th Google will announce the phone, confirm pre-orders, and hopefully release it around the globe during the last week of October. In closing, here’s every last detail about the Pixel 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3: 5 Features We Want Next is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Pixel September Android Pie Update: What to Know https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-september-android-pie-update-what-to-know/ https://www.gottabemobile.com/pixel-september-android-pie-update-what-to-know/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:58:06 +0000 https://www.gottabemobile.com/?p=448074 Pixel September Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google released its latest monthly September Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. Only this time it’s Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus phones. And while these monthly updates are all about security, we do see the occasional bug fix at the same time. This month Google added some quick fixes for Android […]

Pixel September Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Pixel September Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google released its latest monthly September Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. Only this time it’s Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus phones. And while these monthly updates are all about security, we do see the occasional bug fix at the same time. This month Google added some quick fixes for Android Pie and a few other things.

With the Pixel and Pixel 2 September Android Pie update rolling out as we speak owners will want to know what to expect. In addition to the latest security, you’ll get a big improvement for Bluetooth, again.

Read: What’s New in Android 9 Pie: Everything to Know

Many Pixel & Nexus owners will get an updated version of Android this week. And remember, older devices like the Nexus 5 and Nexus Player are no longer supported. Instead, the Nexus 5X and 6P are getting Android 8.1 while newer devices are getting a stable version of Android 9 Pie. This is an important update that could affect your device and its performance.

As usual, we’re seeing new security enhancements and multiple critical security patches in September. Then, Google made some minor changes to WiFi, Bluetooth, and charging on most devices, but that’s about it. Being the first update to Pie, we recommend everyone install it right away.

Supported Devices

  • Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (Android Oreo)
  • Pixel C Tablet

Pixel September Android Pie Update Details

Google confirmed the update on Tuesday, September 4th, and immediately posted the files for developers to manually install the latest software. That said, easy-over-the-air updates won’t start for a few more days.

Google refreshed the Android security bulletin, as well as the Pixel/Nexus security page with all the details and what to expect. Then, we’ll highlight the important bits below. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.

So far we’re seeing a small list of changes, and nothing major. Again, this is mostly about security and being better prepared for the future. Typically, there are at least 30+ changes, but this month is very light. As a bonus, that means Google’s doing a good job keeping our smartphones safe.

Before we get into all the changes, we want to suggest you skip manually installing the update. Being such a small software release it’s not worth the risk. Instead, simply wait for Google to send the over-the-air update files to your phone or tablet.

September Android Pie Update Fixes & Patches

Lately, Google is taking monthly updates very seriously. For most of 2018, Google added a slew of bug fixes in with these security updates. Function updates, not just software tweaks. And while we found a bunch of minor patches, it’s the small bug fixes that are important.

Overall, these updates are rather small. Being the first month of Android 9 Pie we expected a little more, including a fix for the OG Pixel charging problem. That said, we are seeing improvements for battery life and audio quality while in cars. Bluetooth remains an issue throughout Android for a lot of people, so hopefully, this addresses that for some people.

Download Nexus & Pixel September Updates

If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Nexus or Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. Or, read more information about each one of these changes.

  1. Download Factory Images
  2. Grab OTA Update Files
  3. Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
  4. Read the Android June Security Bulletin

When Will the Update Arrive?

We’re expecting the update within the next 24-48 hours, if not earlier. Google is always fast to deliver updates, or you can manually download and install it yourself as we speak with the links above.

Some users may choose to manually download the files and update to the September Oreo or Pie release themselves. However, we recommend waiting for Google’s OTA update notification to arrive instead. It’s easier that way. I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel XL on Android Pie.

Other Details & What’s Next for Nexus/Pixel Owners?

In closing, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. Remember, this only applies to Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, or Motorola, this doesn’t apply to you.

So what’s next? Well, Google released Android 9 Pie in August, and we’re expecting some sort of maintenance update within the next few months. We’re not sure if it’ll remain Android 9, or go to something like 9.0.1 or 9.1 Pie. Either way, an update should be coming to squash any early bugs from this new software.

Read: 15 Common Pixel 2 XL Problems & How to Fix Them

Those experiencing issues on Oreo should check out this post for more help. Or, we have some Pixel Android 9 specific fixes in this guide. Otherwise, stay tuned for more details and drop a comment below with any questions or concerns about the September Nexus and Pixel Android Oreo and Pie software.

Pixel September Android Pie Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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