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Pixel owner set up the Personal Safety app

Every Pixel owner needs to set up the Personal Safety app — it could save your life – By Andrew Martonik androidcentral.com

Google's Personal Safety app didn't make any headlines when it was launched. But with its recent expansion to all Pixel phones, and the latest focus on personal health and safety in our society, it's worth reminding every Pixel owner that they should get familiar with this app.

Google Fi’s holiday gift for all subscribers is a free Nest Mini

Google Fi's holiday gift for all subscribers is a free Nest Mini – By Abner Li 9to5google.com

The early days of Google Fi were littered with MVNO subscribers getting great branded swag from the annual holiday gift. That diminished as the cellular service grew, but Fi customers this year are getting a free Nest Mini.

There is a “Get your free Nest Mini” card at the top of the Google Fi companion app for Android and iOS this evening:

Pixel 4 tips and tricks:

Pixel 4 tips and tricks: Get the most out of your Made by Google phone [Video] – By Damien Wilde 9to5google.com

Hopefully, you’re enjoying your brand-new Pixel 4 or 4 XL, had one for a little while, or are thinking that you might get one soon. For that reason we’ve compiled a few of our best tips and tricks for any potential Pixel 4 users out there.


Top 30 Unknown / Hidden Google Pixel 4 XL Features! – By Techisode TV youtube.com

Here are the top 30 unknown and hidden features for the Google Pixel 4 XL! Some of these are just not commonly known, while others are legitimately hidden. If you're aware of any hidden Pixel 4 features that I missed, let me know in the comments below!

Google Pixel 3a XL Review

The Google Pixel 3a XL Review: Does Mid-Range Make Sense? – By Andrei Frumusanuanandtech.com32 min
It’s nearing 8 months since Google released the Pixel 3 and we extensively reviewed the phone. It also has been several years now since Google abandoned the Nexus line of devices; one of the most attractive aspects during the early days of Google’s own phones was their incredible value proposition and very competitive pricing. 

6 Pixel 3a Features That May Sway You From Buying a Thousand-dollar Flagship

6 Pixel 3a features that may sway you from buying a thousand-dollar flagship – By Michael Simon, www.pcworld.com

At long leak, the Pixel 3a has arrived. At Tuesday’s Google I/O Developer’s Conference, Google took the wraps off its newest handsets, and lo and behold they look at whole lot like the Pixels that came before. Except they’re very different.  A mid-cycle release with a far lower price tag than the Pixel 3 or any of its flagship peers, the $399 Pixel 3a and $479 3a XL don’t have frosted glass or wireless charging, or even a dual selfie cam. Sure, they have a new color and a headphone jack, but they’re very much in the vein of a mid-tier Android phone, with specs and features to match:

– How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel

How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel – By Brendan Hesse, lifehacker.com

Android’s flexibility means manufacturers can build their own versions of the OS to suit their hardware, but there’s an elegance to the stock Android experience found on Google’s devices—one that other Android smartphones can’t match.

Google rolling out on-device, real-time Gboard speech transcription for Pixel phones

Google rolling out on-device, real-time Gboard speech transcription for Pixel phones By Abner Li, 9to5google.com

For the past several releases, Gboard for Android has been working on “faster voice typing” that works offline. Google is today making it officialon Pixel phones, and details the “end-to-end, all-neural, on-device speech recognizer” it created.

Android Pie 9.0: 3 settings to change right away

Android Pie 9.0: 3 settings to change right away By Jason Cipriani, www.cnet.com

Google's Android Pie 9.0 operating system has slowly made its way to more devices than the Pixel ($350 at Amazon) line since its release. With an improved Do Not Disturb feature, gesture navigation and smart recommendations, Android Pie has a lot to like.


5 obscure Android features you need to start using By Ryan Whitwam, www.pcworld.com

If you’ve been using Android for more than a few generations, it can be easy to forget just how far we’ve come. Google has added a ton of useful features to Android, and some of the best don’t get as much attention as they deserve. But we can fix that. Here are the five most underappreciated features hiding in the latest versions of Android. 

Google’s Public DNS works with Android 9 Pie

Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie – By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com

A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie. 


Configure your network settings to use Google Public DNS by developers.google.com

When you use Google Public DNS, you are changing your DNS "switchboard" operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS.

Best Phones for Google Fi in 2018

Best Phones for Google Fi in 2018 – By Hayato Huseman, www.androidcentral.com

For just $20/month for unlimited calls/texts and $10 per GB of data you use (any data past 6GB is free), Google Fi is one of the most compelling MVNOs around — especially when you factor in its excellent roaming support, nationwide coverage, and Bill Protection feature that credits back whatever data you don't use. Fi works on almost any unlocked phone these days, but certain features work better on some phones than others — these are the ones that will give you the best Fi experience.


Google Fi (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

Google Fi may sound like some weird sort of initiation ritual ("Whoa, what happened to Rick? I heard he got Googlefied!") — but if you can get past its silly-sounding name, the recently rebranded wireless service can both save you money and step up your smartphone security situation.

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