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How to disable the notch on the Pixel 3 XL

30 days ago   |   By Talk Android

If you watched the live stream of the Google launch event on October 9th, you'd have immediately noticed that the Pixel 3 XL does indeed sport a notch on its 6.3-inch OLED display while the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 is entirely notch-free. It's a trend that we first saw in the Android world with the Essential Phone, although...
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Google Releases OTA & Factory Images For Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

30 days ago   |   By Android Headlines

In short: Google has now released factory and OTA images for its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets, allowing users to flash a completely clean stock build to their handsets. Files are available for both the factory unlocked and Verizon variations. The primary difference between the two is that the carrier version comes with a locked bootloader to prevent flashing custom firmware but downloading and installing the wrong variant can cause issues. So Google has clearly marked each Verizon version at the official download page. In the meantime, the Google Pixel 3 can be found on either factory...
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Verizon Pixel 3 SIM lock has been temporarily removed

Verizon Pixel 3 SIM lock has been temporarily removed

30 days ago   |   By PhoneDog

Yesterday we learned that Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones were not being sold unlocked and would require activation on Verizon before they could be used on another carrier. Now Verizon has done a 180.
Verizon today confirmed that it has "temporarily removed" the lock on its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones that required activation on Verizon before the phone would be unlocked. The big red carrier told Droid-Life that it's now assessing where this lock will be used in the future.
Here's Verizon's full statement on the matter:
"At launch, there was an update related to an automatic...
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Verizon Halts Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL SIM-Locking

30 days ago   |   By Android Headlines

In brief: Verizon is understood to now be in the process of removing the SIM-locking requirement associated with the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, it remains unclear whether this is a temporary change or one which will be in effect permanently going forward with the two new Pixel phones. On the use of SIM-locking in general, Verizon representatives have been quoted saying the carrier is “ assessing where it will be implemented in the future .” The information on this comes from statements from Verizon provided to media outlets, including Droid Life .
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Verizon temporarily unlocks all Pixel 3 phones after complaints

Verizon temporarily unlocks all Pixel 3 phones after complaints

30 days ago   |   By The Verge

Verizon will allow all of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones to immediately be used on different carriers, a spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge by email. When the phone went on sale yesterday, buyers noticed that the Pixel 3 was locked to Verizon's network until it was activated. Once activated with a Verizon SIM, the device would be unlocked overnight for use with other carriers.
But now Verizon is lifting the lock fully and immediately - but maybe only temporarily. “At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones...
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Verizon Pixel 3 models must be activated first on Big Red before inserting SIM from other carriers

Verizon Pixel 3 models must be activated first on Big Red before inserting SIM from other carriers

30 days ago   |   By Phone Arena

Before you go to Best Buy to purchase a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, keep in mind that all Verizon variants of the phone are SIM locked to the carrier, and must be activated first on Verizon before a SIM card from another carrier is inserted. Once a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is activated, Verizon will unlock the device overnight. This is a new policy from the nation's largest carrier, and is not limited to the Pixel 3 series.
UPDATE: Verizon has temporarily removed the automatic overnight unlock on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The company plans on reinstating it in the ...
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First Pixel 3 Units Ship, Followed By Customer Complaints

30 days ago   |   By Android Headlines

In short: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL pre-orders officially began shipping this week and already complaints about bugs are appearing on the official Google Pixel User Community forums. The message boards aren't immediately flooding with users filing reports and it is still too early to tell exactly how widespread any given problem might be, but there do seem to be quite a few issues to watch out for. The most common of those appears to be tied to the smartphones' respective camera features. Specifically, several users have complained that the camera is not saving every photo they take...
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The Pixel 3 removes the ability to unlock your phone with your voice

The Pixel 3 removes the ability to unlock your phone with your voice

30 days ago   |   By The Verge

Google has quietly removed the Unlock with Voice Match function from its latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, as first reported by Piunikaweb. The feature, which was previously available on the past two Pixel devices, allowed for users to unlock their phones' Assistant features with an, “OK Google” command. Google confirmed that the feature is no longer available on its support page, where it explains: “On Pixel 3 phones, you can't unlock your phone by saying ‘Ok Google.' Instead, you can use the Google Assistant on your lock screen.”
This is a pretty big functionality to lose for any...
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Pixel 3 XL's top speaker is significantly quieter than the bottom

Pixel 3 XL's top speaker is significantly quieter than the bottom

30 days ago   |   By MobileSyrup

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are having a rough go in the audio department. Not only are both phones experiencing poor audio quality in recorded videos , but now reports have surfaced that they feature a speaker imbalance. That means one of the two speakers is louder than the other. For the Pixel 3 XL, it appears the smaller top speaker is quieter. Furthermore, the 3 XL inequality is significantly worse than the 3. The above YouTube video from Android Police shows the issue in action. Several reports have cropped up regarding the issue. However, Google is directing users to a post by...
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