Now Playing History
It takes the amazing Now Playing feature and catalogs every song it recognizes. Forget what song you heard at the bar last night? Now Playing History has you covered. Hear some cool stuff in your friends car and want to add it to your Spotify playlist? This app links directly with your music player of choice to make it easy to add.
I love this app
EDIT: apparently it is Pixel 2 only
Install Fingerprint swipes app to customize gestures for the fingerprint sensor, substitutes almost all gestures available for navigation bar.
It could be the USB cable that you are using. I had the same issue with a Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 until replacing the cable. Make sure the cable is USB-IF certified.
This is the one I picked up. You see a lot of reviews talking about Android Auto.
I installed Fluid Navigation Gestures https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fb.fluid&hl=en_US
It requires an adb command to setup, or root, but I think its worth it. It removes the nav bar and replaces it with customizable gestures. Took about 5 minutes to setup and half a day to get use to the new gestures, and I'm never going back to the old way. That big ugly nav chin is atrocious.
I installed the fingerprint gestures app to customize it according to my needs, and now I rarely use the navigation buttons.
Here's the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aecampos.android.fingerprintgestures
Edit: This is not a Pixel exclusive feature, app uses the fingerprint gesture API of Oreo.
Lens in Camera
Portrait Color Pop
Portrait Depth adjustment
RAW camera support.
All coming to older pixels. In fact. You can get it now. Install the Pixel 3 Camera APK
I also have the same problem with stock Android and adaptive brightness, it sucks ass. Guess who fixed it, Samsung. I tried out the Note 8 and it works exactly like it's supposed to. You can set the brightness at 50% and then go outside in the sunlight and it'll crank up the brightness.
App uses the fingerprint API to customize the fingerprint gestures. I always recommend this whenever somebody asks about must-have apps.
GSM Arena kind of said it best "[Google is ready to fully embrace 2017, fitting the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with 6GB of RAM]"(https://www.gsmarena.com/google_is_ready_to_fully_embrace_2017_fitting_the_pixel_4_and_pixel_4_xl_with_6gb_of_ram_rumor_says-news-38214.php). It is a matter of perception by the market (except in Pixel 3's case where it was definitely a matter of too little RAM causing memory and performance issues). Apple changed to Intel chips for this very reason. Their proprietary chips worked great with their RISC architecture running at a much lower clock speed but they were losing the hearts and minds of consumers. If Google want to be seen as anything other than a bit player, they need to meet (and then exceed in some cases) market norms.
They usually release with the new hardware. So with Pixel 3 launch you can expect new wallpapers. Meanwhile, if you are a fan of google's live wallpapers like me, you can try this app, Aerial
Before you send it back, could you grab a system dump from it?
The best way is to root it and then make a backup of the system partition, but an alternate non-root way is to use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arter97.dumper
There's no guarantee it'll back up everything though.
I completely agree. I've been wanting this feature for awhile now, hopefully it's something that'll be added in the future. In the meantime, I've been using this app which works pretty well.
$20/year in perpetuity.
If you exceed your free Drive allowance (either naturally or by stopping Google One payment), your Google account is effectively kneecapped:
> If you go over your storage limit, you won't lose anything. However, you won’t be able to store new files in Google Drive or store new Original quality photos or videos in Google Photos, and you may not be able to receive emails with your Gmail address.
I will admit this is a better policy than I was expecting (Amazon Photos, for example, will outright delete your photos if you stop paying for Prime). However, the point stands -- once you start storing stuff that counts against Drive allowance, you're effectively locking yourself into a subscription fee to use your Google account normally. That's not something I'm comfortable with, and if I can legally store photos without contributing to the cap, I'll do it.
Karma court disclaimer: this is not my video
I shared it because it clearly shows that the issue is in the software, not the hardware.
That's what many people already suggested, and it's overall it's a very good news, because even if Google fucked up (and addressed the issue poorly), it means it could be fixed with an OTA.
EDIT: Pixel 3 owners, could you test video recording with AR on and tell us if you have a similar result?
EDIT2 : good article about this issue provided by /u/HallStephenJ
EDIT3 : Pixel 3 owners, could you try with <br>
Cinema FV-5 Lite and report back with results ?
The official Reddit app is pretty bad. It stutters on every device I have tried. It also doesn't look good or provide any customization. Have you tried the good Reddit apps, like Boost?
I've used these before. They're stiff enough to get the job done, but flexible enough that you pretty much guarantee you don't damage the port.
This app will allow you to easily test for a variety of screen problems, including burn-in.
The app is free with a small banner ad at the bottom of the menu screen. It is $1.50 if you want the pro version. The free version is more than enough to test your screen. It also includes tools to help fix burn-in, but do not use them unless you are 100% sure it is burn-in because it can make your screen worse otherwise. (See below post).
My Pixel 2 XL has no burn-in, thankfully. I have about 26 hours of SOT since it arrived on Wednesday.
The app Now Playing List is awesome. It notes down all the songs your phone recognises. It's neat when I have a song stuck in my head and I want to find it later, I can think of where I might have heard it and find it by time or location.
I'm surprised IFTTT hasn't been mentioned yet. It's an app that combines many services together and let's you get creative with them in a very user-friendly interface.
I think if anyone in any subreddit posts about an app, they should absolutely provide a link to it in the app store. That's just a common courtesy for the lazy.
For an extra $10 you can get this Anker charger that is more future proof for phones that support faster charging than 18w. Plus it has an additional USB port.
Download Syncthing (Play store) on both devices and have them sync the camera folder. Syncthing will automatically sync the photos between the phones (even if you're not on the same network) and the Pixel 1 can backup the photos from the 5a to Google Photos at unlimited quality.
Of course this isn't an elegant solution, you would have to have the Pixel 1 always on or at some point pull it out to let it sync and upload. It would be much easier to just get the Pixel 5.
You can plug  into your phone, plug  &  into , and plug  into .
I'll admit it's ridiculous, but it works and at $17 is cheaper than the Moshi adapter.
 The USB C -> 3.5 mm audio adapter that came with your phone.
 The USB charger that came with your phone.
Reddit is Fun Golden Platinum. I've used Sync, Relay, Boost, Joey but keep coming back to RIF.
Edit: Here's the link Play Store
Google Photos link for full res
I don't like the standard android alarms. I have used Alarm Clock Xtreme for many years. It overrides the standard volume. I especially love that I can set the allowed number of snooze and the different methods to snooze or dismiss. I have mine set to allow 3 snoozes of 10 minutes, then require I solve 2 math problems before it will dismiss.
LastPass. Android and Chrome are slowly getting good at filling in web forms, but LastPass is still indispensable for remembering everything else -- arbitrary notes such as my passport number, logins for Unix machines, or any other secret that I won't fill into a web form.
And it's not crazy-making to have both at once -- I tell LastPass to _never_ fill in forms automatically, and the two don't interfere with each other.
Agreed! Although there's an app out there that you can use for this exact purpose.
I wish this feature was integrated into Google OS however and not have to use a separate app.
Edit: as /u/32BitWhore pointed out, "I wouldn't spend the money on that app right now considering it uses accessibility options to do its thing. It will probably be broken or removed from the play store whenever Google pulls the trigger on its new accessibility rules."
Looks like they took touchretouch and built it right in! Thats a compliment by the way because it's one of my favorite apps and works so well! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.advasoft.touchretouch
I've used this before and it's nice but I prefer Now Playing Stories.
I like the interface and overall function better.
I know I've seen this one at Walmart before: https://www.amazon.com/Nulaxy-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Handsfree-Voltmeter/dp/B018E0I01I/
I think the one at Walmart had a different brand name, but was identical looking to this. Syncs up to the phone via bluetooth, and then you can either transmit to your radio via FM or through an Aux cable. Also supports SD cards, so you can load audio files on one of those and play directly off the unit.
I just ordered the fabric and got the 2 below from Amazon.
Something I've used with the OG Pixel XL and Pixel 2 XL (and soon Pixel 3 XL) is Navbar Apps. It's an app that allows the system to detect what main color the app is using and make your navigation bar the same color. It makes android feel more consistent for me because the status bar would change to match the app but the navbar would stay black.
It's super customizable and you can white list certain apps that maybe don't automatch well like I do. But it also helped a lot with avoiding screen burn in issues on the Pixel 2 XL. Anyway it's pretty awesome, and recommend giving it a try :)
DISCLAIMER: I am not the dev nor am I associated with the dev. It's just a great app.
Nice, was google the ones who shipped it too early?
But as for my request:
Run a gpu test!
This fixed my OG Pixel as well. I used a small needle with the phone turned off. Amazing difference.
On a similar note, has anyone had luck with these USB C magnetic plugs? Like this:
Just got my Pixel 3 and I'm wanting to avoid the lint issue in the future.
I use PhotoScan by Google Photos for taking pictures of documents. It's optimized for that scenario.
Personally, I don't remember having to rotate any document pictures with this app, but I do remember having to manually "fix" orientation with the camera app. For some reason, it doesn't quite get the corners just right (which seems it should easily be able to do), but that can be manually fixed post in the app.
Personally, the lack of a headphone jack annoys me a fair amount. It's manageable, but i haven't bought any adapters for it and i find myself wanting to listen to things at work when i need to be charging the phone. Better planning for charging my phone (i usually don't bother until I'm at work) or like i said, buying an adapter would help the issue. It's annoying that i need to spend money to solve a problem created by a crappy design choice in the first place, but the options are cheap enough i suppose.
In your case, something like this car Bluetooth adapter should solve your problem for less than $20. The one I've linked has a ton of decent reviews, so i think it should be a safe bet. The bottom line is the lack of a headphone jack is annoying and stupid. But overall it's a good phone and it's manageable enough that you can overlook the stupid shortcoming.
Edit: spend a few more bucks and get what u/funmonkeydisease suggested below instead. It'll probably sound better/clearer.
I've seen a few of these suggestions around but I had to go digging to find the solution to why I couldn't get it to work for me. I'm going to give a list of things to try.
Update pixel launcher in the play store. You may not be able to see it in your apps so you might have to search for it or go to this link on your device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nexuslauncher
Swipe to the Google screen to the left and pull down to refresh
Toggle location off then back on using quick settings
Open the google page to the left and use the hamburger menu and select customize. Select "everything else" at the bottom. Find anything that says weather and set it to yes.
The last one was my solution. I forgot that I had disabled these way back when Google Now was new.
Edit: If Google is derping in your country this is the most recent version of Pixel Launcher
This is awesome:
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will receive OS and security updates for a minimum of three years.
If you have any familiarity with ADB then this app should do exactly what you want.
I've only been using it for a day so I can't exactly speak to how well it works, but it did seem to do the job yesterday.
I downloaded an app called fingerprint swipes for that specifically.
Swipe down - Notifications
Swipe up - Home Button
Swipe left - Back Button
Swipe right - Recent Apps Button
This way I can use the phone one handed and not have to awkwardly reach for the buttons at the bottom.
Edit : Just remembered that I'm on the beta for that app and it works correctly on 8.1. You could wait till tomorrow which is when Android 8.1 should be released. Or get this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.simonesestito.fingergestures
>No he turned it off immediately unfortunatly
Next time, get the Cerberus app. If someone tries to shut it down it can play a fake shutdown animation so the thief thinks it's off. It can also disable Power Off from the lock screen, so no one can turn off the phone unless it's unlocked. It costs $15/year for up to 3 devices which is $1.25 per month. It's worth it for me.
It has tons of features beyond locating the phone such as remotely activating camera/mic. If you get good evidence from the camera/mic, you can turn it over to the police.
There goes nothing.
Going for a productive Layout, These are my most used, everything else is left in the drawer.
Used Nova and Month
Zedge is a common suggestion.
Also you can use Random Ringtones Manager to shuffle ringtones, and It'll work with any app. /r/androidrrm has a bunch of themed playlists to go along with it
Tested : [substratum] OrangeKitten PRO
Everything. From what I've seen, this one is pretty simple, and looks really good with our AMOLED displays.
I use this one, it's all right, but it's a bit top-heavy when there's a smartphone on it (in my case, a Nexus 5X).
Reddit Sync. Been using it for 5 years. I've tried other apps on the side but I prefer Sync.
Edit: Happy first cake day!
Pixel 2 here as well. I got you. Make sure it's the 400-480 dpi one, and close the app after installing.
Shots of the Magic Kingdom at night. Extremely impressed with the way this camera works at night.
Some tips that help night shots... Tap the brightest area on the screen. That usually helps balance everything out. When the image still appears to be a bit washed out, turn down the brightness even more or all the way (seems counterintuitive, but it works great. That is what I did in the water shots).
Google Opinion Rewards. You answer some survey questions every now and then for some cents that you can redeem in the Play Store, Play Movies, Play Books, etc.
I just developed an application for this and published it on the Play Store. However, since Google's validation of applications now takes 3 days, it may not be available until next Tuesday.
I can keep you informed if you want to!
Edit : you can download it here : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cannic.apps.automaticdarktheme
if anyone gets confused, just download this variant
Here is a sample one.
PortPlugs - USB C Silicone Dust Plugs (10 Sets), Compatible Samsung s8, s9, Note 9, Pixel, One Plus, Any Type C with Headset Jack (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071L12FX5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_J2tgCbQ0MQCFG
Just search for "USB c port plug" and you will find a ton. I have a set to cover the ports on my laptops and tablets.
Nacho notch makes this entire video irrelevant
That little brush that comes with an electric shaver works wonders. If you smoke weed they're a great tool for your grinder too. The non brush end is a perfect little scoop for kief.
yueton 14pcs Different Style Replacement Electric Shaver Razor Cleaning Brushes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JRQ6FI8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_0EbHBbQ1WAV3Y
Last one in the first pic, the 80mm one
>How is it that a 3yo OLED screen is pissing all over this new one?
Your screen might be defective.
Try using Display Tester and doing the color banding test.
My Pixel 2 XL did better than my Nexus 6, but slightly worse than my Nexus 9.
Keep in mind that black clipping/crush can absolutely be modified somewhat by software settings. You can easily see this by messing with the brightness.
try out this app:
it needs ADB to work and I think the stable channel only has the option to switch based on a schedule you choose, but the internal testing channel has the option for sunset/sunrise.
Just use this:
I'm tired of waiting for Google to implement something simple.
EDIT3: I posted the imgur link to show you that I moved mine to the right side
EDIT4: Why you downvote kind human?
Authenticator plus https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mufri.authenticatorplus can backup and sync using your Google Drive or Dropbox if you want.
If you don't want to use Authy or Lastpass OTP implementation.
No worries! Pretty simple...
First install an app that allows you to customize such as Nova Launcher or Niagra and then download icons by searching for them in the store. The ones I used are Crayon, Lines, and BeeLine. If you click on the app that comes with the icon when you download it, it should also give you options for wallpaper.
I always get Anker cables from amazon. I've had the ones I use since I got my pixel 2 xl 2 years ago and they are still in great condition. Here are the ones I have.
It is, in my opinion, the closest thing to what I would want out of a built-in stock recorder app. The dark mode toggle is a bit funny (you have to toggle dark mode and dark notification setting), but otherwise works as expected and is easy to use.
This is the one I got and I have zero complaints. Install was easy and the fit is 99% perfect.
Here's what I use. Fit snug and never have issues with them falling out plus extras for when you lose them while charging. :)
ProCase Anti Dust Dirt Plug for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7J8WBX?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Hadn't heard of this specific app before, but I've been using this app since I got my phone and it looks like it does everything the one in the article does, but it's free.
They seem to be hyping up Bixby vision a lot, no mention of Google Goggles.
I mean essentially that's what it is right? Only somewhat faster? Just askin'
It's Android. You can use whatever launcher you want.
Personally I think the new launcher is pretty plain, and will probably go back to Nova. Love the round icons though.
Google slowly rolls out updates, in case something goes wrong.
This update will be through the camera app in the play store, and you should get it in the next day or 2.
If you don't want to wait you can download the apk off of apkmirror and install it.
Just installed this on my Pixel 2 XL. Love the design update and dark mode is beautiful.
Apk link for the XL folks:
Same here (stock Pixel XL with Oreo 8.1).
It happens since Chrome updated himself to v68.
I've tried to reboot. Nothing.
I've tried to delete data and cache of Chrome. Nothing.
I've tried to uninstall all the updates and update back. Nothing.
It's really pissing me off.
Edit: downgraded now to Chrome 67. All good, for now.
Chrome 68 roll-out has NOT been halted though (as somebody else said), as I see the update available in the Play Store.
To whoever wants to download Chrome 67: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/chrome/chrome-67-0-3396-87-release/
You have to uninstall Chrome 68 first, or the apk installation will fail. After you install the v67 APK, go to the Play Store and disable the auto-update in che Chrome listing.
Edit2: a new release of Chrome 68 has landed in the Play Store, dated August 7th (vs August 1st of the buggy one). I confirm that this one fixes the "Aw Snap" issue. You can safely re-enable Chrome's auto-update.
Noticed mine was running 11.3.02 (440-XXXX...)
Here's a link to the 940 version I found
You know, perhaps some form of non-intrusive and thin shielding with spaces for the camera, antenna, etc. would do the trick. Although thin, aluminum or stainless may block reception; I'm not sure what material could be flexible and efficient enough at passive cooling while staying the least conductive as possible. A type of resin maybe?
Not all Pixel owners carry unlimited data plans, and I can't imagine it being too difficult to make the phone easily detachable (velcro?) to carry it for wifi uploading. It could even be possible to automatically upload the data through a shared connection with your phone every time you got in your car. As for the app itself, there seem to be a few already available on the play store.
It's an automation app which you can configure to your heart's content. I use it to
* silence my phone when different criteria (display face down, specific calendar entries, certain apps are running) are met
* start PowerAmp when connected to very specific BT devices
* read my WhatsApp notifications when connected to specific BT devices
* save my working hours to a Google sheets document
* show buttons in the NavBar to skip songs when PowerAmp is running
The app costs 3 € and has a steep learning curve but it's soooo worth it!
Google Opinion Rewards
Answer small surveys to get free money for apps. I use it since about 5 years ago, never noticed any spam or whatever in my Google Account.
If you really want that feature, look at Tasker. It's an automation app which let's your phone react to a wide array of conditions.
As a matter of fact, I have that Flip to Shhh feature since several years ago...
Must install a different launcher
It's not an immediate fix; burn-in occurs over time. Honestly, it might not fix it, but it may prevent it from happening further.
You could give this a try also...but at your own risk.
I haven't used either but I have the Jabra Elite Active 65t's that I've been loving in terms of truly wireless earbuds. They're not perfect but I've been loving them so far!
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable (10ft) with 56k Ohm Pull-up Resistor for Galaxy S8, S8+, MacBook, Nintendo Switch, Sony XZ, LG V20 G5 G6, HTC 10, Xiaomi 5 and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZIPYPY?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
That's what I got, but just fair warning it's a very heavy cable. I'd say about twice the thickness of what you are probably accustomed to for charger wires. Overall though can't complain. It does it's job, and reasonably cheap IMO given its good construction
Although if you wanted USB C to C, I can't help you much, sorry. I would assume that most you find in Amazon be good quality, but for me personally, I will go for Anker every time if they have what I'm looking for, even if it's slightly more expensive.
It seems as though they do not have long c to c cables though, unless I am blind
Edit: Here's a comparison between a regular 3ft cable from Anker, and the one I linked earlier
Xiaomi Hybrid is by far the best in ear headphone for the price, so I just bought those. Plus they are so cheap that if they ever break I can just buy a new pair.
It has a metal construction, braided cables, volume and mute buttons, and a microphone. And they sound great. I got mine from this website: http://www.gearbest.com/earphones/pp_261864.html?wid=21 It shipped from Hong Kong and I received it in just over a week with standard shipping.
If you want to get another $100 + free sim activation, go here:
I just did the $325 back for the Pixel 2. I was too late to the party to get this offer :( But I'm happy TMO paid half my phone without contract !!
> lately. Anyone want to guess the aspect ratio of the iPhone X? 19.5:9. It's the only phone in existence with the aspect ratio that these pictures have. LOL if Google
nope, LG G7 is 19.5:9
I did this using custom navigation bar app. Made tapping the empty area on both sides of the pill a back button, and hid the back icons.
Totally agree, but in the meantime you have good apps like 'Now Playing List': https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imihov.nowplaying_list&hl=es
Will love to have the list integrated in the OS though.
Im so torn between upgrading to 3a from my 1. This comparison doesnt make it seem like a huge upgrade but the mid processor has to be better than the older processor right??
Thanks for the giveaway, here's mine
There is actually a photosphere option in the default camera. I will post one shortly, but I'm not sure how to share photospheres so that they actually look correct
Edit: here you go
Not that this helps with the APK issue, but there are free apps that you can set to record your calls. This is the one I used a few years ago, although looking at the reviews, you may want to consider a different one.
I will I been using fingerprint swipes as a way to add more functionallity to the fingerprint reader. Adding multitask, back swipe, and pull down notification gestuers is really handy.
IPVanish. Paid subscription on my PC and access to Android app. Super fast and it has a million different servers to connect to and several different protocols. Hands down the best. Seriously nothing beats it. Everything important for a VPN service, it has.
That's pretty mind blowing.
The A7RIII also cost $2,800 on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Sony-42-4MP-Full-frame-Mirrorless-Interchangeable-Lens/dp/B076TGDHPT
don't forget about Google's Motion Stills app, which lets you browse all your short motion clips and export them as gifs or videos for sharing.
DigiLux - you can map gestures to the fingerprint scanner, like swipe left/right to adjust brightness. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tunjid.fingergestures
Alarms - shortcut right to the Alarm instead of going to click then alarms. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guenmat.android.alarm
Chargebacks also usually incur a large fee on the vendor. So in addition to the lost revenue from your purchase, they have an additional amount they need to pay to the payment processor.
Where I work, we ban people from our events if they do a bogus chargeback until they pay the amount + fee.
It sets up an environment separate from your main. So it'll have its own Contacts, Files, Storage. Apps inside the work profile can't interact with apps/data inside the normal profile.
Apps like Shelter also make use of it by letting you copy apps across and run them in isolation away from your main stuff.
these are great for the price i paid which was $38. now theyre on sale for $28 and they are truly wireless
Soundmoov 316T Mini Wireless Earbuds with Charging Box - Black
Great reviews on amazon and an A rating on fakespot
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If you want to be truly independent with the password manager, I would suggest KeePass.
It is open source, available for almost any device, be it Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS or Android (app name is KeePass2Android and it supports Android's AutoFill), has secure encryption for your password files, over whom you have full control yourself and can synchronize them via any cloud service you prefer, or only manually if you prefer.
I don't mean to be a dick, but there's a difference between 'being a noob with modding', and not trying at all. Anyway, this icon pack seems to have the icon style (android 5 lollipop) you're after.