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How to download Android 12 Beta for Google Pixel and other Android devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Beta program following the Developer Preview initiative. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the...

How to install Android 12 Beta on Google Pixel and other Android devices

It’s that time of year again! Android 12, i.e. the next major release of Android is now available as public beta. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel...

Pixel phones can automatically stop charging at 80% to improve battery longevity

When it comes to tips for improving your phone’s battery life, you’ll find that there are so many conflicting opinions. Some reports say it’s okay to keep your phone plugged in all night, while others say it might speed up the battery aging. However, one thing that most battery experts agree upon is that charging...

These are the Best Android Phones under $500 in July: Google, OnePlus, Motorola, TCL, and more

During the early days and subsequent maturing days of Android, you had to fork up several hundred dollars for a flagship smartphone, one that could guarantee a great experience. There were several Android phones to consider in several price points, but the budget ones weren't all that great. This panorama was however disrupted in recent...

XDA member unknowingly bought a Pixel phone with an FBI backdoor

The XDA Forums routinely get new users who have trouble with their phones, but one unlucky user ended up with a problem that nobody knew how to solve. As it turns out, this user had bought a used Pixel phone that wasn't originally sold by Google or an official retailer but rather by the U.S....

July 2021 Android security update is now rolling out to Pixel phones

The monthly Android Security Bulletin is typically posted on the first Monday of each month, but the first Monday of July 2021 — ie. July 5th — was the day that many American workers observed the country's Independence Day holiday. (If you're wondering why then, it's because when a U.S. federal holiday falls on a...

These are the best Verizon phones in July: Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola & more!

We're already well into the second half of the year and so far, 2021 has had a whole lot of new and exciting smartphones releases. We just need to look at what companies like Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus have been doing. But sometimes, it can feel like you're missing out on some of them because...

These are the Best Cheap Android Phones in July 2021: Google, Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus & More

Smartphones get better year after year. For flagships, this improvement usually come with price increases too. Fortunately for many of us, this is not the case with budget and mid-tier phones -- they improve year on year but the prices stay mostly the same because the definition for "cheap" or "budget" remains the same. Sure,...

These are the Best Cases for the Google Pixel 4a in Summer 2021: Spigen, Supcase, ESR, and more!

The Google Pixel 4a is a great mid-range smartphone at a competitive price of $349. After all, the Pixel 4a can go head-to-head with older flagship phones in terms of its cameras! While this isn't cutting-edge technology, this is a phone that's a great upgrade if you're on an aging device. While the device itself...

These are the best Pixel phones in June 2021: Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and more!

Google Pixel phones are often ranked as the "god tier" of the best Android devices, often earning praise from reviewers and users alike. After all, Google makes Android, so a phone made by Google running Android should be the perfect Android phone, right? Well, some people would definitely agree. While Pixels have slowly made their...

June 2021 security update goes live for Google Pixel phones

Today's the first Monday of June 2021, which means it's time for a new Android Security Bulletin to go live. Right on schedule, Google has published the June 2021 Android Security Bulletin. They've also started rolling out new updates to currently supported Pixel phones, though as a bonus, the latest update to Pixel phones also...

Pixel Feature Drop adds new features to Google Camera, Google Photos, and more

Once every 3 months, Google releases a "Pixel Feature Drop" update that adds tons of new exclusive features on Pixel phones. The last update rolled out in March, meaning we're due a big update today. Right on schedule, Google has released a new Pixel Feature Drop update alongside the June 2021 Android Security Bulletin. In today's...