Google says upcoming update should eliminate Pixel 2’s buzzing noise

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Google‘s newest Pixel phones have had their fair share of issues, one of which being a weird buzzing noise that manifested itself in the smaller Pixel 2. According to Google, however, an upcoming update should address the strange noise.

Community manager Orrin Hancock did not say when exactly the update would land, but seeing how the update will arrive “in the coming weeks,” the safe bet would be that the fix will arrive with the December security patch. Per Hancock:

Hey all,

We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks which eliminates a faint buzzing sound on some Pixel 2 devices when the phone is placed to your ear during a phone call.

Thanks.

The buzzing noise from certain Pixel 2 units have been well documented for several weeks, so it’s nice to see that a fix is on the way. That being said, this is a different issue from the clicking noise that was also reported from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners. The clicking noise looks to have been fixed with the November patch, though folks found a way around the problem by turning off NFC.

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Either way, this is yet another reminder that Google’s newest flagship smartphones have been hit with issue after issue. On the flip side, this is also another reminder that Google appears to be listening and addressing as many issues as possible through software updates.

As usual, we’ll keep a close eye on any updates that make their way from Mountain View. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you have noticed any buzzing noise with your Pixel 2.



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5 best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android

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A lot of people really like the moon. People stare it with telescopes, bands write songs and albums about it, and it’s one of the bastions of consistency. As it turns out, there are plenty of moon phase apps and moon calendar apps. They let you know when the moon is waxing or waning, full or new. As it turns out, it’s really difficult to mess up apps like this. Most of them have a 4.5 rating or higher in the Play Store. Still, we like a challenge, so here are the best moon phase apps and moon calendar apps for Android.


1Weather

Price: Free / $1.99
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1Weather is among the best weather apps out there. It features a current temperature, daily forecast, ten day forecast a 12-week forecast, a weather radar, and plenty of other useful features. One of its more unique features is moon phases. The app tells you the phases of the moon as well as the next two phases and their dates. At the time of this writing, the app shows that it's a new moon with the waxing crescent and quarter coming in the next 11 days. It's not in-depth, but it's a good app to kill two birds with one stone. Plus, it's entirely free with ads or $1.99 for the no ad version.
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1Weather

Daff Moon Phase

Price: Free / Up to $9.99
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Daff Moon Phase is one of the better moon phase apps and moon calendar apps. It features the current moon phase as well as a full moon phase calendar, full information about lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, day length, sun rise and set times, and more. The app also comes with five widgets, customizable push notifications, and info about the eight major planets. The app is entirely free with no advertising. The in-app purchases are optional donations.
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Daff Moon Phase

Google Assistant / Google Now

Price: Free
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Google Assistant and Google Now are useful for so many things. As it turns out, moon phases is one of them. You simply ask Google Assistant about moon phases, eclipses, predictions, and other stuff. The app handles most, if not all of those requests with aplomb. It won't give you the in-depth knowledge of other moon phase apps or moon calendar apps. However, it's great if you just want to check it out on occasion. It's also totally free and available on almost every Android device.
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Google Assistant / Google Now

My Moon Phase

Price: Free / $1.99
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My Moon Phase is easily one of the better moon phase apps. This one shows you the current moon phase, a calendar of the upcoming moon phases, moon rise and moon set times, golden hour and blue hour times, and a bunch of extras. It even comes with some very basic weather features like cloud cover. That way you can plan your moon viewing experiences properly. Even the UI is a little bit better than most. The free version contains everything, but also has ads. The full version has no ads.
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My Moon Phase

Phases of the Moon

Price: Free / Up to $1.99
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Phases of the Moon is one of the more popular moon calendar apps and moon phase apps. It includes all of the basic features, including moon phase, a moon calendar, moon rise and set times, and more. This one also includes a 3D simulation made by NASA, an interactive and educational moon map, and even a live wallpaper. This one is excellent for educational value, especially for kids. It's free with advertising. The full version is $1.99 as an in-app purchase and it removes ads.
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Bonus: Add a moon calendar to Google Calendar

Price: Free
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Why look at moon calendar apps when you can make one yourself? Google Calendar has a bunch of calendars add-ons. That includes a moon phase calendar. It should be fairly easy to add. Head to the Google Calendar website (it's easier there). From there, click the cogwheel toward the top of the page and enter the Settings. On the left margin there is an Add Calendar option. Click that, and then click Browse Calendars of Interest. Toward the bottom, you can see Phases of the Moon. Tick the empty box to add it to your calendar. This should sync to the Google Calendar app as well as most calendar apps that sync with Google Calendar.
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[Deal Alert] Samsung Chromebook Pro for $449 and Chromebook Plus for $349 ($100 off)

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There aren't a lot of really great Chromebooks out there, but Samsung's recent Chromebook Pro and Plus come close. Excepting the keyboards, each is one of the best devices in its class to have come out in the last year. And, in what looks like some early Black Friday preparation, retailers such as Amazon, B&H, Frys, Best Buy, and even Samsung itself have marked down prices for each. Right now you can pick up the Chromebook Plus for just $349, and the Chromebook Pro for $449.

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[Deal Alert] GoPro Karma with HERO5 Black is $899, with HERO6 Black $999 ($200 off)

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Drones are a lot of fun, but they can also be pricey. To help alleviate that second part, Amazon is offering the GoPro Karma with either the HERO5 Black for $899 or the HERO6 Black for $999. That's a solid $200 off each bundle.

The Karma is a smaller, lightweight drone. It uses a 'Karma Stabilizer' in conjunction with whichever HERO camera you choose to produce smooth footage. It's controlled by a video game-esque controller with a touchscreen.

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Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators, RCS support for dual-SIM phones, and drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

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It's time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown. We'll keep watching for other changes, but let us know if you see anything.

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Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
  • Smaller APK

Smaller APK

We just saw it happen a few days ago with a Google Play Music update, and now Android Messages is following in its footsteps by eliminating the bundled micro-APK for Android Wear.

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