Pixel 2 and 2 XL camera app gains access to AR Stickers starting today

While the future of VR (virtual reality) is still a little shaky, AR (augmented reality) still looks bright and promising. A handful of big tech companies are dedicating resources to the technology, with both Google and Apple making a big push into the space with their own respective AR platforms.

Google showed off AR Stickers as one of the fun new features being introduced on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL back during their October product event. Utilizing new APIs available in Android 8.1 Oreo, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have access to 3D objects super imposed in the real world using the camera app. Everything from Foodmoji, to 3D animated text, balloons, and the like will be available, including sponsored content from Star Wars and Stranger Things.

To get started, you’ll need to have a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo (which is still in the process of rolling out) and simply open the camera app, siwtch to AR Stickers mode and select the sticker pack of your choice to drop stickers into the real world. The 3D stickers can be resized or moved around and will even interact with real life things in the scene.

Expect even more AR Stickers to be released in the near future, so be on the lookout.

Final Android 8.1 Oreo OTA rolling out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 smartphones on Developer Preview 2

It’s been a busy week for Google, and not just because the search giant has weaponized the YouTube service in its argument with Amazon. We’ve also seen Android 8.0 begin rolling out to Android Wear devices, December’s security patch, the simultaneous release of Android Oreo Go and Android 8.1 becoming official, and now we have […]


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Android 8.1 comes out of beta, official factory images and OTA files are live [DOWNLOAD]

Nexus/ Pixel users who have been dying to get their hands on Android 8.1 — and didn’t want to bother enrolling in the beta — can finally do so starting today. Google has made available the necessary system images and the OTA files for the downloading, flashing and/or sideloading.

It’s worth noting that if you’re coming from Android 8.1 DP2, there seems to be an issue with sideloading the OTA as the official build is apparently older than Developer Preview, resulting in an error. These problems are all too commonplace, so in the meantime you’ll want to wait for a fix which could come in the form of a regular OTA update.

Android 8.1 brings a handful of new enhancements like UI tweaks to prevent burn-in, slightly revised emoji, and enables the Pixel Visual Core for app developers to begin using HDR+ inside their own apps.

For those that don’t want to bother with ADB on their devices, you’ll have wait for the official OTA to begin rolling out, something that can take up to a week, so try to be patient. Android 8.1 is currently only available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C.

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Pixel & Nexus December Android Oreo Update: What to Know

Pixel & Nexus December Android Oreo Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The latest December Android 8.0 Oreo update is ready for Google PixelPixel 2 and Nexus devices. This brings your phone or tablet up to date with Google’s latest security patches, bug fixes, and new features. Here’s what to know and which devices are getting updates first.

As promised, Google’s releasing its monthly security patches right on time. Keep in mind that this is likely the last update until the Android 8.1 Oreo release, and will prepare your device for the next big software update.

Read: Everything That’s New in Android Oreo

December’s update to Android 8.0 Oreo is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C Tablet. This is an important update that could affect your device and its performance. These updates begin on December 5th.

Each month Google releases a quick update with the latest security changes, and this one has important fixes for your phone. For one, the KRACK exploit will no longer be a concern. Then, keep reading for more details and what to expect. That said, we’re not seeing anything new, as most big changes arrived with the November patch.

Nexus & Pixel December Android Oreo Update Details

Starting Tuesday, December 5th, multiple devices should see this update. It’s a free software update for all eligible devices and comes right from Google or those with a Pixel on Verizon. This is a small, fast and painless update that should only take a few minutes to complete. We’ve seen these take 24-48 hours to arrive in some cases, so keep that in mind.

Typically these updates have between 20-30 changes mostly in the form of security patches, but occasionally other bugs or glitches are also fixed. We’ve seen new features slip into these updates too, like for the aging Nexus 5.

This means you likely won’t see anything new, or notice any major changes, but it’s still an important update we recommend everyone download and install. Especially because it paves the way for Android 8.1 in the near future.

December Oreo Update Fixes & Patches

In November, Google issued a slew of fixes for Bluetooth to all of Android. Meaning the update wasn’t just for Nexus and Pixel users. However, we’re not seeing anything similar in the December release. It’s mainly to patch bugs or exploits and keep up with the latest security standards.

That said, this release has the full patch notes from December 1st and December 4th right from Google. We’re seeing a total of over 40 entries overall, with only six listed as Critical or High. Basically, this is a small security update and nothing more.

In closing, we did notice a few entries for Bluetooth, the camera, and media framework. Meaning we’re expecting some potential Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL bug fixes in the December release. If they aren’t included, those major bug fixed will arrive with Android 8.1 before the end of the month. A full list of everything that’s new or different is available in the Android Security Bulletin.

When Will It Arrive?

For most users, this is an important update. Not only because it patches important security holes, but for potential bug fixes. Google confirmed the December Oreo update will start rolling out on December 5th. This is via an over the air software update, or manual installation using the factory images.

Read: 15 Common Pixel 2 XL Problems & How to Fix Them

 

Typically these monthly updates hit devices within a few hours of the announcement. That said, Google announced it on December 4th, but confirmed the updates won’t begin until December 5th. Either way, you should have the latest software before the end of the week.

Those with a Verizon Pixel or Pixel 2 should see this update starting December 5th as well. To get started head into Settings > About Phone > and check for updates. Or, manually update with the files once they’re available. We’ll update once we know more, or when the release starts hitting devices.

Other Details

All said and done, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device within the next few days. You won’t notice anything new, but the phone will be more secure and better prepared for the future. Then, within the next 2-3 weeks, the official update to Android 8.1 Oreo will arrive. Again, this update is only on Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. Which means those with a Samsung, HTC, Motorola or other devices will have to wait for updates from that specific manufacturer.

No matter what version of Android Oreo you are on if you’re having problems we have a few tips. Those experiencing issues should check out this post for more help. Stay tuned for more details and drop a comment below with any questions or concerns about the Nexus and Pixel December Oreo update.

Pixel & Nexus December Android Oreo Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

DEAL: Get the Pixel 2 for as low as $349 from Verizon (with installments)

When the Pixel 2 lineup came out, there was a lot of hemming and hawing about the price – the Pixel 2 started at $649 and the 2 XL started at $849. However, now Verizon is offering an amazing deal for these devices, just in time for some holiday shopping.

Starting today, you can get the Pixel 2 for as low as $349 and the Pixel 2 XL for as low as $549, a savings of $300 on either device. Naturally, you’ll need to sign up for Verizon’s 24-month installment plan, so you won’t be able to walk into a store and get the devices for that cheap unlocked.

As for those monthly installments, you’ll be looking at around $14 per month for the regular Pixel 2 and $23 per month for the Pixel 2 XL. This is a great time to jump onboard the Pixel 2 hype train, and if you have Verizon I’m not sure you’re going to want to pass this up.

This is definitely the lowest price we’ve seen for either of these devices, and the best part is, you don’t even have to trade anything in. So if you want to hop on this deal, hit the button below, and let us know which model you decide to get.

If you’re having trouble deciding whether the Pixel 2 is right for you, check out Phandroid’s coverage via the links below.

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