Carrier-specific Pixel 2, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Android 8.1 builds now rolling out

Last week, some Pixel 2 devices began receiving an unexpected Android 8.1 update that still featured the January security patch. Today, that carrier-specific build has been posted to Google Factory Images page, along with additional updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

A Google engineer recently spoke at a conference and stated that only roughly 10 percent of all Google account holders have enabled two-factor authentication. That is a surprisingly low percentage of users not taking every step possible to protect their Google and email accounts.

Why haven’t you enabled two-step authentication on your Google account?

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Google has blocked YouTube’s TV-optimized web version from the Amazon Fire TV [Update: It’s back]

Update: A few minutes after publishing, YouTube’s optimized experience has returned to the Fire TV.

The Google and Amazon dispute has reached its latest salvo with YouTube’s TV-optimized web version now blocked on the Fire TV. Users of the competing Amazon product can still access the video site, but only through an unintuitive desktop experience.

If you’re like me and use Android Auto every time you get into your car, you probably know that there is always a good chance that Android Auto won’t launch on your head unit. Thankfully, Google will be pushing a fix for this in February’s security patch…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google rolling out speed ratings for public Wi-Fi networks in Android 8.1

When Google announced Android 8.1 back in December, it showed off a feature that placed a speed label next to public Wi-Fi networks. Based on these labels, users would be able to decide if they wanted to connect to the open network. At long last, Google is officially rolling out this feature starting today…

Earlier this year I reviewed the Essential Phone, the first product to come from Andy Rubin’s startup of the same name. At the time, it was a $700 device trying to compete directly with the rest of Android’s flagships in one of the most memorable years in quite some time. There were a lot of great phones in 2017, and the Essential Phone simply fell through the cracks.

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