[Deal Alert] Pixel 2 and 2 XL are $50-$75 off at the Google Store

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p1a-728x473.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464351" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p1a-728x473-728x473.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="434" /></a></p> <p>Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL might not be without their drawbacks, but the pair are still excellent phones with some of the best software and cameras out there. The most significant real disadvantage to each has been the price tag. At $649-949, they weren't exactly cheap. But, for a short time, Google has discounted both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL—$50 in the case of the Pixel 2, and $75 in the case of the 2 XL.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/deal-alert-pixel-2-2-xl-50-75-off-google-store/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/deal-alert-pixel-2-2-xl-50-75-off-google-store/'>[Deal Alert] Pixel...

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Google’s Project Jacquard jacket can now light up its tag and find your phone

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_jacquard-update-photo.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-464325 size-full" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_jacquard-update-photo.png" width="728" height="475" /></a></p> <p>When it went on sale in <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/25/googles-project-jacquard-smart-jacket-goes-sale-wednesday-350/">late September</a>, Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket was the first piece of clothing to integrate Google's Project Jacquard touch-gesture functionality. At $350 a pop, it's not a surprise that the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.jacquard&rdid=com.google.android.apps.jacquard">Jacquard by Google app</a> (which is used to customize and control the jacket) shows just 100-500 installs. That means a few hundred people will be delighted to learn that the app just got its first major update, which lets wearers of the Jacquard-woven jacket use gestures that enable new light modes for the tag on the...

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Google is now providing padded boxes instead of flimsy envelopes for trade-ins

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_trade-in-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464330" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_trade-in-hero-728x410.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>When Google started its recent trade-in program, the most common gripe was that the packaging provided by the company was seen as <a href="https://9to5google.com/2017/09/29/google-store-project-fi-trade-in-kits-flimsy-packaging/">insufficient protection</a> for your phone. In fact, there were multiple reports of devices being <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/7br7cw/google_refuse_to_payout_full_tradein_value_for/dpkgbpl/">damaged in transit</a> as a result of the flimsy envelopes. Well, that shouldn't be a problem anymore, as Google has now switched to padded boxes. <span id="more-464327"></span></p> <p>For the unfamiliar, Google provides an option to trade-in a limited selection of phones in exchange for credit towards a purchase made through Project Fi...

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Google+ adds a ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_google-plus-delete-report-block.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-464318" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_google-plus-delete-report-block.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p>Google+ has had <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/05/29/opinion-google-isnt-dead-drowning-spam-though-plans-something/">problems with spam</a> since... well, forever. If you regularly encounter spam on the platform, at least Google has now made it easier to deal with the problem. The company is rolling out a new 'delete, report, and block' button for comments to help you quickly get rid of spam replies.<span id="more-464316"></span></p> <p>Leo Deegan, an engineer manager at Google, announced the new feature on his G+ account. It's similar to the 'remove, report, and ban' option given to community moderators a while back, but this is for...

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BlackBerry cuts off updates for the PRIV, right after its 24-month promise ended

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/nexus2cee_DSC00578.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-344826" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/nexus2cee_DSC00578-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/05/blackberry-priv-review-a-respectable-first-try-but-still-rough-around-the-edges/">BlackBerry launched into the Android world in 2015 with the Priv</a>, a phone to satisfy those who need to be super-secure. At that time, the company promised that it would update the phone for two years, though it was pretty confident in its ability to lockdown insecure parts of the operating system. That 24-month period has come and gone, and sure enough, BlackBerry is officially cutting off support for the phone.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/blackberry-cuts-off-updates-priv-right-24-month-promise-ended/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/blackberry-cuts-off-updates-priv-right-24-month-promise-ended/'>BlackBerry cuts off updates for the PRIV, right after its 24-month promise...

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Bombshell letter from former Uber employee outlines company tactics of wiretapping, bribery, more

As part of its ongoing litigation with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit, a new letter from Uber’s former manager of global intelligence makes startling accusations towards the ride-hailing company. The letter alleges that Uber engaged in a series of surveillance activities and corporate espionage… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover Richard Jaobs was previously Uber’s manager […]

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New photos show exterior construction nearing completion at Apple’s new Vienna, Austria store

9to5Mac reader Philipp has shared some new photos with us of construction progress at Apple’s new retail location on Kärntner Straße in Vienna, Austria. Details about the store, Apple’s first location in Austria, originally came last August when it was revealed that Apple was finalizing plans to take over the space formerly occupied by fashion retailer Espirit. Tweetbot […]

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[Update x2: Available for more watches] Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2017/12/12 3:27am PST Update" href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/google-announces-android-wear-watches-will-get-oreo-update/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2017/12/12 3:27am PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Oreo is available on a few more timepieces now</span> </div> </a> </li><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2017/12/16 9:41am PST Update" href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/16/google-announces-android-wear-watches-will-get-oreo-update/#2"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_2"> 2</span>: 2017/12/16 9:41am PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">The list has been updated yet again, and a few more watches now have Android 8.0 Oreo. These include the Fossil Q Founder 2.0, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander,</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Oreo-Android-Wear-Hero-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-462765" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Oreo-Android-Wear-Hero-1.png" alt="" width="948" height="533" /></a></p> <p>As the name implies,...

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[Deal Alert] 64GB Moto Z (2016) is $349.99 ($350 off) at Amazon and B&H

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_moto-z-deal.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-464311" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_moto-z-deal.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p>We've seen a few discounts for the original Moto Z lately. The phone was $399.99 on Amazon <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/05/deal-alert-64gb-moto-z-400-300-off/">back in September</a>, and Motorola currently has it for $424.99 <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/10/deal-alert-get-moto-z2-play-350-150-off-g5-plus-200-240-20-off-motorolas-site/">on its online store</a>. Amazon and B&H now have the Moto Z for $349.99, a savings of $350 from the original MSRP, and about $100 less than what the phone usually goes for.<span id="more-464309"></span></p> <p>As for specifications, this phone has a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 13MP/5MP cameras, and support for all 'Moto Mod' modular add-ons.<div class="clear"></div>...

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15 Christmas-themed Android apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces to get you in the holiday spirit

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_android-logos-christmas.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463889" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_android-logos-christmas-728x249.png" alt="" width="668" height="228" /></a></p> <p>With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be prudent to put together a list of apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces that are appropriately holiday-themed. There are a total of 15 Play Store listings within this list, and each one has been hand-picked. So if you are looking for some great Android-specific apps with a Christmas theme, you have clicked on the right listicle.<br /><span id="more-463888"></span></p> <h1>Apps</h1> <h3>Google Santa Tracker</h3><p></p> <p>Okay, so <em>Google Santa Tracker</em> is pretty much a prerequisite at this point for any Christmas-themed list for Android.<div...

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