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I Now Have ‘Android 11’ On My Google ‘Pixel 4’ & Have Lost Power-Button Screenshot Feature!

by Anura Guruge



So, Android 10 in March, Android 11 in September. 6-months apart.

The update was NO problem, BUT I immediately discovered that holding the Power-Button to capture a screenshot had gone away! Damn. I loved that & used it often.

There are other ways to get a screenshot BUT they are not as handy.

Why can’t developers leave stuff alone?

I am sure they are going to have to put this back. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

SSK 2TB PORTABLE Storage, With Built-In Wi-Fi, For Backing Up Android Phones, E.G., Google Pixel 4.

by Anura Guruge


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Of course, from Amazon. Search ‘SSK 2TB’.


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What the SSK APP looks like.


This is when I am TRAVELLING & don’t have ready access to FAST Internet to backup my pictures on the cloud.

We, with our PHONES, take cloud backup for GRANTED but that is contingent on having decent Wi-Fi/Internet — especially when you take as many pictures as I do.

What happens if you don’t have Wi-Fi/Internet, the connection is patchy or it is just too slow. Your photos don’t get backed-up. That is OK UNTIL something BAD happens to your phone — lose it, drop it, break it or you accidently delete the photos.

That is where this little (& it is small enough) GIZMO steps in.

It has its own built-in Wi-Fi.

You connect your phone, Google Pixel 4, in my case, to that Wi-Fi. Yes, you have to type in the password each time.

Once you are connected & LOGGED IN (password AGAIN), Bob’s your uncle. It will automatically backup your pictures. Just what I wanted.

Why Wi-Fi rather than an USB connection.

Bloody Android 10! Clobbered USB-attached storage. I tried. I tried.

That is when I found this. This works.


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by Anura Guruge

Android 10 (On Google Pixel 4) WILL NOT Support External USB Storage!

by Anura Guruge


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I spent 10-hours today trying to get my Google Pixel 4 (running Android 10) to recognize USB attached storage.

WOW!

It is basically said to be a SECURITY improvement.

Yes, Yes, Yes. I went into ‘Developer Mode‘ & enabled USB Debugging & set the USB options. I did it multiple times. No joy.

Works find with my Google Pixel 2.

Yes, I looked at multiple posts & YouTubes. Yes, I tried with a PC too.

I want to be able to backup photos from my Pixel 4 when I do NOT have Wi-Fi — i.e., when I am travelling in the wilds. Was NOT really an issue when I used cameras. I would use multiple SD cards. That way I could minimize what I would lose if I lost/damaged a camera or card. Basically trying to duplicate that with the phone. IF I drop my phone from a cliff on my 2nd day hiking I would rather NOT also lose all my pictures from Day 1. Makes sense — right? There is always method to my madness.

Looks like USB attached doesn’t work.

So, now going to look at Wi-Fi storage — with a built-in ‘hotspot’. I will keep you posted. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

My ‘Google Pixel 4’ Now Has The ‘Android 10’, March 5, 2020 Update — Two-Days Early.

by Anura Guruge



Kind of cool to have a ‘March 5’ update already installed on March 3rd.

But, I do have a Google Pixel 4 and I am led to believe that Pixel 4 owners get first dibs — as it SHOULD be. SMILE.

I had read about the March ‘feature drop’ for Pixel 4s as of the weekend. I didn’t need any of the new features, BUT I like having the latest update, if nothing else for all the bug fixes and behind the scene refinements.

I checked for the update yesterday; Monday, March 2nd. Nada.

Checked this afternoon around 4pm. Bingo.

Haven’t used the phone (really) since the update. So, I can’t tell if everything is still copacetic. I assume and hope so.


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My New ‘Google Pixel 4’ Now Has The Jan. 1, 2020 Update To Android 10.

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I had read, online, that the January 2020 update to Android 10 had just started, today, to be rolled out to Pixel 4s. Last month had to wait until nearly the 3rd week to get the December update. So, I was curious whether I could get the latest update right away.

I had to manually check for an update. At that juncture it went ahead and started the download. Only a 12MB download but with all the housekeeping it does it took about 20-minutes to download, optimize and install. Haven’t used the phone since. It rebooted OK. Looks OK, so far.

I will keep you posted with anything untoward crops up.


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I Switched To A Google ‘Pixel 4’ From A ‘Pixel 2’, Continuing To Use ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier — And It Was Painless.

by Anura Guruge


 


First 2 Pictures With The Google Pixel 4.


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Confirmation on ‘Google Fi’.


The offer from the ‘Google Store’ I couldn’t turn down.

Click to ENLARGE. Oh, and I got 0% APR for 2-years. SMILE.


First Pictures of the Day with Google Pixel 4.


This, believe it or NOT, is but the 2nd (as in ‘second’) smartphone I have ever had! The Google Pixel 2, that I treated myself to at Christmas 2017, was my first. So, this was my first time transitioning from one smartphone to another. The only part that I was leery about was how things would work out with ‘Google Fi‘. Of late, I have had some issues with ‘Google Fi’ transactions and support and as such had fears that transferring my number from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 4 might be problematic and that ‘Fi’ would force me to get a new number. Not so. That went very smoothly. I was glad.

Superficially, other than the unmistakable camera ‘cluster’, the Pixel 4 looks very much like the Pixel 2. But, that is deceiving. Quite different animals, both in terms of hardware and software — though I had Android 10 on my Pixel 2. The latest Android on the Pixel 4 doesn’t have the ever-so familiar ‘<< (back) & ο (home)‘ buttons on the bottom. You swipe-up for home. That works and I got used to that easy enough. I, maybe, even like that. ‘Back’ is more problematic. You have to SWIPE ACROSS the screen and, in my experience, it is hit-or-miss. I need to look into that further.

The camera works. That is ALL I can say for now. Pictures are ‘OK’. Haven’t seen anything spectacular as yet. But, at the same time, I have also only taken less than 30 pictures.

Pairing with my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Titanium has been a HUGE problem. Very disconcerting. Yikes. Hope I can sort that out.

Face detection is cute, but also hit-and-miss. I re-registered my face. Might have to do it again.

So, therein lies the first 1/2 day so to speak.


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My ‘Google Pixel 2’ Is Now Running Android 10 (Replete With ‘Dark Themes’ & Gestures).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Android 10’ is towards the middle.


I had read, online, that it was going to be available on Google Pixel phones as of September 3, 2019. I, however, did NOT get it automatically. I had to ‘Check for Update’ — today, September 4, 2019. Then it was there. No problems downloading — other than it not letting me do it when my battery was low. That was fine. I turned on dark themes. Cute.


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by Anura Guruge