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Appallingly low-res images of the Pixel 4a leak in private Facebook group (Update: Retail box)

Considering how extensively the Pixel 4 leaked before it was introduced last year, it's quite a miracle that we don't know all that much about its budget sister model yet, rumored to be released in May during Google I/O. It looks like that's bound to change, as some images have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit via a private Facebook group that give us a first low-res, pixelated look at a purported Pixel 4a — though we should take these images with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Google Assistant tests tab-less settings interface with search bar

A long time ago (prior to 2018, to be specific), Google Assistant's settings came without the now-familiar tabbed interface. Much like the system settings, different sections were accessible via top-level entries. It looks like Google is experimenting with a return to something akin to that old interface. A current A/B test spotted by 9to5Google puts a search bar at the top of the settings and gets rid of the tabs.

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Samsung's supposed next-gen Galaxy Buds 'Beans' could feature ANC, cost less than $150

We only recently got an upgraded pair of Galaxy Buds+ from Samsung, at the same time as the Galaxy S20 series was launched, and they offer superior battery life and improved sound in a practically identical form factor. If a new report from WinFuture is to be believed, Samsung's next-generation true wireless earbuds could introduce a new design the like of which we've not seen before.

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HMD’s budget Nokia 2.2 receives Android 10 update (Update: Nokia 3.2, 4.2 too)

Over the years, HMD Global has shown its commitment to releasing the latest Android updates for even its entry-level models. Many Nokia phones from 2018 are already running Android 10 after its rollout started late last year. Keeping up with that trend, the Finnish brand today released the newest Android flavor for one of its cheapest phones released in 2019—the Nokia 2.2.

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Chrome OS 81 comes with gesture navigation and PIP support (Update: Rollout halted)

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which already forced some schedule adjustments on Google developers, the company has launched Chrome OS 81 to the stable channel. The latest release packs a new gesture navigation for the tablet mode and adds picture-in-picture support for Android apps. It also shrinks the taskbar ever so slightly to give you more screen real estate.

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Even emoji are being delayed because of coronavirus 😷

It's not just events and product releases being delayed due to the impact of coronavirus. Clearly, human lives are at stake too, but almost as importantly, the emoji are also being affected. The Unicode Consortium has just decided to postpone the release of v14.0 of the Unicode standard for six months, upon which a future round of Emoji is set to be based.

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OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro prices leak — get ready for some sticker shock

OnePlus got its foot in the door by selling phones with flagship-level performance at lower prices, but it hasn't been immune to the huge increases in smartphone prices since then. This is especially evident with the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, which have both taken price hikes of 140 euros and up when compared to the 7T and 7T Pro.

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Anker's PowerCore 20,000mAh battery is just $30 right now

While there might not be a lot of traveling going on right now, portable batteries can still come in handy during power cuts and other situations. One of Anker's 20,000mAh units is now just $30 at Newegg, while the same battery currently goes for $50 at Amazon.

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Retailer cancels early Pixel Buds 2 pre-orders, calls product listing a 'mistake'

Google first revealed an updated line of Pixel Buds in October of last year, but there's still no firm release date beyond "spring." A product listing at B&H appeared two months ago, saying the buds were "coming soon," but that was later removed. Now another page about the Pixel Buds 2 has been made available, and even though it has already been taken down, nothing on the internet is ever truly deleted.

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Simple Gallery Pro is a premium photo manager built with privacy in mind (Sponsored)

There are plenty of photo editing apps strewn across the Play Store, all vying to be your top choice for touching up the precious photos in your gallery. Unfortunately, many of these apps are supported by intrusive ads that not only take up valuable screen real estate but may also siphon your personal information and sell it to advertisers for profit. Wouldn't it be great to have an honest photo editor that only does what it claims to do? Enter Simple Gallery Pro, the affordable open source photo managing app built with power and privacy in mind.

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