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Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4a: $450 cheaper, but not $450 worse

Google's newest mid-range phone, the Pixel 4a, was finally, finally revealed today after months of speculation, rumors, and leaks. Turns out, it's a pretty fantastic little package for the price — David gave it a glowing review. But you may be wondering how it compares to Google's original Pixel 4, the company's 2019 flagship. Here's how they stack up.

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Google Pixel 4a review: All the phone you need, none of what you don't

The Pixel 3a wasn't $400 smartphone perfection, but when it launched at Google I/O last year, it came closer to the mark than any phone in the US had before. That is, until the iPhone SE upstaged it this spring. With the Pixel 4a, Google is fighting an uphill battle against Apple—and I'm not going to try to convince you they've won it, either. But after two weeks with the new entry-level Pixel, I'm convinced there is so little left for Google to improve on this phone that it hardly matters. If price is an object, the Pixel 4a is the smartest smartphone you can buy today.

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Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a: What's new in Google's 2020 budget phone?

The Pixel 3a was, undeniably, one of the best phones of 2019. Google's slick software and borderline magical camera processing made this unassuming budget device more appealing than phones that cost twice as much. We were hoping to see its successor this spring, but the Pixel 4a is just now official (and you should read our review of it). It shares a lot with the Pixel 3a, but it makes a few notable changes.

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Samsung hypes this week's Unpacked event with new video teasers

Samsung has been slowly trickling information out about its August 5th Unpacked event. The show itself was announced earlier this month, and it was clarified that five "power devices" would be introduced at the event about a week ago. To keep interest high, Samsung is counting down the days with short videos teasing not just the products, but the whole program itself.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Note 10, and more already receiving August security patch

Samsung has been killing it with system updates lately, often beating even Google to the punch when it comes to security patches. This isn't different this month around, as the manufacturer is already distributing the August security update. First we saw a few Galaxy S10 units in Germany start picking it up, followed now by S20 and Note 10 models.

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My Google Pixel 4a battery life impressions after two weeks using the phone

I've been lucky enough to have the Pixel 4a in my pocket the last two weeks, and in that time I've developed a pretty good sense for just how long this phone lasts on a charge. I won't leave you chasing a big reveal: it's legitimately good.

I'm currently getting 6 hours or more screen on time in an average day.

For a relatively "small" phone (I know, I know — 5.8" is hardly tiny), the Pixel 4a really does just seem to go and go. I put this down to a a few things. First, the new Snapdragon 730G processor is manufactured on a smaller 8nm process, making it substantially more efficient than the outgoing Snapdragon 670 that was used in the Pixel 3a.

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Chrome's crowded grid tab switcher gets trending search suggestion chips

Late last year, Chrome began testing a very busy tab switcher interface with a grid layout, incognito toggle, Google search bar, and site shortcuts. A few reiterations later, we're now looking at a slightly newer approach which keeps everything nearly the same, but puts trending search terms at the forefront instead of site shortcuts.

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41 temporarily free and 60 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Today I have a boatload of sales, which is a great way to start out the week, and so if you're looking for one of the best stand-alone eReaders available on the platform, you can grab Moon+ Reader Pro at a solid discount. Of course, if you're looking for games, Beamdog is currently offering Baldur's Gate II at a low price, and if CRPGs aren't your thing, then perhaps the survival strategy game Rebuild is more your speed. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 41 temporarily free and 60 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Snag a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note9 for just $390 on eBay right now

Samsung's Galaxy Note series offers some of the best specs and biggest screens you'll find on a smartphone. When we reviewed the Note9 back in 2018, we called it "the best smartphone you can buy." Even though it's no longer the new kid on the block, it's still a great package that includes a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage — and you can pick up a manufacturer refurbished model on eBay for just $389.99 right now.

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Google Fi shutting down Group Repay on September 16

If you and up to five of your best siblings or buddies went into a Google Fi account together and use the Group Repay feature to sort out the bill at the end of the month, bad news: the company is doing away with that option from September 16.

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