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Pixel 4a camera sample gallery: Our first shots with Google's newest Pixel

The trend in smartphone photography is all about more sensors, more focal lengths, and more effects. In the budget space, that means tossing in poor-quality macro modules and useless depth sensors. Google doesn't roll that way—the Pixel 4a still sports a single 12.2MP camera sensor, and it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why). However, the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more. Our first batch of photos taken with the newest Pixel prove that.

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The new Google Assistant will soon support German, French, Spanish, and Italian

As part of today's Pixel 4a festivities, Google has snuck in a few other announcements as well. On top of the expansion of Live Caption, the snazzy new Assistant that debuted with the Pixel 4 is getting support for four more languages — eventually. German, French, Spanish, and Italian will all be getting the faster on-device version "soon."

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Netflix officially brings variable speed playback to Android devices

After months of testing, Netflix is joining myriad streaming services in adopting variable speed playback. Subscribers with Android phones will be able to watch programs at 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, and 1.5x speeds. Creators have been dismayed with the feature since its testing, but advocates for those with hearing or vision loss say it's a win.

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The Pixel 4a will come in just one color — black

There's little to complain about when it comes to the just-released, often-leaked Pixel 4a. In our review, we praise Google's latest phone for its phenomenal performance and great hardware in a more than affordable package, and smaller nitpicks like a tinny speaker and a lack of secondary camera lenses can be forgiven at $350. There's one thing we can't quite understand, though — the Pixel 4a is only available in matte black.

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Google Photos brings back the skip and rewind buttons for videos

Google's apps go through a continuous ebb and flow of features. One day a new option is added, the next it's taken away, and many years later, you might get it back. That's the case with Photos' video skip and rewind buttons. We had them in 2016, they disappeared at some point after that, and now they're back, albeit in a limited server-side rollout.

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Leaked Sony WH-1000XM4 promo video shows the upcoming noise cancelling headphones in action

A promo video for Sony's upcoming WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones has leaked, confirming most of the various details we already knew about the awaited XM3 successor, while showing off that near-identical design in action.

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Google Pixel 4a: Best launch deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google has finally officially revealed the Pixel 4a, this year's budget Android phone from the company. Just like last year's Pixel 3a, the phone strikes an excellent balance between hardware and software. It's even cheaper than the 3a, starting at just $349, and stores and carriers are also offering their own discounts and pre-order bonuses. If you're still on the fence about buying one, you should definitely read our review.

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Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4 camera comparison: Is there a difference?

One of the wonderfully peculiar things about Google's budget Pixel 3a last year was that Google gave it the exact same set of imaging capabilities as the much more expensive Pixel 3 and 3 XL that came before it. In 2020, I'm pleased to report that, minus a missing telephoto lens, the story with the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4 is really no different. Snapping photos with the two side by side, I've gotten a pretty good sense of how both cameras behave, and the answer is, essentially, "identical" as far as any normal consumer would be concerned.

First, let's look at the photos.

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Google rolls out even-better-sounding US English Assistant voices for Actions

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Last day to enter: Win one of 4 ANNKE C500 Dome or ANNKE C800 Dome IP security cameras (Worldwide)

As the pandemic drags on, and you inevitably spend more time at home, you need a good security camera to keep tabs on what's happening outside your front door. Luckily, our friends at Annke are giving away two C500 Dome and two C800 Dome IP security cameras to our readers. Here's everything you need to know.

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