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The Pixel 4a's launch in India is delayed, but the Pixel 5 isn't coming at all

At Google’s mid-season announcement, we finally got to see the hotly anticipated Pixel 4a make its debut after what was feeling like a never-ending wait. But it looks like the wait is going to be even longer for Indians as the 4a’s launch in the South Asian market is still a couple of months away. On top of that, Google has said that the higher-end Pixel 5 won’t see an Indian launch at all.

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This is what Huawei's upcoming Mate 40 flagship probably looks like

Huawei's recent restrictions in the US may still be a problem, but the Chinese company is nevertheless now the biggest smartphone maker in the world. Its flagship device, the Mate 30, was released last year, but you couldn't run Google apps on it. Now Huawei is gearing up to launch the Mate 40, as some CAD renders of the upcoming device have hit the web.

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These are all the Pixel 4a cases you can buy from Google right now

Google's latest smartphone has been announced and it's ready to roll out to the masses. If you've already put in an order for the Pixel 4a, or will be soon, you may also want to pick up a case so your new phone doesn't have to endure the elements alone. Google has its own first-party case, but unlike the old days, other manufacturers are collaborating to have options available right away. There will be plenty of other manufacturers with cases coming out as well, but for this list we're sticking to the Made For Pixel partners Google has featured in the store.

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Google to make 2-Step Verification mandatory for Google Play Console users

In our modern world where anyone could be a hacker (even a Florida teen), it's important to keep our data secure. Google has been pushing its 2-Step Verification program as a way to make sure it's really you logging into your account. Now, the company has announced that 2FA will be mandatory for new users of the Google Play Console soon and existing users with high-risk permissions last this year.

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Ward off Pixel 4a envy with a new Pixel 3a/3a XL or 4/4XL fabric case for $20 (50% off)

Pixel phones have usually been known more for utilitarian design than flashy looks, but Google's line of fabric cases certainly helps the phones stand out from the crowd while adding some drop protection as well. With the announcement of the new Pixel 4a, the Google Store is cutting prices on fabric case options for the Pixel 3a/3a XL and Pixel 4/4 XL down to just $20, a savings of 50%.

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August 2020 security patches land for Pixel phones

August updates are live for Google's Pixels — notably behind some Samsung devices. The trend of intermittently skipping those "functional patch notes" continues this month, so we can't tell you what sort of user-facing changes or fixes you might see (if there are any at all), but it does include a good number of "high" and "critical" labeled fixes, so you'll want to pull them down sooner rather than later anyway.

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Microsoft overhauls its Remote Desktop app with support for virtual desktops

Phones are getting more and more powerful, but a desktop PC is still a necessity for some tasks. Microsoft's Remote Desktop is an app that allows users to connect remotely to a PC, and the latest update is a major overhaul of the service that adds a bunch of features and improves the overall experience so Android users can be productive no matter where they are.

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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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