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. Read More
We're learning more details about the bid to expand Google Pay's offerings beyond digital peer-to-peer transactions. Six banks have announced partnerships with Google that will allow new customers to launch accounts at their institutions through Google Pay. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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%. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More