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Pixel 3a and 3a XL randomly shut down for some users

Pixels have always had a considerable amount of issues, making some phone enthusiasts wary of them. We've even dedicated an unofficial bug tracker for the Pixel 3 here at Android Police to monitor the problems we've encountered. With the Pixel 3a and 3a XL being far from Google’s first attempt at smartphone manufacturing, we've been hoping that a lot of the wrinkles that plagued earlier models would be ironed out by now. It appears that this isn't the case, as many users are reporting that their new devices are randomly shutting down.

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[Update: Pixel 3a, too] Pixel 3a XL comes with a free $100 gift card on Amazon

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL just went live on Amazon a few hours ago, but a pretty enticing promotion is already being offered. Buyers of the Just Black Pixel 3a XL can get a free $100 Amazon gift card, which is sure to be much more useful than the $100 in Google Store credit you'll get from Google itself.

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You can now order the Pixel 3a and 3a XL on Amazon

Google's new Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones have the potential to be the company's most widely adopted yet, with a competitive price and greater carrier availability. Another point in the 3a's favor: everyone's favorite online mega-retailer is now selling both models directly.

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Plastic fantastic: The Pixel 3a is a refreshing break from the delicate glass sandwich

Sometime in the last few years, "plastic" became a dirty word in smartphones. The reasons for this — like evoking the kind of cheap and unpleasant designs that defined early Android phones — are probably less important the outcomes. A whole class of materials were re-branded as low-rent, and today even many relatively affordable phones have made the switch to fully aluminum or metal-and-glass sandwiches for the superficially premium look they impart.

But Google's newest smartphone bucks the trend, and in just the right way: the Pixel 3a stands apart with its genuinely nice, unapologetically plastic design.

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[Update: OTA images gone too] Pixel 3a and 3a XL removed from Android Q Beta program, but they'll return in June

After the Google I/O keynote, there was some confusion about how many devices would be getting Android Q Beta 3. A total of 21 was given originally, but that didn't include the newly announced Pixel 3a and 3a XL even though we'd separately been told they were going to get it. That was later confirmed, but they've now been removed.

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Google adds Pixel 3a to list of enterprise-ready Android phones

We've covered the Android Enterprise Recommended program a few times in the past — it's a list of phones and tablets that Google recommends for use in companies. All of the devices in the program are running a recent version of Android, receive regular security updates, and work with zero-touch enrollment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL have now joined the party.

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Google Pixel 3a ad challenges the (i)Phone X’s price and camera

Google took an unprecedented step in the smartphone industry and launched its new midrange phones Pixel 3a and 3a XL for half the price of its flagship while still retaining the same camera quality the regular Pixels are loved for. Of course, the company didn't miss the chance to rub that fact into its competitors' noses and launched an ad campaign comparing the fictional $999 "Phone X" with the $399 Pixel 3a, implying that it takes way better pictures in the dark.

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iFixit teardown claims the Pixel 3a is the most repairable Google phone in years

Just about every recent flagship phone is a nightmare to repair, from the Galaxy S10 to to the Huawei P20 Pro. As it turns out, building phones out of unibody glass with lots of glue and solder doesn't make it easy to replace the battery. However, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL appear to be a nice change from pace, as iFixit's new teardown guides claim both phones aren't too daunting to fix.

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Review: The Pixel 3a and 3a XL make almost any phone under $500 look bad

The Pixel 3a, Google’s new entry-level smartphone starts at an attractive $399, and comes in only two configurations: regular and extra large. The 3a XL is the phone I’ve been using for over a week now, and it costs a bit more, at $479. But that seems eminently reasonable for the larger 6” screen and 3700mAh battery the extra $80 net you. Otherwise, there really aren’t any noteworthy differences: both phones have 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM (yes, yes, I know), Snapdragon 670 processors, and identical cameras. And no doubt, many people’s first question with a cheaper version of any phone will be “what am I giving up?” To be sure, that’s important - and you can find the answers over here.

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Google I/O 2019 roundup: All the announcements, news, and devices

Google I/O is nearly at an end, and Google made a ton of announcements regarding Android, search, the Assistant, and - this year - even new hardware. Our coverage has been fast and furious, so this post is meant to help you wrap your head around everything we've dug into here at the show. From Pixel 3a to Android Q Beta 3 and beyond, it's all here. Day three of the show sees things wind down, but we've still got new items in the list here, and more will be added as our coverage concludes on Friday.

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