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Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G: Best deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G: Best deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google has finally revealed the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, following months of leaks and rumors. Both phones are available for pre-order starting today, and while the pricing is the same no matter where you get them from, some stores offer bonuses and trade-in promotions that sweeten the deal.

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New Google Assistant adds 4 languages, but don't expect the same abilities as English

New Google Assistant adds 4 languages, but don't expect the same abilities as English

In the Pixel 4a's announcement post, Google said that the new Assistant, which had been only available in English and Japanese so far, would "soon" support four new languages. Nearly two months later, that promise is materializing. You can now use the faster and cleaner Assistant in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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Cute Pixel videos pit Google's phone against an adorable pug

Cute Pixel videos pit Google's phone against an adorable pug

Google has thought it smart to pit its latest Pixel 4a against an adorable pug. According to the company's marketing material, which spans eight short videos, the phone comes out winning each and every time. This is how they lie to you, people. Everyone knows who the fair winner should be.

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Some Pixel 4a units are exhibiting a touchscreen bug on Android 11

Some Pixel 4a units are exhibiting a touchscreen bug on Android 11

We've all been awaiting Android 11 eagerly, but now that it's there, a subset of Pixel 4a users doesn't have the experience they were hoping for. Some people have taken to Google's and XDA Developers' forums, complaining about touchscreen sensitivity problems such as unresponsive scrolling and phantom touches.

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This is what the cancelled blue Pixel 4a would have looked like

This is what the cancelled blue Pixel 4a would have looked like

The Pixel 4a follows the Henry Ford mantra of "you can have it in any color, so long as it is black." But a 3D render that 9to5Google was able to dig up in the Google Store site shows that Google was heavily considering a light blue color at some point, but axed it before production.

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Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Now that Android 11's codebase has been released, folks have started digging through looking for smaller changes that may have gone unnoticed — or which hide future as-yet-unimplemented features. One small but potentially useful tweak has been spotted: Android 11 expands the utility of the new "firm" or "deep" press feature on the Pixel 4 and later to let you expand bundled notifications.

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Android 11 update for Google Pixels includes September security patches

Android 11 update for Google Pixels includes September security patches

Lost in yesterday's Android 11 hullabaloo was another bit of news: Security patches for Google's Pixel series were released together as part of the Android 11 update. This month's security-oriented fixes are more numerous than usual, with plenty of "high" and "critical" vulnerabilities included, so be sure to install the Android 11 update sooner rather than later.

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Android 11 starts rolling out today with improvements to notifications, privacy, 5G, and more

Android 11 starts rolling out today with improvements to notifications, privacy, 5G, and more

The first Developer Preview for Android 11 landed in February of this year, and Google has continued to iterate and add new features across several more Developer Previews and Betas. As revealed earlier this summer at the start of Google's "11 weeks of Android" promotion, the stable version of Android 11 has arrived, ready for public consumption and rolling out to Google Pixel devices.

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Google is giving out special Pixel 4a unboxing experiences to people in the UK

Google is giving out special Pixel 4a unboxing experiences to people in the UK

The Google Pixel 4a made waves as a budget champ with its remarkable camera and reasonable launch price in the US. But those waves haven’t quite hit the international shores as yet since the phone doesn’t ship until October in many parts of the world. In the UK, Google is using this intervening time to hype up its latest mid-ranger by handing out free gifts containing the Pixel 4a and more.

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Camera shootout: Galaxy Note20 Ultra vs. Pixel 4a

Camera shootout: Galaxy Note20 Ultra vs. Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra launched within a few weeks of each other, but they could not be more different Android phones. The Note20 Ultra is a humongous beast of a phone with all the latest and greatest hardware and an unsurprising $1,300 price tag. The Pixel 4a is smaller, less powerful, and only costs $350. And yet, Google's camera processing is so good that it can clobber phones that cost several times more. Is the Note20 Ultra one of them? Well, it depends on what you want out of a phone camera, but there is not a $1,000 gap in photo quality here.

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