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Energy Ring now supports the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, and Google Pixel 5a

Energy Ring now supports the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, and Google Pixel 5a

With lots of smartphones in 2021 now shipping with hole-punch front cameras, the Energy Ring app has become one of the coolest tweaks you can add to your handset. In case you're not familiar with it, it's made by developer IJP, and it allows you to display your phone's current battery level as a ring around your camera, instead of putting that space to waste. Earlier this year, it was made into a universal app (previously, every supported phone got its own individual app) with support for multiple devices like the Galaxy S21 and the Google Pixel 5. Now the app is getting support for a handful of new devices.

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Google's working on letting you mirror your phone screen to Chromebooks

Google's working on letting you mirror your phone screen to Chromebooks

Google has been working on integrating Chrome OS and Android more tightly for a while now with features like Phone Hub, Nearby Share, and Smart Lock. But the company already teased during its 2021 I/O developer conference that there was a lot more coming. We've long tracked one of these potentially upcoming features, codenamed "Eche," which we understand to be a service that will allow you to mirror your Pixel's screen right on your Chromebook, and now, more details have emerged.

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The Pixel September security update is here, including the first round for the Pixel 5a

The Pixel September security update is here, including the first round for the Pixel 5a

It's that time again, every* Pixel owner's favorite day of the month: security patch day! Updates for the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5a 5G, and the Pixel 5 should all be heading out via over-the-air update over the next few days. And since there's a (sort of) new Pixel on the block, let's all welcome the Pixel 5a to its first monthly security patch.

*Okay, maybe not every single one. Maybe just us.

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Pixel 5a teardown confirms Pixels are still very hard phones to repair

Pixel 5a teardown confirms Pixels are still very hard phones to repair

The Pixel 5a has finally been unveiled as Google's newest mid-range phone, and for the most part, it's very, very similar to the Pixel 4a 5G — at least from the outside. It comes with 5G connectivity, it's powered by the Snapdragon 765G just like the Pixel 4a 5G and even the flagship Pixel 5, and it features 6 GB of RAM and a 60Hz panel. You may be familiar with the components, but how is the 5a built? The phone has now been stripped down to its guts, and we have bad news for repairbility fans: it's still a tough nut to crack.

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Factory and OTA images for Pixel 5a now available

Factory and OTA images for Pixel 5a now available

Rooting and ROMing is sadly declining in popularity these days, but Pixel devices remain a popular option for those that still honor the practice, given their unlockable bootloaders. For folks with that inclination that picked up the brand new Pixel 5a, Google has just published the full suite of OTA and factory images that can both make recovering from an accident a little easier and potentially offer a means for some future fun.

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Google definitely hotboxed the office while making the newest Pixel 5a ad

Google definitely hotboxed the office while making the newest Pixel 5a ad

If there's one thing you can take from Google's new Pixel 5a ad, it's that the new phone has circles. Well, really, just the one circle — and, I guess, it's more of a hole. But have you ever just thought about circles? They start where they stop, and they never end. Can someone pass the Cheetos? Your eyes are so red, man.

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You might get your Pixel 5a pre-order early

You might get your Pixel 5a pre-order early

If you can't wait to get your hands on Google's latest mid-range smartphone, have we got some good news for you. Just as with last year's model, the Pixel 5a seems to be arriving on customers' doorsteps earlier than expected, and with two days to go until its official release date, you could find yourself among one of the lucky chosen ones.

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The Pixel 5a overheats while recording video

The Pixel 5a overheats while recording video

Recording video in 4K at 60 frames per second is understandably an intensive undertaking, but you'd hope that your phone could handle it without overheating. Unfortunately, reports suggest that the brand-new Pixel 5a gets too hot while shooting video and asks you to close the camera until temperatures return to a more reasonable level.

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Google Fi's Pixel 5a deal might be good enough to switch carriers

Google Fi's Pixel 5a deal might be good enough to switch carriers

With a metal frame and unbeatable battery performance, there's a lot to love about the Pixel 5a. It's even cheaper than last year's Pixel 4a 5G, dropping its cost down to just $449. If that price tag still feels just a bit too steep for a year-old processor, you're in luck. Google Fi has brought back its best deal from 2020 that lets subscribers grab a brand-new Pixel 5a for just $216.

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The Pixel 6 will follow in Apple and Samsung's footsteps in one important way

The Pixel 6 will follow in Apple and Samsung's footsteps in one important way

Do you really need another power brick with your next phone? Google, following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi, thinks that you don't. The company has announced that the Pixel 5a, just announced (and reviewed!) today, is the last Pixel phone that will come with a charger in the box.

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