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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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Uh-Oh, I Think They're Onto Us...

Well, folks, it finally happened - after numerous APK teardowns, Google has finally dropped a message to the Android Police teardown team inside one of the APKs - the Android Play Store v4.4 nonetheless.

The message reads: <string name="ap_teardown_notice">"These aren't the features you're looking for, officer"</string>.


Many of you have joked about this in past comments, so I've been wondering whether a Googler will actually do it one day. I think they're onto us, guys! <Squeal>

Ron, if, or rather when, you're reading this - this one's for you, baby:


P.S. Unless I'm reading too much into it, the message seems to suggest that the Play Store 4.4 build we saw is indeed still a work-in-progress, as I suggested in the post.

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