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New Google Assistant voice typing UI showing up in Gboard

Gboard users are being fed some new features that run the gamut from big to small. The biggest out of them is that some Pixel owners are now seeing a new Google Assistant-powered voice typing UI.

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Pixel 4, 4 XL, and 4a pick up security certification from ioXt Alliance — required for Android 11's Enterprise Recommendation

Pixel phones have always been some of the most secure in the market, which is something Google has always been proud of. Today the Pixel 4 family, including the newly released Pixel 4a, picked up yet another security accolade by becoming the first smartphones to be officially certified by The Internet of Secure Things Alliance.

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Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4a: $450 cheaper, but not $450 worse

The Pixel 4a is hands down a winner, even when stacked up against the already great Pixel 3a from 2019. We gave Google's new budget phone a glowing review, and there are ample reasons why. But at $350, you may be wondering how it compared to the premium Pixel 4, a phone costing more than twice as much ($800). Is there really $450 more smartphone in Google's high-end Pixel? We really don't think so, even when you're just comparing spec tables. But when you get down to the raw experience, the comparison is even more favorable to the 4a: this isn't just a great phone for the money, it's a great phone, no asterisk necessary.

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Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a: What's new in Google's 2020 budget phone?

The Pixel 3a was our phone of the year in 2019, and for a lot of very good reasons. At $400, it offered a camera experience that many phones costing twice as much couldn't, and an update policy no other Android OEM could match. With the Pixel 4a, then, Google had a lot to live up to, and we weren't sure they could outdo the 3a without compromising on price (and you should read our review of it). It turns out, we were wrong: the 4a makes a few notable changes to the formula Google introduced with the 3a, but their collective impact results in an objectively better smartphone at a lower price.

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The Pixel 4a is the perfect upgrade from an older Pixel flagship

Google's phones typically last a good long while, at least software-wise. And we've seen that in practice, as many Android Police readers browse the site with Pixel 2 and even original Pixel smartphones today. But if you have one of these older phones, you may be getting to the point where an upgrade is finally on the table, and if you are still holding onto an old Pixel (or even Nexus) phone, the Pixel 4a is probably the best phone to come around in years to get you to pull the trigger. And at $350, it's not going to break the bank.

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Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4 camera comparison: Is there a difference?

One of the delightful surprises that came with the Pixel 3a last year was its camera. Unlike so many smartphone manufacturers, Google didn't opt to somehow make the imaging experience on its budget phone worse: the photos it took were exactly like those shot on the premium Pixel 3 and 3 XL, phone costing twice as much. As a result, the 3a took photos better than many $1000 flagships. With the Pixel 4a, Google hasn't messed with that formula. The new budget Pixel snaps shots that look every bit like those from its far more expensive siblings, and will make anything this side of an iPhone 11 Pro jealous.

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

Google finally officially revealed the Pixel 4a last week, and if you're still on the fence about buying one, you should definitely read our review. With an outstanding camera, great battery life, long software support, and a really aggressive price tag, Google's new budget phone is in a class of its own. And if you want to find the best deals and places to find Google's new budget phone, we've got a guide.

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Pixel 4a camera sample gallery: Our first shots with Google's newest Pixel

With smartphone manufacturers trying to jam more and more camera sensors into phones at every price point, it's become genuinely difficult to understand just what makes a good smartphone camera. With the Pixel 4a, Google reminds us that more is frequently no substitute for "better." With its single, aging 12.2MP Sony camera sensor used since the original Pixel in 2017, the 4a takes photos that will make an iPhone 11 Pro blush, let along the multi-cam monstrosities many budget brands are pumping out right now. While it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why), the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more.

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Should you buy a Pixel 4a, or wait for the Pixel 5?

Google's smartphone strategy for 2020 is a bit different than it has been in previous years. For one, there will be three tiers by the end of the year: the already-released Pixel 4a, a 5G version of the 4a, and eventually a Pixel 5. Google is also expected to use a mid-range processor on the Pixel 5, rather than the flagship Snapdragon 800-series chips found on previous models.

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Google Pixel 4a review: All the phone you need, none of what you don't

When the Pixel 3a launched at Google I/O 2019, it came closer budget smartphone perfection than any phone in the US had before. That is, until the iPhone SE landed. The Pixel 4a is taking Apple's pint-sized iPhone on directly this year, and while many would argue it's an apples to oranges comparison, I think Google actually comes out on top in a lot of important ways. I can't say I necessarily expected to feel that way, either. Google has a reputation for the little, nagging issues that often make its phones feel less than they could be. With the Pixel 4a, though, it really is a struggle to find meaningful flaws—and I'm serious about that.

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