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Google's May Android security update for Pixels is ready to go

Google's May Android security update for Pixels is ready to go

Pixel device owners, start your Wi-Fi radios. The monthly security update for Pixel phones has been posted by Google. The updates are available as both direct download of the firmware and OTA files, but it should be showing up on at least a few phones starting today.

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The Pixel 4a probably was meant to come in more colors

The Pixel 4a probably was meant to come in more colors

The Pixel 4a launched in 2020 to great acclaim (... from me), but it had one rather annoying limitation: color options. Google's barn-burner of a budget phone excelled in almost every way, though at launch you'd have to settle for a fingerprint-prone and rather drab black as your only choice of shade. The limited edition Barely Blue launched later on, but I'd heard from around the Pixel rumor campfire that other hues had been planned and shelved due to pandemic supply chain problems, but I never laid eyes on any such examples myself. It seems Google (or, more likely, the studio Google hired to shoot this spot) kind of forgot about that if this since-pulled Instagram story is any indication.

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Google has announced the Pixel 5a 5G, but most of the world won't get to buy it

Google has announced the Pixel 5a 5G, but most of the world won't get to buy it

Google is responding to reports from multiple sources claiming that its Pixel 5a phone has been canceled, saying that it expects to launch a version of the device in the U.S. and Japan later this year.

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Google is working on a fix for poor Netflix quality on Pixel phones caused by Widevine bug

Google is working on a fix for poor Netflix quality on Pixel phones caused by Widevine bug

Some Pixel owners have noticed over the last couple of monthly updates that their phones have lost Widevine L1 status, falling to L3 and rendering them incapable of playing back some DRM-protected content at high quality. More simply, that means they can't play HD content in apps and services like Netflix. By far the majority of devices are not affected and the cause isn't immediately clear. Google tells us it's aware of these reports and working on a fix, and devices from other manufactures may also be affected.

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The latest patch for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and more is out now — here's what's new

The latest patch for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and more is out now — here's what's new

Google's Pixel updates for April are here. This isn't one of the big feature drop updates (that was last month), but device owners can look forward to the latest security patches and a handful of fixes and improvements. This time around, Google specifically calls out improved photo quality in some third-party apps and even GPU performance improvements for on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, plus a handful of fixes addressing issues on several Pixel models, including a problem that dates back to a missing December Feature Drop feature.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Even after seven months, the Pixel 4a is still a phone worth picking up, thanks to its reliable performance and value-driven price tag. Although affordability is a key feature of the 4a, you're probably going to want to grab a good case to keep your phone looking clean and pristine for years to come. Here are some of our favorite cases for the Pixel 4a.

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Is it too late to buy a Pixel 4a in 2021?

Is it too late to buy a Pixel 4a in 2021?

The Pixel 4a has been out for seven months now, and leaks for a successor are beginning. It's usually at around this time that a phone starts to be a bad deal. Halfway through the typical year-long retail-available life, the launch price value proposition for most phones starts to wane. But the Pixel 4a bucks that trend, and I don't think it's too late to buy one. In fact, based on the leaks for the Pixel 5a, many of our readers may even want to pick one up now rather than wait.

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Should you buy a Pixel 4a or a Pixel 5?

Should you buy a Pixel 4a or a Pixel 5?

Google really doubled down on affordability with its 2020 lineup. There was no super premium option last year; there was the Pixel 4a, cheaper than its predecessor at $349, the Pixel $499 4a 5G, and the $699 Pixel 5. The three phones share a lot of DNA, but the 4a and 5 in particular are very similar, physically, with nearly identical footprints. If you're in the market for a small phone from Google, how do you choose? Let's discuss.

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Google Pixel’s boot screen will soon only be available in dark mode

Google Pixel’s boot screen will soon only be available in dark mode

While we don't come across the boot animation that often, it still is a part of the core Android experience and needs to match up with wider design choices. A subtle tweak, but with Android 10, even the boot screen of Pixel phones gained a dark background that would automatically be used if the system theme was set to dark mode. Going forward, it might not cycle between the two modes at all.

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March Pixel Feature Drop packs changes for bedtime, communication, note-taking, and even underwater photography

March Pixel Feature Drop packs changes for bedtime, communication, note-taking, and even underwater photography

Following Verizon's early teasing, Google has just released details about the March 2021 Feature Drop update, which should be rolling out today. Pixel owners can look forward to enhanced underwater photography when paired with a specific case, expanded Smart Compose support for some messaging apps, a snazzy new bedtime screen when using the Pixel Stand and Clock app, and wallpapers for International Women's Day. On top of that, Google promises more fixes for Android Auto disconnection issues.

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