Ever since Google started the Pixel project back in 2016, it's been one of the best Android options on the market. When the Pixel 4 XL was released last year, it packed in some solid improvements over the Pixel 3 XL. Sure, it may not have boundary-breaking specs or design, but the Pixel 4 XL is still the phone to get if you're after a pure Google experience that comes with a top-rated camera. And right now, Amazon is offering a brand-new unit with 128GB of storage for just $650 — a savings of $350 off the MSRP.
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.
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.
It's no secret that Google's 2020 smartphone lineup has been considerably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — the Pixel 4a was originally supposed to launch in May at Google I/O, but that event was canceled and the release was pushed back to August. This latest Pixel leak shows an engineering sample of a phone that the firmware calls the Pixel 5s, but before you get excited about the prospect of a new Pixel we didn't already know about, it's likely this is just the Pixel 5.
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.
We didn’t get to see a Pixel 4a XL model this year, but Google did confirm that a tad pricier 5G variant will be out soon. Thanks to all the leaks and rumors, the Pixel 4a 5G is shaping up like the missing elder sibling to the standard 4a with its bigger display and better internals. Some new high-res renders, courtesy of @OnLeaks, now give us a clear look at the Pixel 4a 5G from all angles.
IMG is the most common file name for images that come out of cameras, used in many phones and DSLRs, including the Google Pixel lineup. Google is looking to differentiate files created by the Pixel line's excellent cameras, though. Starting with Google Camera version 7.5, currently only available for devices running the Android 11 beta, image file names will start with PXL instead of IMG.
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Google has switched up its smartphone strategy for 2020, and that means the mental math on upgrades is changing, too. While we absolutely adore the Pixel 4a, no doubt plenty of older Pixel owners are on the fence about whether they should wait for the upcoming Pixel 5 (you can find out everything we know about the Pixel 5 here, by the way). In short, we think it's going to come down to money and a few key features (5G, wireless charging, an IP rating) less than things like size, battery life, or software support.
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.
After struggling for years to contain the many Pixel leaks, Google now does things a little differently by showing us glimpses of its products ahead of their full unveiling. Even so, it doesn't appear to have been part of the plan to reveal the pre-order date for its upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) so soon. Someone at Google France seemingly didn't get the memo.