At Google’s mid-season announcement, we finally got to see the hotly anticipated Pixel 4a make its debut after what was feeling like a never-ending wait. But it looks like the wait is going to be even longer for Indians as the 4a’s launch in the South Asian market is still a couple of months away. On top of that, Google has said that the higher-end Pixel 5 won’t see an Indian launch at all.
After a nearly interminable wait, Google's hotly-anticipated Pixel 4a is finally official (and making a very solid impression). Following up on last year's Pixel 3a (our Android Police 2019 phone of the year), the new 4a packs a Snapdragon 730G, 5.8" OLED screen, the usual amazing Pixel camera, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and all for an even lower price than last year: just $350. Pre-orders open today with availability set for August 20th, and a 5G version is also planned for later this fall.
Ever since Google debuted its Pixel line of smartphones in 2016, we've been big fans. But maybe not "superfans". Google is now recruiting loyal customers to join a group called the "Pixel Superfans Program." Admission grants access to exclusive perks, offers, and the occasional special event — and we've got all the deets.
Google's Pixel lineup might offer some of the best phones out there when it comes to software, but they've always struggled with one hardware issue or another over the years. From the Pixel 2 XL display to the Pixel 3's long list of problems, the reliability of Pixel devices isn't among their best selling points. Now it looks like the back panels of some Pixel 4 XL units are peeling off, but Google has promised to exchange devices still under warranty, refuting claims bloated batteries might be at fault.
Marc Levoy, former photographic engineer for Google's Pixel phones, has joined Adobe as Vice President and Fellow. The company describes in an email The Verge obtained that his assignment will be "centered on the concept of a universal camera app," but did not elaborate on the scope of said app.
Google introduced system level dark theme last year with the Android 10 release, but not all app developers have gotten on board — not even Google's own default keyboard app. Signs of a change came in an app teardown last week. Now, the latest beta update shows us that Gboard is testing new keyboard theme options that support automatic light/dark mode switching based on the current system theme.
Ambient Mode lets you choose what your Google screens — Android TVs, Chromecasts, and smart displays — show when they're idle; it's basically a slideshow screensaver. Google's started taking the opportunity to do a little subtle advertising for its Pixel phones: a new Captured on Pixel photo category is rolling out as an Ambient Mode option.
We were all expecting the Pixel 4a to be a thing by now, but 2020 has derailed everyone's plans. Google submitted the Pixel 4a to the FCC a while back, and now that filing is available for all to see. Admittedly, there's not a lot to see, but we'll take what we can get at this point.
For some reason, Pixel phones tend to exhibit the strangestbugs, and we might have just run into yet another weird one. Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners have been reporting for more than two years that some images available through the Google Wallpapers app make their SystemUI crash repeatedly to the point of a device shutdown. With no chance to change the wallpaper in that timeframe, they have to factory reset their devices to make them functional again.