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Google quietly drops its most creative Pixel accessories

Google quietly drops its most creative Pixel accessories

Buying a case alongside a new phone is something a lot of people do, and ever since the days of the Nexus 6, Google has offered some pretty unique cases for its first-party phones. First we had Live Cases, which could be matched to a live wallpaper and even featured an NFC button on some models that could be used for a few different shortcuts. Then, when the Pixel 3 hit the scene, Google rolled out My Cases, which sported user-uploaded images to make them truly unique.

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Pixel 3a headphone jack was a heavily debated decision

Pixel 3a headphone jack was a heavily debated decision

By now, the Pixel 3a has sunk into most mobile-focused people's consciousness. It has been praised for a lot of things but one understated feature is perhaps the return of the headphone jack. If you were hoping that Google has finally reconsidered its decision to banish the venerable port. Not exactly and product manager Soniya Jobanputra briefly explains the thinking behind that decision. Suffice it to say, it's not going to sit well with some people.

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Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Humanity’s obsession over edge-to-edge bezels, triple cameras and future-proofed specs has brought about the inevitable, to quote Thanos. But instead of an evil purple sociopath, this inevitable response to our pursuit of smartphone excellence comes in the form of the $399 Google Pixel 3a.

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Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

For the first time, Google has offered a more affordable version of its flagship smartphone. Of course, it's somewhat late to that trend. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone XR and just a few months ago Samsung did a similar thing with the Galaxy S10e. Naturally, the Google Pixel 3a is being compared with the Galaxy S10e but which "cheaper" flagship should Android users gravitate towards? Here's a short guide to help you make that decision.

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T-Mobile Pixel 3a won’t support RCS

T-Mobile Pixel 3a won’t support RCS

There may have been a great deal of rejoicing when Google announced that the Pixel 3a and even the Pixel 3 would no longer be a Verizon exclusive. Unfortunately, that might not mean that they will all be treated equal. Even as early as now, one fine print is coming to light after the rejoicing has died down. It turns out, T-Mobile won't be supporting RCS on Google's Pixel phones, casting both the carrier as well as the fledgling messaging system in a very negative light.

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Pixel 3a and 3a XL iFixit teardown bodes well for repairs

Pixel 3a and 3a XL iFixit teardown bodes well for repairs

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were everything we expected them to be from leaks. That said, there were also some disappointing details we took for granted, like IP rating and wireless charging. While those are mostly seen as a downside, they also come with some advantages. As iFixit finds out, they make it a lot easier to open up the phones and repair them.

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More mid-range Pixel phones might be in Google’s future

More mid-range Pixel phones might be in Google’s future

The Pixel 3a is definitely an oddity, though not an unwelcome one. Even during the days when it launched two Nexus phones at the same time, both phones were more or less on the premium flagship level. In other words, Google doesn't do affordable mid-range phones. Or at least didn't. With the Pixel 3a, Google may have broken away from the mold with other "a" phones coming in the future. That, however, raises more questions than answers about the Pixel's ultimate strategy.

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Finally, Android lets me turn off all phone sensors

Finally, Android lets me turn off all phone sensors

So you'd like to make certain your phone isn't connecting to anything, hearing, seeing, or sensing anything at all, right? Now you can make that happen. Before now, users needed to gain root access (read: not easy for the average person) and potentially void their warranty. Now it's easy. All you need to know is where to look!

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Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Our first impressions of the Google Pixel 3a are going to be short - there's not a lot to say about this phone that's not already been said about the Google Pixel 3 proper. Both the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are very, very similar to their predecessors. They're made by the same people, they run the same software, and they have exactly the same backside camera setup.

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Google Pixel 3a price, carriers, release details in full

Google Pixel 3a price, carriers, release details in full

As expected, Google revealed the Pixel 3a at IO 2019 today. Offered as a low-cost alternative to the standard Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3a could very well find a sizable audience in those who don't want to spend a ton of money on a new phone. It even comes with a headphone jack, so in that way at least, the Pixel 3a is better than its more expensive brother.

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Google Pixel 3a revealed: The fine print on Google’s $400 phone

Google Pixel 3a revealed: The fine print on Google’s $400 phone

Today we're looking at the Google Pixel 3a, a slightly lesser version of the Pixel 3 and 3XL Google launched last year. This devices have 5.6-inch or 6-inch displays (regular or XL), 64GB internal data storage, and the same camera as the Pixel 3. It's cheaper than the Pixel 3, too - imagine that!

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Pixel 3a details leak out for the last time

Pixel 3a details leak out for the last time

It won't be long now before Google finally makes official its next worst kept secret, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Granted, the two haven't been leaked to death three times over the way the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were but there's not much to leak anyway. We're still getting some last minute information, of course, and while they don't add anything significantly new, they do how similar or how different the Pixel 3a will be from its predecessor.

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