Earlier this month, some Pixel 3 owners discovered that turning off Digital Wellbeing on their phone helped improve its performance dramatically. Due to the barrage of positive reports, Google conducted its own research and says that it has not found any performance issues with Digital Wellbeing.
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Last week, I reviewed the new Google Pixel 3a, concluding that it was a huge deal in terms of getting guaranteed updates and Google’s vision for Android (plus that excellent camera) to the true mainstream, at a price half or a third that of other top smartphones, many of which will be left high and dry in terms of support after a year or so. So here we have the Pixel 3a XL, the sister device and – obviously – larger. So what’s different and is there any more significance to the XL?
Last week, Google unveiled its new mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL handsets. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL compromise a bit on the chipset and build quality to offer the same UI and software experience as the Pixel 3 series. The handsets are already on sale in 13 countries across the world. If the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL is your first Pixel or Android device, there’s a lot you need to know about them. Check out our top tips and tricks for the Pixel 3a series to make the most out of them.
With the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL going on sale, the iFixit team has done what they do best — posted a detailed teardown of the phone. The teardown of the mid-range Pixel 3a reveals that most of the components used are modular in nature thereby making in-house repairs easy.
The Pixel 3a is Google’s first attempt at a mid-range device. And so far, it looks like they’ve delivered a great device. It’s the only mid-range Android phone with a great camera. If you’re looking for a great Android phone under $500, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are definitely worth considering. But the question remains. Which color Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL should you buy? Read our guide to find out.
It has to be said that the Google Pixel 3a (and 3a XL, not shown here) is something of a work of material science magic. So much of this handset screams ‘premium Pixel’, yet it’s plastic and yet it costs less than £400 in the UK, roughly 60% the cost of last Autumn’s Pixel 3. So what’s missing, does it matter, and how will the Pixel 3a fare in the mainstream ‘normob’ market? Read on for my verdict!
During the opening keynote of Google I/O 2019, Google went ahead and unveiled the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. These handsets have leaked numerous times over the last few weeks so their announcement is not going to take anyone by surprise.
More than likely Google is going to announce the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on Tuesday, May 7. But it looks like one big box retailer wanted to get the jump on the competition by a few days.
Despite all the hype surrounding its camera and the impressive Night Sight mode, Google still has not managed to sell a lot of Pixel 3 units. Alphabet’s CFO Ruth Porat in an earnings call said that due to industry-wide pressure on high-end phones, Google sold fewer Pixels last quarter compared to a year ago.
Soon, Google is going to announce its two newest Pixel-branded smartphones, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Ahead of that, though, the rumor mill is working to reveal the finer details, including just how much RAM at least one of the smartphones will feature.