Google unveils the lower-cost Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Android Auto embraces multi-tasking with a UI revamp

The latest version of Google's Android phone software will also alert users when apps may be exploiting access to phone location data, which Stephanie Cutherbertson, an Android senior director, called "some of your most personal information". You can order it starting today from carriers or direct from Google. The 3a XL also lacks the silly big notch from the Pixel 3 XL.

Focus Mode is coming this fall to Android Q but also Android 9 Pie devices.

The two phones are mostly dictated by screen size. That's because Google used polycarbonate instead of glass in the construction. As usual, Google is creative with the names of the colours - Clearly White, Just Black and Purple-ish.

In addition to the above consumer facing changes around user privacy, Google announced how it is using machine learning to improve privacy protections. The device comes with a 5.6-inch FHD+ (2,220 x 1,080 pixels) Always-on OLED display.

On the AI front, Google said its digital assistant will get a series of updates this year, including one that lets it book rental cars and movie tickets. Qualcomm's Adreno 615 GPU is in charge of graphics and storage-wise, the Pixel 3a comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. It glides through menus fine, and jumps between apps quickly.

"For 466 million deaf and hard of hearing people around the world, captions are more than a convenience - they make content more accessible", explained Android product manager Stephanie Cuthbertson.

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What do you think of the Pixel 3a/3a XL?

Pixel 3a offers flagship camera performance, thanks to its 12.2MP (f/1.8) rear camera with dual-pixel phase detection, OIS, and EIS.

Android Q will likely launch this summer on Pixel phones, and then make it to other Android handsets. You might see slightly slower processing in photos, but the results are NOT those of a mid-ranger. The selfie camera sadly doesn't do 4K in video, but the photos are quite pleasing.

"We always want to do more for users, but do it with less data over time", Pichai said. I can't believe I'm holding a mid-ranger.

The Pixel 3a line was primarily engineered by the HTC business that Google acquired for $1.1 billion a year ago.

Even though the processor isn't as powerful as the Pixel 3/3 XL and the 3a/3a XL lack wireless charging and water resistance, these devices should really be more than good enough for the average user. Whether the phone delivers on the premise is something we'll be proving in our full review coming soon.

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