Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google's changing how it gives out stars in the Play Store

Google's changing how it gives out stars in the Play Store

The list above is based on Samsung's traditional update policy, and the company's official list of eligible devices may turn out to be different.

Usually the word affordable means cutting corners, but the lack of that approach is what makes this lineup special. The 3a XL also lacks the silly big notch from the Pixel 3 XL.

The new 5.6-inch-screen Pixel 3A will start at $399, Google says, less than half of the latest iPhones' starting price. The only differences between them are dimensions, screen size, the battery, so I find the $479 price to be kind of steep. While the flagship is glass and aluminium, the less expensive phones have a polycarbonate unibody in the same two-tone finish.

The smartphones are offered in three shades - Clearly White and Just Black colours. Somehow Google managed to find room in the Pixel 3a for the audio jack, despite the phone having nearly identical height, width, and thickness as with the Pixel 3.


The smooth sensitivity and care given to the industrial design of the Pixel 3 family is still present here with the Pixel 3a, both the smaller and the larger. Both the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are powered by Snapdragon 670 and come with storage options up to 64 GB. Other tools in the suite that were not mentioned as part of Android Q were: Live Transcribe, Live Relay, and Project Euphonia.

It also lets you control an app's access to your photos, videos, and other files.

But, one the key features of the new Google Play for Android TV is that it will make it easier for people to subscribe to services. Please note that Pixel 3a does not feature dual front cameras but a single 8MP camera. Usually 600 series processors don't bring the best ISP for better photos.

"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 devices are already available for purchase via major carriers but there are some intriguing Pixel 3a deals to be had if you head on over to Best Buy. Like the roots of the Nexus, this seems to be Google showing OEMs how to do good work on midrange specs. Knowing how the things go in Android community, we expect to see a non-official ported version of the Maps AR app popping out in the coming days.

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