Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Android Q gets a dark theme and support for 5G networks

Android Q gets a dark theme and support for 5G networks

In Google's new launch ad for the Pixel 3a, they had 2 Chainz and Awkwafina dream of the flawless phone which seems to be encompassed in the tech giant's latest smartphone. In fact, it's really what makes the Pixel 3a tick - a stellar camera at a very affordable price point.

The new versions of the Pixel will have the same camera as the top-of-the-line model, but the glass back will be replaced with plastic. Both the devices support 18W fast charging and Google is offering a 18W power adapter out-of-the-box. And by saying "Hey Google", you have your Google Assistant ready to help you get things done****: From sending texts to getting directions - it's not getting any easier.

Rumors suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model now on sale for $800.

Google says it's changing how cookies work to better identify those used by third-party websites and advertisers to track users.

That said, Google says it has managed to wrestle nearly the same camera performance from the Snapdragon 670 sans Pixel Visual Core using a mixture of Artificial Intelligence and software as the costlier Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL achieve with the flagship Qualcomm silicon. Still, the Pixel 3's camera results are excellent. The Pixel 3a looks outdated, lacks heavily on the performance front, and costs a lot as an overall package.

With the Pixel 2 and 3, the company made a big deal out of the Visual Core chip inside the device.

The Pixel 3a is powered by a 3,000mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL is backed by a 3,700mAh.

The duo also come with a dual-speaker setup although it is worth noting the main speaker is located at the bottom of the smartphone and not on the front.

Just how much less powerful? Google Assistant is on over one billion devices and supports 30 languages across 80 countries.

"Up until now, Pixel was more like a hobby than an actual business", said Ben Wood, chief of research at market research firm CCS Insight. An active display or data usage will decrease battery life. This new feature can be found on version 6.2.030 of the Google Camera app. This new feature is called Project Mainline.

Google is also planning to limit the fingerprinting technique that profiles web users beyond cookies.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Pixel 3a is the camera, which is nearly identical to what you get on the flagship Pixels.

Google also announced today that is is adding features to Google Lens, a platform released in 2017 that can quickly identify and respond to information in a picture.

Charging rates are based on use of the included charger.

Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available on Flipkart; prospective users can register on the site starting May 8. In fall, Pixel phones will also get access to a range of new privacy and digital wellbeing features.

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