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The Barely Blue edition of the Pixel 4a will only be available in the US and Japan. (Image source: Google)

Google announces a Barely Blue limited edition version of the Pixel 4a

Google has unveiled a new colour option for the Pixel 4a. Called Barely Blue, the colour will be a limited edition variant only available in the US and Japan.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 23:52:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a 5G is released to more markets. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 4a (5G) is now available to pre-order in some European countries

Today, (November 5, 2020) Google has released the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a for pre-orders in Germany, France, the UK and Ireland. As with its flagship sibling, the 5, they come with an offer of free Bose wireless headphones with...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:39:00 +0100
Apparently, gaps between the display and chassis of the Pixel 5 are a 'normal part' of the smartphone's design. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Google dismisses concerns about Pixel 5 display and chassis gaps as 'a normal part of the design' of the smartphone

It is normal for your Pixel 5 to have noticeable gaps between its display and chassis, according to Google. Apparently, any gaps should not affect dust and water resistance or the functionality of handsets, but people remain uncon...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 04 Nov 2020 15:32:00 +0100
Google is no longer good enough to earn a spot in DxOMark's top 10 smartphone leaderboard. (Image source: DxOMark)

The Google Pixel 5 fails to impress in camera tests

The limits of Google's strategy of pairing old camera hardware with excellent software have been shown in a series of camera tests published by DxOMark. There may well be some flaws in DxOMark's methodology, but it seems that Goog...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:52:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may be joined early next year by a flagship Pixel smartphone. (Image source: Google)

Google CEO promises exciting hardware for 2021 as Q1 2021 flagship Pixel rumours emerge

Google has exciting hardware in the works for 2021, according to company representatives. One of these devices could be a flagship Pixel smartphone, which will reputedly launch as early as March 2021.
Alex Alderson, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 20:59:00 +0100
Future Pixel smartphones will be receiving a sustainability upgrade. (Image source: Daniel Romero)

Google commits itself to new environmental goals, including plastic-free packaging, by 2025

Google has announced several new initiatives to improve the environmental friendliness of its Pixel smartphones. From 2025, the packaging of Google's smartphones will be plastic-free, while at least 50% recycled or renewable plast...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:43:00 +0100
The Mophie Juice Pack Connect works with any Qi-enabled smartphone. (Image: Zagg)

Mophie Juice Pack Connect is a mobile MagSafe alternative for any phone

Mophie has released its latest Qi-enabled wireless battery charger, but this one has a twist. The new Mophie Juice Pack Connect has a modular design that clips on the back of any Qi-enabled smartphone to give it a wireless battery...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:10:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a can be had for a steal on a new Google Fi subscription. (Image: Google)

Get a Pixel 4a on Google Fi sub for just US$15 a month with latest offer

If you’re in the US and are keen to pick up a great deal, Google Fi has a new offer on the Pixel 4a. Depending on which plan you sign up to, you can get the Pixel 4a for just US$216.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:13:00 +0200
An example of the issue affecting some Pixel 5 handsets. (Image source: Dominik Wehner)

Google Pixel 5 screen gap issue is under investigation by company officials

The Pixel 5 screen gap issue, where some displays have separated from the phone body, is being investigated by Google. The investigation may take a few days, according to Forbes.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:40:00 +0200
Does your Pixel 5 have a similar issue to the one shown here? (Image source: Android Police)

Some early Google Pixel 5 units are exhibiting quality control issues

Have you noticed a small gap between the display and the body of your Google Pixel 5? Well, some early units are suffering from such an issue, and it is affected both the Sorta Sage and Just Black versions.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:40:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a may run faster on Android 10 than Android 11. (Image source: Google)

Android 11 may be slowing down some smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL

Android 11 may be slowing down smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL, HotHardware has discovered. The two Google smartphones perform demonstrably worse in benchmarks running Android 11 than they do on Android 10; the websit...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:48:00 +0200
Is the Pixel 5 a smash hit already? (Source: Google)

Google runs out of Pixel 5 units to pre-order in several European countries

Google's latest Pixel-series flagship had been released for pre-orders in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK until October 15, 2020. However, this option is now no longer actionable in either of these countries. Similarly, if you...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 20:16:00 +0200
The first claimed Pixel 5 unboxing. (Source: YouTube)

The first Pixel 5 'hands-on' video may reveal some performance, UX and camera details early

Google launched its latest flagship, the Pixel 5, at the end of September 2020. However, unboxings, first impressions or reviews of this new phone are yet to emerge on YouTube. Then again, one UK-based vlogger claims to have the d...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 18:17:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 delivers stereo sound through a bottom firing speaker as well as a new under-display top speaker. (Image: Google)

The Pixel 5 helps keep its top bezel slim with an under-display speaker

Google’s Pixel 5 differs from the Pixel 4 series in a number of ways, one of which is that it is missing the large top bezel of its predecessor. The new top bezel is much thinner, but this is not just because the Soli radar chip a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:32:00 +0200
Google is giving away £259.95 headphones with Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders. (Image source: EE)

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders boosted with free Bose QC35 II headphones following the collapse of its smartphone business

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are here, and Google is offering a pair of Bose QC35 II headphones with pre-orders in multiple countries. The reason for bundling such expensive headphones with pre-orders may owe to the state of Goog...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:29:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 finally launches. (Source: Google)

Google launches the Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) along with new connected-home products

Today (September 30, 2020), Google has finally made the 5G Pixels official. They are the flagship 5 and the new version of the 4a, which of course come with Android 11 out of the box. These phones have been joined by the Chromecas...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 30 Sep 2020 21:57:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) is expected to have a polycarbonate back. (Image source: John Lewis)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) prototype shows how glass or aluminium models could have looked

A leaked Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has shown that Google may have been experimenting with glass and aluminium versions of the device. As it stands, Google is expected to release the Pixel 4a (5G) with a plastic back, as it has with ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:58:00 +0200
The Galaxy S20 FE. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE US$599 price tag puts pressure on the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was released earlier in the week and is already listed for pre-order on stores like Amazon and B&H with a US$599 price tag. Comparatively, the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5 have been touted to be prices higher t...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:15:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 blends the design of the Pixel 4 with the Pixel 4a. (Image source: Evan Blass)

Leaked Google Pixel 5 marketing renders confirm green colour option

Leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that Google has a green edition in the works. The muted colour scheme wraps around the back and frame of the device, unlike the Pixel 4 series. The device will be available with a Snapdr...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:56:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) as shown by John Lewis. (Image source: John Lewis)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) marketing renders confirm relatively large chin and dual cameras for US$499 smartphone

John Lewis has, perhaps mistakenly, revealed the design of the Pixel 4a (5G) before its release next week. Google's mid-tier smartphone for this year will share many of its components with the Pixel 5, except for its rather larger...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:52:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will apparently have a plastic back, despite its launch price of €629. (Image source: Dave Lee)

Updated | New Google Pixel 5 leak points to a plastic back as a headphone jack is confirmed for the Pixel 4a (5G)

The Google Pixel 5 will have a plastic back, according to YouTuber Dave Lee. The Pixel 4a (5G) will be the larger of the two models and will be the only one to feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Google will announce both the Pixel 5...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 23:01:00 +0200
It seems that the Pixel 4a (5G) is the larger of the two devices here. (Image source: Google)

Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) details confirm that it will have a larger screen, less RAM and a smaller battery than the Pixel 5

Details about the Google Pixel 4a (5G) have leaked, confirming almost every aspect about the upcoming mid-range smartphone. A 6.2-inch and 60 Hz OLED screen is headed to the Pixel 4a (5G), as is 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:32:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will be more compact than the Pixel 4 series. (Image source: Roland Quandt & WinFuture)

Leaked Google Pixel 5 details confirm Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and the design of upcoming €629 smartphone

New leaks have confirmed nearly every aspect of the Google Pixel 5, which is due to arrive on September 30. The €629 device will feature a 6.0-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Additionall...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:13:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may not be released until October 15. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) release date of October 15 offered by UK retailer

Google's next smartphones will not be released until October 15 according to a UK retailer listing, despite their announcement on September 30. Google has stated the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) the two devices will be available to p...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:45:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi 8 will have to cloak itself as a Google Pixel 4a for this custom ROM. (Image source: Xiaomi/Google - edited)

Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a Google Pixel 3 Android 11 port and the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is stable thanks to the AOSP 11.0 custom ROM

Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20) have received new custom ROM support that gives owners the chance to try out the Android 11 experience. The Mi 8 might have to camouflage itself as a Google Pixel 4a for...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:46:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Google)

Early Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) retailer listings confirm two colours and sole 128 GB storage option

The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only come with 128 GB of storage, according to several early retailer listings. Google will unveil the devices in two colours on September 30 too, giving fans more choice than it does with the Pi...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:25:00 +0200
It is unclear why Google cancelled this 'Blue' Pixel 4a. (Image source: 9to5Google)

Kinda Blue: The Google Pixel 4a has never been seen like this

A second colour of the Google Pixel 4a has been uncovered. The location of the finding confirms that Google was close to releasing the Pixel 4a in two colours rather than Just Black, as is currently the case.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:51:00 +0200
The Pixel 5, according to a new leak. (Source: Twitter)

Google sets a date for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launch

The Pixel 5 - not to mention the 5G variant of the 4a - have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, Google has finally confirmed a date for the launch of these new smartphones. This event will also see the debut of the latest ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:09:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will come with at least 128 GB of storage. (Image source: XDA Developers)

New leaked Google Pixel 5 images confirm 128 GB storage option and symmetrical bezel

New leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that at least 128 GB of storage is headed the way of Google's next flagship smartphone. The photos have highlighted the device's symmetrical bezels too, which will make a pleasant ch...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 18:05:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries. (Image source: Google)

The Google Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries with 3 months of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium included

The first new Pixel smartphone of 2020 is now available to pre-order in 8 more countries. Google has bundled the Pixel 4a with 3-month trials of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium to sweeten the deal.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:04:00 +0200
The FCC has certified six new Google smartphones. (Image source: XDA Developers)

FCC certifies new Google smartphones as Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 details offered

The FCC has certified several new Google smartphones ahead of the release of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5. A new leak has detailed the prices and colours of both devices in Europe too.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:07:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a. (Source: Business Insider)

Snapdragon 730G vs Snapdragon 670: Just how much of a performance difference is there between the Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a?

Google recently launched the Pixel 4a for even cheaper than it did the Pixel 3a. While the new phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730G, the older phone had the Snapdragon 670. How do those two chipsets compare against each other, an...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:45:00 +0200
The leaker shared a picture of the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 (Image source: 9to5Google)

New Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G image leaks, along with battery capacity details: battery life concerns put to rest

In a post that’s since been taken down, a Redditor shared pictures of what appear to be the Google Pixel 4a 5G and the Google Pixel 5, along with battery capacity information. The Pixel 4a 5G could sport a sizeable 3800 mAh batter...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 23 Aug 2020 14:02:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 had a comically small 2800 mAh battery. (Source: CNET)

The Google Pixel 5 could finally give fans what they've always wanted

While it has its selling points, Google's Pixel series is notorious for one thing: tiny batteries, with the Pixel 4 even offering laughable 2800 mAh unit. It appears things are going to change with the Pixel 5, however, and that s...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 22 Aug 2020 10:25:00 +0200
The Pixel 5 will be one of two smartphones that Google releases later this year. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @Pricebaba)

Leaked Pixel 5 renders paint a sad vision of Google's next flagship smartphone

Google is thought be announcing the Pixel 5 next month, but the latest set of leaked renders do not paint the smartphone in a good light. The advanced biometric features from the Pixel 4 series have apparently gone, and the Pixel ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Aug 2020 17:28:00 +0200
Jon Prosser claims that Google will launch the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 on September 30. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Revered leaker offers new launch dates and colour options for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G)

The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may be arriving slightly earlier than expected. Originally thought to be coming in October, a new leak from Jon Prosser states that Google has its eyes on a late September release. The Pixel 4a (5G) w...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 20 Aug 2020 15:14:00 +0200
The Google Pixel 5 may have terrible battery life. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Underwhelming specifications for the Google Pixel 5 leak: A miniature battery with a high-resolution and high-refresh-rate QHD+ display?

Additional specifications about the Pixel 5 have leaked online. Apparently, Google will equip the Pixel 5 with a QHD+ display, which reportedly supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 765G-powered device will be underpinned...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:52:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a (5G) may look identical. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel 4a (5G) leak suggests 5.81-inch display and Snapdragon 765G SoC for US$499 handset

Rumour has it that the Pixel 4a (5G) will have the same screen as the Pixel 4a. Google is apparently swapping out the Snapdragon 730 for a Snapdragon 765G though, which will include a 5G modem. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$4...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:01:00 +0200
One of these devices is the Pixel 5. (Image source: Google)

The Google Pixel 5 may actually be the US$699 successor to the Pixel 4 XL, not the Pixel 4

Rumour has it that the Pixel 5 will not be the successor to the compact Pixel 4. Instead, the device will be closer to the size of the Pixel 4 XL, which points towards it having a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display. A US$699 starting pr...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:16:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a is already a best-seller on Amazon and Best Buy despite its delayed release. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel 4a is a best-seller despite its mediocre hardware and delayed release

The Pixel 4a may have unsurprising specifications, but it is proving popular on websites like Amazon and Best Buy. The device is so popular, in fact, that is currently one of the best-selling smartphones on the two eCommerce platf...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 08 Aug 2020 20:37:00 +0200
Google ends production of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. (Source: CNN)

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL discontinued ahead of Pixel 5 release

Barely ten months after the launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google has now discontinued the two phones. Typically, Google's offerings stay on the market for about eighteen months, so this is something of a surprise.
Ricci Rox, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:47:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$499/£499. (Image source: Google)

The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only be available in nine markets; October 8 release date and US$499 starting price revealed

The release date of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may have been revealed by Google France. According to an amended blog post, the two 5G smartphones will be available to pre-order from October 8. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The first details of the Google Pixel 5a, 6, 6 XL and Pixel foldable have leaked. (Image: Google)

First Google Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 details leak including potential first foldable Pixel

An internal Google document has been leaked and ended up in the hands of 9to5Google. Sensationally, it reveals the codenames of forthcoming devices thought to be the Pixel 5a, Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 XL, but also explicitly mentions a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:04:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a 5G or the Pixel 5 are in the frame for a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display. (Image source: Google)

Google is likely to pair the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 with a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display

Google has teased that it plans to launch the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 soon, and rumour has it that one of them will be featuring some impressive display technology. According to one respected informer, either the Pixel 4a 5G or Pi...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 05 Aug 2020 23:07:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 4a is finally here: US$349 for the Snapdragon 730, 6GB of RAM and 128GB fixed storage

Today (August 3, 2020) Google has ushered the Pixel 4a onto its Store website as its newest phone. This 5.81-inch FHD+ display device has just 1 SKU, although its RAM/storage specs are improved compared to its predecessor's starte...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:59:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 series may be replaced soon. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 5a will launch with Android 11, as will the 4a 5G: new leak

Google has released a new little online puzzle that offers what is probably an insight on the Pixel 4a's long-awaited launch date. It is expected to do so with a 5G variant for the first time in this series' history. However, it s...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 01 Aug 2020 21:24:00 +0200
Solve the puzzle, reveal the date. (Source: Google)

Google confirms the Pixel 4a's launch date

Google has posted a new page to its Store site that may appear, at first glance, to be full of stock Latin text. However, it also contains a kind of mini-game that serves to reveal what looks like a tagline for a new phone, as wel...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:21:00 +0200
The Pixel 4a will now supposedly launch on August 3. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Leaker is "100%" confident of imminent Google Pixel 4a release date

There have been multiple proposed release dates for the Pixel 4a, Google's mid-range successor to the popular Pixel 3a. While May 12 was likely the original release date for the Pixel 4a, Jon Prosser is now "100%" on a new date.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:23:00 +0200
A Pixel 4a render. (Source: OnLeaks/91Mobiles)

New Geekbench 5 listings may confirm some Pixel 4a specs

A device called the "Google Pixel 4a" has appeared on Geekbench 5 for the first time since January 2020. It contains a code-name repeatedly linked to the device, as well as plausible specs for the device. They include 6GB of RAM a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 23 Jul 2020 23:38:00 +0200
An up-to-date Pixel 4a render. (Source: OnLeaks/91Mobiles)

A new leak may supply more evidence of 5G for the Pixel 4a

Recently, a leak indicating that Google would release a 5G version of the long-anticipated mid-range Pixel 4a phone came to light. Now, XDA contributors claim to have found references to a device from this OEM with the same connec...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:29:00 +0200


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