Perhaps cooler than the modularity of Android is the fact that Android will soon support digital driver licenses. Android 11 will get support for “secure storage and retrieval of verifiable identification documents, such as ISO 18013-5 compliant Mobile Driving Licenses.” Google says it will have more to share on this feature in the near future. … [Read more...] about Google’s first Android 11 developer preview brings permissions tweaks and more
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Many of these software smarts run deep in the camera app too. Top Shot finds the best picture after you’ve taken a photo with the help of A.I., and Night Sight illuminates and colors in ultra dark environments. Google’s fantastic image processing is here without the help of the special Visual Core chip inside the Pixel 3, meaning the engineers spent months reengineering many of the Pixel 3’s key camera capabilities with the Snapdragon 670 processor instead on the Pixel 3a. In layman’s terms, you can capture more or less the same photos as an $800 phone with the $400 one, though with slightly longer processing times. … [Read more...] about The Google Pixel 3a is a slap in the face for people who bought the Pixel 3
Specs Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL Size 151.3 × 70.1 × 8.2 mm (6.0 × 2.8 × 0.3 inches) 160.1 × 76.1 × 8.2 mm (6.3 × 3.0 × 0.3 inches) Weight 147 grams (5.18 ounces) 167 grams (5.89 ounces) Screen size 5.6-inch OLED display 6.0-inch OLED Screen resolution 2,220 × 1,080 pixels (441 pixels-per-inch) 2,160 × 1,080 pixels (402 pixels-per-inch) Operating system Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Storage space 64GB 64GB MicroSD card slot No No Tap-to-pay services Google Pay Google Pay Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 RAM 4GB 4GB Camera Single-lens 12.2-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front Single-lens 12.2-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front Video 2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120 fps, 720p at 240 fps 2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120 fps, 720p at 240 fps Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 Ports USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3a XL: What’s the difference and which best suits you?
Software and updates As the developer of Android it should come as no surprise that the Pixel 3a wins this category too. You’ll get the latest version of Android immediately after release and a steady stream of security updates. You also get some special Google extras, like Now Playing, which shows what music is playing in your vicinity on the lock screen, or Call Screen, which enables Google Assistant to handle spam calls for you. The Nokia 7.1 runs it close because it’s an Android One phone, which means no bloatware and guarantees the same swift Android version updates for two years and security updates for three years. The Moto G7 is the weak link here with some bloatware and no promise of future updates beyond Android Q. … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3a vs Nokia 7.1 vs Moto G7: Budget phones get better and better
Price and availability While the Pixel 2 is no longer available from Google itself, you can still pick it up from Amazon, with prices generally hovering around the $600 mark. It will work on most major U.S. networks. The Pixel 3 is currently available from a variety of retailers and carriers, including Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and T-Mobile. While it’s not available from AT&T, it’ll still work on its networks. Prices for the Pixel 3 start from $800. The Pixel 3a is a different beast from any Pixel before, as it’s a midrange phone. It costs $400 — or half the price of the Pixel 3 — and it has the same availability as the Pixel 3. … [Read more...] about Pixel 3a vs. Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2: Which Google phone is perfect for you?