Technology The Pixel 3a Is Dead
Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are $350 off at Best Buy
If you missed the chance to buy the Pixel 4 when Best Buy discounted it to $450 last month, you now have another opportunity to pick up Google's latest flagship at a compelling price. Best Buy has once again reduced the 64GB model Pixel 4 to $450 and the 128GB model to $550 with same-day carrier activation. You'll pay an extra $50 to activate later, but when you consider the Pixel 4 was $800 when it first came out, you're still getting aBuy Google Pixel 4 at Best Buy - $450
Thehas been one of over the past year, but it seems its time has come to an end as Google has confirmed that the Pixel 3a has been officially discontinued.
After a little more than a year on the market supply for the Pixel 3a onbegan to dry up recently, and in a statement first sent to , Google said “[The] Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.”
That means going forward, anyone who still wants to pick up a Pixel 3a will have to rely on third-party retailers such as Best Buy or Walmart. That said, anyone who is actually in the market for a new mid-range may really want to hold off for a bit, because the real question now is what happened to the
Google acknowledges Pixel Buds connectivity issues, promises fix
Users have reported connection issues and audio dropoutsThe problems with Google’s Pixel Buds gained widespread attention last month, with users reporting audio cutouts when using the true wireless earbuds. For some, the issues only cropped up if they cupped their hand over their ear, while others experienced issues even when using the earbuds normally. The problems appear to be present across different firmware versions and while using the earbuds with a variety of different handsets.
Last year Google released the Pixel 3a at Google I/O in early May, and it was generally expected that Google would follow suit this year for the Pixel 4a. Unfortunately, due to covid-19 and the subsequent quarantine, Google’s plans were thrown for a loop.
Unfortunately, there’s still no official word on when the Pixel 4a might become available, and with rumors claiming the Pixel 4a could get announced anytime between now andit’s hard to predict when the Pixel 4a will actually go on sale.
But if you’ll allow me to speculate...what probably happened is that like a lot of other recent gadgets, production delays forced Google to postpone the Pixel 4a’s intended release window. Then, after finally being able to ramp up production, Google may have decided to delay the Pixel 4a’s release again to avoid the recent slump in smartphones sales, which has seen smartphone sales drop by 20% worldwide.
Google is working on Bluetooth fixes for the Pixel Buds
Since the redesigned Pixel Buds came out in late April, some people have had issues with the audio from the second-generation wireless earbuds cutting out. Google acknowledged the problem and said it's working on a fix, according to a forum post first spotted by 9to5Google. "I just wanted to let all of you know that we've heard you," said a Google employee on the company's support website. They added, "our team will be rolling out software updates in the coming weeks to improve Bluetooth stability and connectivity." However, the employee didn't provide an exact date for when Pixel Buds owners can expect those fixes to roll out.
According to“The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market to experience its worst decline ever.”
While this line of thinking seems quite reasonable, unfortunately, it means that when inventory for the Pixel 3a finally dried up, Google didn’t have a new model to replace it. And what makes this chain of events feel even more awkward is that despite delays for other devices, Apple still went ahead and released the new $400earlier this spring, which would be a natural competitor for the Pixel 4a.
So while we continue to wait for word on the Pixel 4a, let’s take a quick moment to remember the Pixel 3a, a phone that combined good performance, simple design, reasonable price, and camera quality on a par with some of the best phones on the market, which is all you really want from a great, mid-range phone.
Google Voice and Google Fi finally work with the same account .
Google Voice and Google Fi have effectively been enemies for years — you could have a virtual phone number or aggressively-priced cellphone service, but not both on one account. At last, though, you won’t have to choose one over the other. Google now lets Voice and Fi coexist on the same account, so you can take advantage of Voice’s forwarding (among other features) without having to turn to a more conventional wireless carrier. The change isThe change is rolling out now and should be available to everyone within a few days by enabling call forwarding on Voice’s settings page. While there are only so many people who want both Voice and Fi, this does eliminate a barrier to adopting Fi in the first place.