Google's I/O Conference Is Coming: Here's What to Expect

Google's I/O Conference Is Coming: Here's What to Expect

The buzz is that the company will introduce Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones, featuring designs that are similar to the Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL released a year ago.

And while Pixel devices now work on T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular networks, those U.S. wireless carriers will also begin to sell the phones starting Wednesday, along with Verizon.

Last year, Google said that it's working on Android improvements that would allow the software to work better on foldable phones. The stars of the event will be the Googles newest midrange Pixel devices – the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL.

The differences between the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3 are few and far between - and with their cameras, they're nearly indistinguishable. However, there are a few differences: the back of the Pixel 3a XL is made out of polycarbonate, making it lighter than the Pixel 3 XL.

Google is looking to buck the £1,000-plus smartphone trend by launching a cheaper Pixel 3a smartphone that still offers its top-spec camera and software.

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be unlocked and compatible with all major carriers if you purchase them from Google. In fall, Pixel phones will also get access to a range of new privacy and digital wellbeing features. The phone will sell in the same 13 countries as the Pixel 3.

Both phones come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but have Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor and are not water-resistant. The design looks similar to the Pixel 3 with its dual-tone design and it still retains a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Google provided travel and lodging reimbursement to some members of the media for Google I/O 2019, MrMobile included. Both versions will be available in 3 colors Google calls Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish.

Interestingly enough, Pixel 3a promotional materials leaked as well and include references to a fast-charging battery, long battery life, Night Vision mode, Portrait mode and more.

Headphone jack: Having a headphone jack on the phone might not be such a big deal in 2019's wireless era, but for most budget smartphone buyers, especially in India, it is a must-have. Does this make you less inclined to buy a Google Pixel 3a?

All in all, the Pixel 3a line should be a welcome addition to the Pixel line, offering users a compelling user experience without requiring them to break the bank in the process.

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