Monday, 27 May, 2019

Google's Digital Wellbeing feature is slowing down Pixel devices

Google's Pixel 3A XL.                  Juan Garzon  CNET Google's Pixel 3A XL. Juan Garzon CNET
Sandy Mccarthy | 14 May, 2019, 18:27

In the rapairability score, the Pixel 3a series scored 6 points out of 10, which means that it's fairly easy to fix.

After much anticipation, Google finally launched its mid-range Pixel series smartphones at an event on 7th May - Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. With that said, it's not at all surprising that Google's recently unveiled Pixel 3a - which is a budget version of the regular Pixel 3 - includes Night Sight mode.

Google debuted Digital Wellbeing past year, with Android Pie. No, that honor goes to the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL that are expected to be released later this year in October.

All it tells us is that Google's decision to remove a headphone jack from the Pixel flagships are motivated, perhaps, by the desire to push sales of the Pixel Buds, since buyers of flagships are more likely to be able to afford the US$109 accessories.

Iowa Officials Detect Bacterial Disease That Can Jump From Dogs to Humans
The fact sheet also said that people who work closely with dogs, such as breeders and veterinarians, are the most likely to get the infection.

We're not sure what the logic behind this line of thought is. Beyond those details, however, not much is known about the phones' specs.

And back in January, you may recall that Marvin Chow - Google's VP of Product Marketing - fired off the following tweet featuring a side-by-side comparison shot of a photo taken with an iPhone XS and one taken with a Pixel 3.

If you own a Google Pixel, you can try desktop mode by enabling a simulated display in Developer Options. When Google's CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage on Tuesday, about the only thing left to see were the promo videos and the software trickery that the phones will introduce. Or to see how many notifications they've gotten today. That's right, we're talking about the hole-punch design we saw on Samsung's all-screen Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup. Over the weekend, people in Washington D.C. noticed a new billboard ad that cleverly highlights the iPhone's subpar low light camera performance while also reminding folks that it's $600 more expensive than a Pixel 3a.

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