Google teases new Pixel announcement for May 7th

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“Something big is coming to the Pixel universe,” reads a new teaser on the Google Store, offering a strong hint that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones are set for an announcement at the company’s I/O 2019 keynote on May 7th.

Details about both have leaked over the last few months (even on Google’s own website), with Google expected to introduce the pair of devices at a lower price point than the flagship Pixel 3 and 3 XL that were launched last year. The 3a line will reportedly offer the same camera performance, which has become Google’s signature strength, but make downgrades elsewhere including build (these are rumored to be plastic-backed phones), screen resolution, and processing power.

The Google Store page’s “help is on the way” tagline alludes to the Avengers: Endgame tie-in also announced today; several Marvel characters are joining the lineup of augmented reality Playmoji that are available exclusively on Pixel phones. Users can sign up for more details on whatever’s coming next month.

Just today, 9to5Google and Android Police both reported that the Pixel 3a might be coming to T-Mobile in addition to Verizon, which would break the US carrier exclusivity that the latter company has enjoyed dating back to the original Pixel phone.


Hopefully this means the Pixel 4 will be available from T-mobile as well. I’ve been hoping they’d break free from Verizon for a while.

Just buy it unlocked from Google.

One reason would be that even though you and I both buy unlocked, a lot of people don’t. Expanding to another carrier with a plan will likely sell more phones, and perhaps we can add another horse to the Apple-Samsung duopoly.

I already do, doesn’t mean I don’t want more sales for the pixel brand. More sales makes me easier to get accessories. And gives more accessory options.

Doesn’t necessarily help. I purchased my P2 unlocked to us on Fi and then switched to AT&T only to find out that, due to sour grapes because of the Verizon exclusivity, they don’t support any of the "advanced" features of the Pixel such as wi-fi calling and the dialer’s integrated visual voicemail/transcription. Seeing as my workplace is basically a faraday cage, I had no option but to go back to Fi so that I could actually make/receive wi-fi calls.

Damn, I’d thought that AT&T would have upgraded to support Pixel’s advanced features by now. I remember getting my first Nexus phone years ago complaining that AT&T didn’t support any of the features I actually wanted. Google Fi is great though, as long as you don’t use alot of data!

I would love to trade in my old S7edge for a few dollars off a pixel 4. That’s one reason

We americans like to take out a 3 year payment plan for our phones

I didn’t know anybody in the US did more than 2. I know Canada has had 3 year plans though.

I can’t be the only one that sees plastic as an upgrade in build quality compared to a glass back.

Glass backs and notches are two of the dumbest trends ever to hit phone design, and we’re straight in the middle of the hurricane with both of them right now…

To me it’s a downgrade if the back isn’t removable (ie. removable battery). Glass absolutely has it’s downsides, it’s a lot more slippery for example, but it’s also a more premium feeling material compared to plastic. Though if they use a similar plastic to the Nexus 5 that would be a different case entirely.

How relevant is the feel of a phone’s back when almost everyone either has a case or a broken screen?

Or you could just not drop your phone? I haven’t worn a case on a phone since 2015. I have yet to break a single phone. Feel in the hand matters.

Good for you. You prefer the "feel in the hand", but probably more people like the idea of tossing the phone however they want without worrying about possibly breaking it.

In that case they’ll still need to buy a case. Even with a plastic chassis you have a glass front. I wouldn’t throw around a phone just because it has a plastic back.

ha yea… "feel in the hands" or not having to worry/baby your phone for it’s entire life.

I used to be a "no caser" as well, but it’s not worth it.

Try owning a phone in a home occupied by one or multiple children…

April 16, 2019

Hello naked friend.

I’ve never had a case since my first iPhone in 2010 – Although, yes, I did break one phone. But I got the screen replaced for £60, which is cheaper than buying cases for all those years! Plus, I got to use a beautiful device

I have a case on my current phone because otherwise it’s just too thin to my taste… That’s how stupid the current situation is XD

Yeah you’re one person. Do this next time you’re in a crowd: look at everyone’s phones and see how many have cracked screens. Makes you realize how important cases are.

The Pixel 3 isn’t slippery at all, but it is fragile.

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