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April update delivers GPU boost to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel smartphones come with a guaranteed two years of major Android operating system updates as well as three years of security updates, delivered monthly. But Google often sneaks a little something extra into those “security” updates including bug fixes and performance enhancements. The April update for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G […]

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Google brings new features to old Pixel phones (and new ones too)

Google’s latest Pixel Feature Drop brings some new features that debuted with the Pixel 5 to older phones. For example the Hold for Me feature is rolling out to all Google Pixel 3 and newer phones, allowing users to have Google Assistant to “listen” when you’re placed on hold and alert you when a human […]

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Lilbits: Goodbye Yahoo Groups, hello Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and a PSA

There’s some phone news, a farewell to an old-school internet service, and a reminder that some of the best Prime Day deals are for Amazon’s somewhat-hackable Fire tablets. But first, a public service announcement. If you live in the United States, you have until October 15 to fill out the 2020 Census. That date has […]

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Lilbits: PinePhone unboxing, Purism launches an MVNO, and more Pixel and Chromecast details

The PinePhone is one of the first smartphones designed specifically for open source software enthusiasts. It’s an affordable phone with a starting price of $150 that ships with a GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed, but which can also boot from a microSD card if you want to try a different operating system (or 13) before deciding whether […]

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Google Pixel 5 is up for pre-order for $699, Pixel 4a 5G coming soon for $499

The Google Pixel 5 is up for pre-order starting today for $699, and the Google Pixel 4a 5G is coming soon for $499. It’s launching in Japan on October 15th, but Google says the Pixel 4a 5G will be available in additional markets starting in November. As we already knew from a series of leaks, […]

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Lilbits: Atari VCS is ready to ship, iPhone 12 is coming soon, and more

I know, I’m surprised too. But it looks like three years after it was first announced, two years after its name was changed, and more than a year after it was first supposed to ship, the Atari VCS is actually a real thing that’s about to ship to backers of a crowdfunding campaign. Designed to […]

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Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 compared (updated)

Google’s newest smartphones look a lot alike on paper. The upcoming Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G are both expected to have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, the same basic design (with fingerprint readers on the back and hole-punch selfie cameras on the front), and the same cameras. But while the Pixel […]

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Lilbits: NVIDIA Ampere, Walmart+ and Google Pixel

NVIDIA’s most powerful gaming graphics cards are set to start shipping this month with prices ranging from $499 for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU with “Ampere” architecture, $699 for a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card with up to twice the performance of its previous-gen counterpart, and $1499 for NVIDIA’s first 8K gaming graphics card, […]

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Pixel 4a available for pre-order for $349, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 coming this fall

Google’s follow-up to last year’s Pixel 3a is official. The Google Pixel 4a is a mid-range phone with some flagship-like features including an OLED display. Google’s excellent camera features, and guaranteed OS and security updates for at least three years. The Pixel 4a is available for pre-order now for $349 and ships August 20, 2020. But […]

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Google’s 2020 smartphone lineup: Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5

It’s been clear for months that Google plans to launch a Google Pixel 4a smartphone this year. After a series of leaks, the only question is when the Pixel 4a will be released. But we haven’t heard as much about Google’s other phones coming this year. Now the folks at 9to5Google have uncovered evidence suggesting at least […]