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Tech Giant Google Accidentally Leaks New ‘Pixel 3a’ Smartphone: Report

The name “Pixel 3a XL” has also previously appeared in Android Q’s beta code, the media had reported

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google has accidentally leaked a new Pixel device called “3a” on its website, media reported.

“Pixel 3a” is being speculated to be Google’s long-rumoured “lite” version of the “Pixel 3” smartphone, The Verge reported on Friday.

While Google has taken down the information page from its website, as per the screenshots floating in the media, the search engine giant has bundled “Pixel Buds” and “Pixel 3a case” with the “3a” device.

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An interesting feature on the phone’s back could be the lack of a fingerprint sensor. Wikimedia

“The phone were listed as ‘midyear experiences’ suggesting we wouldn’t have to wait until Google’s traditional October launch window for Pixel devices, but might see them as soon as this summer, possibly at Google’s I/O developer conference in May,” the report said.

The name “Pixel 3a XL” has also previously appeared in Android Q’s beta code, the media had reported.

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“Neither the actual ‘Pixel 3a’ product page, nor a new ‘Pixel Compare’ page were live as of when we checked, so this leak has only really confirmed the name of the phone for now,” the report added. (IANS)

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Google Will Start Giving EU Smartphone Users a Choice of Browsers and Search Apps on Android

Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.

Following an Android update, users will be shown two new screens giving them the new options, Google product management director Paul Gennai said in a blog post.

The EU’s executive Commission slapped the Silicon Valley giant with a record 4.34 billion euro (then $5 billion) antitrust fine in July after finding that it abused the dominance of Android by forcing handset and tablet makers to install Google apps, reducing consumer choice.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Pixabay

The commission had ordered Google to come up with a remedy or face further fines. The company, which is appealing the ruling, said the changes are being rolled out over the next few weeks to both new and existing Android phones in Europe.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Apps will be included based on their popularity and shown in random order. Users who choose a search app will also be asked if they want to change the default search engine in the phone’s Chrome browser.

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system, beating even Apple’s iOS. (VOA)