RIP to the Google Pixel 3a, which is officially discontinued
Google is no longer selling cheap phones. At least, that's the temporary situation the company is in now, thanks to the (probably planned) discontinuation of the Pixel 3a and the (definitely unplanned) delays of its successor, the Pixel 4a. 9to5Google first noticed that the phone was pulled from the Google Store yesterday, and Google confirmed to several outlets that the phone is officially no longer for sale.
Google was supposed to have a replacement by now. Google's new cheap phone, the Pixel 4a, was expected to be announced at Google I/O 2020, the same show that launched the Pixel 3a. That would have happened in May, and while the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to Google I/O and every other public gathering, that still doesn't quite explain why it's July now and the Pixel 4a is still missing in action. It's possible that Google is having COVID-related supply issues, but other manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Huawei have had launches lately.
From what we've seen of the Pixel 4a, the phone looks like it will be one of the best options for a budget Android phone. In the wider market, the Pixel 4a will face harsher competition than ever in the form of Apple's iPhone SE. The Pixel 4a won't stand a chance when it comes to performance: Apple's $400 phone is faster than even the most expensive Android phones. The Pixel 4a will need to rely on a bigger screen and more modern ...
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