Google Pixel 8a

The newest rumors circulating through Silicon Valley are causing quite a stir in the tech world: Google’s Pixel 8a is almost here! Before we share the the details on the confirmation, let’s explore the history of the Pixel series and the innovative path that leads to the Pixel 8a as we approach this momentous release.

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A Legacy Of Innovation

From the time of its launch in 2013, Google Pixel has been closely associated with innovation. Google has continuously pushed the bounds of technology, producing products that combine svelte appearance with cutting-edge functionality, from the Chromebook Pixel to the newest smartphones.

The Pixel 7a is evidence of Google’s dedication to quality. The Pixel 7a, praised for its excellent camera quality and fluid user interface, is still a popular choice for both casual and tech-savvy customers.

Android 14 QPR1 Release

With the release of the Android 14 QPR1 update, which brought around 30+ fixes and enhancements to improve the performance of the Pixel 6, 7, and 8 series, Pixel phones saw a major advancement. But one feature of this update, was loved by users more than others.

The “Battery information” feature, which gave users comprehensive details about the production date and cycle counts of their batteries, debuted with Android 14 QPR1. It was praised for its open transparency and Google was hailed for doing something none of its competitors had done before. But as fast as the new feature was adopted, it wasn’t long  before being unexpectedly deleted.

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According to a 9to5 Google, the March 2024 update had seen the feature being completely removed from their settings, leaving everyone is puzzled. But, the feature’s brief presence suggested something bigger even after it was removed. Sources claims that this was a purposeful decision to save the functionality for the Pixel 8a and later, not an error. Accordingly Google states;

We only enable this page on Pixel 8a and beyond, so this is WAI(Working as Intended)

This calculated move by Google prepares the world for the much awaited release of the Pixel 8a by providing the first formal confirmation of its existence!

The Public’s Reaction

The general public’s response to the Pixel 8a has been a combination of interest and expectation. While some wonder if the Pixel range needs another revision, enthusiasts are excited for the device’s formal reveal. The much-loved Battery information feature is officially returning with the Pixel 8a, along with other rumored improvements that could improve the mid-range smartphone experience such as the latest Tensor chip and an AMOLED 90Hz display. The phone is expected to be released in the summer of 2024 but is rumored to be more expensive than the Pixel 7a at launch.

Stay tuned for more tech news like these; this is your soon-to-be favorite friendly neighborhood techie Zayaan, Signing Off!