The all new affordable Pixel 4a, priced at $349 (roughly Rs. 26,300), is packing a bunch of high-end features. For starters, Pixel 4a comes in Just Black with a 5.8-inch OLED display and has a matte finish that feels secure and comfortable in your hand. It includes Pixel’s signature color pop power button in mint.
As far as the specifications are concerned, the phone is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM. It has a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera sensor. The rear camera supports HDR+ with dual exposure controls, Portrait Mode, Top Shot, Night Sight with astrophotography capabilities, and fused video stabilisation.
The Google Pixel 4a has 128GB of onboard storage that isn't expandable via microSD card. It comes with a 3,140mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. There are also stereo speakers and two microphones, along with noise suppression support.
Pixel 4a is available in a single Jet Black colour option. The phone is initially only available for pre-order in the US via the Google Store and on Google Fi. The phone is set to go on sale in India on Flipkart in October. Its price in India is expected to be announced closer to its availability.
There is also a Google Pixel 4a (5G) variant with a larger display size and a Pixel 5. The company will, however, not bring its new 5G-enabled Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) to India and Singapore markets. In October last year, Google had skipped the launch of Pixel 4 and 4XL in India.
"Last year, Pixel 3a gave people a chance to get the helpful features of Pixel at a more affordable price. This year, Pixel 4a, which launches in India in October, will continue to bring features like the incredible camera and feature drops that make your phone better over time," Google said in a blogpost.
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Google Chrome, in all probability, might be the most commonly-used browser, but it has been at the centre of criticism due to controversial changes, security problems and data concerns.
From Chrome 79 accidentally deleting data for Android users in December 2019, Chrome 80’s ‘high level vulnerabilities’ that put data at risk to the controversial deep linking upgrade in February 2020 that allegedly compromised on privacy, Chrome has often left its users worried about their safety and security.
However, Chrome has now put all the privacy and security concerns to rest with its new upgrade. A blog post on Google’s website titled, ‘More intuitive privacy and security controls in Chrome’, breaks down the security updates in detail. Here are some of them: