Google Pixel 4a receives auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

Google Pixel 4a receives auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

07 Oct 2020: Google Pixel 4a receives auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

Google has started rolling out a new update for the Pixel 4a, bringing a host of bug fixes and improvements to the recently-launched mid-ranger.

As per the changelog, the firmware improves the auto-rotation feature, auto-brightness response, and the touch sensitivity on the device.

It also addresses the issue in which devices get stuck during boot, and bumps the Android security patch to October 2020.

Fact: Details about the update

The update carries build number RP1A.201005.006 and is being rolled out in a phased manner via over-the-air method. Users will receive a notification once it becomes available on their device. To manually check the update, you can go to Settings >System Updates.

Design and Display: Google Pixel 4a: At a glance

As far as its specifications are concerned, the Google Pixel 4a features a plastic body with slim bezels and a punch-hole design to house the selfie snapper. On the rear, it packs a single camera and a physical fingerprint reader.

The smartphone bears a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) OLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Fact: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

The Pixel 4a sports a single 12.2MP (f/1.7, OIS) rear camera with an LED flash. On the front, it packs a single 8MP (f/2.0) snapper. The rear unit can shoot 4K videos at 30fps while the front camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps.

Internals: Under the hood

The Pixel 4a is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Under the hood, it runs on Android 11 and packs a 3,140mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support.

On the connectivity front,

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Google’s Pixel 5 costs $699 and packs major camera improvements

Tuning into hardware events these days feels like a surprise party someone has spoiled for you — fun, but you know what’s going to happen. So today, after endless leaks and rumors, Google today announced the Pixel 5. It costs $699 and will be available starting October 15.

At first glance, the Pixel 5 looks a whole lot like the Pixel 4, at least from the rear. This time around, however, there is only one size of the model (with a 6.0″ display), and Google has abandoned the radar-based gesture and facial recognition system, opting for a fingerprint reader on the rear instead.

This isn’t a flagship in the traditional sense.

For the first time since the inception of the Pixel line, Google isn’t using for the most powerful Qualcomm processor, but rather the increasingly popular Snapdragon 765G. That means the Pixel 5 is technically weaker than the Pixel 4 in terms of raw processing performance.

While that’s sure to annoy some tech enthusiasts, let’s face it: Google’s phones have never been about the hardware. Whether because it doesn’t have the same access as established hardware companies like Samsung or because it actively chose to prioritize software, the company has consistently lagged behind the competition when it comes to raw specs on its flagships.

But after years of reviewing phones, I’m well aware of how poor a predictor processor choice can be; I’ve found the OnePlus Nord to run smoother than my Pixel 4XL, despite the latter having the more powerful processor. Hopefully opting for a weaker processor means Google has doubled down on software optimization.

RAM and storage, at least, are still decently up to par, at 8GB and 128GB, respectively. Perhaps more importantly, the battery is pegged at 4,080 mAh, which should translate to oodles of battery longevity

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