The Google Pixel 5a 5G launch was officially confirmed on Friday April 9th after reports reported the launch was canceled due to delivery bottlenecks. Google rejected the rumors and released a statement that the Pixel 5a 5G will be available later this year. The new smartphone in the Pixel range is expected to be a mid-range option. However, it’s likely that Google has a top-of-the-range Pixel flagship in the works as well. This model could be called Pixel 6 – the successor to Pixel 5.
“Pixel 5a 5G will not be canceled. It will be available in the US and Japan later this year and will be announced in line with the launch of the A-Series phone last year, ”said a Google spokesman, as reported by 9to5Google and several other publications.
Previously, Android Central had cited two independent sources who claimed the Pixel 5a had been completely deleted. A Tweet Posted by tipster Jon Prosser also claimed the rejection due to lack of chips, adding weight to the rumor.
However, Google cleared the air and finally confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G was coming. However, the company’s statement points to a chip shortage problem as the new smartphone is only planned to be launched in the US and Japan. This is at odds with an alleged Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) listing that suggested the Pixel 5a would debut in India as well.
The Pixel 5a 5G is said to have similar hardware to Pixel 4a 5G with a smaller hole punch design. You can also expect a Snapdragon SoC with support for 5G networks in the new phone.
Google has also stated that the Pixel 5a will debut sometime in August – around the time the Pixel 4a launched last year. However, the rumor mill had suggested that the launch could take place as early as June. Some have also speculated that Google might make the announcement at this year’s I / O developers conference, which is practically next month.
Google Pixel 5 customers are having trouble with Netflix
In related news, some existing Google Pixel phone users have reported problems streaming Netflix content in HD. The issue is reported by users of Pixel 5 and earlier models and suggests downgrading Widevine L1 to Widevine L3 certification on the devices, which will prevent streaming of HD content. Some of the affected users have complained to Reddit and the Pixel Phone Help forum. However, Google has yet to acknowledge the problem.
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