Google Pixel 4a coming Monday, pandemic harms Alphabet and other tech news today

Your summary of technical news, via the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, from Friday July 31, 2020.

1. The Pixel 4a arrives Monday

Google released a teaser last night for the next mid-range phone that leaks more than a sieve.

The Google Store had fun with the teaser, showing an empty device with custom text “lorem ipsum”:

  • Click the boxes to line up with the colors of the Google logo: blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and red, the colors of the Google logo, and you will get the following:
  • The text alludes to low-light photography, bokeh (shallow depth of field) photo effects and long battery life, and of course that date: Monday August 3.
  • Consider the marked schedule!
  • It’s a big week next week: it’s just two days before the Samsung Unpacked event, where we expect to see much more high-end devices.

Should Google expect big sales? Apple tips:

  • Well, good question. It will be against the OnePlus Nord everywhere except in the USA. The biggest fish to fry, however, will be the 2020 iPhone SE.
  • Apple’s results last night noted that even the iPhone lineup suffered during COVID-19 lockdowns and store closings, but less than expected.
  • As people rushed to get Macs and iPads to support work and home education, with incomes up 21.6% and 31% respectively, from the same period last year , Apple said iPhone revenue is expected to decline due to store closings.
  • Instead, thanks to the iPhone SE, iPhone revenue grew 1.7%, with CEO Tim Cook crediting the “very successful” iPhone SE release for a low price of $ 399.
  • Apple was the only company to report growth in smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2020, analysts said.
  • What might also help is that Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date will be pushed back this year, with one executive noting that the new iPhone is expected to “be available a few weeks later.” Normal release is in September, which implies an October launch.
  • Back to Google and the most important prices.
  • There have been hints that Google could price the new 4a for as little as $ 349 (albeit with 64GB of storage in the base version). That could mean a 128GB model for a bit more.
  • Here is the thing. As long as Google announces a solid device, I’ll probably want to switch from the Pixel 3a XL that I’m using. But price and final specs will matter

2. Nokia 8.3 5G to reach the United States more than six months after its announcement (Android Authority). (Android Authority).

3. Google bought YouTube right after opting for a Google-branded Flip Video (Android Authority).

4. We Asked, You Told Us: The iPhone SE Camera Slaps The OnePlus Nord. Is all hope lost? OnePlus may well make some changes to image processing capabilities, but if it’s not great at launch, it won’t get overhauled well (Android Authority).

5. “I’m sorry, but Samsung’s folding phone naming strategy is ridiculously bad” (SamMobile).

6. In the pandemic economy, tech companies are raking in this: Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook all reported income last night, and wow. Three in four grew up, and only Alphabet / Google saw their ad revenue decline, its first in history. Amazon blew the estimates, Apple showed resilience and more, and Facebook somehow added 12% more users in more parts of the globe, and more people used Facebook for longer during the lockdown. All day after antitrust hearings. Good report here (The edge), and TechCrunch has a summary of the numbers. Additionally, Facebook claims that Apple’s changes to iOS 14 could hurt its ad targeting (CNBC).

7. By taking on SpaceX, Amazon invested $ 10 billion in a satellite broadband plan and also obtained FCC approval for low Earth orbit operation (Reuters).

8. Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free and up to 120 fps suggest leaks (The edge). Also, the Halo team on graphics reviews: “ we have some work to do ” (Engadget) … And they know the Craig meme!.

9. 2020 Honda E First Test Drive: Cute is just the beginning. Not sure I like all the dashboard screens. (CNET).

10. Twitter claims that a ‘phone phishing’ attack led to the massive Bitcoin scam (Ars Technica).

11. NASA: Mars rover Perseverance in “safe mode” after a colder than expected launch, but should recover (Space).

12. Bob and Doug return Sunday: NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:42 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2 for a splashdown, while the Crew Dragon is scheduled to leave the ISS on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. EDT (NASA).

13. ELI5: “Why does it hurt when alcohol is applied to an infected wound and why does the wound heal faster this way?” (r / explain as five).

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Source: Android Authority

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