Google Releases Android Security Patch for May 2019, Includes 30 Security Fixes

Google Releases Android Security Patch for May 2019, Includes 30 Security Fixes

Lindsey Duncan
May 8, 2019

The Pixel 3a will be announced tomorrow at Google I/O 2019, and less than 24 hours before the event kicks off, the full specifications of the device have leaked.

The Pixel 3a will have Night Vision for flash-free bright and detailed low-light images, an impressive portrait mode, and exceptional sharpness thanks to the moving autofocus feature that is able to focus even moving subjects.

This will be good news to the ears of smart watch enthusiasts since Google skipped the Pixel watch on lasts years I/O event. The new Pixel 3a (XL and non-XL) have the same SoC under the hood. Google is bringing the flagship level of photography experience to its mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

This year is particularly notable because we are expecting some hardware announcement from Google along with software development. Meanwhile, the front gets a single 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter instead of two. Reports suggest that Google has big plans for Android TV this year and is also working on an OS for feature phones. Google's solution is the much-leaked and now official Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Both the devices are powered by Snapdragon 670 and come with storage options up to 64 GB.

The next made by Google phones are surprisingly targeted at the mid-range Android market.

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Both devices feature USB-C ports and 18W adapters for fast-charging, as well as 3.5mm headphone jack ports.

Additionally, the smartphone will be accompanied by Google's Active Edge feature, which enables Google Assistant by squeezing the bottom edges of the smartphone, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The former has a 3,000mAh battery while the latter is backed by a 3,700mAh battery. The US pricing of the Pixel 3a is a lot more generous, starting at $399.

However, Google I/O starts later today, and we will keep you posted about everything Google announces. There's a 3,700mAh cell inside the phone's plastic frame, up from the relatively paltry 3,430mAh battery found in the original Pixel 3 XL.

From a form factor perspective, the Pixel 3a and 3 XL more closely resemble the 2017-era Pixel 2 handsets than they do the other Pixel 3 family members, with their large bezels and non-glass bodies. They run the same Android Pie software, and you can use the 3a in the Android Q beta program. Google also points out that all your photos are backed up for free and without limit-something Apple can't say.

Pixel 3a and 3a XL are available in Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish colours and if you're looking for cut-price call maker then they are definitely worth a look.