Google Announces New Privacy Tools, Drops Price of New Pixel Phone

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The Google Pixel 3a is the ideal phone if you want an nearly flagship-level phone at a midrange price, and is available now from £399 / $399, with the Google Pixel 3a XL starting at £469 / $479.

Google has officially confirmed two of the worst kept secrets in the history of smartphones, the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL - mid-range versions of the company's flagship phones that are "designed to deliver premium features at a price people will love".

The changes come after Google and other major technology companies have faced repeated calls from privacy groups and lawmakers to take measures to protect user data.

With revenue growth slowing and costs largely growing, Alphabet has faced questions from investors about the threat of new rules and its ability to commercialize newer services such as the Google Assistant. They have fallen from an all-time high of US$1,296.98 since the company reported quarterly sales last month that were $1 billion below expectations. Google Maps AR feature was announced a year ago, but the company wasn't satisfied with the performance. In addition, it committed to giving users the ability to review any sensor recordings and delete them.

Security sits at the OSes forefront, with Google boasting that there are are more than 60 new privacy-focused settings in Android Q. Most notable are new location services settings that let you limit location tracking to only when the app is running, and you'll also receive reminders when an app has your location in the background, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing.

"We'll update important OS components in the background, similar to the way we update apps", Google explains.

In an update to search, Google introduced augmented reality technology that enables users to view three-dimensional renderings of some visual results through their smartphone cameras.

Google also announced new privacy tools for its home-based devices.

Here in the US, Google has had its own mail-in fix center set up for Pixel phones for around eight months.

The new Pixel was available at Google's online shop.

In another hardware move, the tech giant said it would rebrand its "Home" hardware - including the Home line of smart speakers - as "Nest", reflecting the "smart" thermostat maker it purchased in 2014.

Smarts built into Max include facial recognition that allows the device to personalize experiences and even alert owners when someone it doesn't recognize is in a home, according to executives.

That camera sensing feature will not send imagery to Google's servers once it is set up, Google said on its new privacy website.

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