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April 11, 2021

⚡ Welcome back to another edition of The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that casts an eye back across the top Android and tech news from the week.

🌞 Tristan Rayner with you again, and I've been planning all week to have pancakes today. Mmmh.

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Pixel 5a gets a bit weird

Friday’s Google Pixel 5a 5G news was really unusual.

  • First of all, sympathy towards industry colleagues at Android Central, which dropped the big news that the Google Pixel 5a 5G was canceled, only for Google to quash that within an hour, releasing a statement saying that wasn’t the case, and to expect the Pixel 5a 5G later this year.
  • AC was right, but just not quite right enough.

Google’s issued statement was both exacting, confirming the existence of the Pixel 5a 5G for the first time, denying the cancellation, and odd:

“Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.”


  • So, obviously, the sources were close. Google isn’t explicit here about global launch countries, but it would seem to be that it is either delaying or cancelling the Pixel 5a 5G in regions where it did release the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, and the UK.
  • India is another huge market not mentioned, where 5G phones are less marketed right now.
  • Overall, the implication is that Google may be struggling along with its consumer electronics rivals with the ongoing chip shortage. So, it has the phone, but can only supply a few important markets, not all. But even then, it’s not clear what might eventually happen.


  • Google says the Pixel 5a 5G is coming “in line when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.”
  • To jog your memory, that was August 3, 2020, for the Pixel 4a, and September 30 for the Pixel 4a 5G.
  • Original expectations for the Google Pixel 5a and possibly the Pixel 5a 5G would’ve been an announcement or launch in May at Google I/O 2021, so throw that away.
  • However, Google’s style isn’t to say nothing, but to pre-hype its devices. With the Pixel out of the bag, maybe we will see some details announced at the show about what’s going on and what to expect.
Tech Calendar
  • April 12: Nvidia GTC conference
  • April 14: Sony Xperia launch
  • May 18-20: Google I/O 2021
  • May 19-20: Qualcomm 5G Summit 2021

Tech Tweet of the Week

my fridge has a screen so sometimes I get bored and photoshop myself to make it look like im in there
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) March 10, 2021

One more too: this tweet didn’t go well for OnePlus.

All the best,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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