Google: No, the Pixel 5a is Not Canceled

A number of rumors erupted in the present day that Google can be compelled to cancel the Pixel 5a due to element shortages. However that’s not the case, Google says.

“Pixel 5a 5G shouldn’t be canceled,” a Google spokesperson stated. “It is going to be obtainable later this 12 months within the U.S. and Japan and introduced according to when final 12 months’s a-series telephone was launched.”

The remark got here after a number of blogs, citing leakers, reported that Google was compelled to cancel the Pixel 5a due to element shortages. “Dangerous information,” leaker Jon Prosser tweeted. “’Barbet’ (Pixel 5A) has been canceled. I’m informed it’s as a result of chip scarcity, and as of this morning, it’s not transferring ahead. Pixel 4A and 4A 5G will proceed to be bought all through 2021.”

That is fascinating on numerous ranges.

Rumors of Google canceling the Pixel 5a got here within the wake of comparable rumors about Apple delaying some iPads and iPhones this 12 months due to element shortages. So one wonders if that wasn’t the actual supply of the Google “information”: In any case, if even Apple is having bother getting elements in 2021, certainly a minor participant like Google would face even larger hurdles. It’s simple to fall for this sort of “it is sensible so it have to be true” line of pondering.

What I’m extra concerned about, nonetheless, is that final bit within the Google spokesperson quote: The Pixel 5a “can be obtainable later this 12 months … according to when final 12 months’s a-series telephone was launched.”

When you suppose again to the primary “a-series” Pixel, the Pixel 3a, that handset was introduced at Google I/O 2019 in Could 2019 and was launched only a week later. Google initially deliberate to announce and launch its follow-up on the identical schedule a 12 months later. However when Google I/O 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pixel 4a went darkish. And it wasn’t introduced or launched till months later, in August 2020. A Pixel 4a 5G—which is type of a Pixel 4a XL—was introduced a month later.

So the Google quote assertion in the present day means that the Pixel 5a can be introduced in August, and never in Could, although Google I/O is again this 12 months. That may really make some sense: The August timeframe places the brand new telephone on the identical schedule as Android 12, so it might probably ship with the brand new OS model as an alternative of the one launched late final summer time. Nonetheless, I had anticipated a Could announcement and launch, partially so Google might comply with it up with an Android 12-based Pixel 6 this fall.

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