Digital Wellbeing feature reportedly slowing down Pixel phones

Google's new trade-in promo for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL essentially lets iPhone XS Max owners get either one of them for free

If you're smartphone is getting slower, then you're going to use it less.

Google debuted Digital Wellbeing a year ago, with Android Pie.

Yes, having Digital Wellbeing switched on slows your phone down, ergo you end up spending even more time on it, usually shouting at it and threatening to throw it down a narrow hall. For example, you can set timers for specific apps that you don't want to spend too much time on.

The team at iFixit made a decision to teardown the phone to see how the device is manufactured.

There are a few useful features included, like the Flip to Shhh feature, but most people don't use that either.

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What's even more interesting is that some users are reporting seeing a performance increase for their original Pixel 3 devices, which in theory should have been affected. In the rapairability score, the Pixel 3a series scored 6 points out of 10, which means that it's fairly easy to fix.

Our take: In my opinion, Google may have just added a USB-C dongle for headphones in the Pixel 3a box - just like the Pixel 3 - but that may have not created the same buzz, after all. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL had a ton of issues when those launched back in October, with very few of those issues actually being fixed at this point. However, there is a list of 21 other devices on which Android Q beta version is already available for download. Google could fix these with updates though, but given how well that worked out with the Pixel 3, I wouldn't count on it.

Stretch-release adhesive secures the battery and this is a plus since it means it's very repair-friendly, and the only screws inside the Pixels are standard T3 Torx fasteners, so you won't need any weird screwdrivers on hand.

The render above and at the top of this post show the hole-punch camera on the wrong side of the phone, but apart from that, it's likely that these renders give us a good idea of what to expect from the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL when they debut later this year.

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