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Google is killing the Pixel 4 just nine months after launch

Making way for the Pixel 5

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Google’s flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now discontinued. The announcement is shocking because the phones were launched just nine months ago and the company just recently announced its younger sibling — the Pixel 4a.

It’s worth noting that Google usually followed an 18-month sale cycle with its previous offerings. Going off course from the usual trend, Google has already confirmed the imminent arrival of Pixel 5 along with the Pixel 4a 5G.

“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 and 4XL,” Google said in a statement to Business Insider. However, some variants are still said to be available in other regions for the time being. If you’re lucky, you can still search for pending stock with an offline seller or even marketplaces like Amazon.

The Pixel 4 series wasn’t able to take-off and meet expectations because its sale was limited to a few regions. It’s the first phone to feature radar and backed with Project Soli, it could offer the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone. It further helped enable motion gestures on the phone, something no other phone has been able to so far.

But, its unique selling point also became the biggest hurdle to its sale. Markets like India do not have any regulation around civilian radar usage and the phone couldn’t compete in such price-sensitive environments.

Even in developed countries, Apple and Samsung continued to dominate the premium segment. The phone is an excellent piece of hardware that churns out pictures that are often comparable to a DSLR. But, poor battery, marketing, and brand recognition just couldn’t make the phone an ideal iPhone competitor.

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This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch

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Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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iPhone 14 series reportedly delayed by China lockdowns

One model is lagging behind

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The iPhone 14 series is coming this year. However, if you’re eagerly waiting for the next major entry from Apple, you might have to wait a little longer. Ongoing lockdowns in China have reportedly delayed the development of the unannounced lineup.

As first reported by Nikkei Asia, Apple is asking its manufacturers to pick up the pace in the development process. Currently, China, especially Shanghai, are getting stricter with COVID-19 policies to control any potential resurgences of the virus. Naturally, that means more lockdowns, potentially affecting Apple’s partners in the country.

According to the report, the iPhone 14 series, which supposedly has four models, is currently in the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage. During this process, the manufacturer figures out the mechanical parts needed for the manufacturing process. They also figure out how much the process will cost for Apple.

Unfortunately, one of the four variants is taking longer in this stage. Apple uses different manufacturers per model, a good way to diversify the portfolio. The delayed model is handled by a manufacturer in Shanghai, one of the most affected by the recent lockdowns.

As such, the model is three weeks behind the normal schedule. The EVT stage normally concludes by the end of June. If a model misses the deadline, the delay might have implications for the launch of the final product and the supply down the line.

Apple usually launched the next iPhone series around fall of every year.

SEE ALSO: Apple reveals WWDC22 lineup

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now

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Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

SEE ALSO: Electronic Arts is reportedly putting its company up for sale

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