Google finally unveiled the Pixel 3a and 3a XL yesterday at Google I/O 2019 to much fanfare. The new Pixels start at $400, and despite a few compromises, provide an experience very similar to the original Pixel 3 phones.
However, to meet the new lower price point, sacrifices had to be made — one of which is Daydream support, Android's VR platform.
While Daydream works fine with the original Pixel 3 lineup, Google stated before I/O that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are incompatible due to "resolution and framerate issues."
With other VR headsets being released and gaining more support, including a standalone Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream headset, it's likely those serious about VR will opt for those products over running it on their phones anyways. It is, however, important that fans of Daydream be aware that it's not compatible if you were considering picking up one of Google's new midrange devices.
Plus, if you just want a simple VR fix, you can always pick up a cheap Google Cardboard and call it a day.
Power to the Pixel
AUKEY 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 ($30 at Amazon)
Aukey's 10,000mAh power bank can charge the Pixel 3a at top speed thanks to 18W Power Delivery charging, which can also recharge the power bank at the same speed.
Anker Powerline+ C to C 2.0 Cable (6ft) ($16 at Amazon)
Anker's 6-foot C-to-C cable is braided nylon for durability and flexibility, ready and able to charge your Google Pixel 3a with plenty of cord to spare for hidden or awkward outlets.
AUKEY 18W Power Delivery USB-C Charger ($20 at Amazon)
The charging speed on this tiny little Power Delivery charger is 18W, making it just perfect for the Pixel 3A, and given that's it's the size of a ping pong ball, it's easy to pocket and carry.
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