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This is what a 'Clearly White' Google Pixel 4a would have looked like

Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google has accidentally revealed an unreleased white Pixel 4a prototype in an Instagram story.
  • It is likely that Google may have originally planned to release the phone in black and white colors at launch.
  • The Pixel 4a is available in just two color options: Just Black and Barely Blue.

Google posted a new story on its official "Made by Google" Instagram account on the occasion of International Dance Day, showing off its latest Nest Audio smart speaker. As spotted by the folks over at Android Authority, the Instagram story also reveals an unreleased white Pixel 4a.

Source: Google on Instagram (Image credit: Source: Google on Instagram)

While the phone looks fairly similar to a Pixel 4a 5G in Clearly White, the orange power button makes it clear that the device is, in fact, a Pixel 4a. Surprisingly, however, the story hasn't been taken down yet.

It is possible that Google may have planned to release the Pixel 4a in both black and white colors at launch, but dropped the idea eventually. As most of you might remember, the phone was originally expected to debut in May. Due to the pandemic, however, Google delayed the launch of the phone to August. While the phone was available only in Just Black at launch, Google introduced a limited edition Barely Blue color two and a half months later.

Since the phone has been on the market for nearly eight months now, it is unlikely that Google will roll out a new white color option. The follow-up to Google's best cheap Android phone is expected to launch later this year and could be offered in at least two color options. But, unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 4a 5G will not be widely available. As confirmed by Google earlier this month, the Pixel 5a 5G will see a limited release in the U.S. and Japan.

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Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
4 Comments
  • I don't know why everyone is so hung up on colors. Almost everyone uses a case anyway.
  • What is this obsession with whiteness on a phone? It will show every stain on the surface. I guess is a RepubliKKKan thing.
  • I have had a white 4Xl for over a year now, and no, there are NO stains on the surface. But your comment is really ignorant and you are one of those simple minded people who have to bring politics into everything. I guess you reuse your TP so that it is not white.
  • Why does anyone even care about a clearly white Pixel? They're irrelevant in the Android smartphone space except for the 5 or so iPixel fanboys.