This week’s top stories: Palm Phone goes solo, Google Pixel 4 appears in AOSP, Inbox shuts down, more

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On this week’s prime tales: the Palm Telephone strikes from “companion” to standalone Android machine, the Google Pixel Four makes its first look within the Android Open Supply Mission, Inbox by Gmail is shut down for good, and extra.

When Palm introduced its 3.3-inch “companion phone,” many noticed deserves to the thought of constructing smartphones much less fascinating and due to this fact much less distracting. These deserves had been very harshly outweighed by its incapability to be a “primary” telephone and its requirement of a second knowledge plan. This week Palm introduced that they might be releasing new models of the Palm Telephone that may act as an impartial, major telephone.

Palm continues to be leaving its Telephone unique to Verizon Wi-fi, however for the month of April, the machine is on sale for simply $199. That’s a reasonably enormous low cost over the standard $349 price ticket. After all, the companion version of the device will even nonetheless be bought. Notably, nevertheless, the fashions aren’t interchangeable. Should you already purchased a Palm, you’ll must commerce it in for the standalone model to make use of it as a major machine.

Early within the week, a Googler made the primary public point out of the Pixel 4. This point out was discovered within the Android Open Supply Mission, and may very well be seen as affirmation {that a} Pixel Four is nearly definitely on the way in which.

Inbox met its final demise this week, and it most definitely didn’t go down and not using a battle. Our Ben Schoon took the time to level out, for many who could not have been within the know, what aspects of Inbox haven’t been recreated in inventory Gmail. Concurrently, one of many co-founders of Inbox launched a Chrome extension, Simplify, that partially recreates a few of the magic of the now-dead app’s interface.

In one other unpopular transition, we’ve identified that Google Play Music was ramping down in favor of YouTube Music. The newest step on this course of is the announcement that Google is shutting down the Artist Hub, used to assist indie artists get their music onto Google Play Music. The Artist Hub doesn’t but have an equal in YouTube Music, and artists are inspired to work with a YouTube companion to get their music revealed.

Within the grand scheme, this transfer is part of Google’s eventual — and more and more confirmed — substitute of Play Music with YouTube Music. It exhibits that Google not needs a direct relationship with artists that’s Play Music-branded. After all, the corporate will not be exiting the general music discipline as evidenced by the juggernaut that’s YouTube, and dedication to the brand new YouTube Music.

In a wild collection of occasions that began final week with the leak of the “Nest Hub Max” title, more and more extra particulars have leaked out about Google’s upcoming product lineup together with the mid-range Pixel 3a units. New data from the Google Store reconfirms the Nest Hub Max and a possible “Google Nest Hub,” whereas Google Play clues us in on after we may probably see these units launch.

Extra radically, “Connected Home” reveals the “Google Nest Hub Max” and what seems to be a rebrand of the “Google Home Hub” to “Google Nest Hub.” The URL for the latter product means that each Sensible Shows are similar, and that that is doubtless a rename to Nest.

An inventory of “system features” notably says “PIXEL_2019_MIDYEAR_EXPERIENCE.” That is our first actual indication of how Google may place the Pixel 3a lineup. It’s a telephone for a brand new yr — in comparison with PIXEL_2018_EXPERIENCE — however will get the “MIDYEAR” qualifier, which factors to a launch earlier than October.

The remainder of this week’s prime tales observe:

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