Google has officially discontinued its Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, it has confirmed in a statement sent to Android Police. It was previously marked “Out of Stock” on the US Google Store, but now its listing says it’s already “Unavailable.” Google’s spokesperson says the tech giant has sold through its inventory, and partner retailers will only be selling the devices until supplies last. The tech giant won’t be manufacturing any more of its affordable Pixel lineup.
The whole statement reads:
“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.”
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL were launched in 2019 as affordable spinoffs of Google’s flagship Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones. They were even better-received than their more expensive counterparts — which suffered from a rough start, with users complaining about sluggish performance, worrying battery life and camera-stability problems — seeing as they offer Pixel’s best features on a budget. To note, they come with Pixel 3’s highly praised camera and an excellent battery life. While Google has yet to officially launch the Pixel 4a, 3a’s exit doesn’t entirely come as a surprise: Google discontinued the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in March.
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Former Twitch streamer and current YouTube hopeful Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm officially returned to livestreaming on Friday afternoon. Over 500,000 people tuned in to hear the mustachioed boaster tell his side of the highly publicized Twitch ban, which, he claims, he still has no clue about.
“We still have no idea,” he said at the start of the YouTube stream, before repeating that line a couple of more times.
Polygon contacted Twitch, but the livestreaming company reiterated its previous statement about taking “appropriate action” when a user has “acted in violation” of its community guidelines and terms of service. But as Beahm tells it, he’s still in the dark regarding what happened and why he was taken off the Amazon-owned livestreaming service.
“As far as I’m concerned, we didn’t do anything to warrant a ban, let alone how they went about banning us,” he said. “No communication before, no reaching out, nothing.”
Notably, prior to the ban, Beahm had signed a multi-year deal to stay on Twitch. While numbers weren’t disclosed, presumably Twitch paid good money to ensure that one of its most-watched performers stayed on the platform. Beahm’s comments during the stream suggested there may be some kind of legal movement regarding his contract.
“You’re talking about a heavy contract, lots of money,” he said, noting that he has to be careful about what he says regarding the ban situation. “There’s big money involved. So let the legal professionals do what they need to do.”
Viewers seemed happy to have the vest-wearing entertainer back, with plenty of donations trickling in as Beahm swore that this would be the last time he addressed the situation.
“My conscience, I feel so good,” he stated, before berating people who assumed he must have done something bad to get a ban.
“So that’s your update,” he said. For a portion of the livestream, Beahm opted to watch other creators’ gameplay for titles such as the new-kid-on-the-block battle royale, Fall Guys. He later played some Call of Duty: Warzone. He punctuated the occasion by telling viewers about some upcoming limited-edition merchandise that they could preorder for $30.
“Taxes were heavy this year,” he later added, noting that “for a second, I thought I was in trouble.”
Update: Added mention of DrDisrespect’s gaming during the livestream.
Samsung has sort of semi-announced the Galaxy Z Fold2 at its big Unpacked event on August 5, with the company promising a proper unveiling, with all details, to come on September 1. We got a few official press renders of the upcoming device, but sometimes nothing beats an honest-to-God hands-on video.
And today that’s exactly what has surfaced, courtesy of Ben Geskin on Twitter. It’s a short 16-second affair, but does portray more angles of the device than the official images. You can see the weird placement of the internal hole-punch selfie camera, the display crease (which is obviously not going to be featured in promotional materials), the much improved external screen (in size and bezel size), and the rear, reminiscent of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, because of the similar looking camera island.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 has a 6.23-inch cover display and a 7.6″ internal screen (which has 120Hz refresh rate too), and according to rumors it should be powered by the Snapdragon 865+ chipset. It will run Android 10 with One UI on top, of course.
The rumors also talked about a wide/ultrawide/telephoto triple rear camera setup, a 4,500 mAh battery, and 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (possibly UFS 3.1).
The man can generate hype, I’ll give him that. After a mysterious disappearance that lasted longer than a month, Dr Disrespect has returned to streaming today on YouTube, his apparent new home after his permanent Twitch ban.
Yesterday afternoon Doc started running a static stream, and after the first hour or so, revealed that he’d return today at 3 PM ET. Well, that was pushed to 4 PM, and now he is indeed live to over 500,000 viewers at the time of this writing and no, naturally he does not have any concrete answers for us about his famous Twitch ban. He addressed the ban, saying that he still has no idea why Twitch banned him, and that he cannot think of anything he would have done to have warranted the ban. This remains difficult to believe, and yet Doc pushed back on critics that don’t believe this line about the ban, calling it a “cockroach approach” to speculate on what happened. The “last thing” he said he was going to say about it was “let the legal professionals do what they need to do, that’s it.”
Quite literally nothing has leaked out about Doc’s Twitch ban in the last month. Not from him, Twitch or inside sources. Twitch abruptly ended a recently signed, multi-million dollar contract with Dr Disrespect just months after the deal was made, and gave no reason for doing so, only saying that all creators are subject to the same rules, no matter their size. Dr Disrespect maintained that he had not been told why he was banned, and managed to get through a lot of major interviews revealing absolutely nothing about what was going on in a PR-sanitized tour where he kept saying he couldn’t talk about what was going on with Twitch for legal reasons.
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What legal reasons? That remains unclear. Perhaps more unclear than ever, now. At first, given that Doc’s ban came immediately after a wave of #MeToo allegations in the gaming industry, many of which led to Twitch bans, the logical leap was that perhaps something of that nature, and/or something criminal, might be going on behind the scenes.
But there were no public accusations ever made against Doc. He has not been arrested or charged with anything in the last month. So now he is essentially mounting a “comeback” from something that…no one knows the details of. It’s a very strange situation. This is, of course, the type of speculation that Doc has pushed back against, yet has offered no plausible theories of his own about the ban, and is now content to be quiet and let lawyers work it out.
It does feel a little weird to see such massive support for Doc’s return without ever getting clarity on the Twitch situation. The line among his fans seems to be that since nothing bad has come out, there’s no reason not to support him, and they assume that Twitch just screwed him over in some way, and whatever “legal” issues are ongoing, they must be contractual, not criminal. It’s possible, but it’s also probably too soon to rule anything out, even if it’s been over a month now.
So, here’s the comeback, which does not involve Doc signing a new contract, but instead just heading to YouTube to stream without any sort of high dollar deal, just to…stream. And of course he can make money anyway and has already raked in tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in subscriptions and donations for the lead-up to his return and now the return itself. Since we do not know what he did to get banned from Twitch, we have no idea if that same thing could have him end up getting banned on YouTube, but he certainly doesn’t seem to think so, hence all the hype and set-up for this grand return.
It really is one of the most confounding mysteries in gaming. I had little interest in Doc before any of this, but this situation has just been so perplexing it’s hard not to be engrossed in the mystery of it all. In this industry, the truth has to leak out at some point about what happened here, but I am frankly stunned it hasn’t already, so who knows.
It appears that for now, YouTube is Doc’s new home, with or without a contract, and sources are saying that no deals from YT or any other streaming services are imminent, and yet he’s free to stream elsewhere like anyone normally would be. Even if Doc gets back to regular streaming, it’s a changed situation. He’s not allowed to stream with any of his old Twitch buddies (part of the nature of a ban), and yet he can continue creating content on YouTube unless a new ban takes effect. And since we don’t know what caused the last one, it’s impossible to say what happens next.
If you want to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people watching Doc’s return, you can view his comeback stream here. This story is not over, and if anything, is really only getting more confusing the longer answers remain out of sight.
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