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Show #2019-73 April 11, 2019

We’re setting the record straight on the status of 5G phones and whose doing what, despite TV advertising here that is hyping 5G phones. If you missed any of the shows, they are all available on our website Computer Insider.org, and the show numbers are 2019- 72, 73 and 74.

As far as Google phone’s go, they haven’t revealed its plans for 5G. What we do know is that Verizon said it’s planning to roll out its 5G network in early 2019, similar to other carriers.

What does that have to do with Google? For the past few years, Google has tapped Verizon as its exclusive carrier partner for its Pixel phones, including the new Pixel 3. Keep in mind that you can still purchase the phone unlocked and bring it to another carrier, or buy it on Google’s Wi-Fi-first network, Google Fi.

This could mean that Google’s next flagship, presumably called the Pixel 4, could be a 5G phone. If it sticks with its usual phone launch schedule, the Pixel 4 would debut around October 2019 — well after the first half of the year. 

Earlier this year LG revealed the V50 ThinQ 5G. As expected, the phone will be available in the US through Sprint. The V50 will also be Sprint’s first 5G phone but it will also be made available on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year. The phone features a 6.4-inch OLED display, three rear cameras that include a wide-angle and telephoto lens, the Snapdragon 855 chipset and two front-facing cameras. It can also attach to a Dual Screen accessory that increases the phone’s display size.

I personally wouldn’t delay replacing your smartphone if you find yourself in need because my guess is that we won’t see well-deployed equipment until at least 2021 when any phone you get today could be nearing its end.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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