The Google Pixel 3 actually made an appearance in the new Avengers movie, the Avengers: Endgame. The movie started playing quite recently in some parts of the world, and while watching it last night, I actually noticed the device in the movie, but was not entirely sure until I noticed the very same info online.
In order not to spoil the movie, or anything of the sort, I'll just say that the phone was used by one of the characters in the movie, at least one that I've noticed. The "Not Pink" Google Pixel 3 made an appearance in the movie, at least I think it was (and users from Reddit seem to agree), as it had that orange power button on the side.
This seems to be Google's way to promote the device, and even the timeline fits. The Avengers: Endgame started filming on August 10, 2017, while the filming concluded on January 11, 2018. Reshoots started on September 7, 2018, and completed on October 12, 2018. The Google Pixel 3 family was announced in October last year, so Google could have easily included the phone in the movie, as pre-production, and maybe even production units were more than ready at that time, depending on where those scenes were shot.
Google may actually be looking to further promote its phones with the help of Avengers, kind of. The company's logo is illuminated on a Google Store teaser page, and it is illuminated with a purple light reminiscent of Endgame, which is quite interesting. This teaser page is dedicated to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launch, so… we'll see what Google has planned.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be the company's very first mid-range Pixel-branded smartphones. These two phones have been leaking out for a while now, and it seems like both devices will resemble the Google Pixel 3 quite a bit. Both phones are actually expected to include bezels above and below the display, while all of their physical keys will be placed on the right.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to be fueled by Qualcomm's chips, the company's mid-range offerings, that is. We could see the Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 being used here, while both devices are likely to ship with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel 3a is rumored to sport a 5.6-inch panel, while the Pixel 3a XL will include a larger unit, a 6-inch display, perhaps, or a panel larger than 6 inches.
Google is hoping that these two devices will be compelling enough for consumers, though it remains to be seen how much they will cost, as their price tag will play an important role in their sales. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were considered to be too expensive by some, considering what they had to offer in terms of hardware, not to mention that they were plagued by software issues at first two, so it will be interesting to see how much will Google ask us to pay for its mid-range offerings.