Google announces Pixel 5A 5G. Cancellation rumors were not true

Google has officially announced a new Pixel phone, the Pixel 5A 5G. It was rumored that the phone was completely canceled. However, a Google spokesperson sent the following statement:
Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.

The rumors about the Pixel 5A 5G point to it being somewhat similar to the Pixel 4A 5G — another lower-end phone designed to broaden Google’s market reach by keeping the cost down. 

Google’s statement says it will be announced “in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced,” which was in August 2020. However, many have speculated that it would be announced at this year’s online-only Google I/O developer conference alongside a lower-cost version of the Pixel Buds.

Google is also rumored to be creating a higher-end flagship Pixel 6 phone later this year. The main thing about this phone is rumored to be that it will start using more chips developed by Google, including the so-called "Whitechapel" system on a chip.