First look at the Pixel 4: Google confirms the phone, features face unlock too

    Last yr’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
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    After Google unexpectedly “leaked” an official picture of the Pixel 4 in June, the corporate threw one other curve ball by releasing a video on YouTube in regards to the telephone’s face unlock and motion-sensing capabilities. While we will solely speculate why Google is being so open about its upcoming flagship, we’re nonetheless studying loads in regards to the telephone. In addition to its {hardware} (which incorporates confirmed a number of rear cameras), the corporate additionally launched the fifth beta replace, out of a deliberate complete of six, for Android Q. Perhaps greater than another Pixel telephone earlier than it, we now have a greater understanding of Google’s subsequent flagship and what its cell working system will probably be able to.The success of the Pixel 4 can be essential for Google. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL aren’t promoting very properly regardless of their distinctive cameras and significant acclaim. This could possibly be as a result of the telephones are unique to Verizon (although they work on different US carriers), plus the truth that individuals typically aren’t shopping for telephones as a lot as they used to. The telephones are additionally costly, which Google hoped to deal with by launching the midrange Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in May. There’s been reported points with the Pixel 3’s efficiency too (however we at CNET have not skilled them personally), and the corporate simply settled a class-action lawsuit that can pay out $500 every to house owners of the first Pixel telephone. 

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    Google would wish to unravel all these points with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL if it needs to extend gross sales. Though they’re months away from their launch, the Pixel 4 will function Google’s final tackle its cell OS, which can be the hottest OS on the planet, and should stand out, not solely from the Apple iPhone however different Android rivals like Samsung.In the meantime, learn on to see what has been speculated thus far and verify again as we replace this piece with fascinating rumors as they come up.  
    Confirmed: The Pixel 4 exists, has sq. digital camera setupAs talked about above, the Pixel 4 is an actual telephone — none aside from Google introduced that it is coming. Not solely did the corporate verify the title, but it surely included a picture, which depicts a number of rear cameras encased in a sq. housing.

    There was one other, much less official occasion when Google confirmed the existence of the telephone in April, when a Google worker commented on Google’s Android Open Source Project. Buried in a thread about Google’s reminiscence error detection instrument, and noticed first by 9to5Google, the worker references the Pixel 4 twice:A Google worker confirms the corporate is creating the Pixel 4.
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    In the remark, the poster writes, “The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works. Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device…” Though the thread would not go on to disclose the rest in regards to the  telephone, at the very least we realized that it is referred to as the Pixel 4 and that it is on its method.Confirmed: It can have face unlock and movement sensorsFace unlock and movement sensors had been rumored again in June and confirmed by Google on Monday. The firm launched a video and weblog submit exhibiting that the Pixel 4 can have a Soli radar chip. This will permit the Pixel 4 to have face unlock, which has similarities to Apple’s Face ID, and the characteristic will probably be safe sufficient to confirm digital funds. The chip can even sense movement, and allows you to “skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls” by waving your hand in entrance of the telephone. The know-how was developed internally by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group.The characteristic will not be in contrast to the LG G8 ThinQ and provides a glimpse right into a touchless future. The FCC first granted Google approval to make use of Project Soli sensors in December 2018 for plane.
    Confirmed: Pixel 4 has one front-facing cameraBack in June, a Pixel 4 was supposedly noticed within the wild by a tipster for 9to5Google exhibiting that the telephone had two entrance cameras (just like the present Pixel 3) and a big “forehead.” But Google’s sketch of the Pixel 4, which was used to point out the place the Soli radar chip was situated on the telephone’s front-facing array, additionally confirmed that the telephone had a single front-facing digital camera. We’re uncertain why Google would drop the second wide-angle digital camera from the telephone, because it was helpful on the Pixel 3 to take huge selfie photographs. Seeing how Google can render portrait photographs with only one lens, maybe the Pixel 4 will probably be able to taking normal and wide-angle photographs utilizing simply software program. Google did not instantly reply to a request for remark.Only one entrance digital camera is seen in Google’s picture of the Pixel 4.
    Likely: We’ll see it in OctoberThis is not based mostly on any particular rumor, however because the first Pixel launch in 2016, Google has launched its flagship in October. The sample often goes like this: Google holds its I/O developer convention in May to go over the newest Android OS and software program updates. Then in October, it has one other presser that highlights Google’s {hardware} developments and it introduces a brand new flagship working the Android model previewed in May. There have been curve balls — as an illustration, this yr Google unveiled the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in May. But that also places us on observe to see the Pixel 4 (and perhaps Google’s good dwelling endeavors) in October.

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    Likely: Pixel 4 will run Android QLike with previous Pixel telephones, the Pixel 4 line will probably be one of many first — if not the primary — telephones to run Android’s newest OS. Because Google OS names are alphabetical, the upcoming replace is quickly generally known as Android Q earlier than its official title launches. Although it isn’t out but, Android Q will reportedly have a system-wide darkish mode, new permissions options, improved facial recognition and enhanced safety.Rumor: Pixel 4 XL may even have two again camerasWhile earlier Pixel XLs launched with only a single digital camera on the again, leaked photographs posted on (as soon as once more) SlashLeaks point out that the Pixel 4 XL might have two rear cameras. Google has usually relied on its digital camera software program to do issues (like taking portrait photographs) that different telephones require a number of rear cameras to perform, so it is fascinating that Google might presumably add one other. The identical leaked photographs additionally present the telephone with the aforementioned hole-punch show.Rumor: Pixel 4 may need improved dual-SIM capabilities The Pixel 4 might have a characteristic that will permit a consumer to modify between two functioning telephone traces. This is an replace from the earlier Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 (and their bigger counterparts the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL). Those telephones have an ordinary SIM card slot and an eSIM. While you possibly can have two numbers provisioned for the gadget, you possibly can solely discuss, textual content or use knowledge on one line, whereas the opposite remained inactive. In different phrases, just one SIM could possibly be activated at a time. But the Pixel 4 would have the ability to have two lively SIMs. If both is getting used to make a name or textual content, nevertheless, the opposite line will not have the ability to take calls or textual content in the intervening time. This is just like how the brand new iPhones and different Android telephones function.
    Originally revealed March 8, 2019Update, May 26: Adds data about Pixel class-action lawsuit.Update, June 6: Adds Google worker affirmation and Skinomi renders.Update, June 12: Adds Google first look data.Update, June 26: Adds extra rumors, together with Project Soli.Update, July 30: Adds Soli radar chip and single front-facing digital camera affirmation.

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