Pixel 4 launch in 5 days: All the Google event rumors and what we know so far

    Last yr’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
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    Launching on Oct. 15, Google’s subsequent flagship telephones, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, are essential for the corporate, and we’ve excessive hopes for the upcoming Google occasion (together with some lengthy wished-for upgrades within the sensible house section).True, Google’s most up-to-date telephones, the midrange Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL, are doing nicely. Pixel gross sales doubled and the Pixel 3A continues to impress with its digicam — and CNET editor Daniel Van Boom referred to as it an important telephone of 2019.But competitors is fierce if Google desires the Pixel 4 to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung this yr. Apple lately launched its iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max with boosted digicam options like Night mode, and Samsung is on its method with the relaunch of the Galaxy Fold, along with its blockbuster Galaxy S10 and Note 10 telephones.  

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    Pixel 4 leaks and early bulletins from GoogleGreater than ever, we’ve a greater understanding of what Google’s subsequent flagship telephones can be able to. On Aug. 7, the corporate launched the sixth and remaining beta replace for Android Q, now formally often known as Android 10. In addition to software program, Google unexpectedly “leaked” an official picture of the Pixel 4 in June, after which later threw one other curveball by releasing a video on YouTube concerning the telephone’s face unlock and motion-sensing capabilities.The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will function Google’s final tackle its cell OS, which can also be the hottest OS on the earth, and the telephones should stand out, not solely from the Apple iPhone however different Android rivals, akin to these from Samsung. Right now we’re a couple of month away from its launch, so within the meantime, learn on to see what has been speculated up to now and verify again as we replace this piece with fascinating rumors as they come up.Read extra: iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 cameras’ secret sauce
    Confirmed: The Pixel 4 exists, has sq. digicam setup As talked about above, the Pixel 4 is an actual telephone — none aside from Google introduced that it is coming. Not solely did the corporate affirm the identify, 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 software, and noticed first by 9to5Google, the remark refers back to the Pixel 4 twice: A Google worker confirms the corporate is growing 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 does not go on to disclose the rest concerning the telephone, no less than we discovered that it is referred to as the Pixel 4 and that it is on its method. Confirmed: We’ll see it Oct. 15 On Sept. 16, Google despatched out invitations to its Pixel 4 occasion, scheduled for Oct. 15. This confirms what we already anticipated on condition that ever for the reason that first Pixel launched in 2016, Google has launched its flagship telephones in October. The sample normally 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 introduces a brand new flagship operating the Android model previewed in May. There have been curveballs — for example, this yr Google unveiled the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in May. But it seems like this time round we’ll see the Pixel 4 (and certain any sensible house endeavors) in October. Google is internet hosting its subsequent huge product occasion in New York in October. 
    Confirmed: It could have face unlock and movement sensors Face unlock and movement sensors have been rumored again in June and confirmed by Google on July 29. The firm launched a video and weblog publish displaying that the Pixel 4 could 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 can be safe sufficient to confirm digital funds. The chip may sense movement, and allows you to “skip songs, snooze alarms and silence phone calls” by waving your hand in entrance of the telephone. The expertise was developed internally by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects workforce. The characteristic shouldn’t be in contrast to the LG G8 ThinQ and affords a glimpse right into a touchless telephone future. The FCC first granted Google approval to make use of Project Soli sensors in December 2018 for plane.
    Confirmed: Pixel 4 in orange Google confirmed that both the Pixel 4 or 4 XL will are available a brand new shade of orange, due to an enormous billboard in Times Square. The commercial, which is supposed to drum up hype for the Oct. 15 occasion, exhibits the telephone in its new coloration. This verifies a earlier unofficial picture posted on Chinese social community Weibo that confirmed a vivid orange Pixel 4. Besides black and white, earlier Pixel colours embrace blue, purple and pink. While I’m not a fan of this specific shade of orange, it positively stands out from the group. Confirmed: Pixel 4 ‘coming quickly’ to Best Buy Even although the telephone hasn’t formally launched but, sellers are getting forward of the sport. US retailer Best Buy has its personal splash web page for the Pixel 4, saying that it is “coming soon,” and posting a picture of the telephone’s again. Though it is not a photograph, the picture exhibits Google disposing of the two-tone glass shade. The again of the telephone is now one single stable coloration. A video leak noticed by Slashleaks and 9to5Google additionally exhibits the again of the telephone as a stable slab of black. Likely: Pixel 4 has one front-facing digicam Back in June, supposedly a Pixel 4 was noticed within the wild by a tipster for 9to5Google displaying that the telephone had two entrance cameras (like the present Pixel 3) and a big “forehead.” But Google’s sketch of the Pixel 4, which was used to indicate the place the Soli radar chip was positioned on the telephone’s front-facing array, additionally confirmed that the telephone had a single front-facing digicam.  We’re not sure why Google would drop the second wide-angle digicam from the telephone, because it was helpful on the Pixel 3 for taking huge selfie photographs. Seeing how Google can render portrait images with only one lens, maybe the Pixel 4 can be able to taking normal and wide-angle photographs utilizing simply software program. Google declined a request for remark.

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    Likely: Pixel 4 will run Android 10 As with previous Pixel telephones, the Pixel 4 line can be one of many first telephones to run Android’s newest OS. We understand it will not be the primary although, contemplating that the OnePlus 7T is offered now and serves up Android 10 out of the field. Up till this yr, Google OS names have been alphabetical, and the upcoming replace was quickly often known as Android Q. We know now that its official identify is Android 10 and it’ll reportedly have a systemwide darkish mode, new permissions options, improved facial recognition and enhanced safety. Rumor: It might be able to name for assist in a crashThe new Pixel 4 might be able to use the telephone’s accelerometer and microphone to sense whether or not or not you have been concerned in a crash, in accordance with XDA Developers. The characteristic could be accessible within the Pixel 4’s Emergency Information app and might name 911 mechanically, too. After it detects a crash, the telephone would play an alert at max quantity and vibrate. If you do not mute the telephone, the app will then contact emergency providers and make your location accessible. Rumor: Pixel 4 could launch on Sprint For the previous few years, the Pixel telephone has launched with US service Verizon, regardless that it labored on different networks akin to AT&T and T-Mobile. But a leaked photograph of the Pixel 4 posted by XDA Developers exhibits the telephone operating on Sprint’s community. Though Sprint is the nation’s fourth largest service, it is because of merge with T-Mobile quickly. Being bought by extra carriers as an alternative of only one would additionally develop the Pixel’s availability, which can have beforehand harm gross sales. Could the Pixel 4 have a 90Hz show just like the OnePlus 7 Pro?
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    Rumor: Pixel 4 could have a 90Hz show Perhaps becoming a member of the ranks of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Razer Phone 2, the Pixel 4 could also be geared up with a 90Hz show in accordance with 9to5Google. That implies that whereas most telephones have a refresh price of 60 frames per second (put in one other method, in 1 second the show refreshes 60 occasions), the Pixel 4 would refresh at 90fps.  From our time reviewing telephones with 90Hz shows, we will attest that actions like scrolling by webpages and apps do really feel extra fluid, and it might be an thrilling characteristic to have on the Pixel 4. Rumor: Pixel 4 XL could have thick bezels An alleged photograph of the PIxel 4 XL exhibits the telephone trying fairly just like the Pixel 3 XL. It has a big show and thick bezels on the high and backside, and it exhibits a homescreen that claims, “Welcome to your new Pixel.”  Rumor: Pixel 4 XL is an effective gaming telephone? A purported video of the Pixel 4 XL, operating almost 6 minutes lengthy, exhibits the telephone performing as a good gaming telephone. Posted by a Vietnamese tech weblog referred to as ReLab, the video exhibits the telephone with a white design, matte-black edges and an orange energy button. In addition to the aforementioned 90Hz show, different specs embrace a 6.23-inch, a 1,440p display and a 3,700-mAh battery.

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    Rumor: Pixel 4 XL may even have two again cameras While earlier Pixel XLs launched with only a single digicam on the again, leaked images posted on (as soon as once more) SlashLeaks point out that the Pixel 4 XL could have two rear cameras. Google has usually relied on its digicam software program to do issues like taking portrait images that different telephones require a number of rear cameras to perform, so it is fascinating that Google could presumably add one other. The similar leaked images additionally present the telephone with the aforementioned hole-punch show. Rumor: Pixel 4 might need improved dual-SIM capabilities The Pixel 4 could have a characteristic that will permit a person to change between two functioning telephone strains. 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 can have two numbers provisioned for the system, you can solely discuss, textual content or use knowledge on one line, whereas the opposite remained inactive. In different phrases, just one SIM might be activated at a time. But the Pixel 4 would be capable of have two lively SIMs. If both is getting used to make a name or textual content, nevertheless, the opposite line will not be capable of take calls or textual content in the meanwhile. This is just like how the brand new iPhones and different Android telephones function.

    Originally printed March 8.Updates, May 26: Adds information about Pixel class-action lawsuit; June 6: Adds Google worker affirmation and Skinomi renders; June 12: Adds Google first-look information; June 26: Adds further rumors, together with Project Soli; July 30: Adds Soli radar chip and single front-facing digicam affirmation; Aug. 11: Adds 90Hz show rumor; Sept. 2: Adds Sprint service rumor; Sept. 13: Adds Best Buy affirmation and different rumors; Sept. 18: Adds official launch date and confirmed orange coloration; Oct. 1: Adds crash help rumor; Oct. 10: Reworks intro.

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