Pixel four launch in 6 days: All of the Google occasion rumors and what we all know thus far – CNET



Final yr’s Pixel three and three XL.

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Launching on Oct. 15, Google’s subsequent flagship telephones, the Pixel four and four XL, are essential for the corporate. That is very true provided that rivals like Apple launched its iPhone 11, 11 Professional and 11 Professional Max with boosted digicam options like Evening mode, and Samsung is on its means with the relaunch with the Galaxy Fold, along with its Galaxy S10 and Be aware 10 telephones. In brief, it is time for Google to step up. True, Google’s most up-to-date telephones, the midrange Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL, are doing effectively. Pixel gross sales doubled and the Pixel 3A continues to impress with its digicam, and CNET editor Daniel Van Growth known as it the most vital cellphone of 2019.

However final yr’s Pixel three and 3XL did not promote as effectively, regardless of their distinctive cameras and significant acclaim. This may very well be as a result of the telephones are unique to Verizon (although they work on different US carriers), plus the truth that individuals normally aren’t shopping for telephones as a lot as they used to. The Pixel three and Pixel 3XL telephones are additionally costly, in contrast to the Pixel 3A telephones. There have been reported points with the Pixel three’s efficiency too (though we at CNET have not skilled them personally), and the corporate simply settled a class-action lawsuit that may pay out $500 apiece to house owners of the first Pixel cellphone.

Additionally, this is the whole lot the Pixel four wants to compete with Apple and Samsung this yr. 


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Greater than ever, nevertheless, now we have a greater understanding of what Google’s subsequent flagship telephones can be able to. On Aug. 7, the corporate launched the sixth and closing beta replace for Android Q, now formally generally known as Android 10. Along with software program, Google unexpectedly “leaked” an official picture of the Pixel four in June, after which later threw one other curveball by releasing a video on YouTube
concerning the cellphone’s face unlock and motion-sensing capabilities.

The Pixel four and four XL will function Google’s final tackle its cell OS, which can be the hottest OS on the planet, and the telephones should stand out, not solely from the Apple iPhone however different Android rivals, corresponding to these from Samsung. Proper now we’re a couple of month away from its launch, so within the meantime, learn on to see what has been speculated thus far and examine again as we replace this piece with attention-grabbing rumors as they come up.  

Confirmed: The Pixel four exists, has sq. digicam setup

As talked about above, the Pixel four is an actual cellphone — 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 cellphone in April, when a Google worker commented on Google’s Android Open Supply Challenge. Buried in a thread about Google’s reminiscence error detection instrument, and noticed first by 9to5Google, the remark refers back to the Pixel four twice:


A Google worker confirms the corporate is creating the Pixel four.

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Within the remark, the poster writes, “The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel three and make it possible for the whole lot truly works. Then transfer on to Pixel four and so forth. If I had a Pixel four gadget…” Although the thread does not go on to disclose anything concerning the cellphone, at the very least we realized that it is known as the Pixel four and that it is on its means.

Confirmed: We’ll see it Oct. 15

On Sept. 16, Google despatched out invitations to its Pixel four occasion, scheduled for Oct. 15. This confirms what we already anticipated provided that ever because the first Pixel launched in 2016, Google has launched its flagship telephones in October. The sample often goes like this: Google holds its I/O developer convention in Might to go over the newest Android OS and software program updates. Then in October it has one other presser that highlights Google’s developments and introduces a brand new flagship operating the Android model previewed in Might. There have been curveballs — as an example, this yr Google unveiled the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in Might. Nevertheless it appears to be like like this time round we’ll see the Pixel four (and sure any sensible residence endeavors) in October.

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Google is internet hosting its subsequent massive product occasion in New York in October. 


Confirmed: It is going to 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 corporate launched a video and weblog publish exhibiting that the Pixel four can have a Soli radar chip. This can enable the Pixel four 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 can even sense movement, and allows you to “skip songs, snooze alarms and silence cellphone calls” by waving your hand in entrance of the cellphone. The expertise was developed internally by Google’s Superior Expertise and Initiatives crew.

The characteristic isn’t in contrast to the LG G8 ThinQ and provides a glimpse right into a touchless cellphone future. The FCC first granted Google approval to make use of Challenge Soli sensors in December 2018 for plane.

Confirmed: Pixel four in orange

Google confirmed that both the Pixel four or four XL will are available a brand new shade of orange, due to an enormous billboard in Instances Sq.. The commercial, which is supposed to drum up hype for the Oct. 15 occasion, reveals the cellphone in its new shade. This verifies a earlier unofficial picture posted on Chinese language social community Weibo that confirmed a shiny orange Pixel four. Moreover black and white, earlier Pixel colours embody blue, purple and pink. Whereas I am not a fan of this specific shade of orange, it undoubtedly stands out from the gang.

Confirmed: Pixel four ‘coming quickly’ to Greatest Purchase

Despite the fact that the cellphone hasn’t formally launched but, sellers are getting forward of the sport. US retailer Greatest Purchase has its personal splash web page for the Pixel four, saying that it is “coming quickly,” and posting a picture of the cellphone’s again. Although it isn’t a photograph, the picture reveals Google putting off the two-tone glass shade. The again of the cellphone is now one single strong shade. A video leak noticed by Slashleaks and 9to5Google additionally reveals the again of the cellphone as a strong slab of black.

Probably: Pixel four has one front-facing digicam

Again in June, supposedly a Pixel four was noticed within the wild by a tipster for 9to5Google exhibiting that the cellphone had two entrance cameras (like the present Pixel three) and a big “brow.” However Google’s sketch of the Pixel four, which was used to point out the place the Soli radar chip was situated on the cellphone’s front-facing array, additionally confirmed that the cellphone had a single front-facing digicam. 

We’re not sure why Google would drop the second wide-angle digicam from the cellphone, because it was helpful on the Pixel three for taking large selfie photographs. Seeing how Google can render portrait pictures with only one lens, maybe the Pixel four can be able to taking normal and wide-angle photographs utilizing simply software program. Google declined a request for remark.


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Probably: Pixel four will run Android 10

As with previous Pixel telephones, the Pixel four line can be one of many first telephones to run Android’s newest OS. We all know it will not be the primary although, contemplating that the OnePlus 7T is accessible 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 briefly generally known as Android Q. We all 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 could possibly name for assist in a crash

The brand new Pixel four could possibly use the cellphone’s accelerometer and microphone to sense whether or not or not you have been concerned in a crash, based on XDA Builders. The characteristic can be out there within the Pixel four’s Emergency Info app and may name 911 robotically, too. After it detects a crash, the cellphone would play an alert at max quantity and vibrate. When you do not mute the cellphone, the app will then contact emergency companies and make your location accessible.

Rumor: Pixel four might launch on Dash

For the previous few years, the Pixel cellphone has launched with US service Verizon, despite the fact that it labored on different networks corresponding to AT&T and T-Cell. However a leaked photograph of the Pixel four posted by XDA Builders reveals the cellphone operating on Dash’s community. Although Dash is the nation’s fourth largest service, it is because of merge with T-Cell quickly. Being bought by extra carriers as a substitute of only one would additionally develop the Pixel’s availability, which can have beforehand harm gross sales.


May the Pixel four have a 90Hz show just like the OnePlus 7 Professional?

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Rumor: Pixel four might have a 90Hz show

Maybe becoming a member of the ranks of the OnePlus 7 Professional and the Razer Telephone 2, the Pixel four could also be geared up with a 90Hz show based on 9to5Google. That implies that whereas most telephones have a refresh fee of 60 frames per second (put in one other means, in 1 second the show refreshes 60 occasions), the Pixel four would refresh at 90fps. 

From our time reviewing telephones with 90Hz shows, we will attest that actions like scrolling by means of webpages and apps do really feel extra fluid, and it might be an thrilling characteristic to have on the Pixel four.

Rumor: Pixel four XL might have thick bezels

An alleged photograph of the PIxel four XL reveals the cellphone trying fairly much like the Pixel three XL. It has a big show and thick bezels on the prime and backside, and it reveals a homescreen that claims, “Welcome to your new Pixel.” 

Rumor: Pixel four XL is an efficient gaming cellphone?

A purported video of the Pixel four XL, operating practically 6 minutes lengthy, reveals the cellphone performing as an honest gaming cellphone. Posted by a Vietnamese tech weblog known as ReLab, the video reveals the cellphone with a white design, matte-black edges and an orange energy button. Along with the aforementioned 90Hz show, different specs embody a 6.23-inch, a 1,440p display screen and a three,700-mAh battery.


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Rumor: Pixel four XL might even have two again cameras

Whereas earlier Pixel XLs launched with only a single digicam on the again, leaked pictures posted on (as soon as once more) SlashLeaks point out that the Pixel four XL might have two rear cameras. Google has sometimes relied on its digicam software program to do issues like taking portrait pictures that different telephones require a number of rear cameras to perform, so it is attention-grabbing that Google might presumably add one other. The identical leaked pictures additionally present the cellphone with the aforementioned hole-punch show.

Rumor: Pixel four might need improved dual-SIM capabilities

The Pixel four might have a characteristic that might enable a consumer to swap between two functioning cellphone traces. That is an replace from the earlier Pixel 2 and Pixel three (and their bigger counterparts the Pixel 2 XL and three XL). These telephones have an ordinary SIM card slot and an eSIM. Whilst you might have two numbers provisioned for the gadget, you may solely speak, textual content or use information on one line, whereas the opposite remained inactive. In different phrases, just one SIM may very well be activated at a time.

However the Pixel four would have the ability to have two energetic 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 interim. That is much like how the brand new iPhones and different Android telephones function.

Initially printed March eight.
Updates, Might 26: Provides data about Pixel class-action lawsuit; June 6: Provides Google worker affirmation and Skinomi renders; June 12: Provides Google first-look data; June 26: Provides further rumors, together with Challenge Soli; July 30: Provides Soli radar chip and single front-facing digicam affirmation; Aug. 11: Provides 90Hz show rumor; Sept. 2: Provides Dash service rumor; Sept. 13: Provides Greatest Purchase affirmation and different rumors; Sept. 18: Provides official launch date and confirmed orange shade; Oct. 1: Provides crash help rumor.

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