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Had the Coronavirus pandemic never occurred, Google would be getting ready to release its Android 11 Beta 1 release tomorrow, as originally planned. That's not going to happen—the launch event has been postponed without a followup date, so for the time being, the Android 11 Preview 4 build is the latest one. Well, for most people. Pixel 4 owners are apparently the exception. As spotted by XDA-Developers, the Android 11 Beta 1 build (RPB1.200504.018) has found its way to some Pixel 4 phones as a 736MB download, and with it comes a glimpse of some upcoming features, changes, and improvements that Google is currently working on for the final release. One of the improvements involves the Quick... Read more...
Google hasn’t didn’t exactly have the hit it expected when it launched the Pixel 4 family late last year. As the latest in its line of flagship Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 4 promised a high-performing Snapdragon 855 SoC, vibrant 90Hz OLED display, facial recognition technology, and a new camera system. However, according to a fresh reporting by The Information, there was a lot of turmoil going on behind the scenes during the development of the Pixel 4, and even recently as the launches of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 loom. Before the Pixel 4 even launched to the public, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh reportedly had misgivings about the device, especially with regards to its... Read more...
A recent round of discounts has brought the Pixel 4 down to the lowest price we've ever seen—starting at $499 for the regular Pixel 4 with 64GB of built-in memory, compared to its $799 launch price. It's a heck of a deal, but imagine receiving 10 of them for the price of one. It actually happened to someone, as the apparent result of an order fulfillment blunder on Google's end. A box of 10 Pixel 4 handsets is worth $4,999 at the going rate, and $7,999 based on the non-discounted price. So, the lucky fellow who received the unexpected windfall ended up with $4,500 worth of additional merchandise that he was not expecting. Talk about luck, though Google is really the fortunate one, because... Read more...
The Google Pixel 4 family of smartphones have been on the market since the fall of 2019, which means that the discounts are starting to pile up on these Android flagships. Both the Pixel 4 and its larger Pixel 4 XL sibling were near the top of the class when they debuted, and are still very competitive devices despite the arrival of new stars like the LG V60 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy S20. The latest round of discounts brings the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL down to prices that we've never seen before for unlocked models. In the case of the Pixel 4, it's now priced at just $499 (compared to the previous low of $549), while the Pixel 4 XL will set you back just $100 more at $599. Both of... Read more...
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL users have a new April security update that began rolling out this week which brings a range of patches and fixes, and one new feature that users will appreciate. Notes for the April security patch talk about fixes for Bluetooth and keyboard lag. However, the most anticipated portion of the update is the "eyes open" requirement for Pixel 4 face unlock. The eyes open requirement for face unlock was first seen in Android 11 Developer Preview 2. Pixel 4 users first discovered shortly after the device's launch late last year that the face unlock feature would function even if the user's eyes were closed. That was a big problem for many, because it meant that anyone... Read more...
The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC are just now hitting the market here in the United States, which means that now is the time to score some great deals on last year's Snapdragon 855 flagships. Yesterday, we saw a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S10+, and today we've got deals on the Google Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL. Online retail giant Amazon is discounting both smartphones by hundreds of dollars, with the Pixel 4 (64GB) coming in at just $549, which is down from its normal price of $799. The Pixel 4 is available at this price in both Clearly White and Just Black colors. Stepping up to the 128GB version of the Pixel 4 raises the price by $100 to $649. If you want the... Read more...
Not long after the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched back in November 2019, it was revealed that the smartphones' face unlock facial recognition system could unlock your device even if your eyes were open. This is a step back in security compared to Apple iPhone's Face ID, which requires your eyes to be open and focused on the phone’s display to unlock [this feature is also on by default on iPhones]. Needless to say, this security lapse would allow someone with access to your phone to unlock it if you were sleeping, unconscious, or even dead. Google responded that it would work diligently to improve its face unlock feature, and provided the following statement... Read more...
Yesterday Google launched the March security update for its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL users. The update had two builds offered with one of them specifically for AT&T users. However, the AT&T version of the update had a flaw in it that has led to Google pulling the update for those users. There has been no official reason for the update having been pulled, and the rollout for AT&T users paused. While Google and AT&T aren’t giving any details on why the update was removed, some users are coming forward on reddit that say after the update was applied to their Pixel 4 devices, Google Pay was broken. Word is that Google Pay was broken because Google hadn’t properly certified... Read more...
Google recently launched the first Android 11 Developer Preview, and code sleuths are quickly scouring through the OS to see what new features await users. While Google announced a number of new features coming to Android 11 earlier this week (including better support for 5G phones and folding displays), some new ones have been uncovered including double tap gestures for Pixel smartphones. The gesture system was developed under the codename "Columbus" and is initiated by double-tapping on the back of the smartphone. Right now, these are the double tap gestures that are currently available with Columbus according to XDA-Developers: Dismiss timer Launch camera Launch Google Assistant... Read more...
A new report is claiming that Verizon is very unhappy with the current deal it has in place with Google to sell Pixel smartphones. The Pixel series of devices hasn't been a strong seller for Verizon, according to reports. A source claiming knowledge of the carrier's plans says that Verizon has put any plans to sell new Google Pixel smartphones on hold. The source gave no specific reason why Verizon was canceling the deal, but the sales issue is the leading assumption. The source, cited by Android Police, said that the chance of the rumored Pixel 4a coming to Verizon is zero. The source claims it's far too late for Verizon to change its mind on that device at this point. There is a chance,... Read more...
A breakdown of the underlying code in the latest version of Google's dialer application (called "Phone") suggests that native call recording is headed to Pixel handsets (and perhaps Android One devices). Previous versions of the dialer hinted at the functionality, but with the release of version 44, it now seems like a foregone conclusion. This is an interesting feature with obvious privacy implications. There is also the legal angle to consider. For example, it is illegal to record a phone call in California without "two-party consent," meaning the person on the other end of the line must agree to be recorded. This is outlined in California Penal Code 632. How does Google get around this? According... Read more...
Anyone in the market for a premium Android smartphone with one of the best cameras on the market will want to check out the deals Amazon has going on the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL (our full review) this weekend. We've seen more substantial discounts off the MSRP, but right now, there's a discount and a $200 gift card in the mix, making these some of the best deals overall for these devices that we've seen yet. Amazon is offering the Google Pixel 4 with 64GB of internal storage unlocked for $699 currently. Amazon says that is an $80.89 discount. On top of that discount, you also get a $200 gift card to buy whatever you want on Amazon. It's almost like getting a smartphone... Read more...
Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are among the best Android smartphones that you can buy these days, which is why we're always on the lookout when they go on sale. Over the past few months, we've seen excellent deals from retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, and even straight from Google via its Google Fi MVNO service. During Black Friday, Amazon was selling the Pixel 4 for just $599, which was $200 off its regular price tag. Today, however, the discounts keep rolling as the Pixel 4 in Clearly White can now be had for just $571. If you want Just Black, you'll just pay a dollar more. Unfortunately, Oh So Orange is currently out of stock at Amazon, although we'll update this piece if it reappears... Read more...
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were two of the surprise smartphone hits of the 2019, taking much of the design (and camera) prowess of the Pixel 3, but wrapping it in a plastic body with a mid-range CPU at a much lower price. Given that not everyone needs flagship-caliber hardware (or the price tag that is associated with it), the smartphones became hot sellers. Google is looking to follow-up on that Pixel 3a success with the Pixel 4a, and the first alleged renders of the smartphone have been revealed. They come courtesy of OnLeaks and 91mobiles, and are reportedly based CAD leaks. They show a chassis design that looks like a mashup of the current Pixel 3a and the Pixel 4.... Read more...
Google is pushing out its first "Pixel feature drop" to Pixel 4 XL and and Pixel 4 owners, and with comes a handful of new features and improved capabilities, such as better facial recognition when using your mug to unlock your handset. What exactly is a Pixel feature drop, though, and how does it differ from Google's regular updates? Well, Google seems to be taking a page from Microsoft (sort of) with how it keeps its latest generation Pixel handsets updated. With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft committed to pushing out major feature updates twice annually, in addition to its usual monthly security patches (and out of cadence emergency patches for zero-day threats, as necessary). Google's... Read more...
The Pixel 4 family is famous for its strong support from Google. Google tends to support the devices with three years of major Android OS, along with feature/security updates, which is much better than we typically expect from other Android OEMs. Google is now introducing a new category of updates for its Pixel devices, and it is calling it a "feature drop". Google says that feature drops bring bigger and more impactful updates than the typical security updates and bug fixes, and will come "on a regular basis." The first feature drop is coming later this month and includes a handful of new features for Pixel users. One of the most prominent additions is the ability for the Google Assistant to... Read more...
One of the cool new features that the Google Pixel 4 offers users is its Recorder application. That app was initially only for the Pixel 4, but it now has expanded availability to cover most all Pixel devices including the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4 smartphones. It's currently only offered for Pixel devices, not for other Android smartphones, however. The Recorder is more than the name would imply. It can record audio, but it uses AI and voice recognition to transcribe and caption label recordings in real-time, automatically. You could use the app to do things like record a meeting at work or a lecture at school and have a full transcription to look back on. Initially, Google has seemingly... Read more...
Photography is an art form in every sense, and taking great looking photos can be challenging even when lighting conditions are ideal. Bad lighting will really test a photographer's skills, and night photography is especially tricky. That's what makes Google's Night Sight technology on its PIxel phones so awesome—it allows casual users to snap great looking photos of the night sky and other dark scenes. How exactly does the magic happen, though? Google provided some insight into its Night Sight feature in a new blog post, which explains how astophotography with Night Sight on Pixel phones is accomplished. This is not a brand new feature, of course, but as Google explains, this year's implementation... Read more...
Amazon has unveiled some new Black Friday deals this week with big discounts on Google's latest smartphones - the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. These two smartphones haven't been out that long, and enthusiasts who want a pure Android experience might want to check out the deals. Amazon is offering the Pixel 4 with 64GB of storage space for $599, a discount of $200 off the normal $799 price tag. The version with 128GB of storage is on sale for the same $200 discount making it $699. All three available colors are eligible for the deal, including the Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The orange color is only available in the 64GB version. Google Pixel 4 Smartphone, 64GB - $200 off... Read more...
If going by the calendar, Black Friday is about a week and a half away. The deals have already started to trickle out, and we suspect as Thursday, November 28 gets even closer in view, more bargains will make early debuts. In the meantime, companies have started previewing upcoming Black Friday discounts, including Google, which will be offering a range of gadgets on sale. One of the highlights is a $200 discount on unlocked Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL models. The slashed pricing will actually go into effect on Sunday, November 24, bringing the cost of entry down from $799 to $599 for the Pixel 4, and from $899 to $699 for the Pixel 4 XL. This presumably will apply to all three color options, those... Read more...
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are among the best smartphones that you can buy right now. However, if there is a complaint that has surfaced in many reviews, including our Pixel 4 XL review, it is that the screen isn't as bright as the competition. If you own one of these devices and have wished for a brighter, the good news is that there is a way to boost the brightness level. The bad news is that you will need to have root access to do it. High Brightness mode allows a bump in peak luminance for the screen of the Pixel 4 devices from about 450 nits to about 610 nits. If the brightness of the screen makes it hard for you to read the screen outdoors, this big bump in brightness might fix that... Read more...
Without question, Google's Pixel 4 XL has been the most leaked smartphone of 2019 prior to its official launch. Heck, even Google teased the device and a key feature or two along the way, so it goes without saying, the hype was big for this fourth generation Pixel. Google tries to set the bar for Android ecosystem partners with respect to industrial design and new enabling technologies with its Pixel phones. And in fact, the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL bring with them a couple of firsts for made by Google devices, specifically a 90Hz display and wireless charging. The premise is that hopefully these new features are "done right" so to speak, or at least that the technology has matured enough to... Read more...
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