Most smartphone tech giants have released their 2019 flagship devices except for Google. Google is expected to rival other flagship devices with the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL devices. The notable competition includes the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones and the newly launched iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Before we know how Google’s new additions will match up with the competition, here are confirmed facts about the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL devices.
Launch date Oct. 15
Google has always released its flagship devices in October. Google is also known for strictly following its culture when releasing hardware and software advancements. Although google goes out of this norm when releasing other products. This year, Google sent out invites on September 16 for the October 15 event. It is in this event that Google will launch the Pixel 4 devices and other hardware developments.
Square camera setup
The Pixel 4 devices have had enough leaks, and even Google decided to confirm some of them via their teaser. On June 12, via a tweet, Google confirmed the name of the upcoming flagship; Pixel 4, and even included an image of the phone. The rear image revealed a square set up rear camera. The camera bump houses multiple sensors and camera lenses. Also, one of Google employees had earlier commented on the existence of the phone on Google’s Android Open Source Project.
Face unlock and motion sensors
Apple’s Face ID changed how biometrics should be done – faster and secure. Via a blog post on July 29, Google confirmed that the Pixel 4 would have Face Unlock similar to the Face ID. The Face Unlock will also be bundled with motion sensors using Soli, a motion-sensing radar chip. This chip will be used to detect small motions, and combining with software algorithms; several functionalities can be achieved. They include; using gestures to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls. The Soli chip will also make unlocking your phone easier. On their blog post, Google states that “Other phones require you to lift the device, pose in a certain way, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe to get to the home screen. Pixel 4 does all of that in a much more streamlined way. As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlock sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion. Better yet, face unlock works in almost any orientation—even if you’re holding it upside down—and you can use it for secure payments and app authentication too.”
Orange in Pixel 4
Google’s billboard in Times Square shows another color addition to the Pixel family – a shade of orange. Although various leaks had indicated that the Pixel 4 would also come in orange color, the billboard confirms the rumors. This new color addition will complement the existing colors of black and white, blue, purple and pink.
Android 10 out of the box
Google already launched its next version of Android, and we have seen it in other flagships. It is likely that the Pixel 4 devices will come preloaded with Android 10.