Google, We Have Some Pixel 4 Soli Feature Suggestions

Google, We Have Some Pixel 4 Soli Feature Suggestions


Now that we know for certain that the Pixel 4 will come equipped with a Soli radar chip for recognizing hand movements, we’re curious how Google intends to improve it over time. In the company’s own words, the Motion Sense feature will “evolve” as it ages, so let’s allow this post to push Google in the right direction in terms of what we, the consumers, would like to see, yes?

As of right now, we know Motion Sense will be capable of skipping songs, snoozing alarms, and silence phone calls. For us, that’s not nearly enough functionality to warrant that much real estate on the device’s front side.

We would also like to see the ability to swipe through photos in gallery applications (Photos, Gallery, etc.), scrolling in Chrome or other applicable applications, switch camera modes or apply different filters in the Camera app, control a device’s volume output, a … Read the rest

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RIP, Dual Selfie Camera Pixel Phones

RIP, Dual Selfie Camera Pixel Phones


Google is changing a lot about its Pixel program with the release of this year’s Pixel 4. For the first time, they are introducing a rear camera setup that has more than one camera. We also believe that they may ditch fingerprint readers altogether to instead focus on the Pixel 4’s advanced face unlock technology. That focus appears to have led to another change that drops the front camera setup down to a single selfie camera, after introducing a dual selfie camera last year.

With the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, we had dual 8MP selfie cameras, one with a standard field of view next to another that shot at a wide-angle. The wide-angle camera was a big selling feature for Google, as they promoted it to those who may take group selfies and want capture the entire scene. I can tell you that I certainly used it more … Read the rest

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Question: You Cool With No Fingerprint Sensor on the Pixel 4?

Question: You Cool With No Fingerprint Sensor on the Pixel 4?


Now that Google has confirmed an Apple-esque face unlock system for its next phone, we need to seriously consider the idea that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL may not have a fingerprint reader. If that’s the case, are you cool with that?

I bring it up because Google has now given us a view of the backside of the Pixel 4, along with today’s full write-up on face unlock and the various sensors used to make that magic happen. What Google hasn’t showed one bit of in either teaser is a fingerprint reader on the backside, frontside, or sides of the phone. While I’m sure they wanted to spend time today hyping the face unlock capabilities and the Soli chip, it would have been fitting to say, “Oh and since we’re talking front of the phone, we put this sweet in-display fingerprint reader in too.” They didn’t.… Read the rest

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No Early Pixel 4 Launch This Year?

Google Shows Off Pixel 4 Soli-Powered Face Unlock, Gesture Controls


Google is continuing to hype the upcoming Pixel 4 via social media, this time showcasing the phone’s new face unlock feature, as well as Motion Sense gesture controls via the new Soli radar chip array.

In a brief video and a blog post, Google states that, “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.”

The face unlock feature can be used for secure payments and app authentication, too.

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The Pretty Pixel 4 Renders are Here

Google is Paying for Face Scans on the Streets, Possibly for Pixel 4’s Face Authentication


Google’s Pixel 4 is on the way and there is a good chance that there will be a big push surrounding its face authentication capabilities. We know that the Pixel 4 has a couple of cameras and other sensors built into its forehead, along with no external fingerprint scanner. Couple that knowledge with a story over the weekend that pegged Google engineers on the streets paying for face scans of people, and yeah, all signs point to some extra-hyped face stuff in the works.

The story comes from ZDNet, who claims a friend was hanging out in a park in New York and noticed some market research types approaching people. This friend asked the researchers what they were up to and they replied by saying they worked for Google and were “collecting data to improve the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking.” They said that they had Googlers … Read the rest

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We’ve Got Our First Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL Comparison Now

We’ve Got Our First Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL Comparison Now


After seeing the first set of detailed CAD renders of the Pixel 4 XL a couple of weeks ago, we’re now getting the same for the smaller Pixel 4. And not only that, we’re getting a size comparison with the phones side-by-side that shows us exactly what to expect when going from big to small Pixel 4.

The renders were once again provided by @onleaks, and are likely very close to what Google will officially reveal in the next couple of months. The track record around these CAD renderings based off of schematics provided early to accessory makers are rarely wrong.

What’s new here? The Pixel 4 appears to be identical in design to the Pixel 4 XL, only differing in size. That means we’ll get buttons, cameras, and ports in all the same places, with an identical appearance, just in a smaller frame.

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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855+, Which is Probably Headed for the Note 10 and Pixel 4

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855+, Which is Probably Headed for the Note 10 and Pixel 4


Qualcomm unveiled a new version of its Snapdragon 855 this morning, called Snapdragon 855+. Sort of like how we had the Snapdragon 820 and 821 back in 2016, this new 855+ is a slightly improved version of Qualcomm’s high-end mobile processor to help take us through the rest of the year.

What’s different? Qualcomm bumped the CPU up from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz. They also boosted the GPU by 15%. That’s it. Those are the only two differences. Oh, they added a “+” or “Plus” to the name too.

It’s still a 7nm chip that is ready for 5G connectivity and will likely power the next wave of top tier devices. We have no official word yet, but one could assume that this Snapdragon 855+ will be in the Galaxy Note 10 next month, as well as Google’s new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Qualcomm says that this … Read the rest

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Ready to See the Front and Back of the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL?

Ready to See the Front and Back of the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL?


Our first full look at the Pixel 4 is here.

The full 3D renders of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have arrived. Thanks to CAD images likely pieced together from schematics provided to case and accessory makers, this should be the closest we’ve seen to a full outing of Google’s next phones.

The latest Pixel 4 renders were provided by @onleaks, who has provided accurate images like these for years. They reportedly show the Pixel 4 XL, but the Pixel 4 should look identical, only smaller in size.

The back renders aren’t going to be new to you, since Google already gave us those a few weeks back. Well, we apparently have a confirmation of glass back there, so there’s that bit of disappointment. The front, though, that’s something new.

As you can see here, the front of the phone is top-heavy without a notch. We … Read the rest

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Poll: Telephoto or Ultra-Wide?

Poll: Telephoto or Ultra-Wide?


We learned today that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will likely have a telephoto camera on their backsides for the first time. While that addition doesn’t surprise me, it got me curious if that’s the option that most phone owners would prefer, the other option being an ultra-wide shooter.

After running a mini poll on Twitter that garnered a mix of responses, it’s time for a poll here. The question is a simple one, but I’d love to know your reasoning. Would you rather have a secondary camera on a phone that’s a telephoto lens or an ultra-wide?

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No Early Pixel 4 Launch This Year?

Pixel 4 Probably has a Telephoto Lens (Updated: 16MP)


Pixel 4 the Zoom God.

Thanks to an early outing of the Pixel 4’s camera by Google, we know that Google’s new phones will have more than one camera on their backsides for the first time. Speculation over what that camera might do covers everything from ultra-wide shooting to the zoom or telephoto action we’ve seen from various smartphone makers. The latest Google Camera app may have confirmed that it’ll be the latter.

The folks at XDA dug into Google Camera 6.3 from an early release of Android Q Beta 5 and found “telephoto” references in a couple of places. The first was in relation to Google’s Super Res Zoom, as if the Pixel 4 with a telephoto lens may be able to take advantage of that AI magic. The other is a straight-up sensor ID called “GCAM_SENSOR_ID_REAR_TELEPHOTO.”

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