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Hey, friends Brandon here. I'm... I'm a bit worried about the Google Pixel 4.

There are some things I've seen they're really concerning for me but

there's definitely a lot of great things that we know of and that is still

coming our way for the Google Pixel 4 XL, but I'm still scared. On the

plus side at least Google is listening. And if you want to know what I

mean by that stay to the end to hear more about that and how you can give

feedback to Google can potentially impact what they do with a Google pixel.

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Now before we talk about the stuff I'm worried about. It's good to talk

about all the great things are coming on October 15th from Google because

there are many. If you didn't know if the google pixel 4 is the most leaked

phone in history so far and even surpasses the Google pixel 3 there are

even multiple reviews out for prerelease devices and software which is insane.

I was even the source of a leak in my previous google pixel 4 video which

can check out up here. Every time I'd get a list of things to ask my sources, a leak would

come out before they got back to me with the answers to those questions

and you can even buy a prerelease unit. Come on...

Recently 9to5Google hit us hard with a ton of exclusive links with an assist

from xda-developers. So let's go over all of them and my thoughts.

For years the pixel hasn't had a native robust voice recorder. This all seems

to be changing with a google pixel 4 and the new Google recorder app.

While this could seem like a pretty boring app that is on every other phone out there,

Google went the extra mile in the most Google-ly way. Not only can the

app record audio but it can transcribe speech live. You can see it working

live right now. What's even more amazing is that you can search all your

voice memos after the fact for a word or phrase you know pull up all the

results and highlight the portion of the audio file that the word or phrase

is said.

Isn't that insane. Google is legit. So this is huge for journalists students

and those who go to meetings and conferences. The best part is that everything

is stored and processed on your phone. Incredible. You can download it

now from APK camera which is completely safe and run by Artem at Android Police. Now,

I think most of us can admit that Google is definitely leading the

smart assistant race. I actually made a joke about it on Twitter which

by the way if you're not following on Twitter you should follow me @thisistechtoday. Anyways,

there's a new Google assistant coming. Beyond an anesthetic refresh that adds more

color to it and shrinks how much room the assistant takes up on your screen

and how much storage it takes up on your device, we have the benefit of

continued conversation.

This allows you to initiate the assistant and ask questions or give it

a command and you can continue to string together questions or commands

one after the other without having to activate the assistant again.

The new assistant is said to have nearly zero latency in transcribe your voice live,

just like on the Google recorder app. If this tweet from Google back

in May is any indication of what we'll see with the Google assistant,

it's going to be insanely fast and powerful. Even more impressive is the Google

assistants contextual awareness. If you're in an app like the messaging

app and someone asks you a question you can ask the assistant for that

information like flight information as this video shows and then ask the

assistant to text that information.

It'll text it to the correct person because it remembers who you were talking

to you. This is a seamless conversational type of multitasking there's

honestly similar to how you'd ask an actual personal assistant for information

but even faster.

Another feature that we know about is quite incredible because you can

interact with an app like the photos app and then filter through your images

based upon parameters that you give like the date the photos are taken

and what the photos themselves contain. On top of that you can ask the

assistant to send the image that you have chosen to someone of your choice.

Overall I have a feeling we may see more than just this but even if we

don't the improvements we're seeing here are significant and really cool.

Aesthetically we have a new set of wallpapers available to download from

the google pixel 4. Google has a history of really cool and unique wallpapers.

You can check them out with the link in the description. Along with the

wallpapers is a new customization tool called Pixel themes. This allows

you to change the amount of apps shown on your grid like Samsung has done

for a while. Use different clock designs on the lock screen and change

the system icon colors and fonts based upon a set of options available.

While I do like having choice, I can't help but think that some of the

options are a bit tacky. At least there's no ugly handwriting font option

like on that one company from Korea that I won't be...won't say or mention

otherwise I'll get flamed for in the comments

Now one of the features I'm most interested in the Google Pixel for is

project Soli or motion sense on the surface it looks a lot like what we've

seen an early Samsung devices or recently in the LG G8. And I understand

why some of you have come to this conclusion. The gestures we know about

are pretty basic but I promise you project soli is more advanced and capable

than what we're seeing more on that in a moment. Recently 9to5Google and

XDA-developers were able to find marketing and training guides of motion

gestures and action showing how you can dismiss an alarm or even a call

simply by waving your hand over your phone. There's also an option to skip

tracks with gestures.

One feature that has been shown in these videos is the reach of check phone.

This is something that I leaked in a previous video showing the settings

for motion sense. This is an option to simply hover your hand over your

phone to show you the time, notifications, and other info when you're nearby. Now,

this may seem a bit like a gimmick. There's even a Pokemon game that uses

silly gestures to play so I understand that perspective. But I believe

that this would be really helpful when you're driving and want to navigate

without being distracted. Like not tapping on the phone. It's also helpful

when you're cooking and can't touch your phone.

Still it's nothing fantastical but I'm still excited about it. I've covered

project soli quite a bit. I've covered the development of it and the more

extensive capabilities of it beyond what we've seen. So far it is capable

of way more than what we're seeing here which is the low hanging fruit

so to speak. Project soli as a technology is able to recognize more minute

gestures as well as the composition of what is in front of it. You can

find out more about these mindblowing advance capabilities by watching

a video about it up here. I honestly think project soli and motion since

has the potential to revitalize the smartphone market and expand the way

that we interact with our devices as a technology and implementation of

it matures in the usual Google fashion. I wouldn't be surprised if we gain

more gestures after the pixel 4 comes out.

We may have to look at it kind of like the Galaxy fold, the micro and the macro.

He can review the device itself which is the micro and what it currently

offers and then review on the macro and what it means for the industry

in the direction where we're heading in terms of technology. It may be

possible that on the micro, device level it's just okay but it may be a

huge thing for the advancement of technology and the possibilities it opens

up to us and our future. Nuance doesn't that describe a big part of my channel?

Since project soli can recognize what is in front of it. I wouldn't be

surprised if it's a necessary and significant component for the Google

pixel four's face unlock. Face unlock is replacing the fingerprint scanner

and the google pixel four will not have an in display fingerprint reader

instead face unlock uses a multitude of sensors to use your face as the

biometric key. Now I love face unlike on the iPhone when it works as it should,

it creates a seamless experience as if you didn't have a password or lock

at all which is what makes it amazing. In this video you can see that you

can simply pick up your phone and it unlocks your phone as if your screen

was already on the moment you picked it up.

While I'm not certain how face and lock is implemented for other apps and

the pixelfour I know that my experience on the iPhone when opening a bank

app for instance is the equivalent just having an app icon and loading

into the main screen from the get go. It's as if I didn't have a password

to begin with. I just clicked it and opened. This is even faster and more

seamless than a fingerprint scanner. Now you may be concerned without buying things.

Well a leak from XDA developers may be able to ease your fears. Much like

on the iPhone when you go to buy something. Once you hit pay it scans your

face but requires an additional confirmation before actually goes through.

On the iPhone you have to double click the power button. I imagine Google

chose this option to make the double click on the power button available

to launch your camera. I have been wanting a robust face unlock option

for a long time so I'm glad it's finally happening.

Now let's talk about the cameras and we'll talk about it again later on.

The Google pixel has quite a reputation for having an incredible photo camera

and it doesn't look like they're slowing down anytime soon. XDA's leak

of the google pixel 4's tips app is a great outline for all the new features

coming to the camera. Let's check those out and elaborate a bit more on

those with some leaks from 9to5Google

First we can see what seems to be an improved night sight compared to the

version we've seen on the pixel 3. It seems expose the image a bit better

and retain a vibrant and realistic color production than before.

While it's hard to tell without testing it in person it does seem like there

might be a little bit more detail than before which is great. While night

sight is amazing and I love it when you start looking at it closer,

it does seem a bit mushy and noisy so an improvement here is a good thing.

To go along with that is Astrophotography. I actually learned about this during

Sony camera camp recently and was able to take this timelapse. This is

really cool to me.

It will require a tripod, which you would need for a fancy camera anyways.

But these sample images of the Milky Way come from a smartphone. That's nuts.

When I was learning how to do this with a fancy camera we had to get all

of our settings just right and do a bunch of crazy math, but with the Google

pixel Four you just put on a tripod and click a button and it figures it

out for you. How nuts is that. Much like Apple's new iteration of their

camera app you can simply hold down on the shutter button and start a video.

You can even slide up on the thumbnail of the picture you just took, and share to

your predefined social media platforms, which is super convenient.

Here are some other great photos that we can look much like the oneplus

7T that was just announced with that super cool macro mode. It looks like

the pixel may have that too. How it works exactly, 'm not so sure but I'm

all for macro shots. This photo here may be an action shot photo that allows

you to capture a fast moving object without it being an awfully blurry mess.

Here are some portrait mode shots that look really great but still struggle

with the hair just like everyone else, to be honest. However, this shot

of a dog looks great. The blur from the portrait mode just rolls off naturally

like a traditional camera and in a similar way to how the iPhone tries

to process their bokeh, or the blurry roll off.

This is likely improved because of the telephoto camera on the pixel four. Now here

is the part that is the most exciting to me because it's a significant

advancement and demonstration of the Pixel fours processing power: dual

exposure camera controls. In this promotional video obtained if we can

see that you can look at the live view through your camera and adjust the

highlights and shadows in real time. In a way you're determining the HDR

effect on your own. This can allow for really detailed shot or more dramatic

silhouette shots that you manually control. I love being able to control

camera settings manually, so this is huge.

And don't miss this. The fact that it's processing this in real time is

also a big deal since most of Google's photo quality is the result of post-processing.

Hence why it takes like a second or two after you take a picture for the

software to kick in and make it look great. It doesn't usually show you

in the live view like it does on the iPhone.

So we can see in usual fashion, Google leans hard on software,

artificial intelligence, and search for all the major improvements and features coming

to the pixel four. It's a thing that stands out in the sea of rectangle

screens that are narrowly almost all the same if we're being honest.

The hardware has matured overall.

As I said many times software is the new game and Google is far ahead of

everyone in this area. The real question is whether or not that's enough

to make a difference for Google this year. We've talked about the good.

We now have to talk about the bad and what I'm worried about.

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Now it's time to talk about the bad and there's a big reason why I'm scared

for the pixel four. And it's this phone right here. Yes this is the Apple

iPhone 11 pro. It gets a lot of things right, specially with the quality

of life improvements. Let me explain by talking about more the leaks starting

with the specs. They're not entirely bad, but many people have seen the

specs of the Pixel 4 and they've dismissed it already.

While Google leans on software A.I. in search over specs alone it does

have an impact on the more tech conscious and their buying decision.

So Google has an issue when you compared to phones from Samsung or oneplus.

Even within the context of the iPhone, there are issues as well but we'll

touch on that in a moment.

In another leak from 9to5 Google we can see that the rumors are true.

The pixel four will have a five point seven inch full HD screen with a 2800

mAh battery and the pixel four XL will have a six point three inch Quad

HD screen with a 3700 mAh battery. For context the pixel 4 has a smaller

battery than last year's model and the pixel 4 XL has a slightly larger

battery than last year's XL model.

This is odd and a concern because both devices have a higher refresh 90

Hertz OLED true tone screen which will inevitably use more battery.

My pixel 3 XL does not have good battery compared to other phones.

That's not good and Apple is going completely against a trend in an area that

you could say they started and they made some of their phones thicker to

accommodate and bigger better across all their phones resulting in hours

more of battery life. Google on the other hand adds a feature that I really

do want but it doesn't even accommodate with more robust battery to support it,

well. Unless they have some crazy improved machine learning to make

the battery last longer I'm worried, and based on my comments many of you

are too.

It also starts at 64 gigabytes, just like the iPhone which is just ridiculous.

At least Google Photos is already installed to help alleviate the amount

of storage your photos and videos take out but it should really start 128

gigabytes compared to other phones out right now running Android. The pixel

four only has 6 gigabytes of RAM compared to the 8 or more gigabytes of

RAM that you can find on something like a one plus device or Samsung device.

While I think this may be sufficient enough to avoid the RAM issues that

we found on the pixel 3 we have to admit that 8 gigabytes Ram would be

really nice, just in case and to future proof.

Sufficient isn't enough, and Google has proven to be incapable of optimizing

if their own software with their own hardware. Apple is able to do this well,

which allows the to get away with less Ram. Google also continues

use the normal version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors instead of the

plus models that are made available for the latter part of the year.

While I don't anticipate that there's actually a dramatic difference between

the two models, it would be nice to have a more recent iteration of the

Snapdragon 855 chip. But we at least have the new pixel Neural Core which

is likely the thing powering a lot of the amazing features that we have

seen like live transcribe, continue conversation, and the dual exposure controls.

The fact that we're seeing Google continue to push into their own custom

chips is a very good sign and I hope they continue to invest in it heavily.

It took Apple many years to get to the point where they are now where they

can make their own custom silicon which is way ahead of the competition

and it would be to the benefit Google to work toward that same goal.

To make matters worse Google has succumbed to the trend of putting a bottom

firing speaker on the phone and serve the dual facing speakers like on

the pixel 3 XL. While the pixel 3A actually has a better speaker than pixel

3 despite its speaker orientation, I still do not like this trend.

You can find out about all the science of audio and why this arrangement is

extremely weird and gives you a subpar experience, you can check out my

video on smartphones speakers here

Cameras part two. There are some really concerning things I'm seeing with

the camera. The google pixel four adds a telephoto camera this year while

other phones add an ultra wide camera on their phones. Personally, I prefer

the ultra wide over the telephoto but they're probably adding the telephoto

first to help with depth data. But this isn't the biggest reason why I'm

worried about the pixel 4. While we have some solid improvements with the

camera this year the jump from the pixel two and the pixel 3 wasn't dramatic

beyond a few standard options like night sight.

In many ways I'm concerned that this is also the case this year as I don't

realistically see a dramatic improvement to the camera like we've seen

between the iPhone XS and the iPhone eleven. This is a huge jump forward.

When we zoom in on a lot of the photos that leaked out we actually see

that the pixel is having a lot of issues with smearing and blurriness and

back or front focusing where the thing is behind or in front of the face

are in focus rather than the face. On top of that the reviews and comparisons

are coming out and the iPhone is producing some incredible photos they

look less noisy, more natural, and more detailed than a pixel 3 by a long shot.

I mean look at these images that Quinn posts on Twitter recently.

This is nuts. Yeah. The one that looks the best is the iPhone

The most disappointing thing for the pixel is video. Many people see the

pixel camera is amazing and it is for photos. Video on the other hand is lacking.

It doesn't even let you record in 24 frames per second in the stock app

which is terrible for content creators. The iPhone has taken an incredible

leap forward with their video this year making it incredibly powerful, capable,

and useful. The fact that you can record from all of the cameras on the

device at once including the front-facing camera and use all that for you

to splice together an idea of like a VLOG or something else is nuts.

Many people have asked me if I think Google improved video this year and

I would say I wouldn't be surprised if there are some improvements but

catching up to the competition is not something I see happening. I expect

minor improvements. If we are hoping for quality that lives up to that

of their photos I don't think it's going to happen. Pixel images are post-processing

and require a delay before he can see the final image. If it takes that

long to get one photo or frame to look that good, can you imagine trying

to process 24 or 30 of those images in frames per second? I don't think

this is realistic. Only thing giving me hope is the dual exposure control

and how that is processing in the live view.

Maybe the neural core is more capable than I'm expecting but we'll have

to see. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm not entirely sure if the

pixel 4 will have a leap forward enough to beat the iPhone 11 Pro.

The next area of concern is pricing. Google has traditionally tried to

price our phones in similar ways to the iPhone. Google is trying to make

the pixel the iPhone of androids but the reality is that they haven't earned

the reputation that matches the price of iPhone. Their build quality isn't

even comparable.

Now this next part is very important for you to listen to. I was told that

Google is indeed listening to the conversations that people are having

on social media about the pricing for the Google pixel four.

Now I don't know if that means that the price isn't locked in yet and it

may change. It does seem like it's a possibility if they're actively paying attention.

Because of that, that means you may have an influence on the

pricing of the Pixel four. So let me go over some of the pricing ideas

I havea nd the reason for them while you leave a comment below telling

Google what you want the pixel for price tag. I'll send it to Google to

check out and, heck tweet at them with this video and what you think the

pixel four price should be priced at.

Now all this came up because I recently tweeted out a wishful pricing scheme

for the pixel for amongst the current lineup including the pixel 3 and 3A.

If they price the pixel four it's $699 in the pixel four XL at $799.

That would be a reduction in cost by 100 dollars from last year's launch price

and that would prove to be really compelling and a strategic price point.

But realistically though I think it'll start at $749 and $849. Will this

help a sales though. I'm not sure if it's enough to move units like the

pixel 3A which has what I like to call an incredible delight to dollar ratio.

The pixel 3A has incredible features and a good experience at an unbelievable price.

On the plus side I know that the pixel four will be available on all major

carriers in the U.S. so that will help with sales.

But if Google really wanted to be extremely strategic they'd undercut the

iPhone eleven and price it at $649 and $749. Google absolutely needs to

be aggressive to gain market share now and giving everyone an incredible

delight to dollar ratio is what worked on their budget tier and can work

on their higher tier.

Sundar Pichai even said on the earnings call that they're not succeeding

in the high price premium tier but they're pixel sales doubled with the

pixel 3A. You may think that I'm crazy to suggest that price but Google

doesn't necessarily have to rely on as much profit per device because they're

ultimately a services company.

They make money from you using Android and other Google services.

They could either break even or take a small loss on the hardware and make it

up on software and services and then in turn get a larger market adoption.

I honestly bet that this is one of the reasons why Apple was able to launch

the iPhone 1 at $699 down from $749 from the year prior to trying to get

as many phones in people's hands and in turn they'll use the lucrative

software and services which has already replaced the declining iPhone revenue

that so many investors were worried about. When you add in the year of

Apple TV plus for free and you have a huge subscriber base that will likely

pay for it after the trial ends... that's money

Google has its work cut out for them. If they don't execute properly,

if they don't boldly release this phone confidently and strategically, I don't

know if they'll make a dent in the market, and that makes me worried.

If we're honest Google isn't the best executing well. But what do you think?

Are you concerned about the Google Pixel 4? Do you think you'll have enough

to keep ahead of Apple in terms of its camera? What price point do you

think will easily compel you to buy? Google's listening you know so make

it known in the comments and let's see if we can get a well priced pixel four. Also,

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