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
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
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
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
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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