A new version of Android Q is deploy today, bringing us closer to the final version. This fifth beta is also the first version of Android Q. "publication candidate". Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and be certain that they will work the same way with the final version launched later this summer. Although all the features of Android are pretty detailed at this point, there are some new features in Beta 5.
Google says all developers need to implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and collapsible optimizations. This last point seems terribly optimistic considering that Samsung has not yet managed to pull out its foldable phone.
Much of Google's Beta 5 effort revolves around refreshing motion navigation. As Google has announced to I / O this year, it will no longer be possible with clumsy two-button gesture navigation that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will switch to an iOS style bar of gestures. This will however require some changes in the current operation of Android.
Beta 5 includes the new wizard shortcut that works well with gesture navigation. Previously, you would have long pressed the Home button to access Wizard. In Beta 5, you can slide your finger diagonally from the bottom left or right corner to access Wizard. Google's new gesture (swiping on the sides) seemed to break the navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in version 5 that tells users to interact with the drawer rather than triggering the gesture. return.
Apparently, Google also admits that it does not have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features such as the multitasking menu are part of the Home screen and therefore do not work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will need to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will occur during a post-launch update for Android Q.
Android Q Beta works on all Pixel phones, as well as on some third-party devices. Google phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it will take a few days before the other preview program OEMs prepare the new versions. We expect that a new beta will be released in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it will be the time of the final version. It's probably also when we discover what Google has decided to name Android Q – its options are far more numerous than those of previous letters.
Google's privacy history for Pixel phones is uneven at best. There are always leaks here and there, and last year, a 3 "XL pixel case" fell off a truck "in Russia. Nothing informative has happened this time, but there are some new renderings of the next Pixel 4 XL.
Unlike previous years, Google is not fooling with the upcoming launch of its phone. The Twitter account of the company Made by Google posted on shadow phone after the last series of rendering leaks. This image has left much to the imagination, but the new rendering leaks puts everything in value.
This leak comes from OnLeaks, which was very reliable in the past. OnLeaks has access to the CAD files disclosed for the phones, and then creates renderings based on them. Pixel's last leak was about the smallest Pixel 4, but this time it's the Pixel 4 XL. This one also includes the placement and the size of the screen, where the last leak is ignored on this part.
We already know what the back of the phone will look like – it was in Google's post Twitter. A square camera module has three sensors, two of which are probably cameras. The third is the most likely time flight sensor. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back. So have you switched to on-screen sensor technology or abandoned the fingerprint sensor in favor of 3D face unlocking?
On the front, the Pixel 4 XL would have a screen of 6.25 inches that marries the bottom of the device better than the top. There is no nick, however. The Pixel 3 XL was heavily criticized for the massive gash that was about half the status bar for no good reason: the phone still had a gigantic chin at the bottom. This year, Pixel avoids this with asymmetrical glasses. If it's an improvement, it's an aesthetic judgment.
The slightly larger upper bezel houses two front cameras and two other small sensors of unknown nature. A combination of cameras or other sensors could form the basis of Google's 3D face unlock system.
The total body of the phone is 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2 mm. This makes it slightly larger in all dimensions than the Galaxy S10 +. So it will be a very big phone. We expect Google to announce Pixel 4 and 4 XL in October, when all Made by Google events took place.
We are coming to the time of year when we expect leaks of the next Google Pixel phones. Although, traditionally, we did not expect these leaks to come from Google. After a handful of blurry spy photos, Google tweeted an image of the next Pixel 4 on its official screen. @MadeByGoogle Twitter account. The picture confirms some things about leaks, but leaves a lot to the imagination.
The leak of Google, if you can call it well, shows the phone at the back with the supposed square camera module in the corner. In the previous render leak, we had no details about what was inside this module. Now, it is clear that the phone has two cameras. This makes Pixel 4 the first in the series to have two rear-facing cameras and one flash in the camera module.
– Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
Even with a single camera, Google phones have shamed most smartphones with their impeccable photos. A second camera means more data for Google's essentially magical photography algorithms, but it's unclear whether the secondary camera will be telephoto, wide-angle, monochrome, or whatever. There are also two non-camera holes in this module. Their goal is to guess.
The rest of the back is peculiar – there is no fingerprint sensor on the back, which confirms the previous leak. It could be under the screen or completely gone. We also do not see the front of the phone, so we can not tell if the Pixel 4 will have a display notch, a hole punch or neither. We can not say whether this new image shows pixels 4 or 4 XL – there can be no discernible difference from this point of view.
Google has never released the image of a future phone before an announcement, at least intentionally. However, it was very difficult to keep things secret. This Twitter article could indicate that Google was giving up staying ahead of leaks, or a much faster ad for Pixel 4.
We already know that Pixel sales 3 have been disappointingand the Pixel 3a makes Google's flagship phones much less attractive. We were expecting fourth-generation pixels to make their debut in October as the last three, but Google may be marketing Pixels 4 and 4 XL when Android Q is ready. This should happen around August.
Google has taken a step in the premium phone area in 2016 with the release of the first pixel phones. These devices made by HTC were more expensive than the company's old Nexus phones, but they were not doing the economy. Well, they do not have it intentionally corners cut Google has settled a class action alleging serious problems with the first generation pixel microphone. Owners concerned could get up to $ 500 from the companybut the gain will probably be much lower.
Google launched Pixel and Pixel XL at the end of 2016 and some buyers started reporting problems with the microphone shortly thereafter. On affected devices, users have experienced voice quality issues during phone calls and voice commands from the wizard. Google finally followed the problem of "crack in the solder connection on the audio codec" in March 2017. The "codec" in this case refers to hardware rather than software, which is an unusual use but accurate.
The company took steps to repair the solder joint on future phones, but it continued to sell the existing stock of Pixels. Google claims that less than 1% of Pixel and Pixel XL units must have been sold with cracked solder, but the lawsuit claimed at all until the problem can be solved. Google has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $ 7.25 million. This money will go to legal fees and payments to owners of Pixel and Pixel XL.
The proposed regulation divides Pixel owners into four levels. Those who are entitled to the highest payment are those who have returned to Pixel to have a defective mic, then got a replacement phone that as well had a faulty microphone. These unlucky souls could get up to $ 500 compensation. The next step is for Pixel owners who have had only one faulty microphone incident. Meanwhile, anyone who has paid an insurance deductible to have their defective pixel replaced should be reimbursed by the settlement fund. Even Pixel owners who have never encountered the faulty microphone problem can get $ 20 from the settlement.
The court has not approved the settlement, but the law firm representing the Pixel owners is waiting for it to be. Google and Huawei have already been heard to launch a more serious class action lawsuit against the Nexus 6P for $ 9.75 million. Pixel's settlement therefore seems to align with recent cases. You can fill out a form to get updates as the case ends and claim forms become available.
I turned my Pixel 2 to the side and I opened the camera app. The screen was black pixelated. I went to Night Sight. The screen does not look better. I pressed the Night Sight camera button on the crescent moon and I remained motionless as I had been told.
The milky shine is transformed into a bright green. The outline of a snowy mountain has emerged. My phone had captured more light from the aurora borealis than I could see with my own eyes.
This was yet another example of the quality of Pixel camera technology, especially in the dark. The camera of the iPhone X simply does not compare when shooting hard at night. My sister, who traveled with me to Alaska in March, also tried to take pictures of Northern Lights with her iPhone X that night. She had nothing.
My dream was to see the northern lights. I had planned to try it in Anchorage and further north to Fairbanks, where I would have a better chance.
I checked the weather and a Aurora stalker online for days before the trip. We will not see it, I would moan when cloud icons appeared in the forecasts. (I've talked so much about it that I thought I was juxtaposed.) Then I checked the Aurora tracker and my minds were going to increase the likelihood of observing the fickle dancers ranging from "above average" to "excellent". the next days. I was on an emotional roller coaster.
Lights peak in Alaska in March, but generally last from September to April. They are usually green, but if you are lucky, you will catch them. They can be seen hovering in the night sky when particles of the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere. complicated reaction.
The first spot we visited in Anchorage in the hope of a colorful show was not good; It was too close to the lights of the city. We finally found a point of view on a hill around 1am. There were other cars on the parking lot when we arrived – we were on something. It was a short trail that led to a flat belvedere where groups of people huddled around a sophisticated camera on a tripod. We could see what a milky cloud looked like on our right and another one that was swinging above our heads – the movement was so light that it seemed like an optical illusion. I started taking pictures and I was impressed by the results.
Meanwhile, my husband, who brought Canon EOS 6D, took long exposure photos, which are significantly better than my Night Sight photos. In terms of clarity, you can not compare the two – and you have to wait for it. He was shooting with an expensive camera. I was happy that my phone, which is an old model, could get any color. The photos were pretty good for Instagram, and that's all I needed.
Google has proposed Night Sight to its Pixel suite shortly after the release of Pixel 3 in October. Vegar Henriksen, who is 18 and works in computer science in Norway, caught Aurora using Night Sight on his Pixel 1 in December and shared his photos. on Reddit. He was on a dark beach in northern Norway – excellent conditions to spot Aurora, hidden from light pollution – and contemplate the glowing wave in the sky.
"When I waited for the photos to be processed, I realized that it was impossible for Night Sight to capture that as I saw it at the naked eye, but I did was very surprised when a clear and detailed photo and I immediately showed it to my friend, "Henriksen said by e-mail. Some of his shots almost cried.
Henriksen is a passionate photographer of Aurora and is testing new phones as a hobby. He tried taking pictures of the lights with an iPhone X and a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, featuring a feature called night mode. The iPhone "has no chance," he said, adding that he was producing a black and grainy image that gave the impression that his finger was in front of him. goal. The Huawei comes out better than the iPhone, but is far from the Pixel. I have tried several shots with the Huawei; the best that he got was a weak green line.
"The images were highly over-processed, very soft and often lacking in focus," he said of Huawei's photos.
When I shared his Pixel photos with his friends, I did not think that he had captured Aurora with a phone.
Evan Lites, who moved to Palmer, Alaska, from Florida last summer, experienced a similar experience when he shared photos that he took on a Pixel 1 on Reddit and Instagram. Several people then asked the 18-year-old student what type of phone he had.
Lites was sitting on his porch at 10 degrees in November when the Aurora arrived. It was the best show he had seen. However, there was a disadvantage: at one point, his phone stopped working in cold weather.
"That night, the lights danced for a few seconds and I even saw some purple appear on the green," Lites said. He expected better clarity with Night Sight, but was still "completely surprised" with the results. He has slightly modified his pictures, including the white balance and the temperature change of the white balance.
We all had our photos holding our phone in our hands, without any adjustments in the camera application. But if there was one thing we would all change, it would be this: Use a tripod.
This is today the end of the line for Google's flagship smartphones 2017. Pixels 2 and 2 XL are no longer available for sale on the Google Store. These device lists are redirected to current Pixel 3 and 3 XL devices. You can still buy phones elsewhere if you really want to, but you should not.
The Pixel 2 and 2 XL were launched in October 2017, marking a break from the first generation of pixels. The 2016 pixels seemed identical, except for the sizes, but the 2 and 2 XL were completely different devices. HTC has made the smallest pixels 2017 and LG's busy largest. The 5-inch Pixel 2 used a traditional 16: 9 Samsung OLED and the 2 x 6-inch 18: 9 LG OLED panel.
In 2017, LG was just starting its mobile OLED production and its first set of panels had problems with Samsung's technology. The 2 XL suffered from quirky color casting and the colors were not as vibrant. Google has subsequently adopted a software update that allows users to increase color saturation to compensate.
Despite the many improvements to new phones, the recently deceased Pixels are still among the best phones available for photography. The unique 12 MP camera is all they need to take incredible photos through Google's magical HDR + photo processing.
The Pixel 2 launched at $ 650 and the 2 XL was $ 850. Google has dropped several hundred dollars after launching the Pixels 3 and 3 XL, but they are now completely lost. Verizon was the exclusive operator partner of Pixels 2017 (and all others) and stopped selling the smallest phone as soon as Google unveiled the new phones. He still sells the Pixel 2 XL, but he wants a total retail cost of $ 850. This is definitely not a good deal anymore.
The current third generation pixels are only six months old, but they are already starting to percolate about their successors. Reports claim that the phones will finally switch to both cameras and that they will use Samsung-style perforated screens. Whatever these phones are, the Pixels 3 and 3 XL will probably last a few months after the launch, and then they will disappear around the same time next year.