We do not even have to assume that a new Pixel flagship phone will arrive this year. For the first time, Google announced the features of its new phone before the big announcement. Google has already shown the back of the phone and talked about Soli radar sensor, but we have not heard any official details on the screen. After the announcements, the Google and XDA code features are the best solution. find some lines in Android 10 that support the report of a 90Hz screen.
The standard for mobile device screens has long been 60Hz. It took a long time for Android to regularly reach 60 frames per second in the user interface, but Google has a lot of flexibility in the latest versions of Android and optimizes Pixel phones aggressively. Laptops and desktop monitors have long evolved beyond 60Hz with refresh rates of 100, 144 and above, immediately available for a small charge. However, computers have a lot more power and phones need to be efficient and compact.
It's only been 12-18 months since the high-refreshable mobile screens have become viable. Razer launched the original Razer phone with a 120Hz display, but it was an LCD screen with serious problems of efficiency. It was working at 90Hz out of the box, and even that drained the battery quickly. Asus improved things with the ROG Phone, which had a 90Hz OLED panel. OnePlus launched the OnePLus 7 and 7 Pro earlier this year with a high refresh OLED.
Several weeks back, the first reports "Smooth Display" at 90Hz Pixel 4 appeared. Now, XDA has spent time digging into the open source Android 10 code that has just appeared and finding evidence to support it. Android contains a service called SurfaceFlinger, which connects applications and the system user interface to the display controller. Naturally, the SurfaceFlinger service must know the refresh rate of the display. SurfaceFlinger in Android 10 includes a manual 90Hz rocker that was not present in previous versions of the operating system.
In the current version of Android 10, the 90Hz mode exists as a temporary solution for testing purposes – a permanent version is already in AOSP. The code indicates that the switch should only be used on "P19 devices". Presumably, that means the 2019 pixels, not the 3a pixel. These budget phones were launched last spring and are at 60Hz. It is obvious that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will actually have 90Hz screens.
Reports released earlier this year have painted a bleak picture of Google's smartphone efforts. The Pixels 3 and 3 XL probably had the best version of Android, but sales have declined compared to the previous year. Google needed to give a boost to its phones, and that's what Pixel 3a would have done. A new analysis claims again that Google is one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturers on the back of the 3a.
For most of Android's history, Google was not interested in selling its own phones. The Nexus series was just a way to show Android without blemish and promote the platform to developers. When Google started selling phones, it reorganized everything under the Pixel brand. Now, it designs and maintains the phones themselves, and new features like Duplex and Call Screen have been introduced in Pixel phones.
Despite all that, Google admitted earlier this year, its phone sales were down. Thus, improved third-generation pixels were selling less well than second-generation ones. Companies like Samsung or Apple can face a decline in sales because they are huge, but Google did not already have enough market share to lose.
The Pixel 3 started at $ 800, and the 3 XL at $ 900, but both have been updated in recent months. Google may have missed the price due to the decline in Pixel 3a prices, according to Counterpoint Research. According to Google, Google's revenue grew by 88% in the second quarter of 2019. This is lower than the growth of OnePlus (152%) but higher than that of Motorola (53%) and Apple (14%). %).
smartphone In total, sales fell 1.5% in the second quarter. Companies such as Samsung, ZTE and LG saw their shipments drop. Virtually everyone has a smartphone now and uses it longer before upgrading. The Pixel 3 did not convince the users of the upgrade, but it seems that the Pixel 3a offers the right combination of price and features. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL offer almost all the features of the most expensive pixels, but they start at just $ 400.
Google also seems determined not to let the story repeat itself with the Pixel 4. Even with the announcement in a few months, Google has made the unusual decision to post teasers and talk about upcoming features such as unlocking the 3D face and Soli gestures with radar control. We expect Pixel 4 to debut in October, but Pixel 4a may be Google's next major launch.
In recent years, Google's phones have gone from mediocre cameras to absolute and undeniable kings of mobile photography. This is pretty impressive, but Google has also managed this without adding multiple camera sensors, like most other manufacturers. The Pixel 4 will have two rear-facing camera sensors, which could result in incredible zoom shots if we believe a new teaser.
The key to Google's camera success is machine learning – the same techniques that help an AI beat StarCraft II players or drive a car can feed advanced image processing algorithms. It's no longer the megapixel number of your camera sensors, but the way the software handles all those megapixels after taking a picture.
Claude Zellweger, director of design at Google, recently released a photo taken on Instagram on a Pixel phone (see below). In the comments, he notes that the photo was taken with a 20x zoom. This is better than what you can get with current Pixel phones, even with the maximum digital zoom setting. Naturally, this suggests that Zellweger uses Pixel 4.
Google has done incredible things with its camera sensor isolated on Pixel phones, but you can only do a lot. We know that the Pixels 4 and 4 XL will have a secondary camera on the back and a recent claimed leak (credibly) that will be a 16 MP telephoto camera. The leak did not include the actual zoom level of the lens – we often see 2x and 3x on the phones. However, some recent devices have "periscope" type telephoto devices that can perform 10x optical zoom.
So, how to get to the 20x zoom? It is very very unlikely that this phone has a 20x optical zoom. The photo is crisp and silent, but it's probably the product of Google's excellent image processing. On current Pixel phones, you can use the digital zoom. The phone uses multiple exposures and your natural handshake to refine and sharpen the final image. What we probably see in this image is a 20x digital zoom using a telephoto lens – either something in the 2-3x range or eventually something higher like 10x.
No matter what camera material the Pixel 4 brings to the table, it will likely continue to deliver the best results. We expect the Pixel 4 and 4 XL to land in October at Google's annual hardware event.
Google's Duplex feature on Android Phones can save your life if you do not have the time to call and make a reservation for yourself. A similar feature coming to select Android phones could be a real Lifesaver, however. Automated 911 calls will soon be available contact the emergency services and relay your exact position without you saying a word.
Although the new emergency call feature is similar to Duplex, you do not initiate it the same way. The duplex mode is integrated into the assistant, so just ask him to call somewhere and everything goes in the background. The automated call for help is part of the Google Phone app. After calling emergency services, the phone displays three buttons for medical services, police and fires. By tapping on one of them, the robot's voice begins.
The tirelessly quiet robot lady will tell the 911 operator that it is a calling robot on your behalf before indicating your location and the reason for your call (medical, fire or police). Especially, your Android device is for the emergency operator, not a Google server as in the case of Duplex. Thus, all the information transmitted to the operator remain between you and the emergency services. You can see the script on the screen as it is read and the call remains open all the time. So you can also talk to the operator if you can.
Google states that this feature could be very useful in cases where a person can not talk to emergency operators because of an injury or coercion. Many emergency call centers automatically get GPS information from GPS calls, but the address contained in the message can help confirm and get help faster.
The bad news is that most Android users will not have this feature. This happens to Pixel phones, of course. Google fully controls the software of these phones and automated emergency calls are part of the Google Phone application. It also indicates that some phones will receive this feature, but do not list them. Many device manufacturers, such as Samsung, LG, and OnePlus, are creating their own phone apps that are separate from Google's. Presumably, Android One devices and Motorola's near-standard phones could benefit from this feature in the future.
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.