Google Pixel 4 buyers won’t get unlimited photo uploads at original quality
Google wants people to buy subscriptions to Google One insteadNowhere on the Pixel 4 site does it mention free storage at original quality, which was an incentive for the original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3. Google didn’t extend it to the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, but that was understandable due to their much lower price point. The Pixel 4 starts at $799, and the XL version is $899. These aren’t cheap phones.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get “one final software update” in December, the company confirms to The Verge. As of yesterday, it looked like the original Pixel was done getting updates, as Google released itsfor most Pixel phones, but nothing for the Pixel or Pixel XL.
Google tells The Verge that the Pixels won’t get that November update, but it says December’s “encapsulates a variety of updates” from the November and December updates that were issued for other Pixels.
It wasn’t too surprising to see that Google’s original Pixels didn’t get yesterday’s update. When Google announced the phones in 2016, the company said they would get two years of guaranteed Android version updates and three years of security updates, which is also reflected on Google’s.
That said, Google surprised Pixel owners earlier this year by letting them, which is one more year of Android than Google originally promised, and now, they have one final update to look forward to as well.
Pixel 4 gets improved Face Unlock and other surprise updates .
Earlier this month, Google announced that instead of regular Android updates, Pixel 4 devices would get a "Pixel Feature Drop" to show off splashy new features. That update has now arrived, and on top of expected changes like robocall screening and Duo call centering, there are a few welcome surprises, as spotted by XDA Developers and Android Police. First off, Face Unlock can now account for changes to your look like a new hair style or beard. "When it's on, face unlock images are occasionally used to create improved face models," Google's update states. "This helps recognize you better over time.