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TechnologyGoogle Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more

23:41  23 august  2019
23:41  23 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Google ad shows off the Pixel 4’s new air gestures and face login

Google ad shows off the Pixel 4’s new air gestures and face login If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Google seems to be following this old adage of late, showing off the Pixel 4's design early

Anticipated to launch in October, the success of Google's next flagship phones, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL would be crucial for the company. True, Google's most recent phones, the midrange Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL, are doing well, even though it's not being sold by AT&T. It doubled Pixel sales, continues to impress users with its camera and CNET Editor Daniel Van Boom called it the most important phone of 2019.

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Last year's Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Sarah Tew/CNET

But last year's Pixel 3 and 3 XL didn't sell as well despite their exceptional cameras and critical acclaim. This could be because the phones are exclusive to Verizon (though they work on other US carriers), plus the fact that people in general aren't buying phones as much as they used to. The phones are also expensive, unlike the Pixel 3A phones. There have been reported issues with the Pixel 3's performance too (but we at CNET haven't experienced them personally), and the company just settled a class-action lawsuit that will pay out $500 each to owners of the first Pixel phone.

See Google’s leaked Pixel 4 design from every angle in this new video

See Google’s leaked Pixel 4 design from every angle in this new video Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ hit store shelves this Friday and Apple's big iPhone 11 announcement is set to take place less than three weeks from now on September 10th. OnePlus has a new OnePlus 7T series in the works and Huawei's upcoming Mate 30 Pro is set to be one of the most powerful Android phones the world has ever seen. On top of all that, Samsung's Galaxy Fold will finally be released next month — maybe — and the foldable Huawei Mate X will also go on sale before the year is done.

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Google

Now more than ever, however, we have a better understanding of what Google's next flagship phones, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, will be capable of. On Aug. 7, the company released the sixth and final beta update for Android Q, which means the official release of the OS is just a "few weeks away," according to the company's developers blog. In addition to software, Google unexpectedly "leaked" an official image of the Pixel 4 in June, and then later threw another curveball by releasing a video on YouTube about the phone's face unlock and motion-sensing capabilities.

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
Google spills the beans on the Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will serve as Google's ultimate take on its mobile OS, which is also the most popular OS in the world, and the phones must stand out, not only from the Apple iPhone but other Android rivals like those from Samsung . Right now we are months away from its release, so in the meantime, read on to see what has been speculated so far and check back as we update this piece with interesting rumors as they arise.

Leaked photos give us our best look at Google’s unreleased Pixel 4

Leaked photos give us our best look at Google’s unreleased Pixel 4 Google will probably unveil the Pixel 4 phones in early October, and ship them to buyers later that month. That's what Google did with the previous Pixels, and we'd expect the company to adhere to the same launch schedule. But Google did change things this year, choosing to address the inevitable Pixel 4 rumors head on. In the past couple of months, Google made two massive revelations about the Pixel 4, which practically confirmed all the rumors. The company showed the world the new rear camera and rear panel design, as well as the Pixel 4’s other signature features on the front, including 3D face recognition support and radar-based gestures (Project Soli).

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Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more

Confirmed: The Pixel 4 exists, has square camera setup

As mentioned above, the Pixel 4 is a real phone -- none other than Google announced that it's coming. Not only did the company confirm the name, but it included an image, which depicts multiple rear cameras encased in a square housing.

Google’s Pixel 4 might come in a bright orange color

Google’s Pixel 4 might come in a bright orange color Google usually offers a color variant for its Pixel handsets

There was another, less official instance when Google confirmed the existence of the phone in April, when a Google employee commented on Google's Android Open Source Project. Buried in a thread about Google's memory error detection tool, and spotted first by 9to5Google, the employee refers to the Pixel 4 twice:

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A Google employee confirms the company is developing the Pixel 4. Screenshot by Lynn La/CNET

In the comment, the poster writes, "The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works. Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device..." Though the thread doesn't go on to reveal anything else about the phone, at least we learned that it's called the Pixel 4 and that it's on its way.

Confirmed: It will have face unlock and motion sensors

Face unlock and motion sensors were rumored back in June and confirmed by Google on Monday. The company released a video and blog post showing that the Pixel 4 will have a Soli radar chip. This will allow the Pixel 4 to have face unlock, which is similar to Apple's Face ID, and the feature will be secure enough to verify digital payments. The chip can also sense motion, and lets you "skip songs, snooze alarms and silence phone calls" by waving your hand in front of the phone. The technology was developed internally by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects team.

Latest Pixel 4 leaks show orange color option, video overview of features

Latest Pixel 4 leaks show orange color option, video overview of features 'Hey Google, maybe just release the phone already?'

The feature is not unlike the LG G8 ThinQ and offers a glimpse into a touchless phone future. The FCC first granted Google approval to use Project Soli sensors in December 2018 for aircraft.

Likely: Pixel 4 has one front-facing camera

Back in June, supposedly a Pixel 4 was spotted in the wild by a tipster for 9to5Google showing that the phone had two front cameras (like the current Pixel 3) and a large "forehead." But Google's sketch of the Pixel 4, which was used to show where the Soli radar chip was located on the phone's front-facing array, also showed that the phone had a single front-facing camera.

We're unsure why Google would drop the second wide-angle camera from the phone, as it was useful on the Pixel 3 for taking wide selfie shots. Seeing how Google can render portrait photos with just one lens, perhaps the Pixel 4 will be capable of taking standard and wide-angle shots using just software. Google declined a request for comment.

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Only one front camera is seen in Google's image of the Pixel 4. Google

Likely: We'll see it in October

This isn't based on any specific rumor, but since the first Pixel launch in 2016, Google has released its flagship in October. The pattern usually goes like this: Google holds its I/O developer conference in May to go over the latest Android OS and software updates. Then in October, it has another presser that highlights Google's hardware developments and it introduces a new flagship running the Android version previewed in May. There have been curveballs -- for instance, this year Google unveiled the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in May. But that still puts us on track to see the Pixel 4 (and maybe Google's smart home endeavors) in October.

Leaked Pixel 4 XL shots appear to show hefty bezel

Leaked Pixel 4 XL shots appear to show hefty bezel There's apparently no stop to leaks about Google's upcoming Pixel phones.

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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Likely: Pixel 4 will run Android Q

Like with past Pixel phones, the Pixel 4 line will be one of the first -- if not the first -- phones to run Android's latest OS. Because Google OS names are alphabetical, the upcoming update is temporarily known as Android Q before its official name launches. Although it's not out yet, Android Q will reportedly have a systemwide dark mode, new permissions features, improved facial recognition and enhanced security.

Rumor: Pixel 4 may have a 90Hz display

Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Could the Pixel 4 have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro? Juan Garzon / CNET

Perhaps joining the ranks of the OnePlus 7 and the Razer Phone 2, the Pixel 4 may be equipped with a 90Hz display according to 9to5Google. That means that while most phones have a refresh rate of 60 frames per second (put in another way, in one second the display refreshes 60 times), the Pixel 4 would refresh at 90 fps.

From our time reviewing phones with 90Hz displays, we can attest that things like scrolling through webpages and apps do feel more fluid, and it'd be an exciting feature to have on the Pixel 4.

Rumor: Pixel 4 XL could also have two back cameras

While previous Pixel XLs launched with just a single camera on the back, leaked photos posted on (once again) SlashLeaks indicate that the Pixel 4 XL may have two rear cameras. Google has typically relied on its camera software to do things like taking portrait photos that other phones require multiple rear cameras to accomplish, so it's interesting that Google may possibly add another. The same leaked photos also show the phone with the aforementioned hole-punch display.

Hands-on video highlights Google’s striking new color option for the Pixel 4

Hands-on video highlights Google’s striking new color option for the Pixel 4 We're most likely still about a month out from the launch of Google's next flagship smartphone, but leaks have been springing up at a furious pace in recent days. Just last week, we wrote about the first Pixel 4 hands-on video, and in the process of publishing the post, we had to issue an update to include a second video that had begun making the rounds while we were writing. Ever since then, the floodgates haven't closed. The latest leak comes

Rumor: Pixel 4 might have improved dual-SIM capabilities

The Pixel 4 may have a feature that would allow a user to switch between two functioning phone lines . This is an update from the previous Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 (and their larger counterparts the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL). Those phones have a standard SIM card slot and an eSIM. While you could have two numbers provisioned for the device, you could only talk, text or use data on one line, while the other remained inactive. In other words, only one SIM could be activated at a time.

But the Pixel 4 would be able to have two active SIMs. If either is being used to make a call or text, however, the other line won't be able to take calls or text for the time being. This is similar to how the new iPhones and other Android phones operate.

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Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more
Google Pixel 4 rumors: 'Face ID', gesture controls, leaks, design, specs, price and more

Originally published March 8, 2019.

Updates, May 26: Adds info about Pixel class-action lawsuit; June 6: Adds Google employee confirmation and Skinomi renders; June 12: Adds Google first look info; June 26: Adds additional rumors, including Project Soli; July 30: Adds Soli radar chip and single front-facing camera confirmation; Aug. 11: Adds 90Hz display rumor.

Google Pixel 4 gameplay reportedly shown in new video.
A video claims to have a demo version of the upcoming phone. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Playing PUBG on what is claimed to be the Google Pixel 4. Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET "Why do I even call this a gaming phone? Am I crazy?" the reviewer says in the video. "No, I said that because I found out that it is packed with a high-refresh rate screen, 90Hz." Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_93604bfe-8a5e-4c95-99bf-48336e882514").

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