Pixel 4 Leaks Become Floodgates

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Pixel 4 Leaks Become Floodgates

Over the past few years leaks of new phones have become a commonplace trend.  It almost has to happen nowadays in order for anticipation to build up.  But the Pixel 4 is shattering this trend.  Almost every other day it seems a new leak is springing up.  Let’s look at some of the recent unveilings:

Videos Galore:

This week we saw an influx of videos revealing details about the new device.  One of these was from the YouTube channel AnhEm TV showing almost 7 minutes of details about what the Pixel 4 looks like.  I’d recommend watching it for yourself, but it covers things pretty well showing that the phone has a square shaped camera module similar to what we saw on the iPhone 11 just 2 days ago.

Another video from the channel Rabbit TV shows off the three colors we’re expected to see soon.  These include black, white, and to mix things up a bright orange.  In addition, it seems that the phone does not wear the traditional Pixel fingerprint scanner.  As to what this means for face id or on screen fingerprinting we can’t say, but I would personally LOVE to see some print scanning available anywhere on the touch screen.

Cameras Sell Phones:

I think it’s safe to say most of us are not professional photographers, yet cameras have become one of the biggest selling points for new phones.  On Tuesday Apple spent a good portion of their iPhone 11 presentation fixated on the camera (in fact it was almost all they talked about), and every time a new Pixel comes out the camera is marketed heavily as a use feature of the phone.  The Pixel line always has top rated cameras so don’t get me wrong I’m excited to see what’s in store, but it seems some people forget there are other things to a phone!

But that rant aside, on Monday this week we got a video of a video showing off some new camera fun.  A recording of a Google ad marketing their phone being made “The Google way” demonstrated that the phone would be useful in low light environments again.  But on top of tis you “Even get the stars”.  The new camera will have an astrophotography mode designed to help take pictures of the night sky.  So whether you’ll actually be utilizing it or not, the camera is sure to be very impressive.

Coming Soon to a Store Near You:

Google isn’t expected to do an official announcement of the Pixel 4 until October, but it feels like we’re pretty much there right now.  As more details of the new device come out we’ll keep things updated here, so be sure to stay tuned!

What are your thoughts on the Pixel 4 and it’s leaks?  Let us know in the comments below.

Pixel 4 or 4a?

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Pixel 4 or 4a?

Round 4 of leaks for Google’s flagship phone have begun to spill.  And with some of these designs have come talks of what to expect on the financial end of things.  In other words people want to know how much they have to pay.  Odds are we’ll be looking at a price in line with other high end phones like the iPhone 11 or Galaxy Note 10.  That being said, whether people are willing to pay this or not is another story.

Introducing the Pixel 3a:

If you tuned in to Google I/O this year, then you saw the unveiling of the Pixel 3a.  It was a lite version of the Pixel 3 that offered the same software on lower hardware specs.  Google marketed it as offering all the same impressive features as the 3 including low-light Night Sight and Duplex.  The bottom line of this was that the 3a was an almost top tier phone at a budget price. Unsurprisingly it sold quite well.

Starting at $399 instead of the original 3’s $799 it’s estimated that the 3a is responsible for some of Google’s successful second quarter earnings which they released on Thursday.  The company appears to be in a healthy state revealing $38.9 billion in revenue and $9.9 in profit.  Of that $32.6 was attributed to the ad portion of the business, but the “Other Revenues” section was up a significant amount ($6.2 billion vs $4.4 last year).  And since we already know the Pixel 3 lacked on sales a bit, the assumption is that the Pixel 3a performed quite a bit better.

People Speak With Their Money:

The Pixel 3a was likely a large cause of this spike in revenues.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that “With the launch of Pixel 3a in May, overall Pixel un it sales in Q2 grew more than two times year over year.”  We don’t have official numbers as they aren’t public, but clearly the company is happy with how the budget phone went over.

But this leads us to the question of where will people put their money when the Pixel 4 drops.  Likely we’ll see it prices at a similarly high price of $800-$1000, but that’s an outrageously high amount to pay for some of us.  If the Pixel 3 didn’t sell as well as the company hoped at that price they may try and lower it.  Or they may do the opposite and keep it as an exclusive item while subsequently revealing another budget phone.  And if that’s the case we each have to ask ourselves if it’s worth waiting a few months past the reveal to try and save a few hundred dollars.

Delayed Gratification:

My personal recommendation would be to hold off at least a month or two after release.  If you’re shopping for a Pixel 4 then there will likely be some huge discounts coming.  On Black Friday this past year you could get $400 off a Pixel 3 or 3XL.  And if you want to wait even longer I wouldn’t bet against a 4a being revealed as well.  Only time will tell!

What are your thoughts on the Pixel 4? Are there any special features you’re hoping to see in it for the expected prices?  Let us know in the comments below!

Google+ Has Left The Building

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Google+ Has Left The Building

We wrote about it when first announced, but the day has finally come for Google+.  Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts.  It was a noble effort to complete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but it fell flat and won’t be getting back up any time soon.

Google + Security Issues:

Google+’s demise is actually a two-fold one.  It was shut down due to “low usage”, but it also had a security Issue.  Google has disclosed two significant data leaks that potentially exposed millions of user’s private data.  The first leak was kept secret for a few months, but was the ultimate decided for the end of Google+.  And then the second prompted a premature shut down in April instead of the originally planned August.  Not great for Google.

Google says that for both of these leaks there is no evidence that they were taken advantage of, but they did exist.  Google+ API has been shut down now as part of the closing doors process.

Small But Loyal:

Google’s Ben Smith talked about the failure to grow.  He said “While our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps”.  He also revealed the fact that 90% of user session on Google+ only lasted 5 seconds.  This could be due to people simply opening the app for notification checks, but it’s still not a great number to see.

But while Google+ is shutting down due to lack of a large audience, that doesn’t mean it didn’t have an audience at all.  It was the host of a small but loyal group of users over the years and I’m sure it will be missed by at least a few.  The site was designed to encourage topic-focused discussion to mimic how we interact in real life (something a lot of social media is missing these days).

On To Other Ventures:

With Google+ being decommissioned, labor at Google is sure to be targeted towards other activities. We have a lot to see coming up in the future (Google I/O 2019 isn’t that far away!).  I’m sure we’ll all be pleasantly surprised by a few things.  Recently Google launched Stadia as its gaming platform as well.  Just because Google+ is on its way out doesn’t mean other things won’t take its place in our daily lives.

What are your thoughts about Google+’s demise?  Was it about time or are you going to miss it?  Let us know in the comments below!

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