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.

And So The Pixel 4 Leaks Begin

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And So The Pixel 4 Leaks Begin

Last Fall I hopped on board the Pixel 3 bandwagon.  I was overdue for an upgrade and wanted a cutting-edge device.  Fast-forward more than half a year and I’m still incredibly pleased with the purchase.  That being said, I won’t be upgrading any time during the next year which is a shame because the Pixel 4 looks every bit as cool!

Pixel 4:

We’re still a long way out from the 4thgeneration device from actually dropping, but the first leak has just dropped revealing a peek into what the future holds. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Google phones are notorious for being some of the most-leaked in the industry.

The first Pixel 4 leaks are thanks to Pricebaba and OnLeaks.  Below is the image revelaing what the next phone will likely look like. It’s based on “early prototyping schematics”, so obviously nothing is set in stone.  That being said it’s probably still a good indicator of what’s to come.

The Design/Specs:

There’s a lot that’s still in the unknown for the Pixel 4, but these renderings tell us a lot all the same. Firstly, it’s impossible to not notice the large square camera module.  This will either have two or three cameras inside of it.  Pixel phones have always been known for their astonishing camera capabilities, so we’ll likely see some more improvements on that front.

What you may have not noticed immediately is what’s notthere.  The 4’s rendering is lacking a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device.  So the current rumor is that we may see an in-display fingerprint sensor.  Along with the changes we see some constants like the USB-C port and power/volume buttons on the right side. Then on the specs side there is talk that it will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at a minimum.

The Pixel 4 will likely launch in October and feature the newest Android software (Q).  While I may not be due for an upgrade when it comes out, I’m excited to see any advances made in the industry!  What are your thoughts on the Pixel 4?  Do you love or hate the design?  Let us know in the comments below.

Duplex Is Officially Here

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Duplex Is Officially Here

Time after time we’ve seen Google Duplex in the news, but it’s always been just on the horizon for the mass market.  Well here’s some news that isn’t just a tease: Duplex is now on your phone!

Pixels Now Have Duplex:

Ok, sorry to get your hopes up if you’re not team Pixel, but if you are, then this is good news for you. Google has just rolled out Duplex to Pixel phones in 43 states.  This means that if you own a Pixel and live in one of these states, you can now have your Google Assistant call on your behalf.  Looking for a restaurant reservation?  Just say “Ok Google, make a reservation at ___”.

That’s it.  Duplex will call the restaurant and take care of everything else.  Ok, it will ask you a few more details (such as for what time and for how many people), but it takes care of all the conversing on the phone.  The future is now.

Just how good is it?

Google actually received a ton of criticism after I/O last year when Duplex made its debut.  People were concerned that it mimicked a human toowell.  In June the company promised that Google Assistant would introduce itself before engaging in any conversation.  If you’ve used Google’s call screening feature before then you’re somewhat familiar with this introduction.

Duplex uses Google’s WaveNet audio processing neural network, and as such it sounds incredibly natural.  It throws “ums” into the conversation to mimic how people actually converse. While these may seem arbitrary, the VP of engineering for Google Assistant said that they are actually the key to keeping people engrossed in conversation.  Otherwise things start to feel too artificial and people hang up.

Opting Out:

While this technology is incredible, there are certainly going to be people that want nothing to do with it yet.  And as such Duplex makes it very clear that the call is automated, and informs everyone it calls that their being recorded.  If they respond with anything along the lines of “I don’t want to be recorded” or “I don’t want to speak with this” then the call is handed off to a human operator.

There’s sure to be some legal/ethical issues that arise despite this, but it’s good to at least see people are given the option to opt out.  Duplex is going to continue its rollout to other devices over time, and eventually it will just be taken for granted.  But for now its cutting edge tech and Pixel users can take advantage of it.

What are your thoughts on Duplex and its rollout?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

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