Google Has Dropped The First Teaser Image For The Pixel 4
While the eternal smartphone struggle will always be headlined by bouts between the iPhone and whatever invariably superior Galaxy Samsung have cooked up to beat it, Google's Pixel now pretty firmly seems to have the title of under-appreciated contender locked down.
People who switch to the Pixel rarely go back, and in the areas that matter most to consumers — battery, camera quality, ease of use when it comes to an Android phone — there aren't all that many handsets out there that deliver a well-rounded package with the minimalist style of Google's offering.
As such, the Pixel in its many iterations has steadily become one of the most speculated-on, talked-about and leaked handsets in the industry, but in a decidedly bold move, with the current Pixel 3 barely halfway through its effective lifespan in the market, Google have taken the step of dropping the first details on what's next: the Pixel 4.
The 'intentional leak,' as some are calling it, will immediately put the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei on notice, as they're the first to show a hand that includes an entirely re-imagined camera with three different lens and sensor set ups. This is tech that's already made its way into the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, of course, but also a system that both Apple and Samsung are known to be working on for their next generation of flagship phones.
At the moment, however, it seems as if Google will be the first of the 'Big Three', as it were, to hit the market with a triple-camera set up.
According to other sources who do their business in tech-based rumours and speculation, a number of other features are thought to be making their way to the Pixel 4, which is thought to be launching in October. Here's what we think may be coming to the handset so far:
Pixel 4, if rumours are to be believed, will be the first realisation of what Google calls Project Soli: the company's first in-house stab at making a dedicated processing chip. It was first announced at their I/O event back in 2016, and its main function is to help usher in a new era of gesture-based navigation. Apparently, it'll work with the use of a radar sensor that'll allow you to control your smartphone, smartwatch and even smart speakers through hand gestures alone. This could be important, as the Pixel 4 will also reportedly lack a fingerprint scanner altogether.
Because who needs to touch anything anymore?
A triple camera set-up
The soon-to-be-commonplace square camera bump will soon adorn the back of the Google Pixel range, and like Huawei and Samsung, it'll also house a triple camera set-up that makes use of three different lenses and sensors to take photos with the best light balance, depth of field, clarity, and colour.
Also set to launch alongside the Pixel 4 will be Android Q, which will likely debut in native form on Google's own hardware. Just what that means in terms of new capabilities is still fairly mysterious, but the software has been in Beta for some time now, with improvements to connectivity, camera and photo editing, UI and Siri all planned.