After unveiling Android 11 in February 2020, Google released four developer beta versions of the newest Android operating system. Earlier this month, Google finally released the first public beta version of Android 11 for its Pixel lineup of devices. If you want to install it on your compatible Pixel smartphone, you can follow our simple tutorial.
Google Pixel 4
Google’s Pixel smartphone lineup, which is known for its stellar still imaging performance, expanded to the mid-range price segment last year with the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. The two mid-range smartphones met with a decent amount of success, thanks to relatively affordable price tags and good camera experience. This year, Google has planned to follow up with the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a XL.
Thanks to numerous leaks we already know a fair share about the upcoming Pixel 4a. The only piece of missing information was the launch date and availability. Well, now even that seems to be out in the open. A German blog has got its hand on an internal Vodafone Germany document that says the phone will be available with carriers starting from May 22.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a majority of big events from companies like Google are being canceled. This means we are not sure as to when Google will announce Pixel 4a. Popular leakster Evan Blass has posted a billboard design for the Pixel 4a. The billboard shows off the design and one of the variations also mentions pricing detail.
The Pixel 4 comes with a new face unlock feature. Thanks to a recent update, the face unlock on Pixel 4 is not working for some. There have been reports in the last few months that the face unlock fails without any reason on some Pixel 4 and 4XL’s. At this point in time, the issue doesn’t plague all the Pixel 4 devices.
The Pixel 4 XL (and, by extension, the slightly smaller Pixel 4) is a stunning piece of technology and a worthy flagship. It really is. And yet, even six weeks on, I can’t possibly recommend anyone buy it… yet. While its camera system is stunning, while its stereo speakers are jaw droppingly good, while its face recognition system is fast and effective, at least for unlocking the phone, real world activity is still massively impacted by third party banking and password apps not supporting the new biometric APIs (think Face ID) system. Again… yet. It’ll all come together in time and, as usual Google will need an update or two of their own (a ‘feature drop’ is happening as I write this), so I’ll leave a lengthier verdict for some time in early 2020.
Google’s 90Hz OLED display on Pixel 4 and 4XL hogged the limelight during launch. The higher refresh rates should ideally help in offering a better user experience. Now it has come to the light that the 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 and 4XL comes with a caveat.
Google’s latest Pixel 4 was perhaps one of the most leaked phones. Pixel 4 was announced last week and now it has come to light that the device supports 11W wireless charging. Strangely, Google didn’t mention the same during the launch.
The first batch of Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL reviews are out and they are not that good. While the Pixel 4 has been praised for its excellent camera, smooth performance, and great display. However, the phone’s battery life is abysmal and Motion Sense — the Soli-based motion gestures — have been panned for being gimmicky in nature.