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Google Expected to Unveil New Pixel 4 Smartphone at October 15 Event


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Apr 12, 2001

Google is hosting an October 15 event in New York City, where it is expected to unveil its next-generation smartphone, the Google Pixel 4, reports Axios.

Like Apple's newest iPhones, the Google Pixel 4 will feature a square-shaped rear camera bump, which Google itself confirmed.

Ahead of the Pixel 4 launch, there were multiple leaks, so Google shared its own images of the upcoming device and also highlighted some of the smartphone's new features.

Rumors suggest Google's rear camera setup will include two lenses, a microphone, a flash, and a "spectral sensor" that's designed to account for light flicker when filming an LCD display.

Apple's iPhone camera setup positions three lenses in a triangle shape in the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, and two lenses vertically in the iPhone 11. Google's setup has the two lenses of the Pixel 4 arranged horizontally with the flash located at the bottom.

Google has already highlighted some of the other features coming to the Pixel 4, including a new Face Unlock feature that is equivalent to Face ID, using 3D facial scans.

Unlike prior implementation of facial recognition on Android devices, Google's version will support secure payments and app authentication. Google claims its facial recognition system will be a more fluid experience than Apple's, working in any orientation.

Google's facial recognition feature will also enable motion-based gestures called Motion Sense, allowing users to do things like skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls by waving a hand in front of the phone.

Google's Pixel 4 smartphone will be a major iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max competitor alongside Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.

Article Link: Google Expected to Unveil New Pixel 4 Smartphone at October 15 Event
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macrumors 604
Oct 17, 2014
Would be nice if their innovation was better. We need better competition.
Recently, whenever they try to actually innovate (as in the Samsung foldable phone) it fails horribly. Hence the safe thing to do is to simply copy what Apple is doing and call it good. ;)

To be honest, innovation on smartphones in general has slowed down. It's simply a mature product category now. There isn't much you can't do on a four-year-old smartphone that you can do on a current model. Face ID instead of Touch ID, better cameras, etc. but nothing is fundamentally different.
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macrumors 68000
May 22, 2009
Not only is google a crappy copy cat, still playing catch up.

There was a time I supported competition, and looked forward to Google releases to see their own spin.

Not only is it failure after failure, this is run by an evil corporation that not only sells your data but tries to censor free speech.

Stay far away from anything Google.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 12, 2006
Giving the company that literally watches everything you do to sell to advertisers access to my face metrics. What could go wrong?

No thanks. And no, I don't want to hear "well, everyone spies on you anyway, so you may as well just give up" defeatist attitude. Screw Google and screw their enablers.


macrumors member
Nov 21, 2013
Google, why did you have to make the rear camera look hideous like the iphone 11? Big square at the corner? There has to be someone who can come up with a better looking layout? Anyone?

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
All they ever do is copy apple and never do it well

Dan, I don’t think this is really a fair statement, nor accurate. A lot of these tech competitors, [which includes Samsung, Apple], they all tend to have the same features, just a matter when they tend to release them. The argument goes that Samsung copies Apple or vice versa, all these smart phones have competing features near the time of their release, because they’re trying to stay relevant in terms of the technology that’s current and sway the customer to buy their product.
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