In this week’s top stories: we get to see official camera samples for the Google Pixel 4, the “new Google Assistant” appears in video, a robot repeatedly folds the Samsung Galaxy Fold to the death, and more.
With less than two weeks until the big Made by Google 2019 event, our team obtained a veritable treasure trove of exclusive information about the Google Pixel 4. We now know a great deal more about the Pixel 4’s core features and how Google may intend on advertising them.
Among our other finds was a full gallery of sample shots taken using the Google Pixel 4’s cameras, which showed off the improved Night Sight capabilities, along with shots of the Milky Way, demonstrating the previously reported astrophotography features.
Leaks up to this point indicated that the Google Pixel 4 would be able to take shots of the stars and the Milky Way at night, and now we’ve got full resolution camera samples to back it up. Needless to say they’re wildly impressive for something shot on a phone.
One of the core features of the Google Pixel 4, first demonstrated at Google I/O, is the “next-generation Google Assistant.” Now we know that Google will call this the “new Google Assistant” and that it will indeed launch first on the Pixel 4. Not only that, we’ve obtained video of this new Google Assistant in action.
One interaction demoed shows a person getting a text about when their flight lands. They ask Assistant to show an itinerary and then proceed to have Google send back a text with the right time. Notably, you do not have to specify the recipient as Assistant remembers the context and what message conversation you’re in.
In Google Camera app news, evidence has come to light that the Google Pixel 4 will offer “Dual Exposure Camera Controls” to manually adjust the lightness and darkness of your shot. The feature is a bit hard to explain verbally, but this exclusive video says it all.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for our Pixel 4 exclusives this week. Be sure to check out our in-depth coverage.
More Pixel 4 exclusives:
- Exclusive: Google and Pokemon built a Soli demo game for Pixel 4 [Video]
- Exclusive: Latest Pixel 4 spec sheets reveal ‘Pixel Neural Core,’ no buds in the box
- Exclusive: Pixel 4 Motion Sense demo shows how each gesture will work [Video]
- Exclusive: Here’s ‘Face Unlock’ in action on Google Pixel 4 [Video]
- Exclusive: Google working on ‘Raise to talk’ for Pixel 4’s ‘new Assistant’
- Exclusive: ‘New Google Assistant’ on Pixel 4 ‘coming soon’ to these countries
- Here are a bunch of songs that have something to do with the Pixel 4
Elsewhere in Pixel 4 news, renowned leakers Evan Blass and Max Weinbach each shared a handful of official press renders of the Google Pixel 4. These renders show the Pixel 4 in its Just Black and Clearly White colorways, along with another glimpse of the “new Google Assistant.”
The most interesting part of this official Pixel 4 render leak is the wallpaper. Like last year, Google is making clear the device generation with an artistic rendition of a number. For 2019, a ‘P’ and ‘4’ fill up the screen with an abstract design. The four Google colors are present, along with dark blue, with this style matching the previously leaked promo video and banner.
Finally, to close things out with a bit of humor, the folks at CNET decided to attach a Samsung Galaxy Fold to a robot crafted by SquareTrade that rapidly and rhythmically folds and unfolds the foldable phone. The 16-hour hypnotic livestream saw the Samsung Galaxy Fold withstand nearly 120,000 robotic folds, before meeting its ultimate demise.
While it wasn’t on the stream for whatever reason, the Galaxy Fold being tested out here died at roughly 120,000 folds. Just like in SquareTrade’s test, the device’s hinge started to deteriorate and half of the inner folding display stopped working entirely. As noted earlier, though, this test greatly exaggerates how the average person would use their Galaxy Fold.
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
Made by Google 2019 |
- Here’s where to download the ‘Personal Safety’ app for Pixel phones
- Source: Google plans to announce ‘Pixel Buds 2’ soon
- [Update: More ads] Made by Google kicks off ‘Switch to Pixel’ campaign [Video]
- Pixel 4 demo units are already going on sale from shady sellers for $1,200
- A designer re-created the Google Pixel 4 ‘P4’ wallpaper seen in renders, download it here
- Google’s ‘Recorder’ app from Pixel 4 has audio transcription and search [Download]
- More leaked Pixel 4 videos show Face Unlock for payments, new Assistant UI, more
- Here’s everything we know Motion Sense on Google Pixel 4 can do at launch
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro can no longer install Google apps, as researcher exposes backdoor
- [Update: WiFi too] New Nvidia Shield TV hardware passes through Bluetooth SIG hinting at coming release
- Alleged OnePlus 8 renders leak w/ curved display, punch-hole notch [Gallery]
- Attackers get full control of Android phones, inc Pixel and Samsung models
- [Update: 20 more devices added] EMUI 10 beta road map confirms update heading to over 30 models from November
- Nvidia Shield TV picks up 8.0.1 update w/ 4K streaming fixes, new volume UI
Apps & Updates |
- [Update: Temporary issue] Google Play Music app is no longer searchable on the Play Store for some users
- Android Auto 4.7 prepares hiding apps, adds media notifications [APK Insight]
- Google made an actual product graveyard for Halloween w/ G+, Reader, more
- You can now voice call your Google Home speakers w/ Google Duo
- Android Auto Wireless is now working on certain Samsung Galaxy devices
- Google Fit is apparently preparing account linking with Strava
Dark theme |
- This app can now change your wallpaper based on Android 10’s dark theme
- [Update: More widely available] Google Play Store dark theme starts rolling out
- Latest Google Messages beta follows Android 10 dark theme
- Google Fi dark theme rolling out on Android [Gallery]
- [Update: Download now] Google Voice dark theme rolling out on Android
- [Update: Germany, Austria only] YouTube Premium subscribers can get a free Google Home Mini in some regions
- YouTube TV is now available on Amazon Fire TV, and these devices are compatible
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