Google Pixel 4 XL Overview Updated November 10, 2021

Google Pixel 4 XL

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April 2019 - November 2021


Google Pixel 4 XL – Cameras

For the first time in the history of the Pixel series of phones, the Pixel 4 will feature multiple rear-facing cameras. Among these, we’ve confirmed that there will be a 12MP main sensor along with a 16MP telephoto camera. This telephoto lens, combined with the Google Camera app’s excellent Super Res Zoom feature that first premiered on the Pixel 3, should make for exceptional long-distance photos on the Pixel 4 XL.

On the software side of things, we’ve learned that Google has planned at least two major camera updates for the Google Pixel 4 XL. The first of these is the inclusion of a new “Motion Mode” intended for taking DSLR-like photos with motion blur. We’re not yet sure if this is the same as the “McFly Mode” we’ve been tracking in the Google Camera app. The other planned improvement to the Pixel 4 camera is a massive upgrade to Night Sight to make it ready for astrophotography.

Google Pixel 4 XL – Specs

  • Display – 6.3-inch 90Hz 3040×1440 display
  • Processor – Snapdragon 855
  • Memory – 6GB
  • Storage – 64GB / 128GB
  • Battery – 3,700 mAh
  • Audio – Stereo speakers
  • Security – Titan M

Google Pixel 4 XL – Release Date

The Pixel 4 XL has not yet been given a proper release date, but a leaked Verizon timeline points to an October release, just like most Pixel flagships. The company likely won’t share an official release date for the Pixel 4 XL until their fall hardware event.

Invitations to the Made by Google 2019 hardware event have gone out, and we now know that the event will take place on October 15th.

Google Pixel 4 XL – Leaks

Just like the Pixel 3 before it, the Pixel 4 XL is one of the most leaked phones in recent history. Our Ben Schoon has collected the countless leaks into one massive historical record for your convenience.

Keep scrolling for the latest Pixel 4 XL leaks & news…

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories November 10

You might not have known that 2019’s Pixel is actually the second most powerful in the Made by Google smartphone series. Yes, the Pixel 4 is only surpassed by the recently released Pixel 6 in terms of raw power.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories September 20

Last week and ahead of the Pixel 6 series set to come (hopefully) very soon, we asked you just what you think the “best” Google Pixel device has been so far. Well, the results were not too unsurprising overall but interesting nonetheless.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories September 16

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could very well be the best Pixel devices to date, but we’re still waiting to see them unveiled — and then get our greasy mitts on the duo when they launch (hopefully) soon.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories September 8

How to get the Android 12 Beta on Google Pixel

After a few developer previews and the big Google I/O reveal, Android 12 is now available in beta to anyone who wants to give it a shot. Here’s how to get the Android 12 Beta on your Google Pixel smartphone.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories July 19

Google is alerting Pixel 4 XL owners that it’s running an extended repair program for the 2019 flagship phone. It’s specifically limited to four countries and applies only to “certain power-related issues.”

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 9

Android 12 Beta 2: Google gives Pixel 4 a little love w/ new face unlock animation

Continuing with the theme of animations and colors, Google has added a neat little animation in Android 12 for Pixel 4 owners that highlights the face unlock sensor when it’s used.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 25

Google Pixel owners will still get these Google Photos storage perks going forward

Google Photos is ending its perk of free unlimited storage starting on June 1, 2021. It was a huge selling point for the service for years, which, understandably, has many wishing they could keep it. The good news, though, is that Google Pixel owners will still be eligible for a few Photos perks. Let’s break it down.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 1

Google’s AR services on Android are set to gain an upgrade, adding support for multiple cameras, which should give your favorite AR apps, like 3D animals, a better sense of depth.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories February 9

Chrome OS’s upcoming Android “Phone Hub” may be getting the ability to mirror your phone’s screen as an exclusive feature for Google Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories January 4

The TWRP 3.5.0 update has now been released with improved support for Android 10 and numerous devices including the Pixel 4 and Galaxy Note 10 series.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories November 10, 2020

It was unceremoniously dumped on the latest Pixel 5, and Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 series hasn’t had the smoothest existence for many owners, either. Complaints over Pixel 4 Face Unlock issues have surfaced yet again.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories November 3, 2020

It seems ridiculous to be even suggesting that after 12 months, someone “should” upgrade from the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 5, but we’re here to examine whether this is a thought you might be having.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories October 20, 2020

One of the Google Pixel 5 features that got a lot of acclaim in early reviews was Portrait Light, the ability to adjust the light source of a photo after it’s been taken. Now, before that phone is even released in the United States, the feature is already rolling out to older Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories September 30, 2020

The new Pixel 5 is Google’s most affordable flagship in a while, a considerable jump down from the $799+ Pixel 4 series. If you’re looking to swap from the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 5, though, trade-in values aren’t too hot.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories September 2, 2020

[Update: Pixel 3a & 4 live] LineageOS 17.1 coming soon for Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 series

Following this year’s release of Android 11, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be approaching their end of life. To help fans of the phone squeeze a few more years of life out of their device, the team behind LineageOS is adding support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 series not far behind.

Update: The Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 series are now supported, too.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories August 7, 2020

Ability to ‘force’ 90Hz refresh rate returns with Android 11 Beta 3

Thanks to the Android 11 Beta 3 update you can now force your device to adopt the 90Hz refresh rate wherever possible on your Pixel 4 or 4 XL.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories August 5, 2020

At the start of July, Google discontinued the Pixel 3a after inventory ran out on its official store. After announcing its latest mid-range phone on Monday, the flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is now discontinued and out of stock on the Google Store.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories July 22, 2020

It looks as though many Google Pixel 4 XL owners are suffering and reporting from back-glass peeling issues on their smartphones.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories July 9, 2020

The Android 11 Beta 2 update introduces a number of refinements and tweaks but for Pixel 4 owners it is also bringing a frustrating display flicker bug.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 29, 2020

Cash App adds support for Android’s Biometric API, Pixel 4 face unlock

With its Pixel 4, Google introduced a new method of unlocking to the lineup — a series of secure face unlock sensors. To use the new face unlock method, developers are required to take advantage of Android’s Biometric API, and the popular money app Cash App has now added support for that on Pixel 4 and future devices.

[Update: Cash App] Pixel 4 face unlock is supported by these Android apps

Android smartphones can have as much cool tech as companies can dream of, but implementing it properly relies on apps. Convincing developers to support new features has always been Android’s Achillies heel, and it seems that app problem will be the case with Pixel 4’s face unlock biometrics.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 23, 2020

Whether you love or hate the Pixel 4, one thing that’s undeniable is that Google delivered a striking design. A member of the Made by Google team has shared incredible photos of the Pixel 4’s design process including previously unseen colors and a dual camera bump design.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 11, 2020

Google’s Android developer previews are pretty stable considering they’re early versions of software, but they’re still prone to random issues. With Android 11 DP4, Google is warning Pixel 4 owners that face unlock will be broken if they downgrade back to Android 10.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 9, 2020

Google’s Pixel 4 was far from a success according to some recent reports, but that didn’t take away from Google’s momentum when growing the lineup. Today, IDC reveals that the Google Pixel line had its “best performance ever” in 2019, shipping 7.2 million units.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories June 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are getting a new camera update today with Google Camera 7.4. The update doesn’t change a whole lot on the surface, though, outside of a tweak to video recording.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 29, 2020

With the exception of the Pixel 2 XL, all Made by Google phones have been available in three colors. Google, undoubtedly, experiments with other color combinations every year, with a gray Pixel 4 XL colorway surfacing today.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 20, 2020

Google’s Pixel lineup finally expanded its reach in 2019 with the debut of the Pixel 3a on more US carriers, and the Pixel 4 followed closely behind. That included a wide debut on T-Mobile and Sprint, but right now, T-Mobile has removed the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 from its online store completely.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 16, 2020

One complaint of Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL back at launch came from the lack of support for 4K video recording at 60fps. Months later, that still hasn’t been fixed officially, but a third-party app has delivered the functionality to users. expand full story

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 11, 2020

Back in October, I purchased the phone I purchase every year — Google’s latest Pixel. Now, for the past few months, I’ve traded out my Google Pixel 4 XL for various other smartphones — Galaxy S20+, LG V60 ThinQ, OnePlus 8 Pro, etc. — as we cover what’s new in the Android space. Despite all of those being truly excellent smartphones, though, I’ve realized that I really miss using my Pixel 4. Here’s why.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories May 6, 2020

[Update: Fixed in DP4] Android 11 DP3: Status bar padding bug cuts off time, battery level on Pixel 4

The latest Android 11 Developer Preview is now available for those with a compatible device but for those with the Pixel 4, a bug is causing the time and battery within the status bar to be cut off.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories April 30, 2020

By most metrics, people have been pretty harsh on the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, especially when you consider that neither phone is actually “bad.”

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 27, 2020

Back before it launched, Netflix added support for HDR content on Google’s Pixel 4. Shortly after, though, the Pixel was removed from that list. Now, Pixel 4 has returned to the Netflix HDR list alongside Oppo’s Find X2 and the OnePlus 7T.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 16, 2020

Google’s Pixel 4 series hasn’t exactly been the most successful offering the company has had so far, but it’s still available from all major carriers and online stores too. Now, though, the Pixel 4 XL has weirdly disappeared from T-Mobile’s online store.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 9, 2020

Thanks to the Android 11 DP1 and the recent Google Pixel Feature Drop, there was room for an automatic dark theme for Pixel owners. While it has been welcomed, it appears that this automatic dark theme doesn’t play nicely with every app.

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While the Pixel 4 is a fantastic device, it does have some issues that will put certain people off. According to a new report, USB-C data transfer rates might be another Google Pixel 4 specific issue that you’ll have to mitigate.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 6, 2020

Google just pushed out the March security update to Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL owners yesterday, but it oddly had two builds available depending on your carrier. Now, Google has pulled the March update for Pixel 4 owners on AT&T.

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One of the biggest gripes with the super-fast Pixel 4 Face Unlock is that, unfortunately, you can unlock your device even if your eyes are not open.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are very smart and, as Google likes to call them, helpful. Now, the device is picking up another handy trick. With the latest Pixel Launcher update, folder names will automatically be suggested based on apps.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 3, 2020

The March Pixel Feature Drop is here which means if you’re a Pixel owner, you’re about to get a ton of new features to enjoy on your smartphone.

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New Google Assistant on Pixel 4 set to expand to France by ‘end of year’

One of the best parts of Google’s Pixel 4 is the “new” Google Assistant that comes with it. The faster, better-looking Assistant is still limited to only a few regions and just recently started working with G Suite accounts, but a new report claims that the new Google Assistant will arrive in France later this year.

Google Pixel 4 XL Stories March 2, 2020

Android’s sharing menu is pretty solid, but one update we’ve been pretty excited about in Android 11 is the ability to pin apps to the share menu to ensure they always show at the top. If you have a Google Pixel smartphone, though, you won’t have to wait until Android 11 to pin apps to the share menu.

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It’s here! Three months after the first, Google has just released another Feature Drop for its Pixel smartphones, once again delivering a bunch of awesome new features. Every feature is going to be more useful for one person than another, though, so we’re curious — what’s your favorite?

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One of my favorite features of Google’s Pixel smartphones for the past couple of generations has been “Now Playing.” The effortless feature identifies music playing in the background, and, now, it’s fixing one source of frustration. Now Playing will no longer show songs you’re casting from Pixel.

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The second Pixel Feature Drop is here and it brings a ton of new features with it, including one for Google Pay. Alongside the new “Cards and Passes” power menu option, Google Pay on select Pixel devices can add flight boarding passes using nothing more than a screenshot.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories February 28, 2020

Getting great protection for your Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL is something that isn’t all that difficult but you might sacrifice some style. But for those looking for the best in class protection with stylish designs, it’s now even easier thanks to the newly released Mous Limitless 3.0 case lineup for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories February 26, 2020

Despite its lack of an ultrawide lens, Google’s Pixel 4 has one of the best cameras on a smartphone today. It takes crisp shots thanks to help from Google’s machine learning. Recently, an amateur photographer put the Pixel 4 to the test by shooting some excellent engagement photos for a couple.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories February 21, 2020

One of the biggest additions and surprise packages at the Pixel 4 launch event was the newly packaged and redesigned Google Assistant. Unfortunately, the new Google Assistant didn’t work on Pixel 4 devices if you had a G Suite account logged in — that is until now.

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Google Pixel 4 XL Stories February 19, 2020

Android 11’s first Developer Preview just landed today and it brings along with it a handful of new features. If you’ve got a Pixel 4, though, Android 11 brings a new Motion Sense gesture and touch sensitivity options on Android 11 too.

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