Google Pixel 4 Overview Updated September 20, 2021

Google Pixel 4

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February 2019 - September 2021


Google Pixel 4 – 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.

On the software side of things, we’ve learned that Google has planned at least two major camera updates for the Google Pixel 4. 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 – Specs

  • Display – 5.7-inch 90Hz display
  • Processor – Snapdragon 855
  • Memory – 6GB
  • Storage – 64GB / 128GB
  • Battery – 2,800 mAh
  • Audio – Stereo speakers
  • Security – Titan M

Google Pixel 4 – Release Date

The Pixel 4 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 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 – Leaks

Just like the Pixel 3 before it, the Pixel 4 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 leaks & news…

Google Pixel 4 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 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 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 Stories August 13

Starting with the Pixel 3, Google has prepared special-use wallpapers for its phones that can be seen in renders and other promo materials, displaying the generation of the device in large type. But despite only being used for marketing purposes, the backgrounds have been highly sought after by fans. Some artists have gone so far as to create near-pixel-perfect copies in the absence of their official versions. Now, Google has made some of these promo wallpapers available to Pixel 4 and 4a users.

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Google Pixel 4 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 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 Stories April 23

Besides an ultrawide lens, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G added HDR+ with Bracketing to improve image quality in shadows, among other benefits. Google today detailed the technology behind that new capability while also revealing that the Pixel 4 and 4a now use bracketing in Night Sight.

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Google Pixel 4 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 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 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 Stories December 3, 2020

The new Assistant consists of a transparent, compact UI and faster responses thanks to on-device processing. A strange bug this evening is responsible for the new Google Assistant disappearing from some Pixel 4, 4a, 4a 5G, and 5 phones.

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Google Pixel 4 Stories November 12, 2020

Coinciding with the launch of the Pixel 5, the Google Camera app got an update to version 8.0, bringing a clean redesign to the app. Today, Google Camera 8.1 has begun rolling out, bringing that same design to older Pixel phones.

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Google Pixel 4 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 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 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 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 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 Stories August 21, 2020

Messaging service Line adds support for new Google Assistant on Pixel 4/4a

Google’s next-generation Assistant debuted on its second device this week with the Pixel 4a. Popular messaging service Line yesterday announced support for a handful of new Google Assistant features, including sending screenshots and replies via voice.

Google Pixel 4 Stories August 10, 2020

The Pixel 4a was announced last Monday and still has over a week to go before becoming available. On the security front, it features a Titan M chip and three years of updates. Google today also revealed that the phone, along with the Pixel 4, is the first Android device to get ioXt certification at launch.

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Google Pixel 4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Stories June 1, 2020

Following the inaugural update last December and sequel in March, Google today is releasing the third Pixel Feature Drop alongside the June security patch. This Android 10 update delivers several new features to the Personal Safety and Recorder app, as well as underlying services like Adaptive Battery.

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Google Pixel 4 Stories May 26, 2020

With the Pixel Feature Drop in March, Google introduced a new ‘air tap’ gesture for Soli that lets you play/pause music. A new “Soli Sandbox” app from Research at Google is meant to spur new experiences based on the Pixel 4’s radar technology.

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Google Pixel 4 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 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 Stories May 13, 2020

Last August, longtime Pixel phone manager Mario Queiroz left his position for a mysterious role. According to a new report today, he’s no longer at Google, while the Pixel team also recently lost its head camera engineer.

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Google Pixel 4 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 Stories May 8, 2020

Google Store mishap sent one Pixel 4 buyer $5,000 worth of phones

It’s unfortunately not uncommon for Google to make little mistakes when it comes to shipping products from its store, and this week, one user saw that in action. A pretty funny mistake on the Google Store saw one user shipped a case of 10 devices when he only ordered a single Pixel 4.

Google Pixel 4 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 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 Stories April 17, 2020

Verizon now supports eSIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby on Pixel 4

We reported yesterday that Google Fi now allows embedded/electronic SIM activation on newer iPhone models. Verizon looks to have added Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL support for eSIMs and Dual SIM Dual Standby earlier this month.

Google Pixel 4 Stories April 13, 2020

We don’t know the real sales figures for the Mountain View, California company’s Pixel line of flagship smartphones, but we do occasionally get hints. For one, Google reported “declines in hardware” sales during its Q4 2019 earnings this past February. We went digging into 9to5Google’s own analytics to see if maybe we could glean some insight for ourselves, and found similarly pessimistic numbers… expand full story

Google Pixel 4 Stories April 12, 2020

Google reported “declines in hardware” sales during its Q4 2019 earnings this February. That year-end period includes the busy holiday shopping season and the launch of Made by Google’s flagship phones. In a trend that carries over from last year, the Google Store today discounted the Pixel 4 to $499.

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Google Pixel 4 Stories April 6, 2020

At launch, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL saw some critique for not having an option to require that your eyes be open during the face unlock process. Android 11 DP2 last month introduced that preference, and it’s now available on Android 10 with the Pixel 4’s April update.

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Google Pixel 4 Stories April 1, 2020

Pixel 4 Face Unlock support comes to Microsoft OneDrive

The distinct lack of apps that support Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 is disappointing, but to ease that frustration, Microsoft has now added the biometric security option to OneDrive.

Google Pixel 4 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 Stories March 23, 2020

Google Play GPU driver updates in development for Pixel 4, S10, and Note 10

In addition to unveiling the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm last December announced that it would update GPU drivers through the Play Store. At the Google for Games Developer Summit today, both companies provided an update on the effort, including how the Pixel 4 will be one of the first devices to see GPU updates.

Google Pixel 4 Stories March 16, 2020

Google Store pricing error marks down Pixel 4 to ‘Free’

The Google Store has had its share of mix-ups in the past from incorrect product listings to major accidental reveals. Today, the Made by Google site is erroneously listing the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as being “Free.”

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 Stories March 12, 2020

This month’s Pixel Feature Drop introduced a new Motion Sense gesture to play/pause music. The Google ATAP team today detailed the road to getting radar on the Pixel 4 and how Soli gestures work.

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