Renders of Pixel 4 XL released, Google and Amazon feud ends
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I'm your guide, Iyaz Akhtar, and you are the curious audience.
We're starting with Pixel 4 XL renders by the team of.
Pricebaba and OnLeaks, this time, we get to see a clear shot of the front.
These images of the Pixel 4 XL show it's got a teeny, tiny chin on the bottom.
On the top is a big old forehead.
That's right, the Pixel notch has grown to the whole width of the phone.
Okay, so it's not a notch.
In the forehead you've got two cameras, an earpiece speaker, and two sensors, the report does not have information on what those sensors are.
According to OnLeaks there's, quote, a large hollow area with room for unknown parts on the right side of the forehead Next to the ear piece.
This could potentially accommodate Soli radar components for touchless gesture interactions or a Face ID type module.
Let's talk a little about Google Soli.
It uses a raider to track human hands.
In a promotional video, people working on the project said that the use of radar allows for micro-motions to be trapped Radar hardware consents gestures.
The team also says that radar is better than using cameras for the same task.
Radar can determine the tiniest motions, work through materials and has no moving parts or lenses.
That would increase its reliability.
Let's get back to that chin.
There's no front facing speaker there.
Instead, there would be speakers located on the bottom of the device.
On the back, you've got three cameras.
XDA developers found some info on the cameras by digging through the camera app code.
There will be a regular sensor and a telephoto sensor.
What's the third camera for?
That's not certain yet.
Now how reliable is the combo of Pricebaba and Onleaks?
They published renders of the back of the Pixel 4XL.
The pics showed off a big square camera assembly with multiple cameras.
Shortly thereafter Google tweeted out its own official images of the back of the Pixel 4XL.
Shock and surprise, the leak and the official pics Matched up.
What about Soli?
Is it really ready to hit the market?
It could be.
In December of last year, the FCC granted Google approval for the use of Soli sensors.
The sensors operate at higher power levels than is currently allowed.
That's why Google needed permission.
The FCC found that these solely sensors pose a minimal potential of causing harmful interference to other spectrum users.
On top of that, the FCC would allow Google solely devices to be operated while aboard aircraft that's super important, sincerely would work everywhere.
Imagine a world where you'd have to turn off a key way to interact with the phone.
When you're on a plane.
That would not bode well for that device.
As for this design, I'm torn.
You've got all these other companies trying to get as much screen on a device as possible.
Those look very cool but what functionality are we really gaining?
A tad bit more screen and a very cool, futuristic design.
If Google is building in new hardware like Soli into the Pixel 4 XL, the design Becomes secondary, if that forehead is housing key hardware it will allow for new ways to use the phone that explains the design.
All of that being said, Google will need to have some good use cases to take advantage of the hardware solely makes a lot of sense for a watch or a small display.
Interacting with the device is like those using gestures.
It means you don't cover the screen.
Now that's logical.
The Soli demo video also touts how using your own fingers as something like a button or physical slider gives you a natural [UNKNOWN] feedback.
Now, how would something like that be useful on a phone?
Here are some ideas.
System wide media controls seem like a natural fit.
Or pulling down the notification, train an android without having to touch the screen.
Or quick launching apps with a gesture.
Or unlocking your phone or quickly switching apps or panning through a large image or map.
Or choosing a camera mode when shooting without having to scroll through options.
These are just some ideas.
In theory, gestures would allow for more usability without having UI elements taking up the screen.
You would be able to control the phone without having to jump back and forth between apps or settings or whatever.
Gestures would need to accomplish something different than just touching What is on the screen.
Are any of those features I listed life changing?
No, not at all but it could make the pixel a device that is just easier to use than other phones.
Google can build in all kinds of system wide hooks for.
That could set apart the Pixel 4 from everyone else.
If that big forehead is housing nothing but empty space, it's just a dated looking design that irritates me greatly.
See if you can get Jony Ive on the phone, assuming his new firm will talk to you.
Let's go to Uptown Updates for some rapid fire news.
A New York Post report said that a director for Alphabet Alan Mulally has been in talks with Dish Network about creating a fourth wireless telecom in the U.S. This would be possible after picking up assets from T-Mobile.
A Google spokesperson said, these claims are simply false.
Google is not having any conversations with DISH about creating any wireless network.
The New York Post pointed out that the statement did not address whether [UNKNOWN] was in talks with DISH.
Waymo got a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission to enter California's autonomous vehicle passenger service pilot program.
Waymo cars can drive Waymo employees with guest.
After testing, Waymo may get permission to let members of the public.
Ride around in driverless vehicles.
Google and Amazon are buddy-buddy again, YouTube is back on Amazon Fire TV devices, Amazon Prime Video apps will support Chromecast.
And in super old news, the Galaxy Fold design is all fixed, according to Bloomberg.
The report said that Samsung has not nailed down when the device will go on sale, If that changes before this is published, we'll put up a graphic here.
Did it change?
On to Comment Cove.
This is the part of the show where we shine a spotlight at the most amazing audience of the world, you guys.
Last time I asked if you You still use wired headphones since the note 10 might ditch the headphone jack.
Carlos said, I use wired headphones for gaming.
Bluetooth has a delay.
Kay says I only use Bluetooth headphones for working out.
I usually use wired headphones especially while working on a conference call.
And what doesn't kill you said, I use wired headphones all the time forget Bluetooth.
It's easy to switch headphones between devices on the go.
There are less things to charge and less things to remember to turn off.
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