Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

No Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for India

No Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for India

At first glance, the company's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, launched at an event in New York City Tuesday, are competitively priced: US$799 for the smaller Pixel 4, and US$899 for the Pixel 4 XL.

Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones come equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC that features eight fast CPU cores and Qualcomm's powerful Adreno 640 graphics processor.

The Google Pixel 4 series is packed full of cool new features which are now available as exclusives on the flagships. And while with previous Pixels you got unlimited cloud storage for full resolution photos from Google, you don't get this same deal with the Pixel 4. It appears that Google wants to change that and it has shifted to facial recognition for unlocking the phone and other authentication purposes. Google didn't mention compatibility with older devices at its event yesterday but revealed to Android Police after that the feature would indeed be coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a lineups as part of an updated in December. However, one of the new features that caught everyone's eyes was the new Recorder app that comes baked into Pixel 4 phones. Apple does offer a setting to "require attention for Face ID", which controls whether active attention to the phone is necessary. Aside from the Pixel 4, only a handful of phones also support 3D face unlock - Xiaomi, Huawei, and LG flagships are among them.

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Google calls the new feature Motion Sense! Whereas the Pixel 3 required users to tap their finger against the circular scanner on the back of the phone, the Pixel 4 can be set to automatically wake when you lift it, and - assuming your face is recognized - be unlocked by the time you're looking at the display. The Pixel 4 XL is likely going to be the better option here. Google's page has all the details.

TechRadar can confirm that even Google knows this might be an issue: in Security settings, a disclaimer warns users that their phone can be unlocked if someone holds the phone up to their face - even if their eyes are closed. You could go with a PIN or pattern, but those unlocking methods are less convenient for anyone who checks their phone frequently.

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