Yesterday Google confirmed the time and place of the next “Made by Google” event. It will take place on October 15 in New York City, a bit later than previous years.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be the stars of the event, but in reality we already know pretty much everything about the phones thanks to a deluge of leaks over the past few weeks.
What we know
📊Rumored specs: Snapdragon 855 (not the plus), 6GB RAM, and a 6.23-inch (19:9) OLED screen on the XL. This is a welcome bump from last year’s Pixel 3, although it does appear to be slightly smaller.
👋Motion Sense allows you to control functions without touching your phone thanks to a new Soli radar chip. This could be a neat party trick, or it could be as lame as “Air Motion” controls in the LG G8 ThinQ. We’ll see.
📷Google Camera 7.0 will bring new tricks, including a “motion mode” to blur the background of moving objects and “live HDR” that lets you preview HDR results before even snapping the photo. Expect the best smartphone camera to get even better.
🌈New color options, including a flashy coral orange. Previous Pixel devices have featured Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink, and Purple-ish colorways. Orange you happy to have more options? (I’m sorry)
But wait, there’s more
👀Google is expected to announce a number of other devices in addition to the Pixel 4 lineup. We know much less about these than the new flagship phones.
💻We might finally see a successor to the Pixelbook, which remains one of the best Chromebooks on the market nearly two years after its release. The field has expanded considerably since then with Asus, Samsung, and others entering the fray, so hopefully Google’s latest does better than last year’s Pixel Slate 2-in-1.
🔊New Google home hardware is likely to be showcased. New speakers, Chromecasts, and others may feature the refreshed Google Nest branding that we saw with the recent Google Nest Hub devices.
🕑A YouTube livestream event has already been created, so set a reminder now if you want to watch the event live.
💰Freeloading with confidence. A new app lets you sign up for free trials with a fake virtual credit card so you never accidentally get charged once the trial is over (BBC). Sketchy? Probably. Useful? Absolutely.
🔐Update LastPass now! A security bug revealing credentials on a previously visited site was patched last week (ZDNet). If you are using the Chrome or Opera browser extension, make sure you’re on the latest version.
🎮Good news! Apple Arcade probably isn’t going to suck! Early sneak peeks of the service have been positive, but we’ll find out on Sunday if the service is worth $5 a month (Gizmodo).
📵TikTok isn’t the annoying-but-innocent teen app that you think it is. Parent company ByteDance’s roots in China may be leading it to censor any content related to the Hong Kong protests (Washington Post).
😏What's the deal with streaming exclusives? Netflix will offer 180 episodes of Seinfeld starting in 2021, in a deal that reportedly cost $500 million (Hollywood Reporter). This should help make up for the loss of The Office and Friends (not).
📺OnePlus is making a TV, and it launches on September 26 in India (Android Authority). For now we just know that you can control it with your phone, plus a few details shots from Pete Lau’s Twitter. No word yet on a European (or US, for that matter) release.
📲Aussie company Telstra is the first mobile carrier to offer outbound calling from Google Home/Nest devices (Telstra). This allows you to call family, friends, or businesses even being near your phone. Hopefully more carriers around the world start implementing this type of thing soon.
🤦Too little, too late. Facebook has removed hundreds of inauthentic accounts and pages engaged in misleading the public (Facebook). This is likely a drop in the bucket, but at least the company is making an effort leading up to the 2020 US presidential elections.
🚗Go back to the future with Mercedes-Benz’s new concept car. This modern day reboot of the 1901 “35 PS” model with the internals replaced with the latest electric vehicle tech (The Verge).
This week’s chart is perfect for any retro gamers out there. It’s yet another data race chart of the best selling video game consoles from 1977-2019. Make sure to check out the original at DataGrapha’s YouTube channel, because the music really sells it.
Thanks for reading!
Nick Rowan Fernandez, Senior Writer
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