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Google announces Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google unveiled its newest smartphone, the Pixel 4, alongside a revamped pair of Pixel Buds and several new Nest smart home devices at its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday. The company announced the Pixel 4, which features a 5.7-inch display, and the larger 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL at the event in New York. For the first time, Google said the Pixel 4 is available for purchase from every major U.S. carrier, which should help boost sales compared to previous Pixel models. (Earlier Pixel phones were only available through Verizon or unlocked from Google and other vendors.) The Pixel 4 includes big improvements to the night sight camera, to the point where Google is confident you can use it to capture pictures of stars in the night sky, even the Milky Way galaxy. The Pixel 4 also has a new 90hz display, the second such device after the OnePlus 7 Pro to offer it.

One unique feature Google introduced with the Pixel 4 is car crash detection, which can recognize if you've been in an auto accident and automatically call 911 for you. It also has new radar detection for gestures, including the "fastest secure face unlock" on any phone, Google said. Google unveiled a new pair of Pixel Buds, which start at $179 and launch in Spring 2020. Unlike their predecessor, the new Pixel Buds feature a truly wireless design, as well as "adaptive sound" technology, which automatically adjusts the volume depending on the environment that you're in. Google said the Pixel Buds have updated speakers and sensors, while still remaining lightweight and comfortable, thanks to a new spatial vent design that reduces the "clogged ear feeling" experienced with other headphones.

Google unveiled the new Nest Mini, which starts at $49 and includes improved speakers, as well as new Nest WiFi routers that are faster and feature 25% better coverage compared to their predecessor. The new Pixel phones pack dual rear cameras, a 90Hz display, radar-powered face unlock and a slew of unique features like car crash detection and live video captioning. While it's Google's turn to take the phone spotlight, the 2019 stage is already full of new competitors, including Apple's iPhone 11 and 11 Pro and Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and relaunched Galaxy Fold. Now playing: Watch this: Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: Dual rear cameras, radar face... The Pixel 4 comes with a new design and square camera element all belted in neatly around the sides by a slick-looking aluminum band.

Good news: The Pixel 4 XL loses the Pixel 3 XL's ugly notch and instead has a forehead bezel that houses the selfie camera and face unlock sensors. The new Pixels are just a millimeter or so bigger and a tad heavier than last year's Pixel 3 and 3 XL, giving the 4 and 4 XL a more robust feel than previous Google phones. Some of the biggest changes are on the front, with the Pixel 4's new 90Hz OLED "Smooth Display." Like the OnePlus 7 Pro and last year's Asus ROG phone, this screen refreshes 90 times a second, making graphics and animations look smooth and text appear sharp. It's called Motion Sense and it uses a mix of sensors, infrared and a tiny radar to let you unlock the Pixel 4 with your face. It's the first Android phone with face unlock that is secure enough to be used for payments with Google Pay as well as with password apps.

Part of that speed comes from the fact that the phone detects your hand as you reach for it and preps the cameras to unlock. When I asked Google why it opted for a telephoto camera instead of the more trendy ultrawide-angle camera like ones found in the Galaxy S10 family and the new iPhones, a spokesperson said they thought that zooming in on a subject would be more important to Pixel owners. There's a new version of Google Assistant that's better integrated throughout the phone. Google unveiled its Pixel 4 phone Tuesday at an event in New York City. It's the first phone to use a radar sensor to let users control it using gestures, said Google's Sabrina Ellis, via Motion Sense sensor.

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It's precise, low power and it's fast," she said, also touting that Pixel 4 will have the fastest Face Unlock on a smartphone because the sensor can tell when you're reaching for your phone. The Pixel franchise is critical to Google because it offers the company a chance to create a device that's become so critical to our lives. The company also looks to each new Pixel as a standard-bearer for the latest release of its Android operating system, which powers roughly four out of every five phones in the world. Aside from getting a second rear camera, there's Live HDR+ with dual exposure control, learning based white balancing, wider-range portrait mode (with improvements capturing things like hair and fur), and Night Sight with astrophotography. While Pixel phones always get attention by virtue of its association with Google, sales pale relative to rivals like the iPhone or Galaxy S franchise. You've seen them, you've read plenty about them, and now Google's latest smartphones are finally, really, officially here: the company just announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at its hardware event in New York City. In the top bezel area of the Pixel 4, Google has housed a number of sensors that enable two new features. Motion Sense processing happens locally on device, and Google noted that the feature can be disabled at any time. Introducing Google #pixel4, our most helpful phone yet. Aside from adding a secondary rear camera for the first time, Google is also adding new software tricks and improving existing modes like Night Sight, which now has a long-exposure astrophotography feature.