Google’s Pixel models have quickly become a favorite around the world, and many people awating the Google Pixel 4 jumped out of their seats last month when the internet provided them with leaked insight on the new goods. Shortly after that, what seems like an official promo video appeared online – and no one knows whether it was a scheduled promo, or a desperate attempt to cover up a leak. Either way, user suspicions seem to have been a bit thrown off so far.
The Pixel 4 features an astrophotography mode and improved nighttime camera. While these were expected there also appear to be some surprises. New, unexpected features that no one knew they needed came as a bonus – but the first batches of users are mixed on whether that bonus was sweet or not. And they seem to suggest that Google is focused more on the intelligence of its gadgets than anything else at the moment. But is that what users want?
In fact, there have been plenty of praises and complaints. The Google Assistant, for example, boasts new powers such as full control with just voice controls, while new Motion Sense technology has the ability to assume helpful tasks like lowering an alarm in anticipation of the hand getting closer to it, but before directly touching the phone. As impressive as this is, it’s only helpful sometimes, and can easily mistake a user’s intention and overact on their behalf.
On top of that, it’s reported to be lacking an ultra-wide-angle camera, which has become an expected feature. The battery life has also been an unpleasant experience for many, who say it was better with previous models. All in all, prioritizing these accustomed features over new features that they didn’t ask for doesn’t seem to be a great move for the Pixel 4.