A Closer Look At The Pixel 4 and Google Stadia
Google’s recent “Made By Google Event” took place in New York last Tuesday and saw the company unveil their highly anticipated Pixel 4 model. The Pixel 4 will no doubt usher in the latest generation of flagship phones from the search engine giant and urge competitors to up their game in the smartphone market.
Google also let slip the release date of their new video game streaming service Stadia, and that it would support the Pixel 4 at launch. So, just what do we know about Google’s latest foray into the mobile device market? And how much of an upgrade is it on the Pixel 3, which was only released in October of last year?
The Important Stuff
The phone is the first of its kind to use gesture control technology via the use of a sensor known as Soli. The radar sensor on the device means that users will be able to silence a call or skip through a song via a basic hand movement. Necessary? Not really. Cool? Absolutely.
The Pixel 4 will also have an upgraded version of Google Assistant, which brings with it a new voice recording app. It uses speech recognition and artificial intelligence, which can be utilized even in airplane mode.
In terms of specs, the phone will have a 90hz smooth display and will be available in Clearly White, Just Black and a limited edition colors (orange, basically). The camera will also be upgraded with Live HDR+ dual exposure control and Night Sight with astrophotography for the aspiring stargazers out there.
Stadia Is Finally Here
Although Stadia isn’t obviously exclusive to the Pixel 4, we now know that the cloud gaming service will be available from the 19th November. Those who spent $130 on the so-called “Founder’s Edition” package will be the first wave of early adopters to try out the technology.
Stadia is set to usher in a new era of accessibility for mobile gamers. While other industries have dominated mobile gaming, with players enjoying AAA titles like Fortnite on the go to even roulette games at Regal Wins Casino, Google Stadia should be able to find its place alongside these popular options.
Should You Ditch Your Pixel 3?
If your budget is around $500, there are already a number of articles detailing the trade-offs between the 3 and 3A models of last year’s Pixel smartphone. If you’re thinking of upgrading to the Pixel 4 from last year’s model, the decision you make will most likely be dependent on your budget – the XL model looks set to start from $899, which is a lot of money if you’re happy with the phone you already have. However, if you can afford it, Pixel 4 has a bigger storage option, bigger screen, wireless charging, is more durable and has a much faster processor.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to circumstance and personal preference (as is the case with most purchases in life). Either way, we are excited to see how the device marries up with Stadia. After all, we’re all gamers at heart. Right?