We received an email from a reader in our inbox last night and asked what Pixel 4 needs in order for it to be competitive in the current field for smartphones. They suggested that Google, because Google faces competition not only externally from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus, but also internally with the launch of mid-range Pixel "a" phones, the company would have to deliver something quite incredible to win some draw.
I agree with this, but it is still to be seen if Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are or will be eating in the larger Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sales. And since Google is Google, we never know the exact numbers. But what we can determine from the company's latest earnings is that Pixel 3 and 3 XL sales were not where Google had hoped they would be. Even with a huge marketing campaign behind them, Google seems to have had high hopes for their latest flagship phones.
Unfortunately, we are looking forward to their next phone line now, probably Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. What should these phones include and offer for people to spend their money on them?
What we would like to see
In March, a couple of pixels recovered 4 concepts giving rise to the web and all seemed to be quite tricky about them. For me, they look like Pixel versions of the Galaxy S10 series, which is not a bad thing, but if this is what Google would produce, it only confirms that Google is a solid year behind other leading OEMs in the hardware development department.
Due to its release schedule, when Google releases a massive chopping phone (Pixel 3 XL) or in this conceptual case, a front camera cutout in the display, consumers have already seen this design for months and it automatically makes the design feel old and dated. This is not the feeling you want to manifest in customers who are the same people you are trying to sell an expensive unit to.
Fortunately, the reader who emailed the initial question also hit some suggestions on things they would like to see in Pixel 4 and 4 XL. They said it was time for Google to include a second back camera, at least 6 GB of RAM, and also that the next-generation Google Assistant will ship with the phones. You know, the one marked at this year's Google I / O.
In my mind, all these things are a given. There is no doubt that Google heard plenty of feedback from the power users that 4 GB of RAM is simply not enough for 2019. For cameras, we have praised Google for having one of the best camera experiences on all smartphones, while having only one shooter , but the argument for more versatility from extra lenses becomes stronger. The simple lens can already handle standard and wide shooting angles, so my recommendation would be for a telephoto lens. It is a very practical thing to have. As for the new assistant, Google already announced that it will come to Pixel phones later this year, so delivering with the new Pixel 4 and 4 XL or at least getting it shortly after launch seems like a safe thing.
When it comes to hardware development, I don't want Google to go away from what makes the phones look like Googley . The Pixel line has always looked quite unique, especially when the company produced the original Pixel in Really Blue and Pixel 2 XL in Black & White. Actually, just give us some unique colors and I'll be happy, not including Purple-ish. On a more personal note, I think that you look very gentle and horrible.
When it comes to cutouts and slots, you have several problems that come from different features that you want to include. These problems are counteracted differently from different OEM units, but the most important issues are: Where should we place front camera or stereo speakers even though people want small elements? People don't mind a hack but ours is too big? Wait, now people do not want display cutouts even though we gave them small elements and no ticks? People do not want pop-up self-cameras even though it eliminates the bezel and screens?
We know that it is impossible for everyone to be impossible, but for me I would just be fine with a monitor or pop-up camera. I think both of these solutions are better than an attached hack. Here are some desirable specifications to get your brain dope.
The competition is Stiff
While Google will always have the fans who only buy a Pixel phone, we must consider that in order to gain more market share, the company must steal customers from other companies. We're talking about Samsung fans who love everything Samsung does, as well as the OnePlus fans who care a lot about affordable prices. It would also be cool to steal some iOS people, simply to have more Android fans is never a bad thing.
The competition has never been harder in Android space. Samsung released its best phones ever in the Galaxy S10 series and will probably follow it up with the best Galaxy Note ever to hit the market. The note 10 will probably be a beast in the specs, and of course it is beautiful. Recently, two notable Not 10 dots made headlines. 1: Note 10 may come in several sizes. This is important for anyone who ever thought the note was king of phones, but just a little too big for the pocket. 2: Note 10 will have 5G connection. With 5G starting to download and become available in the US, a 5G phone can be a dealbreaker for buyers in those areas.
And let's not forget the recently announced OnePlus 7 Pro. It connects very good looking hardware with top level specifications along with a price that seems almost too good to be true. This phone shows that we may have overpaid for smartphones, although there may be some things that people think must be for a smartphone in 2019 – things like an IP rating and headphone jack. The phone is $ 669, people ! Anyway, with OnePlus now on a US carrier, we can't deny that people will buy it, as evidenced by OnePlus' US sales increase of 249% within the first 30 days of OnePlus 6T availability.
On the bright side, Google's Pixel exclusive deal with Verizon can come to an end, with Pixel 3a and 3a XL being available for purchase through almost all major US carriers (virtually everywhere except AT&T), this seems to be a good sign that more to have access to pricing plans for Pixel 4 carriers. This corresponds to more sales, but this is all unclear and unconfirmed.
Google needs a phone or a pair of undeniable phones. 3 and 3 XL, buyers could quickly point to things they didn't care about, such as XL's obnoxiously large notch or both device's sub-parameters of RAM, which are things that those who can weigh heavily on a decision to Buy, and instead of that, we need phones that have zero compromises. Honestly, I don't care if we have to spend the money to make it happen, let's just give the people what they want and see what happens.
How about you? What do you need to see from Pixel 4 to be able to pull that trigger later this year?