Google launched Android 10; the latest version of Android as of now along with the pixel devices i.e. the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL which were running on the same Android 10 back in September 2019. It has been only four months since the launch of Android 10 and we have started hearing about the next Android version i.e Android R. Well with the Google Pixel 4 which surfaced on the GeekBench listing running the upcoming Android R we got to know its existence.
As per the GeekBench listing, the smartphone scores 712 in single-core scores and 2181 in the multi-core scores. As usual, it also lists key specifications of the smartphone which conforms with Pixel 4.
Google has stopped naming Android version naming starting with letters from Android 10. But the listing shows as Android 10 and this seems to be that Google is still using the alphabetical naming scheme for the developer preview. Google generally releases four to six beta versions of Android before it rolls-out publically. The Google Pixel 4 runs on the first developer preview of the upcoming Android R (Android 11).
Further, we don’t have much information on what the next Android R will bring. According to some leaks, Google will remove the 4GB size limit for the video recording files with Android R. Furthermore, the reports also suggest that the new Android may come with a smarter Airplane Mode which will not disable Bluetooth and other mise while turning on Flight mode.
Since the Pixel 4 has spotted with Android R, the company may officially announce the Android R developer preview program in the coming weeks for the public. Because this should be tested by the public who is interested in beta testing. The beta-testing helps Google to find their bugs and fix them and make Android R official. The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be the first smartphone to receive the Android R update.
Google Pixel 4 Specifications
The Pixel 4 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with a screen refresh rate of 90Hz. There is also HDR 10 support for playing HDR supported video content from popular streaming services. The display corners are rounded and the volume rockers along with the power button are placed on to the right edge. Talking about the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 powers the Pixel 4. This chipset pairs with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
Talking about optics, there is a square dual rear camera module, which protrudes a bit. The dual rear camera setup includes the 12MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor which couples along with a 16MP Telephoto Sony IMX481 lens with 2x optical zoom. To the front, the device has an 8MP Sony IMX520 sensor.
The Pixel 4 packs a 2800mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging and 10W Qi Wireless Charging. When launched the phone came with Android 10 and guarantees to receive three years of OS and security updates. Pixel 4 has IPX8 rating which means that the devices can withstand more than 1 meter of immersion in water.
To the back, there is no fingerprint scanner as this time Google has moved to facial recognition. The device is available in only three color options- White, Black, and Orange. Further, there is no headphone jack, instead, the bottom has only the USB-C port along with a bottom-firing speaker. To the front, apart from the front camera, there are a lot of sensors as well for facial recognition and a Soli radar chip for Motion Sense Gestures. Because of this Soli radar chip, the Google Pixel 4 series didn’t launch in India. As per the rules in India, the Soli radar chip shouldn’t be used in consumer electronics.