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Google is fleecing previous Pixel owners on trade-ins

Trade-in offers aren't always the best value, though sometimes companies are willing to subsidize the discount you get just to put you in their ecosystem or reward you for sticking around. Based on the trade-in values that Google is offering for previous Pixels, though, it seems the company couldn't care less about brand loyalty. Right now, a mint condition 128GB Pixel 3 XL gets you just $295 in value toward a Pixel 4 pre-order. For folks that paid $1,000 last year, that stings.

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[Update: Retail and MVNOs] Here's where you can buy the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL in the US

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been announced and already, the masses have flocked to online retail outlets to make their pre-orders. Over time, more carriers will sign on with their own sales. So, we're gonna help you keep track of where you can buy the latest Google phones and what you'll be getting for your money with this handy-dandy post right here, which will be updated when necessary.

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With the Pixel 4, Google's smartphones have to grow up

I've been using the Pixel 4 XL for the better part of a day now. I could tell you about that experience, what it's been like, and how the phone's handled. Those kinds of articles are generally what you expect alongside a smartphone launch. But the more I use the phone, the more I realize that, like so many smartphones, the Pixel 4 XL is basically just a phone. Most phones are so much more similar than they are different in 2019, and those differences that do remain are becoming vanishingly small. Many of them also center on questions that I simply can't answer yet — questions that speak to how mature, how grown up Google's smartphone division has become.

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Evidence points to Pixel 4 supporting dual-SIM dual-standby

Back in February, preliminary data seemed to indicate the Pixel 4 would support dual-SIM dual-standby, which allows two separate lines to be provisioned simultaneously on the same device. The feature became fully available on the Pixel 3a thanks to the Android 10 upgrade, and it's only fair to expect Google's latest flagship would also support DSDS. Although the company hasn't officially confirmed this, some evidence indicates the handset should handle the functionality.

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Headed South is a Motion Sense game for Pixel 4 from Monument Valley's creators [APK Download]

The award-winning Ustwo Studios is well known for the hit Escher-inspired game Monument Valley, and now Google has enlisted the developer to help show off the Pixel 4's new Motion Sense quick gestures. In Headed South, you play as a bird trying to flock with others while flying through brightly-colored worlds. There's only one problem I've found so far: it doesn't work.

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Pixel 4 will use 'Frequent Faces' to focus on people you often photograph

Google announced several enhancements to the photo-taking experience on the Pixel 4, including a more powerful zoom and new astrophotography abilities. As time passes, more details are emerging about other smaller improvements coming to the device, like Top Shot being available for short videos, and now we're learning about a new feature called Frequent Faces.

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Top Shot will be available for short videos on the Pixel 4, 3, and 3a

Launched with the Pixel 3, Top Shot is an AI feature that smartly recommends saving a better photo than the one you snapped. Until now, Top Shot required you to have Motion Photos enabled, to save the brief moments before and after the pic was taken and be able to get a different photo if needed. The feature will soon be enabled for short videos too and it'll be available on the Pixel 4, 3, and 3a.

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Pixel 4’s Neural Core enables secure face unlock, on-device machine learning, and more

We know that Google likes to add auxiliary processors to its devices, like an extra image processor called Visual Core starting with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. It's no different for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL which have received an additional Neural Core. Google says that they're using it to power the phones' face unlock and to speed up on-device processing, always-on listening, and machine learning.

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[Update: Best Buy, B&H too] Amazon purchases of the Pixel 4 will come with a $100 gift card

Most new flagships come with pre-order offers upon debut these days, and the Pixel 4 is no different. With the pre-order of any Pixel 4 or 4 XL, Amazon is offering a $100 gift card, which will probably be more useful than the credit that the Google Store and B&H are giving out.

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[Update: Clarification, more countries] 'New Google Assistant' on Pixel 4 exclusive to US at launch, only speaks English

Throughout the years, the Google Assistant has continually gotten smarter and more competent. It's already regarded as the best among its AI assistant peers, and it has become more helpful by simplifying multitasking across apps and letting you manage your private activity data with just your voice. These spiffy new Assistant features, however, will initially be limited to the US and only in English; support for additional languages and countries will arrive at a later date.

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