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Pixel 4 supports up to 11W fast wireless charging on third-party chargers

A lot of hubbub was caused by the discovery that the Pixel 3's wireless charging was limited to 5W on third-party pads. Even though the device was clearly able to fill up at 10W with the Pixel Stand, other brands of chargers weren't able to supply that much power unless they were accepted into the Made by Google program. The Pixel 4 eschews this ridiculous restriction and can charge wirelessly at up to 11W, even on third-party Qi pads.

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[Update: Fix in coming months] Pixel 4's face unlock works when your eyes are closed

Google has switched from a fingerprint reader to an Apple-style "face unlock" system on its new Pixel 4, but it seems that Google may not have taken the same extra steps when it comes to customer security and privacy that Apple did. While the iPhone (by default) needs you to have your eyes open for Face ID to work in what it calls an "attention" requirement, Google's system is happy to unlock your phone even with your eyes closed.

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Pixel 4's Live HDR+ and Dual Exposure Control won't come to Pixel 3 and 3a

The Pixel 4 has some impressive new camera tricks up its sleeve, such as live HDR+ previews and Dual Exposure Controls, that should help you shoot even more stunning images than you could with its predecessors. Even though these features seem like they must be purely software-related, apparently they aren't. That's why they won't come to the older Pixels, as Google has just stated on Twitter.

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Weekend poll: Are you buying a Pixel 4?

Although we've known pretty much everything about the phones for ages, Google's Pixel 4 and 4 XL were finally formally announced just last week. Pre-orders opened the day of the reveal, starting at $799, and although reviews have yet to be released, shipping dates are beginning to creep up on us, with some expected to land early. So, have you taken the plunge and pre-ordered a Pixel 4?

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense demos show it in action across apps, and even when the phone is locked

With Pixel 4 units in hundreds of hands, we've seen divisive reports about its new Soli radar technology and Motion Sense. Our own Ryne and Scott say it works more or less for them, but they fail to see its utility just yet, while Marques Brownlee showed how unreliable it is for him (YouTube). Here's an unexpected opinion though: Artem loves it and it works very well for him.

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Google explains why it doesn't support 4K video recording at 60fps on Pixels

Despite the Pixel 4's multitude of new camera chops, you can still reproach it for a few missing features. It lacks a wide-angle camera, it doesn't have autofocus on the front cam, and Google still limits 4K video capture to 30fps. The company has clarified the reasoning behind the latter.

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Some Pixel 4 units are being shipped earlier than expected

After months and months of leaks, anyone excited about the Pixel 4 was finally able to pre-order it last week. Devices weren't supposed to ship until October 24, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Several users have reported that their Pixel 4 and 4 XL orders have shipped and should be reaching them a few days earlier than scheduled.

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Google's making it stupidly difficult to access the new Assistant if you use a G Suite account

That gesture navigation prerequisite won't be the only issue preventing some folks from using the next-gen Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. Turns out, it also won't work on the device if you are signed into a G Suite account — not just as your primary account, but at all. That means those of us using a G Suite account on the side for school or the day job will have to use a separate work profile as a workaround for now, though Google tells us it is actively working on a fix.

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Pixel 4 hands-on: Remember what they say about pre-orders

A lot is riding on Google's Pixel 4. Last year's Pixel 3 didn't sell well, to put it lightly, and we've made it clear that the phones need to grow up when it comes to the historical laundry list of issues that seem to debut with each new model. While you'll need to wait a bit longer for our full, embargo-bound assessment, we have some preliminary thoughts about Google's latest phone.

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[Update: Nor Verizon] T-Mobile Pixel 4 and 4 XL won't support RCS at launch

Google's been making a push for platform-agnostic RCS messaging for some time now, but carriers haven't always been the most cooperative partners. That apparently continues to be the case, as a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that Pixel 4 devices purchased from the carrier won't support the standard at launch.

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