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Pixel 4 screen awarded 'highest ever A+ grade' from DisplayMate

Google isn't traditionally known for the quality of the displays in its smartphones, but with the Pixel 4, it seems like it's turned things around. DisplayMate has awarded the phone an A+ rating, its highest possible score.

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Nest Hub and Hub Max now available in more countries

Along a slew of announcements today, Google glanced over the fact that its Nest displays will be expanding their availability and launching in new countries. The Hub is coming to three new countries, for a total of 15, and the Hub Max is doubling its presence from three to six countries.

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Pixel 4's Motion Sense will disable itself in unsupported regions

Google says the Pixel 4's Motion Sense features will only be available in a handful of countries due to regulations surrounding the underlying Soli radar technology. Since it could potentially interfere with navigation systems and military equipment, the company is careful to make sure it won't work anywhere where it's not approved. Thus, Soli will disable itself when you enter unsupported regions.

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Pixel 4's astrophotography mode is coming to Pixel 3 and 3a

One of the coolest things about the newly-announced Pixel 4 is its enhanced Night Sight mode that allows for some impressive shots of the night sky. If astrophotography is your main reason for considering an upgrade from the Pixel 3 or 3a, though, you might want to pump the brakes. Google's confirmed that the functionality is making its way to the previous generation of Pixel devices.

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Live Caption is a Pixel 4 exclusive at launch, will come to Pixel 3 and 3a in December

At Google I/O, Google teased a new impressive feature coming to Android, Live Caption. Whether you're deaf, hard of hearing, in a loud environment, or without headphones in a setting that requires silence, Live Caption can automatically transcribe what's being said in a video or audio on your screen. It seems impressive and it'll be coming to the Pixel 4 at launch. Pixel 3 and 3a users will get it in December.

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Pixel 4 will work with last year's Google Pixel Stand

If you happen to purchase a new phone every year – or even every other year – it can be a chore to swap out your proprietary accessories for ones that work with your new device. In the case of Pixel owners who purchased a Pixel Stand for their 3 or 3 XL, we've got some good news for you: it's compatible with your new Pixel 4, too.

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Pixel 4 and 4 XL will get Android updates and security patches until October 2022

One of the many advantages of Pixel phones is the fact that they're made by Google itself. The synergy of hardware and software ensures speedy Android updates and long support. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are no different. Just like their predecessors, they'll get Android security updates for three years, until October 2022.

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Pre-order an official Pixel 4 fabric case for $40 from the Google Store

Ever since embarking on its own hardware endeavors, Google has molded its exclusive series of fabric-wrapped cases to adorn Pixel phones. As expected, this year brings another round of cases designed specifically for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and you can pre-order one from the Google Store right now.

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New Nest Aware switches to event-based recordings, but higher tier still saves 24/7 feed

During this year's Made by Google event, the company walked through the plethora of Nest Aware changes relatively quickly, but now more information is surfacing on the revamped subscription service. One of the biggest changes is the removal of 24/7 videotaping which is replaced by event-based recordings in the cheaper $6/month plan.

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India won’t get the Google Pixel 4 as Soli fails to secure government’s approval

Google officially announced its highly anticipated Pixel 4 series earlier today at a jam-packed event that also introduced a slew of hardware under the ‘Made by Google’ branding. The flagship phones naturally stole the show and drew strong attention from the countries where they’re slated to be available soon. One country that’s missing from this list is India, a key overseas market for Google that’s usually among the first ones to receive new hardware. The company has clarified in a statement to India Today that its 2019 smartphones aren’t headed to the nation due to some regulatory issues with the Soli radar.

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