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5 Bad Ways Google Copied iPhones Past and Present with Pixel 4



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The Google Pixel 4 Series is the next step in Google's quest to become a successful smartphone brand. Its latest phones seem to continue the trend of delivering fast updates and modern computer photography, but it's clear that Google wants to be Apple in the Android world.

Behind the Scenes: Google's Pixel Cameras Don't Try to Be Cameras at All

Now, there's nothing wrong with looking for Apple for inspiration. We've seen the likes of Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, all of which do so to varying degrees over the years. But it's clear that Google has done a lot of bad things for the iPhones past and present with its Pixel 4 series.


64 GB base memory

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One of the most obvious areas that Google may have inspired Apple for inspiration is the small amount of basic storage. At a time when virtually all the top-notch flagships on the market are launching from 128GB of expandable storage, it's disappointing to see that the Pixel 4 and XL offer 64GB instead. This can be forgiven if it's a flagship, but not when the phone starts at $ 800.

Read: Without unlimited original photo backups, 64GB Pixel 4 is funny

What the worse is that Google also followed Apple by refusing to implement the microSD extension on its phones. Certainly, some people may say that Google Photos, Google One, and other cloud storage options are available. However, Google Photos no longer offers free original image backups for Pixel phones and 4K videos are counted down to storage limits. Throw in 2GB + game size today and there's no excuse for 64GB of storage in the premium flagship.


Small battery in standard model

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One of the most common complaints about older iPhones had to be small batteries in non-Plus versions. It was not uncommon to hear people say that their iPhones should be recharged twice a day – and it is undoubtedly a factor in Apple's throttling devices in an attempt to improve battery life.

Unfortunately, Google uses the same approach with its standard Pixel phones. Last year, the Pixel 3 offered a 2,915mAh battery, slightly smaller than even the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 packs . But the Pixel 4 somehow has a capacity drop of up to 2800mAh. A small battery is a concern because even if the battery life is satisfactory at first, it will only get worse when the battery gets worse.

Particularly brilliant is when the latest iPhones from the newest entry-level (namely the iPhone XR and iPhone 11) have both been praised for their battery life. Cupertino learns from its mistakes, so why can't Google after all this time?


Face Unlock Only

  Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock Nextrift [19659006] Apple made headlines in 2017 when it decided to pull out a fingerprint scanner in favor of 3D Face Unlock. Face recognition was done on mobile before, but they were all simple, camera-based solutions compared to Apple's feature.

3D Face Unlock has since appeared on Android phones, such as the Huawei Mate series. Google subsequently brought the feature to the Pixel 4 series, but it downloaded Apple and pulled fingerprint authentication in favor of the feature.

Read: Explained facial recognition technology

The jury came up with the question of whether Google would unlock 3D face-opening is as easy and fast as unlocking fingerprints, though solidarity radar helps. But it's a little disappointing to see a full Google fingerprint scan, especially when some apps may not support face unlocking.

A second security method for biometric identification would also be welcome if the first phone suffers from a lack of security (eg Galaxy S10). Hell, the Pixel 4 unlock message works when one is also asleep and it is thought that there is no way to turn on an eye check.


No 3.5mm port

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Yes, this move is not new to Pixel 4 since Google discarded the headphone port a year after Apple did the same with the iPhone 7. The search company went so far as to make fun of Apple for it when Pixel first launched in 2016, but then dropped the port for Pixel 2.

Is it because Google can get more battery life into their phones? If you look at your current battery capacity, you probably don't. Or is it a case of following Apple's guide because you realized that you could potentially make money from selling audio accessories? It certainly feels closer to the truth.

Google's decision to release the 3.5mm port to its flagships is also interesting, as it refuses to make it the budget-focused Pixel 3a series. And for the record, the Pixel 3a has a slightly larger battery than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4.


Triple Camera

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Apple has long been pushing to double-stack the camera for its wares, though the iPhone 11 marks the first time that the cheapest iPhone has two rear

Google insists on using a lone rear camera on its phones from 2016 (same that year we saw dual camera settings explode in popularity) pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the process, but in 2019, the Pixel series finally adopted multiple cameras, though only two cameras, not three, as seen in this year's iPhone phones and other premium flagships.

Read: Best Triple Camera Phones – What Are Your Options?

Google's decision to switch to basic + telephony mode mimics the setting used long ago by the iPhone. But even Apple has disagreed with this arrangement in favor of a triple camera setup, which means iPhones offer a more flexible camera layout. The search company addressed that decision this week, saying that "wide-angle can be slow," but believes that telephony is more important. But why can't we have both options, as is the case with almost every other manufacturer out there?


It is clear that the Google Pixel Series is a tool for the company to demonstrate its software and machine learning skills. But if Google wants to avoid falling sales, it can't afford to be ridiculously late to big trends (or worse, copying old trends from Apple's archival competitor).