"Some objects are farther away than you would like, so this helps telephones have a telephoto lens"  Google is not alone in neglecting the features of a competing product, but merely in making them into their own your products shortly after. To some extent, this is simply the reality of product rotation. However, it did bring up some memorable moments.
My favorite example of this is the first Pixel to arrive a month after Apple controversially removed its headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Check out the trailer used by Google to announce the phone below (the exact moment we're looking for is 0:48 in case you feel lazy).
Great little joke! But just a year later, Google changed its mind and removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Pixel 2, thereby committing exactly the same sin that it had ridiculed with Apple.
It was a similar story when Mark Levoy claimed the original Pixel did not need optical image stabilization (later included in Pixel 2) or when Google boasted that the original Pixel did not have an "unesthetic camera strike" ( later discovered on Pixel 2, 3 and 4).
Google is hardly the only company that has had to quietly return its former marketing with the announcement of a new product. There have been some very popular examples of Apple over the years. As in 2010, when Steve Jobs exclaimed that "if you see a stylus, they blow it," only for the company to announce the Apple Pencil five years later. Apple also said it did not see the value of iPod video, NFC or wireless charging, and we know how those proclamations turned out.
Similarly, just as Samsung's Galaxy Note "phablets" began to gain market share, Apple declared that its iPhones were superb because they could easily be moved with one hand through the "magic device that all This is a design axiom that has since been abandoned in the age of Plus and Max sized iPhones.  After mocking Apple for ejecting a headphone jack from the iPhone 7, Samsung did the same thing a few years later.
Speaking of Samsung, the company made fun of the nose of the iPhone X only in 2017 to come back with its own jagged displays a year later. And who can forget the advertisements of the Note 9 that had fun in the absence of an iPhone headphone jack before the Note 10 was the first of Samsung's flagships to ship without one.
Sometimes there are good reasons for a company to change its mind, such as in 2017, when Microsoft said that the USB-C connector was not ready to be included in its main laptops. His reflections were a combination of customer confusion and a relatively immature ecosystem of dongle accessories. Since then, the company may have dragged its heels a little, but sure enough, this year Surface devices have finally plugged the port.
The same can be said for the slow stopping of the headphone jack. When Apple found the "courage" to pull out a headphone jack with the iPhone 7, the wireless headset still had to go basic. This seems like a pretty cynical move, considering Apple wants to sell you a pair of wireless AirPods for $ 159. In 2019, the lack of a headphone jack may still be annoying, but now that wireless headphones are much more common, it doesn't go so bad.
This year Google claims that it does not need a wide-angle camera
Sometimes there are good reasons to delay hardware changes. They may be too expensive to produce on a scale run by a company, pushing the price of the product beyond what people are willing to pay. Maybe the new technology is just too energy intensive, too niche, or just
hostile and stupid . Another time, the market changes beyond recognition, making old assumptions irrelevant. All of these are good reasons! But let's just say it's not fun.
See, these companies know that product advertisements are a game, and who's not happy to see corporate millionaires easily settle on one another? Product roadmaps are measured in years, not months. When one company takes the stage and makes fun of the design choices of another, they often know full well that they will soon be implemented the same way. But today they have phones for sale!
This year, wide-angle cameras that Google says its phones don't need, despite many finding it useful and something that can't be accessed by software, a month ago Apple focused on the benefits of a new wide-angle lens it added to the iPhone 11, but on Tuesday Google said it believed the opposite. "While wide-angle can be fun, we think the phone is more important," Levoy said. Given Google's record, Mark Levoy's dismissive speech on wide-angle cameras is probably everything, but it guarantees that the Pixel 5 will come with one (wink).
The only question now is which feature Google will have to justify
not including next year.