Google Pixel 4/XL owners (that is 4 and 4XL) have a new feature that could be a lifesaver – an automatic car crash sensor with a choice of ‘I’m OK’ or ‘Call 000’.
Google Pixel 4/XL uses the phone’s sensors and ‘ambient audio’ to detect if you have been in a car crash and then sounds a loud alarm to which you can respond by voice or press a key.
If you’re unresponsive, Pixel will share relevant details,
like GPS location info with emergency responders.
After that, it asks about the incident so it can update its
We like it because it’s a free app, no monitoring costs and
its only a matter of time before the Play Store is full of with me-too apps.
As far as GadgetGuy knows, the only other app is SOSMART, and
that seems to have disappeared from Google Play.
And back to Pixel 4/XL
Google allows us to keep a current Pixel to monitor new firmware
and app updates. So, we do.
What was a great phone to start with is, like a fine wine,
getting better with age. Here are some of the Google Pixel exclusive features
added in what it calls a feature drop. Note that some are US-centric and will
make their way here (just as car crash did).
Android 10 – first on this phone
Turn a rear camera photo into a bokeh portrait.
This uses the post-processing power to blur the background, and it works exceptionally
well. You can also adjust light and colour or add filters.
End Robocalls (the US only) – love to have that
Better Duo support – If you have not used Duo Calling via a smart speaker or
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 you are missing something. It is free and works
over the internet. The new features are Auto-framing and wide-angle for two
people in the shot. It also has a portrait filter to blur the background.
is perfect for accessibility and converts voice to text in real-time.
Dark Theme is beautiful, not overly dramatic and
Motion Sense uses the front camera to pick up a hand
gesture to pause, skip, forward or back for music.
We tend to overlook Google Pixel 4/LX when faced with a slew of Samsung and other new models.
I also updated the photo reference library, and without
exception, the shots were better than when we last looked at it – although back
then DxOMARK gave it 117 for stills and 101 for video – very creditable results
for a dual-camera setup.
GadgetGuy’s take – Google Pixel 4/XL is in my top five 2019
If they go to clearance mode pricing in a couple of months
maybe the bargain of the year.
Warning: Do not buy from unauthorised online outlets. The eSIM
must come from the registered Australian database to connect. The nano-SIM is
PS – As long as you have the genuine Australian model contact
your Telco and request to swap from your SIM to eSIM. They will provide a QR
Code or a string of characters which you can scan/add under Settings
> Network & internet > Mobile network > Advanced > Carrier >
Consider it if
Want Android to work as Google intended it
Want one of the best smartphone cameras
Care about getting security updates on time and