The new Pixel 4 has just received its first update from Google and should make two of the striking features of the phone so much better. Google lists “Smooth Display enhancements” and “Camera Quality enhancements” below the list of patches.
The update comes as part of the November security patch, which you can get for your Pixel 4 by updating Android. The explanation of the patches is minimal but hopefully will have a noticeable improvement. In addition to the improvements to the screen and the camera, Xbox Bluetooth controller mapping is now also supported for the Pixel 4 and all Google phones back to the Pixel 2.
The cameras on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are already incredibly capable. By combining multiple sensors with different lenses and AI algorithms for image processing, they can take stunning photos even in less than ideal conditions. The new astrophotography mode from Google did not debut with Pixel 4, but otherwise, the software that supports the cameras felt complete. It is less likely that we will see the patch make significant improvements here.
However, the improvements to the smooth display of Google can be more noticeable. The Pixel 4 family packages have a refresh rate of 90 Hz, such as the OnePlus 7 Pro, which makes screen animations and videos play more smoothly. But that refresh rate was only active with specific, high brightness settings. That limits how much benefit users can see from the display function, especially since the limited battery life of Pixel 4 does not encourage the brightness to increase.
The new update seems to work in more brightness settings after the update, reports 9to5Google. It remains to be seen under which circumstances Google will eventually run the screen at 90Hz. If it becomes available on a larger scale, that is just one of the upgrades of the Pixel 4 compared to the Pixel 3 more valuable to customers.