Google Pixel 4: How To Enable 16x Zoom


The first-generation of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL did not receive the November update patch, which prompted many to realize that the OG Pixel has fulfilled Googles promised run of OTA updates for its lifetime.

Third party manufacturers on the whole prioritise the latest and greatest devices when releasing updates, and that can often mean that phones even just one year old can be left waiting for a long time before being updated, or at worst, neglected.

If you own an original Google Pixel phone from 2016, you might want to consider upgrading soon. Or, you can download the APK (courtesy: cstark27) for your device. Open up your app drawer by swiping up from the bottom of the display, and tap on Settings. If not, you can tap it to check for (and install) any available updates. Software updates are crucial for keep your phone safe from new security vulnerabilities that may arise, so it may be a bit risky to keep operating on a phone that's no longer receiving security patches. Alongside the typical bug fixes and security improvements, Google has addressed an issue with the Pixel 4's screen display refresh rate.

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Sadly, the one Google phone that didn't get any updates is the original Pixel, because after three years since its launch, the Pixel 1 has finally reached the end of Google's support cycle.

That second-to-last improvement should be of particular interest to Pixel 4 owners, at it appears to widen the brightness level for when your device will use its 90Hz refresh rate (for a smoother picture) instead of dropping down to 60Hz.

According to a statement from Google provided to The Verge, the original Pixel and Pixel XL will see one more update that "encapsulates a variety of updates" from both November and December. But we all saw that coming, right?