The Pixel 4 is set to be revealed in October. And Google isn’t messing around in improving the Android experience for its user. In fact, the latest update shows that Google wants you to upgrade to its newest flagship come October.
Google has announced that it has added the ability to store and manage backups (including multimedia files) using the Google One app. If you’re going to get a new Android device in October 2019 (or later) you will be able to directly restore the photos, videos and multimedia messages from your old phone to the new one using the setup wizard.
If you have a Google One backup, you may be eligible to restore multimedia messages, photos, and videos using the Setup Wizard. You can restore the files if your device was launched to the public in October 2019 or later. If so, when you choose to restore, you’ll see these media files among the other data categories (like SMS, contacts, settings, etc.)
For this to work, however, users need to have a paid subscription to Google’s Google One cloud subscription plan. Also, if you get an Android device launched before October 2019, you can still do the restoration via the Google One app. It just won’t be done automatically.
If your device was launched to the public before October 2019, you can restore multimedia messages, photos, and videos using the Google One app.
The ability to restore old contacts, apps and text messages to a newer phone already exists in Android. What was missing was the ability to restore multimedia messages and photos and videos in their original quality. iPhone/iDevice owners already have this option. For backups under 5GB, they can do this via iCloud.
Google is unveiling its next flagship phone, the Pixel 4 next month. The company recently sent out invites to media and industry experts for an event in October 15.
Two variants are set to be launched. The Pixel 4 will have a 5.7-inch display whereas the Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.3-inch display. The Pixel 4 XL’s display is expected to have a resolution of 3040×1440 and support a 90Hz refresh rate. Both phones are expected to pack the latest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and Google’s Soli radar chip. The later will improve the phones’ gesture recognition technology.
In the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, it was the camera that was hit. The amazing software-hardware integration made it the best smartphone camera of the year. It will be interesting to see what Google has done with the cameras in the Pixel 4. The Pixel 3 phones had a single lens camera. The Pixel 4 will have a triple lens setup (most likely, one regular, one ultra-wide and one telephoto).
Google One Subscription
As stated above, in order to be able to restore media from the old phone, users will need a paid Google One subscription. The rate for the plan starts at $1.99 a month for 100GB of storage. For $2.99, this can be upgraded to 200GB of storage.
The Pixel 4 will launch next Month.