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What we love about the Google Pixel 4 range

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Posted on October 22, 2019

5 min read


Google’s latest flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, are days away from hitting shelves. We took a trip into the Pixel Playground to get hands on with the new devices and show you our favourite new features.

The new Pixel 4 range is packed with incredible features that will change the way you use a phone – the Google way – all wrapped up in an awesome new design.

It’s the latest addition to Google’s growing range of innovations and offerings, which combine to create a smart, seamless and integrated experience whether you’re at home, or out and about. More on that a little later, let’s take a look at the Pixel 4’s features!

A new way to control your phone

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both include an awesome new feature that allows you to use your phone with just a wave of your hand[1].

With Motion Sense, you’ll be able to skip songs, snooze alarms and silence calls just by waving your hand over the device.

It’s powered by Google’s sensor technology called Soli that recognises your hands in front of it and turns it into action. It’s smarter than building gesture recognition into a camera system, as it’s powered by a specific radar chip designed by Google.

We love it for how easy it makes simple tasks on your phone even simpler to execute!

Doubling down on photography

Google’s Pixel range is renowned for incredible cameras. Google has upped that gambit for the Pixel 4, adding in a rear second lens, dual-exposure controls for crisp HDR photos and creating a better super res zoom offering.

Both devices boast a 12.2-megapixel 77-degree wide lens and a 16-megapixel 52-degree dual camera on the back. Furthermore, there’s also the new 8-megapixel wide selfie lens at the front. Both front and rear cameras allows you to take incredible portraits with beautiful bokeh (blurry background) effects with no fiddling or tinkering to get it right. Just open the camera, snap, and you’ll have the best photo possible thanks to Google’s smarts.

There’s also the Super Res Zoom which provides an 8x equivalent zoom while maintaining a crisp image. Capture surfers from the shore or that winning goal, all without any extra equipment.

Mapping the stars

A real star feature, so to speak, of the Pixel 4 is its improved Night Sight function that makes it capable of astrophotography[2].

Simply find a clear night sky, set to Night Sight mode and you have an astrophotography camera that fits in your pocket.

Before the Google Pixel 4, you’d normally need a large, professional-grade camera that costs thousands of dollars, and a lot of patience. Now all you need is a beautiful night sky and your smartphone to capture the Milky Way! For best results, head somewhere with little/no light pollution – a Google search can help you with that.

And that’s just our top three. There are loads of new features in the new Google Pixel 4 range, including a 90Hz screen refresh rate for smooth performance;[3] the Google Assistant;[4] the Titan M security chip[5] and more!

Pricing

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will both be released in Australia on 24 October 2019.

Customers who purchase through Telstra will also receive an exclusive bonus Google Nest Hub. Using the bonus Google Nest Hub, customers will also be able to take advantage of another Telstra exclusive – Voice-activated Calling – allowing you to make voice calls via the Hub and/or other Google Nest devices.[6] Bonus offer ends 13 January 2020. 

Both devices are available on Telstra’s new post-paid mobile plans that offer consumer and small business customers greater flexibility with month-to-month plans, the freedom to change your plan once a month, no excess data charges in Australia, and the ability to personalise your plan through add-ons, including the option to pay off your device over 24 or 36 months.

The Google Pixel 4 (64GB) will be available from $1,049, which works out to $43.70 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $29.13 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan costs.

The Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) will be available from an RRP of $1,279, which will be $53.29 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $35.52 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan costs.

For a full list of plans please visit our Google Pixel 4 store page.

Things you need to know

[1] Coming soon to Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense. For more information see g.co/pixel/motionsense

[2] See g.co/pixel/astrophotography to learn more about astrophotography on Pixel 4

[3] Not available for all apps or content. Display automatically adjusts to optimize for best viewing and battery performance.

[4] Requires an internet connection.

[5] See g.co/pixel/security for additional security information.

[6] Requires a Telstra mobile service with credit on a smartphone, a powered Google Home/Nest speaker or display* connected to an active Wi-Fi network and activated through iOS/Android Google Home app. Data charges may apply. Call charges will be in accordance with your Telstra mobile plan. To call E000, say “Hey Google, call Triple Zero. *Currently not available on Google Nest Hub Max – coming soon.

Wave hello to the Google Pixel 4

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Posted on October 16, 2019

4 min read

Google took the covers off its long-hyped Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL overnight. The new Pixel 4 range is packed with incredible features that will change the way you use a phone – the Google way – all wrapped up in an awesome new design.

Google wants the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to unify all the incredible technology and software it has to offer in a single device. From an incredible camera system, motion control capabilities and a host of new features, the Pixel 4 range is designed to make your life smarter and easier all at once.

Hands-free control

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both feature an awesome new feature that allows you to use your phone with just a wave of your hand[1].

With Motion Sense, you’ll be able to skip songs, snooze alarms and silence calls just by waving your hand over the device.

This innovative new way to use your phone without touching your device allows you to interact without your hands, which is great if your hands are messy!

Pixel-perfect photos, every time

The Google Pixel range is renowned for incredible cameras, and the Pixel 4 range continues to improve on its performance in any lighting condition.

Both devices boast a 12.2-megapixel 77-degree wide lens and a 16-megapixel 52-degree dual camera on the back, as well as an 8-megapixel wide selfie camera on the front.

The cameras on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL allow you to capture rich detail and colour and even the night sky in all its splendour with improved Night Sight[2].

That additional lens also makes Portrait Mode even better on the new Pixel 4 range, and Super Res Zoom allows you to snap all the details, even at a distance.

Google smarts also works to make the camera experience even richer, with Frequent Faces learning the people you photograph most and capturing photos of them when they look their best[3].

And the rest

Google has brought together all of its best features into the one device with the new Pixel 4 range, including the helpful Google Assistant[4]. It’s the easiest way to get things done on your device: simply squeeze the phone to get started or say “Hey Google”.

The Pixel 4 range also allows you to navigate smarter than ever with augmented reality Google Maps that places arrows and directions right on your world[5], so there’s never any second-guessing or missing a turn.

Pricing

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will both be released in Australia on 24 October 2019.

Customers who purchase through Telstra will also receive a bonus Google Nest Hub. Using the bonus Google Nest Hub, customers will also be able to take advantage of another Telstra exclusive – Voice-activated Calling – allowing you to make voice calls via the Hub and/or other Google Nest devices.[6] Bonus offer ends 13 January 2020. 

Both devices are available on Telstra’s new post-paid mobile plans that offer consumer and small business customers greater flexibility with month-to-month plans, the freedom to change your plan once a month, no excess data charges in Australia, and the ability to personalise your plan through add-ons, including the option to pay off your device over 24 or 36 months.

The Google Pixel 4 (64GB) will be available from $1,049, which works out to $43.70 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $29.13 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months.

The Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) will be available from an RRP of $1,279, which will be $53.29 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $35.52 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months.

For a full list of plans please visit our Google Pixel 4 store page.


[1] Not functional in Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense. For more information see g.co/pixel/motionsense

[2] See g.co/pixel/astrophotography to learn more about Astrophotography on Pixel 4

[3] Frequent Faces does not access your contacts and does not associate names — data is only saved on the device and can only be accessed in the camera app.

[4] Requires an Internet connection.

[5] Requires up-to-date Google Street View imagery, a working data connection and bright outdoor light. Maps and navigation may not be available in all areas.

[6] Requires a Telstra mobile service with credit on a smartphone, a powered Google Home/Nest speaker or display* connected to an active Wi-Fi network and activated through iOS/Android Google Home app. Data charges may apply. Call charges will be in accordance with your Telstra mobile plan. To call E000, say “Hey Google, call Triple Zero. *Currently not available on Google Nest Hub Max – coming soon.

Make your new Google Pixel 3 even more helpful with these five accessories

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Posted on October 26, 2018

1 min read

The new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the most helpful smartphones that Google has ever made, but you can make your new phone help you even more with some useful extras. We’ve gathered some accessories that keep your phone a little safer, and make it a little smarter in a few different ways throughout your day. These will launch alongside the Pixel 3 phones on 1 November and will be available from Telstra stores and online.

Google Pixel 3 review: the most helpful smartphone you can buy

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Posted on October 19, 2018

3 min read


Google’s latest and greatest smartphone, the Pixel 3, is out in our stores on November 1. But what’s new, and what’s exciting about the newest Android smartphone from the company that makes Android itself? We reviewed the Pixel 3 XL, the larger model of the two new handsets, built around a very impressive 6.3-inch OLED screen.

Google wants to make the Pixel 3 the most helpful and most useful device in your life, and it has promised to fulfil that wish by adding in a host of new features powered by artificial intelligence. Using its huge trove of expertise in things like voice and image recognition, Google has imbued the Pixel 3 with what it says is the best camera on a smartphone, and with the power of the voice-activated Google Assistant to help you throughout your day.

A beautiful screen, and a matching design

The first thing you notice about the Google Pixel 3 is its big, bright screen. The Pixel 3 XL’s 6.3-inch flexible OLED panel has excellent contrast – this tech means black areas of the screen are properly black and bright whites are completely white, which makes everything on screen look fantastic. Its 2960×1440 pixel resolution is sharp and detailed, too, and the screen extends past the front-facing cameras with extra real estate for your notifications.

The design of the phone has been further refined since last year’s Pixel 2, with an all-glass back with a two-tone finish created by a specialised etching process on the lower portion – which looks great on all of the Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink colour options, and makes the phone easier to grip. That glass back also means the Pixel 3 can be charged wirelessly with any Qi-certified wireless charger, like Google’s own new Pixel Stand. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have much-improved stereo speakers with deep, full sound – excellent for those impromptu YouTube sessions when you’re hanging out with friends.

The Pixel 3’s battery is even smarter – Adaptive Battery software gives time and energy to the apps you use, and restricts the ones you don’t, making your charge last longer as you use your Pixel 3 more. Another first for the Pixel series is that the new Google Pixel 3 is IP68 water resistant. This means that it’s certified to be fresh water resistant to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes – although it’s still not advisable to take it swimming, because that certification is not for salt or chlorinated water.

Meet the new Google Pixel 3, the smartest Android smartphone yet

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Posted on October 10, 2018

7 min read

Meet the new Google Pixel 3 and the new Pixel 3 XL, two new flagship smartphones from Google coming to our stores soon. The new phones bring the latest AI-powered features and an even better AI-powered camera than the last generation Pixel 2, as well as a host of new tech under the hood.

Available for pre-order from today, the Google Pixel 3 is the third yearly upgrade to Google’s Pixel series, bringing important improvements to everything from screens to software. The best of Google in a phone means a brilliant camera, a brand new design, and Android software that gets smarter as you use it.

The Google Pixel 3 packs a 5.5-inch, 2160×1080 pixel flexible OLED screen into its slim and compact frame, with the convenience of a super-fast rear fingerprint sensor for secure unlocking. If you’re a fan of bigger screens, the Google Pixel 3 XL has an enormous 6.3-inch, 2960×1440 pixel OLED display inside a device that’s identical in size to the Pixel 2 XL launched last year – but with slimmer bezels around the perimeter of the screen, and an innovative notch that pushes that display right to the edge.

We’ll be stocking both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in three colours each: Just Black, Clearly White, and a new design called Not Pink. You’ll be able to choose between 64GB and 128GB storage for your photos, videos and other media. As an added bonus, if you pre-order a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL we’ll include a bonus Google Home Mini for you to enjoy.

The Pixel 3 has a 12.2-megapixel rear camera, but it’s more than just the specs that matter here. The new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are built to boost your social life too, with a new Group Selfie mode that uses not one but two front-facing selfie cameras to capture a wide group of friends in a single snap. Google’s Pixel phones have an excellent reputation when it comes to camera, and the Pixel 3 improves on that with new software enhancements that allow you to adjust your portrait after you capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo.

When you’re snapping away with the Google Pixel 3, the phone’s Top Shot feature will automatically choose the best image from a burst series of photos – lowering the chance that you’ll capture a snap with an accidental blink. Night photography is much improved, too, as is the phone’s Super Res Zoom – both giving you the sharpest possible photos from your phone in difficult conditions.

With all the AI power of the Google Assistant available at the tap of a finger or by saying “OK Google,” the Pixel 3 has access to all the power of Google’s online services like Google Maps and Google Photos, as well as a smart suite of features like Google Lens – letting you use your phone’s camera to translate text or identify plants and animals in the world around you.

The new Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL also bring new features like Adaptive Battery software, which learns from your day-to-day usage, to further stretch your time away from a charger, and fast 10 Watt wireless charging support. A range of accessories like the new Google Pixel Stand will also help make the Pixel 3 even easier to live with – and we’ll let you know about all our favourite accessories.

If the Pixel 3 catches your fancy, you’ll be able to pre-order Google’s latest and greatest smartphone from today and we’ll deliver it to you – along with that bonus Google Home Mini – from 1 November.

Customers who take up the Google Pixel 3 64GB on the $99 Mobile Lease Plan with a $0 monthly handset lease payment (min cost $2,376 over 24 months when handset returned in good working order¹) will receive 30GB of mobile data as well as Peace of Mind Data which is speed capped at 1.5Mbps (which is not suitable for HD video or high speed applications, and means that some web pages, video/social media content and files may take longer to load) and slowed further during busy periods. For personal use in a smartphone in Australia only, is not shareable and the FairPlay Policy applies.

Peace of Mind Data allows customers to stream SD videos and music, and stay in touch on social media while on the go, without worrying about extra data charges if they exceed their monthly data allowance. The speeds customers actually receive may vary depending on a range of factors including their device, location, user numbers and download sources.

Customers will also receive a bonus Google Home Mini (RRP $79) when they pre-order with Telstra, for an integrated home and mobile Google experience. Subject to stock availability instore and online.

Customers will also receive all the great extras exclusively available to Telstra mobile customers like data-free streaming of AFL, NRL, Netball and A-League and access to Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network. Based on national average mobile speeds.

Google Lens and Google Assistant require an internet connection.

For available Google Lens languages, visit Google Photos Help.

Things you need to know

  • Google Home Mini Gift: Google Home Mini requires Wi-Fi, and a nearby electrical outlet. Subject to stock availability in stores. Available to new and recontracting customers with all Mobile and Mobile Lease Plans (excluding plans with Apple devices). Not redeemable for cash.
  • Device Lease Contract (DLC): If you cancel early you may incur early termination fees and total min cost may be higher.
  • Mobile Lease Plans: You must lease an eligible phone for 24 months. You don’t own the phone, and must return it at the end of the lease unless you make an offer to purchase it. If your lease is cancelled within 12 months, you must pay a fee based on the RRP of your device. If your lease is cancelled after 12 months, you can return the phone and pay $99 if in good working order. In both cases you must also pay any additional early termination charges or accessory option repayments options. Additional fees up to $499 apply if you return a damaged phone, the locking features have not been disabled, you cancel your lease early and return a damaged phone or you don’t return your phone at the end of your lease. Learn more about leasing here.
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