Daniel Bader of Android Central counted 12 Pixel 4 leaks this week. And those are only the ones Android Central reported — there were other, smaller ones, that tech sites lapped up with gusto.
This must have been a difficult week for the Pixel marketing team, who had to deal with a situation of a similar scale last year — though with the Pixel 3, it appears the phones were stolen, not sold by local Vietnamese retailers a month before the device is expected to be announced.
Still, the Pixel 4 is a big deal for Google — it introduces a bunch of new features that will push the Android ecosystem forward, and it will (hopefully) further cement the company as offering the best camera experience on a smartphone. Which is important, because Apple just launched a pretty big salvo against Google this week with its iPhone 11 and 11 Pro series. A third camera, ultra-wide (why isn’t Google giving the Pixel 4 an ultra-wide, again?) and a host of new optimizations, including a night mode, that should narrow if not close the gap between it and Google.
So we’re a month away from the Pixel 4 launch and the leaks are unlikely to abate anytime soon, especially now that YouTubers from Vietnam to Thailand have what seems like late-stage prototypes or near-retail units in their pockets. We still haven’t seen Motion Sense in action, likely because the software on these units isn’t final and neither country is whitelisted for the feature (Soli uses radar and needs to be approved on a per-country basis) so there’s that to look forward to. But once the phone is announced and released to the world, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will have to stand on their own, compared to other phones in the market — and these leaks will be forgotten and relegated to another set of stories of how Google can’t properly control its production line and how, year after year, it falls prey to the same leaky fate.