In this week’s top stories: A new leak from the Google Pixel 5 reveals an interesting “Pixel 5s” name, the Pixel 4a is arriving in more countries around the world, a new Nest thermostat is making an appearance with the FCC, and much more.
In a week that announced more than the normal percentage of Made by Google leaks, the top story comes from two images that look like Google Pixel 5. However, it is important that the device displayed is listed as “Pixel 5s. “Right now we’re not sure if ‘Pixel 5s’ is a separate, standalone model in the Pixel 5 series or just a working name that Google used earlier in development.
We get a very clear view of the texture of the body with white / silver spots throughout, including the fingerprint sensor. We also see black volume rocker and lock button. There are several barcodes, including one indicating the lack of regulatory approval and “R3 EVT”. Redfin is the code name of the Pixel 5, while the Engineering Validation Test is a step in the hardware manufacturing process.
In more tangible Pixel News, Google officially released the Pixel 4a worldwide, moving the phone beyond its original North American exclusivity. “Global”
For the Google Pixel 4a, sales with emails have now been opened to anyone who has joined official waiting lists. Visit one of the global stores […] and you should be able to pre-order your device. However, estimates for the ship date are still on October 2nd. All of the notable Pixel 4a accessories are also available for pre-order, including the fantastic fabric cases.
In an unexpected leak from Google this week, we discovered that Google had listed a new Nest thermostat with the FCC. The even bigger twist is that there is evidence in the filing that this new Nest thermostat may have support for Project Soli, as we saw with Pixel 4 last year.
The third generation Nest learning thermostat was released in 2015, while the cheaper E thermostat was released in 2017. These products are relatively old and both need to be updated. As such, this new product could go either way in terms of pricing / affordability and target market.
While Google may have its own Android TV-based streaming dongle on the way, some people may still be looking for an affordable way to install Android TV in their living room. This week our Ben Schoon tested the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, the cheapest Android TV dongle on the market.
If there is one thing you need to know about the Mi TV Stick, it is that this thing is not meant to impress. We’re talking about an FHD streaming stick that comes with no frills, but that’s not a bad thing inherently. It’s the same thing that made the super-affordable Roku Express a pretty popular device.
Most recently, Marc Levoy, Google’s former photoconductor for the Pixel Line, was interviewed by The edge This week he mainly talked about his new position at Adobe. However, throughout the interview you will find plenty of details about the Pixel Line choices such as: E.g. why pixels 3, 4, 4a and possibly pixel 5 all use the same main camera sensor.
The mobile sensor industry is pretty mature. While it’s improving, the improvements bring some declining returns over the years. One variable that is of particular interest is reading noise. As the reading noise decreases, you can take pictures in increasingly dim light. So if Sony or someone else develops a sensor with less reading noise, a lot of people will access it …
– Marc Levoy
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