On October 16, Google unveiled the Pixel 4. As a phone with its own vision of Google for Android, Pixel 4 learned two important factors from the iPhone: 3D facial recognition sensor and mechanism. Touch controls are almost identical to the iPhone X. Unlike all previous Android smartphones, the Pixel 4 no longer has a fingerprint sensor. And Pixel 4 no longer has a Back button by default – want to have the experience is not At Google's discretion, you will have to go into Settings to turn on customizations.
Never before has Android been so similar to Google. Even the one who brings Android near to iOS is none other than the owner of Android.
Must follow Apple
Android smartphones have been able to follow a very different path: the sliding keyboard!
To understand why Google Sugar is the boss of the planet's most popular operating system and copied Apple, let's take a look at the beginning of Android. In 2008, Android was launched on HTC Dream, a smartphone with a capacitive touch screen and sliding keyboard. The reason Dream has a keyboard is because Andy Rubin fears that users will not be able to adapt immediately to a buttonless experience, and indeed some Android models that play the foundation like Motorola Zoom or Xperia X10 are also later. have physical keys.
Then, when Google improved Android, the keyboard gradually disappeared. Android had to follow the same experience as Apple (using a single touch screen) instead of holding the physical key as a feature, simply because That is the only right way. Physical keys make the machine thicker and also more risk of durability.
Back to the Pixel 4. Remember, since Samsung started the "edge-to-edge" race in 2017 with the Galaxy S8, Android manufacturers have also begun to fall into a difficult position: How to continue to have a biometric control mechanism, and how to use the device conveniently when the front of the phone is not much grip space for hands? By the end of the year, Apple had the answer: leaving a "slot" for the 3D camera and at the same time removing both the fingerprint sensor and the Home button (which is integrated as 1 on the iPhone). A new navigation mechanism is also in place, allowing users to slide their hands to activate any component in the operating system quickly.
Removing the screen bezel has put manufacturers in a difficult position: where does the fingerprint sensor go?
The only right choice
The success of the iPhone X and iPhone XR shows Apple has chosen the right path. But Android manufacturers haven't. Initially, they brought the fingerprint sensor to the back, creating an extremely inconvenient experience that is typical of none other than Pixel 3. After the poor efforts to learn Face ID, they returned to the fingerprint. , but a fingerprint sensor is located just below the screen.
As the owner of the entire operating system, Google cannot follow this path: fingerprint sensors, whether optical or ultrasonic, have fatal weaknesses. The fingerprint sensor under the screen also forces the user to take their eyes to determine the location of the sensor before placing their hands. Not to mention, a 3D sensor can help bring new and interesting experiences to users.
With Pixel 4, Google faced two options: either make the wrong choice, or follow Apple's path.
Following Apple is the only right path now.
And so Google followed Apple's path. Pixel 4 unlocks with the face. Unlocking by face and then removing the button, Pixel 4 has to learn the control mechanism of the iPhone X. It's simply the simplest and most intuitive control mechanism on phones that have almost no control. also border screen.
Nature of creation
On the opposite side, Apple has many times chased Android. Dual SIM 2-wave, wireless charging, 3rd party keyboard, OLED screen … all are available on Android first. The most memorable is probably the iPhone 6 (2014). From resolutely saying no to a large screen, the iPhone that year broke the 4-inch boundary for the first time, even the phablet. The one who proves the need for a big screen on the phone is the Android manufacturer: as of 2012, the Galaxy S3 has a 4.7-inch screen.
Sugar is the king of premium segment, why is Apple copying Google? In 2013, Apple's internal documents showed that iPhone sales growth was slowing even though the whole market was growing rapidly. The whole growth is for phones with screens more than 4 inches. A slide in this internal document is titled "Consumers want what we don't have". That is, Apple also has two options, either to follow Samsung and launch a big screen, or continue to watch Android homes account for the majority of growth.
How many times has Apple copied Android smartphones so: Choose to copy, or choose to fail?
In 2010, do you like to hold thick, easily broken phones in two hands? In 2014, do you still want to accept the 4 inch experience? In 2019, should you still accept the weak security capabilities of the traditional fingerprint sensor or traditional non-intuitive Android buttons?
In the end, the smartphone is still just a smartphone. In each stage, there may be many trends, many technological options appear, but there will be only one right choice. Maybe Apple was the one who made that choice first, or maybe the pioneering part belonged to Google or Samsung. Do not blame when manufacturers learn from each other, because sometimes they only have two options, either to face the salt copy, or make sure to fail.