Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL has been released as Google’s new flagship. It comes with some big hardware changes, like a second camera lens and advanced facial recognition. You may be attracted by their advanced features and still want to know the application of some old-fashion functions, such as IR blaster and NFC.
Does Google Pixel 4/ 4 XL have an IR blaster?
Google never features an IR blaster on Pixel. With no surprise, Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL don’t have one as always. The main advantage of using a phone with an IR blaster is that you don’t have to cumbersome Bluetooth pairing process and that you can use it with older devices that don’t offer Bluetooth or wireless connections, such as TV. Smartphone featuring IR blaster is more popular in the Asian country. The consumers in developed countries prefer to choose home devices that can be controlled with voice command or apps on phone. And the voice control is a trending. Therefore, it’s understandable that Google Pixel never comes with an IR blaster.
Google implements a new voice-controlled hub in Pixel phones which allows you to manage your smart home device straight from Google Assistant. It called Home Control. Now, these home devices can work with Home Control, such as Belkin’s WeMo, Nest, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings. More and more smart home devices will be added on its compatible list.
Does Google Pixel 4/ 4 XL have NFC?
NFC, Near Field Communication, is a method of wireless data transfer, which enables information transfer to and from your mobile phone. You can pay for groceries, connect to a website or call a phone number by putting your mobile phone close to an NFC tag or NFC reader. Both Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are featured with NFC. When it’s on, you can use features such as Android Beam and mobile payment. Android Beam allows that rapid short-range exchange of web bookmarks, contact info, directions, YouTube videos, and other data, which is quick and power saving.
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