You would be forgiven if you expected the latest phone from Google to support 5G. After all, other manufacturers have launched mobile phones that support the new network. So why has Google decided not to support 5G on their latest flagship phone the Pixel 4?
Google is not alone as the latest phone from Apple also has no support for the 5G network. So why have other manufacturers like Samsung launched phones that are 5G compatible?
WHAT is 5G
5G is the latest generation for mobile networks around the world. If you think back ten years we were using 3G. Since then most of us have bought phones that use the 4G network.
When you made the move from 3G to 4G you noticed the difference straight away. The speed of downloads and the possibility of streaming not only music but movies changed everything. This obvious improvement made it an obvious choice to move from 3G to 4G.
Most people would expect the same type of improvement when moving from 4G to 5G. It’s true that you would see an improvement in speed. However, 5G has a lot more about it than a faster connection.
5G will change the world in ways that we’ve never seen before. It’s not all about mobile phones. The 5G network will change how technology is used in almost every way you can imagine.
Just one example is how it will dramatically improve how driverless cars navigate our streets. It’s one of the reasons why the USA is concerned about whether the UK uses Huawei to deliver 5G. The power of 5G is so important that the USA does not want a Chinese company to be involved in 5G infrastructure in the UK.
5G TECHNOLOGY IS STILL IN ITS INFANCY
This is why Google has decided not to opt for supporting 5G in its latest Android phone. A phone using 5G at present will not offer you much more than a faster connection. Google is well aware that 5G will offer much more than this, which is why it has chosen to wait for 5G to mature.
This is a good decision because 5G phones at the moment are a waste of money. Phones supporting 5G are more expensive than phones using the 4G network. This would be fine if you were getting everything 5G can offer. The issue is at the moment you’re buying into a technology that simply isn’t where it needs to be right now.
So if you’ve been put off buying the Pixel 4 phone because it does not support 5G. Well, I really would not worry about it right now. 5G will take at least another two years before it can offer us enough to buy into the technology.