Google has been developing Pixel phones and Google Home Mini speakers for over three years now. But the development of these devices and their post-use disposal create a significant amount of electronic waste. To reduce this waste, Google has decided that by 2020 100 per cent of its shipments will be carbon neutral. Additionally, starting from 2022, 100 per cent of ‘Made by Google’ products will use recycled materials, with an intent to maximise the use of recycled contents wherever possible.
Starting from 2018, Google began publishing its product environmental reports, which allows us to understand exactly what their products are made of, how they’re built and how they get shipped to consumers. And according to these reports, the carbon emissions for product shipments in 2018 decreased by 40 per cent as compared to 2017.
Another initiative by Google is its ‘Power Project,’ which will bring one million energy- and money-saving Nest thermostats to families in need by 2023. Most products of the Nest portfolio are already built using post-consumer recycled plastic.
According to the media reports, with the upcoming Pixel 4 series, Google will swap the industry-standard polyester fabric for fabric made from recycled bottles.
Expected to be launched sometime in October, the Google Pixel 4 will come with dual camera setup along with a telephoto lens. The smartphone will be fuelled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and will run on Android Q. The Pixel 4 is expected to come with 6GB of RAM.
The Pixel 4 will also feature motion sense technology based on Project Soli, wherein the phone will sense small motions around it, and by combining unique software algorithms with an advanced hardware sensor, the Pixel 4 will recognise gestures and detect when you’re close to the phone.