After months of putting the Pixel 8 through its paces, I’ve compiled a wishlist for its successor, the Google Pixel 9. Now, before you roll your eyes and think ‘same old, same old: better camera, faster processor,’ hold your horses. While those are always welcome improvements, my list delves deeper, focusing on the things that could elevate the Pixel experience to new heights. Consider this a love letter to Google, with a few constructive critiques sprinkled in. So, Google, are you ready to take notes?

Storage Savvy

Alright, let’s get real here. My Pixel 8 is practically begging for mercy with all the 4K videos and endless photo-snapping I throw at it. I mean, 128GB? That’s like bringing a toothpick to a buffet – it just doesn’t cut it anymore. Google, listen up, it’s high time we upgraded to 256GB as the new baseline!

I want to be the memory hoarder I was born to be without constantly battling storage anxiety. And hey, while you’re at it, throw in some UFS 4.0 storage magic. I get it, not everyone’s a tech wizard, but trust me, it’s a game-changer. Apps launch faster than you can say ‘upgrade,’ files move smoother than a hot knife through butter, and the whole experience is just zippier.


Now, let’s not stop there. It’s time to kick things up a notch. How about throwing in native support for LTPO 2.0? Yep, I’m talking about going beyond the usual 60/120Hz options.


Imagine the visual bliss, buttery smooth transitions, whether I’m scrolling through memes, binge-watching my favorite shows, or engaging in some high-speed gaming. I want my Pixel 9 to adapting seamlessly to whatever I’m throwing at it. Let’s push those boundaries and make every swipe, tap, and scroll feel like a work of art.

Power up my day: Faster charging

Alright, Google, we need to have a serious chat about ‘rapid charging’ in 2024. In this day and age, it’s not about 50% in 30 minutes, it’s about hitting that halfway mark in a mere 15 minutes. And let’s dream big here – a full charge under an hour? Now, that’s what I’m talking about. Bring out the big guns with a 45W PPS (or more) charger because, let’s face it, as a OnePlus 7 Pro veteran, the current charging speed is like watching paint dry.

I want to top up my phone on the go without feeling like I’ve adopted a charging station as my second home. Ain’t nobody got time to babysit a charging phone for eternity. Google, let’s make charging fast and efficient.

Better sound in Google Pixel 9

Hey Google, we need to talk speaker game. The dual bottom speakers on the Pixel 8 are doing their thing, but let’s be real, they’re missing that immersive punch I used to get from my old OnePlus 7 Pro’s setup. How about we kick it up a notch and bring in the big guns.


But that’s not all. While we’re on the audio upgrade train, let’s crank up the quality too. I’m talking about richer, fuller tones that make my music streaming sessions feel like a private concert. Right now, I’m not vibing with the Pixel 8’s sound quality, so let’s give it a serious audio makeover.

Fingerprint frustration: Can we fix this already?

The struggle is real. The Pixel 8’s fingerprint sensor can be temperamental, sometimes leaving me staring at the ‘incorrect fingerprint’ message in exasperation. It’s like playing a game of ‘guess the fingerprint’ with my phone. I get it, I’ve praised the OnePlus 7 Pro a lot, but let’s be honest, a four-year-old sensor shouldn’t outshine a 2023 flagship.

Google, my fingers are crossed (pun intended) for the Pixel 9 to swoop in and save the day. We need a fingerprint sensor that’s not just a fancy feature on the spec sheet but one that provides a seamless and reliable unlocking experience. Let’s leave the era of frustrating password entries in the past and embrace a future where unlocking is as smooth as butter. Make it happen, Google

More AI

Hey Google, major props for the slick AI moves with features like Magic Eraser and Call Screen. I’m hooked, no doubt. But you know what they say, there always room for more, right? So, let’s take a trip beyond the expected and dive into the realm of innovation. I’m talking about something fresh, something where AI isn’t just a cool sidekick but a game-changer in my day-to-day.


Surprise me with a feature that feels like it was tailor-made for my needs, something so ingenious that it becomes an integral part of my routine.

You’ve got a bunch of brilliant minds over there, Google, so let’s unleash that creativity. The canvas is wide open, and I’m ready for an AI masterpiece that goes beyond expectations. Surprise me, make me go ‘Whoa, didn’t see that coming!’ and let’s make Pixel 9 the talk of the town for all the right reasons.

Wrapping up Google Pixel 9 wishlist

These are just a few of the things that would make the Pixel 9 an even more compelling device. Sure, better cameras and faster processors are always welcome, but it’s the little things, the attention to detail, that truly elevate a phone from good to great. So, Google, take my wishlist to heart, sprinkle in your own magic, and deliver a Pixel 9 that makes me, and countless other Pixel fans, say ‘wow.’ Now that’s a phone I’d be excited to upgrade to.

Karanjot Sidhu
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A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.

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