Google Has Announced Some Interesting Pixel 4 features
Written by Smooth FM on July 30, 2019
Google’s next flagship Android smartphone will have a face unlock feature and a “Motion Sense” feature that uses radar to recognize hand gestures.
Though many phones have a face unlock feature — new iPhones use 3D-based Face ID and Android phones use their own 2D-based facial recognition — Google says it’ll work differently on the Pixel 4.
Both Pixel 4’s face unlock and Motion Sense features will make use of Google’s Soli motion-sensing radar technology.
Google says the Pixel 4’s face unlock “works in almost any orientation — even if you’re holding it upside down — and you can use it for secure payments and app authentication too.” That’s a clear dig at Face ID’s portrait-only unlock orientation.
As for the Motion Sense feature, Google shares a few ways waving your hand in front of the Pixel 4 might be useful: “to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls.”
At launch, these Motion Sense features will only be available in “select Pixel countries.”
Closing out its Pixel 4 blog post, Google says all face images and Soli sensor data are securely stored on the phone’s Titan M security chip and processed on device (and never shared with Google services).
Google’s expected to announce the Pixel 4 in October. In addition to Soli, face unlock, and Motion Sense, the phone’s expected to have a new glass design and two rear cameras inside of a new square-shaped bump. It’ll also likely be the first phone to run Android Q.