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Motion Control, Enhanced Facial Recognition Features Coming To Google Pixel 4

Remember the leaked Google Pixel 4 that squeezed its way out into the Internet last month? Yeah, it’s back, and Google is at it again, officially giving us the lowdown on more details on their new flagship mobile phone.

Last time out, we’d gotten word that the new Pixel 4 will be featuring some motion sensor capabilities. As it turns out, our speculations are spot-on; it’ll be utilising a new Motion Sense feature that aims to diversify the ways in which you can interact with the Pixel 4.

According to Google’s blog post, Motion Sense is powered by Soli, a motion-sensing radar that the dev team has been working on for the past five years.

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Using the same technology that “detects planes and other large objects” in airports and defense systems, Motion Sense is a highly-condensed version of that, which gives you the ability to “skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand.” We’re not sure yet just how much Motion Sense will feature on the Google Pixel 4, but our hopes are that it will serve to elevate, not encumber, the user experience.

Using the same technology, the Pixel 4 will feature an updated version of Face Unlock. This security feature is nothing new to smartphones of today, but Google aims to up the ante by preempting the Pixel 4 that you might want to unlock it using the Soli sensors as you reach for it. Furthermore, now you can apparently unlock it “in any orientation” which is quite the time-saver if ever you’re in a pinch and find yourself having to use the Pixel 4 in awkward positions.

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Finally, as a cherry on the icing, all your facial data will never leave your Pixel 4, so you need not worry about any form of spyware that might plague your phone (coughHuaweicough). Of course, since this isn’t out in the open yet, many are naturally still skeptical about this feature, so we’re hoping they actually deliver on that promise when the Pixel 4 comes out.

So far, so good with the Google Pixel 4. The previous Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL models have impressed us thus far with their intricate mix of simplicity and sophistication. Let’s hope Google doesn’t compromise any of that with their new features on the Pixel 4.


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