Google Pixel 4, the upcoming smartphone in the works, was just unveiled as a next-gen device that will bring several futuristic features, this Fall! Under the guise of an old school marketing campaign title -(Don’t) Hold the Phone! – new features include Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and a Soli radar chip, among others. Now, as most of the big manufacturers planned their next-generation flagship releases for 2020, is Google planning to be the first to sail the waters of the future, alone?
While most other upcoming devices are battling information leakage and specification speculation, Google just went ahead and released all the rumors and speculations themselves. Pixel 4’s three main next-generation features are officially leaked by them, and they are delightful. First and foremost, the ‘(Don’t) Hold the Phone’ phrase is a clever variation of the USA’s ‘50s and ‘60s TV commercial phrase ‘Hold the phone’, meaning do not hang up and order one right now.
However, this new Google Pixel 4 will feature a hands-free radar-based gesture sensor, which will allow the user to perform and issue various commands for the phone without touching it. This feature might very well be what sinks other flagship Smartphones, from other competitors on the market, overboard. It will also have a face unlock, which is a feature most future flagships will have, and the trailer also reveals some of its classy design. Facial recognition will be performed by the front-facing camera, naturally, but the specifications for this phone’s camera set are still unknown.
Google Pixel 4 release date is set for this Fall!
This is all made possible by a Soli radar chip, which is revealed to be using complex software algorithms for hand gesture recognition and detection nearby. This is called Motion Sense and is so far said to control calls, music playback, silencing call ringing, and (most importantly) snoozing the alarm. It is also promised that this feature will evolve further to include more commands. The same Soli chip will be responsible for Facial Recognition.
Brandon Barbello, the product manager for Pixel, said the following: “Other phones require you to lift the device all the way up, pose in a certain way, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe to get to the home screen. Pixel 4 does all of that in a much more streamlined way. As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlocks sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion. Better yet, 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.”