Google Pixel 4 Soli RADAR Gestures: Innovation or Gimmick?!

by birtanpublished on September 27, 2020

around a month back Google shocked everyone by basically confirming the handful of pixel for leaks that had emerged up to that point and we were all surprised to see the phone's back panel and dual camera module revealed

Officially in a single tweet but now with more than two months still to go before the pixel fort is officially launched Google's going even further the trickle of pixel fault information continues with the latest confirmation

Of wireless motion gestures thanks to Google's projects so I this was one of the rumors doing the rounds back in June but for it to be explicitly confirmed complete with a snazzy video trailer is a huge deal so what is Project so I and

What's so important about having it in a phone well Sol I was first unveiled at Google i/o back in 2015 it's an innovative technology based on short-range radar that's right the same technology used by air traffic

Controllers and the military only this time used to take two hands gestures at a distance the difference between project solar and other gesture systems that use cameras like the LG G 8 is that radar allows much more precise

Measurement the video demo released by Google shows the most basic use case for the new technology swiping through songs in a playlist and Google's blog post says it will also be possible to snooze alarms and silenced phone calls with a

Gesture when you're unlocking so I will activate the phone's face unlock features as you reach for the device more of these features which Google calls motion sense are promised over time as the company updates its own apps

For sure based on earlier so I demos revealed three or four years ago simple swipe gestures are just the tip of the iceberg for this technology these new features are made possible by the array of sensors in the pixel force sizeable

Forehead which was also confirmed by Google this week up top of your collection of components includes a standard front facing camera and EPS as well as two cameras of face unlock an iPhone style dot projector and that

All-important soul eye radar chip the solid shape itself is tiny but when combined with everything else going on up there it's clear the pixel four is gonna have an unusually large top bezel much more so than pixel three XL whose

Large cutout house just an earpiece and two selfie cameras and it actually brings me to another point of contention Google seems to have abandoned the idea of dual front-facing cameras here at least in the standard pixel four model

Shown in this image the wide-angle selfie camera is one pixal 3-series most unique assets but with return to a single front-facing camera it's possible lose this unique wide-angle selfie shooter it is also

Possible Google might just include an upgraded wide-angle front camera instead relying on a digital crop of that camera for close selfies like the galaxy s 10 for example so we'll just have to wait and see there and when we're talking

About biometric authentication it does seem like Google's going all-in on face unlock here so the rumors of the pixel for having no fingerprint scanner at all seem to be accurate which is someone who's got used to fingerprint over the

Past few years makes me a little nervous let's just hope that face unlock works as well as Google says it does so lie of course is unique in the way it works we're not necessarily what it's trying to achieve earlier in the year we saw LG

Attempting gesture controls in the LG G 8 and way back in 2012 sony tried something similar in the Xperia Sola even Samsung brought the ability to hover over certain stuff to expand previews to the Galaxy S 4 back in 2013

Although all this was done just with the traditional capacitive touchscreen with the sensitivity ramped up project so is different and arguably much better because Google's short-range radar tech seems to be more precise at a distance

However the battery cost is a big unknown especially since Google has been historically stingy with a battery capacities in its pixel phones that's something we'll have to wait and see on once we get the full spec sheets on the

Other hand saw is undoubtedly revolutionary and a real differentiator for Google something which only Google can bring to a phone thanks to years of research and developments at the same time though it arguably influences the

Design of the phone in a negative way the pixel for risks looking dated with its giant forehead and potentially regressing in terms of selfie performance compared to the pixel 3 with its dual front cameras it also remains

To be seen how useful motion sense will be in non-google apps whether it'll be worth having that giant top bezel outside of one or two specific apps or to put it another way whether it'll be a gimmick or not what also makes me a bit

Nervous is this the fact that it will only be available in select pixel countries meaning in some countries Google will be sewing your pixel 4 with a soul eye sensor that you can't use the geographic

Restrictions are understandable because it's radar it goes beyond the usual electromagnetic shenanigans you get from a standard smartphone nevertheless Google is basically admitting upfront that it's gonna sell this phone in some

Countries where these gestures will not work and even if you're lucky enough to buy a pixel for in a country where google has obtained the necessary paperwork for its radar gesture magic it's gonna suck to

Move across borders and potentially have those features disabled automatically because Google doesn't have local regulatory approval and certainly if you're a regular traveler and you find yourself in a country where pixels

Aren't sold chances are projects all will turn into a pumpkin before you've made it off the plane and that's concerning because even in some countries where you'll be able to buy the pixel for motion sense isn't

Guaranteed so in essence Google will be selling some customers the sole ID chip with all the trade-offs that involves even though it's potentially useless in their home country again all this is understandable because the tricky

Regulatory issues involved but it still seems to be a bit of a gamble for google at a time where pixel phone sales aren't particularly strong beg there's still a couple months left before the pixel 4 series goes on sale and surely we'll get

A more complete picture of this device between now and October stick with us for all of our future pixel for coverage and subscribe so you don't miss a video thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

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