Google isn’t letting leakers have their usual fun this year. The company already teased some official renders of the back of the device back in June, showing off how the device might look. And now, it’s revealing some more details about the features of the Pixel 4.
Following reports about Google including a motion sensor on the Pixel 4, Google is confirming that it will indeed include a Motion Sense feature on the phone. The company has made a miniature version of its Soli sensor that’s included on the top of the device, and it allows users to skip songs, snooze alarms, silence phone calls, etc. “We’ve developed a miniature version [of Soli] located at the top of Pixel 4 that senses small motions around the phone, combining unique software algorithms with the advanced hardware sensor, so it can recognize gestures and detect when you’re nearby.” the company said. Google says the company will introduce new capabilities for the Motion Sense experience in the future.
Pixel 4 will also come with an advanced face unlock feature. Google shared a picture of all the sensors included at the top of the device, and it features three different components for the face unlock feature. All these three components work together to allow you to unlock the Pixel 4 with your face. Google says the company’s face unlock feature is implemented differently than others in the market.
It uses Soli to detect when you may want to unlock your phone, turns on the face unlock sensors, and then unlocks the device after it detects your face using the IR camera and dot projector. The company claims it will work in “almost any orientation” and even if you are holding the device upside down. Apple’s Face ID feature on the iPhone works in a similar way, and Apple has actually made a lot of progress with Face ID on the newest iPhones, so it will be interesting to see how well Google’s implementation compares against Apple’s Face ID.
Google says the company will share more details about the Pixel 4 later this year, though it’s likely it will share some more official details if there are more leaks in the near future. This is certainly a very interesting and weird way to go about a product launch, but I am not complaining. Phone companies have long stuck to this usual boring routine for product launches, so it’s nice to see Google try something different.