Google Pixel 4 may come with air gestures similar to LG G8’s Air Motion system

“The Pixel 4 smartphone is likely to sport a Soli radar chip for air gestures”

The next-gen Pixel series smartphones are getting the same treatment as its predecessor the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from the rumour mill. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launch still months away, but we already know a great deal about the smartphones. Most recently, reputable renders of Pixel 4 was leaked to reveal a square-shaped camera setup at the back and a notch display up front. Now, there are reports that the handset may come with air gestures for hands-free support.

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Credit: 9to5Google

According to the 9to5Google, the Pixel 4 will come with a Soli radar chip that Google announced at its I/O Keynote 2015. While the chip is likely to be of fingernail-sized, its exact usage wasn’t clear until a report by XDA Developers. The publication has found evidence of hand gestures to “Skip” and “Silence” media on Google’s latest Android Q OS, with the code referring to an “Aware” sensor — which is believed to be the user-facing name of Soli.

The technology, which is developed by Google’s ATAP division, is said to support hand gestures and relays data to applications for hands-free control on the Pixel 4 smartphone. Further corroborating the report, US-based certification authority FCC gave a clean chit to Google’s Project Soli.

Notably, air gestures aren’t a new thing and Pixel 4 won’t be the first smartphone to employ the technology. Samsung had introduced a years ago with Galaxy S4, which allowed users to wave their hand over the handset to click selfies, change the music track, see a preview of an email, and perform a bunch of other functions. LG recently introduced its flagship G8 with an ‘Air Motion’ system that uses a time-of-flight sensor to recognise hand gestures.

Google Pixel 4 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 72,990
Release Date: 10-Oct-2019 (Expected)
Variant: 6 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Rumoured
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