The Pixel 4‘s Motion Sense feature is a rather interesting capability, as Google uses a radar chip to detect hand gestures. The feature is currently capable of skipping music tracks and silencing interruptions (e.g. calls and alarms), and it’s also used in a few demo apps. But what about third-party developers getting in on the action?
Google has confirmed to Android Police that it isn’t opening the Motion Sense API to third-party developers right now, but that they’d let the outlet know “if plans change.”
Hopefully plans do change in the future, as opening the floodgates for the Motion Sense API could enable a variety of use-cases that Google didn’t think about. Whether it’s using gestures in games or swiping through photos in gallery apps, there are plenty of possibilities.
Fortunately, Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 is compatible with popular third-party music apps anyway, such as Amazon Music, Deezer, Spotify, and more. This is in addition to its own apps, namely Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and YouTube itself.
We’d also like to see Google introduce more Motion Sense features down the line, such as adjusting volume, taking a photo, or true screen-off gestures. What would you like to see from Motion Sense? Give us your thoughts below!