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New leak shows Google Pixel 4’s motion gestures in action

Wave your hands to skip songs, silence alarms, and more.

Published onSeptember 11, 2019

Pixel 4 Motion Sense Leak

The Google Pixel 4 leaks have become unrelenting at this point. From specs to design, and even the launch date, leaks have more or less spoiled the party for fans and Google alike. A new leak now gives out more information about the Pixel 4’s motion gestures facilitated by the Project Soli radar.

The Pixel 4’s gesture suite, reportedly dubbed Motion Sense, looks set to be a new, touchless way of interacting with the phone that will allow users to control their music, snooze alarms, and silence calls by simply waving their hands over the device.

While Google gave us a tiny glimpse of Motion Sense on Pixel 4 in July, we haven’t really seen it in action. A new video via This in Tech Today changes all that and shows the actual Settings menu on a Pixel 4 unit used to set up so-called Quick Gestures.

We can see Quick Gestures for skipping songs by waving the hand left or right and another one for silencing interruptions like calls or alarms. There’s also a gesture that allows users to reach for their phones to check the time, notifications, and other info when toggled on. All this is the work of the Soli chip on the Pixel 4 series.

Sensor-y overload

The Pixel 4’s Motion Sense feature can reportedly detect nearby movements without the use of a camera, mic, or location. To achieve this, the phone sports seven sensors up front, including two IR cameras for face unlock, a flood illuminator, a dot projector, a selfie camera, an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and the Soli radar.

There have also been a bunch of rumors that the Soli radar chip will facilitate face unlock on the Pixel 4. It apparently unlocks the phone as you pick it up, if the sensors recognise you.

Google is expected to bank big on the Soli radar chip, motion gestures, and improved face unlock during October when we’re expecting to see the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL make their big debut.

Are you excited to try out Motion Sense and Quick Gestures? Let us know in the comments.

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