Google confirms Face Unlock and Soli gestures for the Pixel 4

Tuesday, 30 Jul, 2019

Pixel 4 will also come with an advanced face unlock feature.

After showing off the back of the Pixel 4 in June, Google is again taking the unprecedented step of publicly detailing an unreleased smartphone.

Google is doing things differently this year with respect to the Pixel 4.

You don't have to worry about security as the Pixel 4 will feature the Titan M security chip where your face data will always be stored. Google says the company will introduce new capabilities for the Motion Sense experience in the future.

While most either companies publish coy press releases or are silent about leaks and rumours before a grand unveiling, Google is drip-feeding information online months ahead of the expected release of the Pixel 4.

To the right of the speaker is the Soli radar chip which allows you to control the phone with no hands. He was then tasked with holding a phone in selfie mode in front of his face and moving it around to analyze every feature of his appearance before being offered a $5 Amazon or Starbucks gift card for his troubles.

The below video is included in the blog post and shows the Pixel 4 unlocking as a woman's face nears the front of the phone. Before our worldwide readers get too excited, there is a fine print saying that Motion Sense might not be available in all countries where the Pixel 4 will roll out to.

Meanwhile, Barbello's post adds about Google's face unlock that it processes data that stays on your device, meaning your image doesn't ever leave your phone. The next generation Pixel will be the first device with Soli, and will include gestures allowing you to to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand.

Among other features of the Pixel 4, we already knew it will feature the first dual-lens camera in the line's history. Furthermore, we haven't heard any rumors regarding an in-display sensor like we've seen on the Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

We reached out to Google for comment if our take on the missing fingerprint sensor was accurate, but the company simply said that it had "no comment" to provide at this time. Google also mentions that Motion Sense will be available "in select Pixel countries". Soli sensor will proactively turn on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone.

Google provided a diagram of all the stuff that lives in the top bezel of the Pixel 4, and there are quite a few surprises.