Google is definitely taking a different approach than other smartphone makers this time around. While leaks are commonplace in the tech industry, Google has slowly been confirming them ahead of the Pixel 4 unveiling later this year. The latest confirms that the Google Pixel 4 will be getting face unlock capabilities and a new motion-sensing feature, allowing users to control their phones with a simple wave of their hand.
Five years in the making, Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team has been working on motion-sensing technology called Soli. In fact, we first heard of the project back in 2015. Soli uses motion-sensing radar to track small motions which in turn register as gestures, allowing you to control your music, silence phone calls, or snooze alarms — just for starters. Google promises the Motion Sense technology will evolve over time, adding even more functionality to the system.
Face unlock isn’t new technology and is used by a number of other vendors. While this will be Google’s first outing with face unlock, they are indicating that it will be a better and more fluid process thanks to Soli. With Soli on board, it will detect when a user reaches for the Pixel 4 and immediately turns on the face unlock sensors. By the time a user is in a position to use their phone, it will be ready to use assuming it properly recognized your face.
Google also reiterated its commitment to security. With their version of face unlock, the user’s facial data — as well as Soli data — is stored in the Pixel’s Titan M security chip and will not be uploaded to or shared with other Google services.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.