12 August 2019
Over the weekend, a bunch of new Pixel 4 leaks surfaced online suggesting a couple of cool features that could arrive with the flagships. The first one is related to hand gestures for interacting with the phones and the second one is about a facial recognition tech like Apple's Face ID. Let's have a look at them one by one.
The first leak was shared by a Twitter tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) who tweeted leaked images of what looks like Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL screen protectors. These show big bezels at the top along with cutouts for cameras and sensors. It has dual selfie camera cutout on the left side followed by an earpiece cutout and an oval-shaped cutout on the right. It is the last cutout which caught everyone's eyes and is speculated to be meant for the Project Soli radar chip.
The oval opening of the Pixel 4 Series front panel means that the Google Pixel 4 Series will be groundbreaking and new and worth looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/9Pg9bGcWrs— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2019
The speculation is in line with a previous report claiming that the Pixel 4 would come with the Project Soli radar chip. It is said to be capable of detecting hand gestures allowing for hands-free interaction with the smartphone. It means users will be able to make use of hand gestures to do tasks like media playback control, scrolling, and navigation through different menus and apps. It is something similar to what the LG G8 ThinQ offers but Google's take is expected to be more accurate.
Now coming to the second report, Google is reportedly walking on U.S. streets collecting people's face samples in exchange for a $5 Amazon or Starbucks voucher. The team asked people to use the selfie mode and move their face around at different angles on a smartphone covered with a big case. The cover-up was undoubtedly meant for concealing the device's identity which means it could have been a Pixel 4 prototype. As for the face angles thing, it seems to be Google's way of acquiring face samples for AI training for an accurate facial recognition technology to rival Apple's Face ID.
Lastly, the well-known tipster @OnLeaks collaborated with iGeeksBlog to share Pixel 4 renders from different angles. The renders reveal nothing new but corroborate previous leaked and reported Pixel 4 design. It means one can see bigger bezels, multiple selfie cameras, multiple rear cameras, square-shaped camera bump, and no physical fingerprint scanner.