22 April 2020
Google Pixel 4 wasn’t just introduced with the usual hardware upgrades, it came with one interesting tech as well that could define its true existence. Interestingly, the device came with Motion Sense so that it could recognize certain gestures and perform tasks accordingly. Such a handful of gestures was geographically limited at launch as Pixel 4 wasn’t made available due to some refusals with the Soli radar chip.
However, some regions did receive the device but without the Motion Sense technology. But, now, the same has been activated on Pixel 4 devices in Japan. Alongside this, the devices in the country also receive the new Google Assistant.
The Motion Sense feature in Google Pixel 4 makes use of the Soli chip, radar technology to detect movements around the device. So, the users will soon be able to swipe left/right near the top of their phones to jump to the next/previous song. The phone can detect when the hand is approaching and activate and turn off the screen when you’re away. You can also snooze alarms apart from just playing music and all this without even touching the device.
To use this Motion Sense feature, go to the device’s Settings screen, select System, and turn on Motion Sense.
Talking about the new Google Assistant, Google says that the new virtual assistant is more tightly integrated with Google Pixel 4 OS and apps. This upgrade launches mobile apps and websites faster. The new Google Assistant is now available in Japanese as well. Some new capabilities include sending pictures to contact with just your voice, turning on the flashlight or adjusting volume now work offline as well.