20 October 2020
The Google Pixel 4 came with a tiny radar chip that unlocked a gimmicky feature called the Motion Sense, which allows users to swipe or wave their hand in the air to do certain things. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t make its way on the Pixel 5 because Google chose to trim the top bezel where the slew of sensors was to be placed. The new Pixel 5 has a hole-punch cutout rather on the display that houses a single selfie camera.
The absence of Motion Sense gestures from the Pixel 5 would apparently mean that Google’s ambitious project is no more but Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh tells TheVerge that the Project Soli radar, the technology behind this gesture will return and be used in the future, though he didn’t reveal in which form this will happen. Whether it is going to be a new phone or any other device from Google hardware will feature it is currently unknown.
As TheVerge’s report points out, a recent FCC filing suggests Google might use Project Soli in a new Nest thermostat. So, we may see it coming on a wall-mounted smart gadget. It is also possible that Google will bring it to more of its products in the future because Google has worked hard for the same and it can’t just leave it in the middle in favor of some other “basic” features.
Those who couldn’t buy the Pixel 4 for whatever reason might be waiting for its successor. But the potential buyers might be looking for this interesting feature in the device, after all, waving a hand in the air and seeing actions taking place on your phone is uber cool.
But tech enthusiasts, just fret not! Google is clearly experimenting with Project Soli and using it in some of its other future products.