18 June 2019
We are slowly unveiling the mystery of the Pixel 4 phones, thanks to leaks and reports that have been a great help. But we shouldn’t rely fully on them since the launch of the new Pixel series is quite at a distance. However, there’s no harm in filling up the emptiness with speculations about a yet to come or an unofficial device. Having said that, let’s welcome a couple more reports on the alleged Pixel 4 devices.
Folks over at 9to5Google believe that the Soli radar chip is integrated into the Google Pixel 4. But they are unsure of the purpose of it. But some pieces of evidence found by XDA Developers put credence to the report. According to the site, Google is working on two new gestures – “Skip” and “Silence” and they’re likely to be the controllers for media playback. These references were first found in the first Android Q Beta. Later on, with Beta 3 and Beta 4, it’s found that these two new forms of control are dependent on what is being referred to in code as an “Aware” sensor. Furthermore, the new gestures have never been found on any other Google Pixel device, so it’s possible that they will debut on the Pixel 4 devices, only if it has this “Aware” sensor.
Looking back to some years and connecting the dots would tell you that this could be related to Project Soli. This radar chip will provide this new “Aware” capability. At I/O 2016, Google first demonstrated actions like controlling the interface of a Wear OS smartwatch with a gesture or stopping music playback on a smart speaker. Fast forward to 2018, FCC approved Google’s use of Soli, which comes out as yet another possibility of it being used in the upcoming device.
The technology was developed by Google’s ATAP division and it was first publicly shown off at I/O 2015. It’s a fingernail-sized radar chip capable of recognizing different hand gestures and relaying data to applications.
In other related news of Pixel 4, Google is seemingly working on an automatic white balance adjustment feature like Apple’s True Tone. Again, folks over at XDA Developers have found references on the same. The analysts at the site point to a leaked build obtained in January that had a placeholder setting to toggle the “display white balance.” Now, they have found that this setting requires a new sensor which isn’t present on existing Google Pixel smartphones. So, it’s suspected that the Pixel 4 smartphones will be the first to come up with this helpful setting. Developers at the site have found a string that confirms the feature is for dynamically adjusting the white balance based on brightness, and that it requires a new sensor.
And, in another important news for the Pixel 4, some real-life images of the Pixel 4 have been leaked. These images only show the front side and the device is encased inside some beefy cases so as to hide the key details. An oval-shaped punch-hole, however, is still visible that seems to be holding two selfie cameras. It seems like the device doesn’t have front-facing speakers as the chin is quite smaller than before. So, they have taken a new room and this could be situated down below. Google is said to have appointed several design teams for its Pixel 4 devices. It’s speculated that the live images we are seeing now and the CAD renders appeared recently come from two different design teams. So, Google may end up using any one of them or even none. So take them with a pinch of salt.