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Google announces new features for the Pixel 4

The tech giant revealed a sneak peek of their new motion-sensing radar Soli in a preview and blog post.

Google announces new features for the Pixel 4
Google introduced the Soli motion sensor in a blog post and sneak preview for the Google Pixel 4.

In alignment with their efforts to succeed in their goal toward ambient computing, Google announced—through a sneak peek and blog post—two new features on Monday, while also giving potential customers an early look into a new motion sensing radar dubbed Soli, a project the tech giant's Advanced Technology and Projects Team (ATAP) is reported to have been working on for the last five years. 

Reminiscent of the gesture-based navigation features that made the Samsung Galaxy SIII and SIV popular (the phones, incidentally, were launched a little more than five years ago), the sensor is said to detect small motions around the phone using algorithms specific to the sensor to recognize gestures and detect when the user is nearby.

According to Pixel's product manager Brandon Barbello, Pixel 4 would be the first Soli-equipped device, with new Motion Sense features allowing its users to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, "just by waving your hand." He added, "These capabilities are just the start, and just as Pixels get better over time, Motion Sense will evolve as well. Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries." 

Other features announced were security and privacy centered, with their proprietary Titan M security chip-announced in October last year along with the Pixel 3 and 3XL-and its integration with Soli's sensor data, along with face unlock. Barbello stated in the blog, "Face unlock works in almost any orientation-even if you're holding it upside down-and you can use it for secure payments and app authentication too."

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