Google unveils its newest Pixel handsets, aiming to boost its smartphone market share with features including gesture recognition that lets users simply wave their hands to get things done. Google showed off the phone at its Made by Google Event.
It's the first phone to use a radar sensor to let users control it using gestures, said Google's Sabrina Ellis, via Motion Sense sensor. You'll be able to do tasks like skip a song or silence a call through gestures.
"It's one of the best ways to sense motion. It's precise, low power and it's fast," she said, also touting that Pixel 4 will have the fastest Face Unlock on a smartphone because the sensor can tell when you're reaching for your phone. It can also power down your phone when you walk away, or turn it back on when you come back.
Ellis also said Motion Sense can be turned on or off at any time. Speaking about privacy, she said that data from the sensor is processed on the Pixel and is never saved or shared with other Google services.
The Pixel franchise is critical to Google because it offers the company a chance to create a device that's become so critical to our lives. The company also looks to each new Pixel as a standard-bearer for the latest release of its Android operating system, which powers roughly four out of every five phones in the world.
For the past few months, the internet search giant has been laying the groundwork for the announcement. In June, the company teased the square camera module on the back of the Pixel 4. A month later, Google released a short video of a woman using a waving gesture to control the device, along with a post about radar technology.
The Pixel will also have a faster version of Google Assistant with a new interface, thanks to an on-device version of Google's language model that run on Google's data centers. You will also be able to decide how long you want your activity data to be saved to your Google Account.