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9 Reasons to Wait for the Pixel 4 & 5 Reasons Not to

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Wait For Face Unlock and Motion Sense

Several years ago Google's Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) gave the world a small preview of Soli, a motion-sensing radar technology. Basically, shrinking the powerful radar system used all over the world into a tiny sensor that'll fit in smartphones and watches. 

Now, with the Pixel 4 series, it's finally ready to show the world how it works. In the video here you'll get a small preview of what "Motion Sense" will offer on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. This is just one of several powerful new Pixel 4 features we think will be worth waiting for. And while "hands-free" gestures for controls have been very gimmicky and seen in other devices, this will be completely different. This isn't the same gesture motions we've seen from Samsung or LG, but a ground-breaking new technology from Google. 

Soli, known as Motion Sense, will also know when you're about to pick up your phone and turn on the face unlock sensors before you even grab it. That way unlocking your phone, controlling it, and using it day in and day out will be easier than ever before, and faster. 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Ulhas Sakahre

    01/25/2019 at 12:41 am

    One of the things I wish to see in the next-gen pixel is the dual camera for better Bokeh and also the minimal front. I dont want to see them copying. Hoping they will bring a few changes and be pioneer in the design bringing something which we have never seen.

  2. Kindread

    02/26/2019 at 5:08 am

    This was a really thoughtful article. Been reading up all morning and this made me both look forward to the Pixel 4 and also confirm to me that I shouldn’t wait for it this time around. I would also mention that the Pixel 3/3XL Lite is rumored to be dropping in a month or so. Great cost effective alternative for a brand new Pixel albeit a plastic-bodied version of last year’s model.

  3. o3mta3o

    03/27/2019 at 9:13 am

    Pixel might only be 3 generations in but Google had 6 generations of Nexus phones before it. I’m sure the only reason they renamed is that Nexus 7 was already taken by their 7″ tablet.
    They’ll be releasing their 10th generation phone too this year. Noob.

    • Cory Gunther

      04/15/2019 at 4:23 pm

      Well.. Kind of, but I disagree completely! Nexus phones were made by HTC a few times, LG, HTC again, and even Motorola made one. Even the last-gen Nexus 5X and 6P were made by LG (5x) and Huawei made the Nexus 6P. Obviously, they ALL looked completely different.

      So while this is “technically” the 10th phone from Google, it’s honestly the 4th where Google’s actually making the majority of the choices, decisions, designs, etc.

  4. Diana

    03/29/2019 at 7:22 am

    Please do not curve the sides of the google pixel 4 xl. It makes it easier to play word search puzzle without losing your place while using the stylus to get the correct answer

  5. henry LAX

    04/02/2019 at 6:44 pm

    Jesus Christ talk about grading on a curve … pretending all the previous efforts of Nexus didn’t exist

  6. SolerL

    04/22/2019 at 1:17 pm

    Whenever I saw those patent drawings, I could only see one thing: The Pixel 2 XL without the screen outline. I don’t know when these patents were filed (which could potentially, technically rule that out), but I don’t know how no one has mentioned this (on the articles and posts I’ve read so far anyway)…

    I believe it is in fact the Pixel 2 XL due to the placement of the speakers, flash, and camera lens. But mostly due to the glass section design.

  7. Matthew Davis

    04/27/2019 at 3:04 am

    By the way, Flame is a fish. The flame angel is a bright red marine fish and one of the most beautiful in existence.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas63/4457240595/

  8. douchebag workout 2

    05/22/2019 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this interesting thing with us.

  9. Tyler

    06/07/2019 at 4:33 pm

    I really really hope that they dont remove the fingerprint sensor from the back. It is my favorite unlock from any phone ever and I love it on my pixel 2.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:55 am

      Almost positive this phone will have no fingerprint scanner. If it does have one, it’ll be under the screen. positive.

  10. Khairul

    07/17/2019 at 7:41 am

    Another reason for waiting on a future Pixel device is 5G connectivity. I’m planning on holding onto my 2016 Pixel XL until a few months after the first Pixel 5G is released, when the price should have depreciated quite a bit.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:54 am

      Oh absolutely. It’ll get released near the end of October. Then a few weeks later see discounts, not to mention more discounts for Black Friday. Combine a trade-in deal with BF and you’ll score a sweet deal!

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