Google builds gesture controls into new Pixel phone

See Pixel 4's new Face ID clone in action

According to Google, the Pixel 4's Face Unlock feature actually works in tandem with Motion Sense. The Pixel 4 features seven front sensors, including two face unlock IR cameras, a dot projector, a flood illuminator, the front-facing camera, an ambient light and proximity sensor, and the Soli radar chip. It would be a first for Google, as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a both have traditional rear fingerprint sensors. Google's Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) has been working on shrinking down radar into a tiny chip for the last five years.

Google is expected to launch Pixel 4 in October. Pixel 4, however, uses special hardware designed specifically to detect gestures allowing users to use them from a considerable distance. As for another suggestion, in at least one or two demos we saw during I/O, Google showed off a flicking motion, which could be used to switch apps maybe or snap back to your most recent app. Google says face unlock will work even if you are holding the phone upside down. In case the software algorithms and unlock sensors recognize the user, the phone will open immediately as it is picked up, all in one motion.

Android Q is expected to natively support 3D face unlock, and the Pixel 4 should pave way for other Android smartphones that plan on adding additional sensors for toughened security.

Motion Sense will allow users to skip songs, snooze alarms, silence phone calls and more by simply waving their hands in front of the phone. Apple's Face ID feature on the iPhone works in a similar way, and Apple has actually made a lot of progress with Face ID on the newest iPhones, so it will be interesting to see how well Google's implementation compares against Apple's Face ID.

While all that is great for increasing the dying sales of Pixel devices, the Face unlock feature and Soli chip could bring an incredibly large bezel to Pixel 4.

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Although Google's phone hasn't been around for as long as the Samsungs or Apples, it is still a very real contender in the phone market that is worth keeping an eye on.

They also make it clear that the data they're collecting will not be uploaded to their servers and that when the Pixel 4 comes out, your facial recognition data will be processed and retained on the device.

Google introduced the Pixel phone in 2016 as the company's first own-built smartphone running on the firm's Android operating system.

But, no leaked Pixel 4 renders have depicted in-screen fingerprint scanners (hard as that would be), nor have rumors mentioned any.

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