While the Pixels 3 shone by the quality of their photos, their successors will land with two new features: facial recognition and gesture detection. It will be able to turn off the alarm or switch from one song to another without touching the device, simply by making gestures.
The rumors were right: the Pixel 4 will indeed integrate a motion detector . It is Google that confirms with a small video , and as imagined it is actually the application of the project Soli , based on a radar developed for four years. It will be placed on the front of the smartphone in the middle of half a dozen sensors , and it will control the device with gestures.
For now, what Google offers will be very basic since we can move from one song to another miming to sweep the screen, turn off the alarm or mute a call. Eventually, the possibilities are numerous, but the first attempts made by the competition did not convince … Moreover, one wonders if this innovation will not duplicate the voice assistant that allows, today , to control very easily his smartphone by the voice. Clearly, is it a gadget more or a real innovation able to create a standard for the years to come?
Facial recognition also happens
Google also took the opportunity to announce the arrival of facial recognition, democratized by Apple with FaceID . It will be possible to unlock the Pixel 4 by placing his face in front of the smartphone. No need to put your fingerprint or enter a code. Side security and privacy of data, Google ensures that the face of the person does not leave the smartphone and no data is sent to the servers . Everything is encrypted and recorded in the Titan M chip , already present on Pixel 3 and dedicated to security.
Google Pixel 4: goodbye notch, hello radar
Expected for September, the next Google smartphones will return to a more classic design, no notch dedicated to selfie camera . On the other hand, the big novelty would be the presence of a gesture recognition sensor. It would be a first!
To discover the design of the next iPhone , it was necessary to rely on the hulls that will be marketed at the time of its release. For the next pixels , it’s a bit the same strategy except that these are screen protections. Discovered by the Twitter account @UniverseIce , they allow to highlight the various elements located at the top of the device. Alongside the usual photo sensors and speakers, we discover a large frame on the right.
In all likelihood, it could be the radar that Google had presented in 2015 at the heart of his project Soli . What could a radar do on a smartphone? Just to drive it without touching it. A kind of miniaturized version of Minority Report that would answer a call or increase the sound without having the device in hand. This is all the more credible as Google obtained, in January 2019, the green light for the integration of its sensors into connected products.
A more classic design
At the same time, this discovery confirms the abandonment of the notch that had become widespread on many smartphones to hide the photo sensor, and it is the insider @OnLeaks who confirms it with visuals. Unlike some competitors, Google does not seem inclined to offer a retractable camera but would return to a more classic design with a black band where we would find this famous sensor and the usual components located on the front of the device.
For the back, no surprise since Google had leaked clichés of the backs of Pixel 4 and Pixel XL with this wide frame to place the devices. The same as on the next iPhone .
Google releases an enigmatic first glimpse of Pixel 4
After many rumors and leaks, Google slice by publishing a photo of the design of the Pixel 4 to orchestrate his arrival.
Hole in the screen for selfies, first leaks images by the very informed @Onleaks … It’s been weeks that rumors and alleged leaks circulate around the next pixel 4. To cut short these assumptions and master the buzz, Google has taken care to publish the photo of his next smartphone featured via his Twitter account . With a choice of dark hues, it does not reveal everything, but you can get an idea of the design and especially the back of the device.
With this shot, it’s hard to know if the Pixel 4 will actually have a hole in the screen for its selfie module. On the other hand, we note on the back of the mobile, the absence of the fingerprint sensor . This one should be deported under the surface of the screen, as it is the case for more and more premium mobiles, like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or the OnePlus 7 and its predecessor.
Google switches to two photo sensors
Until now, the various hypotheses implied that the mobile would look like the next iPhone XI . His back would be virtually similar with a square photo module on the top side. If this is indeed the case, the blow is tough for Apple who sees himself cut off the effect of surprise.
For the rest, in the photo released by Google, we actually find this module with two sensors, a flash and probably an infrared sensor , unless it is an additional photo sensor. While the unique Pixel 3 photo module is already working miracles while manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG are multiplying them.