• Ojas Sharma

Google Pixel 4 - What we officially know so far

Google Pixel 3 has just one camera at the back, yet it is the best camera in a smartphone that is available in the market. Even the cheaper Google Pixel 3a was able to hold on its own and is only second best to Google Pixel 3. So imagine the potential when you find out that Google has shown its new Pixel 4 with two cameras at the back.

Google has always struggled in controlling the leaks of its devices and now it seems it has just given up. Last year when Google Pixel 3 was launched everyone had already seen the phone months before the official unveiling. So when leaks of Pixel 4 started floating on the internet, Google just shared the picture of the back of the phone to make the leaks official. From the image seen below, you can see that there are two cameras and sensors. The fingerprint reader also seems to be missing, which would mean it might have an in-display sensor in the front.

The front of the phone has not been revealed by Google but there are plenty of leaks about that as well. I don’t want to talk about those as they may or may not be correct. Instead, let's talk about what Google has revealed in its second tweet about Pixel 4. In the short video, you can see a user navigating the phone with hand gestures. This is the big upgrade on the software side which Google has been working on for quite some time.

So far all Pixel devices seem to be just following the trends already set by Samsung and Apple and did not have anything unique to offer apart from its world-class image processing software. With Pixel 4, Google wants to change that and introduce to the market touchless gesture navigation. Wait, didn’t Samsung have that as well? Well, true, but this takes it to another level.

Google has showcased its new technology called Project Soli. You can check their interesting website which states Soli as new sensing technology that uses miniature radar to detect touchless gesture interactions. You read it right, there will be a radar technology now inside the Google Pixel 4. How cool is that? They have managed to shrink this technology to a very small chip and it can change the way we have been interacting with our phones and other gadgets so far.

The radar will detect the gestures of your hand to carry out various functions like increasing volume, scrolling the page, pressing on something on the phone like how you will press a button. The possibilities are limitless. Majority of smartphones today are full of smudges by our constant touches scattered on the screen. Have you ever been in a situation when you are eating something and had to pick up your phone or do something on the phone with your greasy hands? We might not have to do that anymore with this technology.

The other device which will benefit the most from this technology are smart watches. With a small screen on your wrist, it is best to try and avoid pressing those tiny icons. With Project Soli’s radar technology you might never have to touch your smart watch. Provided Google decides to lend this technology to other smart watches running Android wear.

I am excited about this new technology that Google is bringing forward. Matched with the power of high-quality images and seamless stock Android performance, Google Pixel 4 might just become the leader in the high-end smartphone market.

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