One of the most important additions to Google Pixel 4 is the new Soli chip. It is the miniature radar sensor that controls Motion Sense, a new way to communicate with your phone without touching it. There are a few new gestures you need to learn to take advantage of Motion Sense, so let me analyze them for you.
With Motion Sense, the Soli sensor detects your movements and converts them into actions on the phone. At startup you can manage phone calls, alarms and music. But as more developers get the technology, more interactions will be added to your favorite apps.
Before getting excited, understand that Motion Sense does not work in all countries. This is because the high-frequency signals it uses are not approved for all countries because they can interfere with other signals.
Currently, those living in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and most European countries can use Motion Sense. When you travel to other countries, this function does not work. But if you are in a country that is not supported, you will be back in a few months, because more countries will be added soon.
During the first installation of the phone, you will be called Pixel 4 and will ask you if you want to switch on Motion Sense. If you said no or missed it, you can enable it manually. Open the Settings app, select "System" and then choose "Motion Sense". Switch on the switch next to "Motion Sense" to activate the function.
Motion Sense is limited to two gestures at the start: about swipe the screen and reach for your phone. Although there is no haptic feedback to know that you are doing it correctly, there is a small light on the top of the screen that appears when it feels your hand. It moves with your hand while you perform the gesture (at least during the swipe), so if the light moves, you know it has registered the gesture.
First, there is the gesture to manage your music. By swiping the screen, you can go to the next song, go to the beginning of the song or go back to the previous song.
Swipe the phone from right to left while playing your song. Motion Sense goes to the next song in the playlist.
If you swipe from left to right, it goes back to the beginning of the song. If you then quickly swipe in the same direction again, it returns to the previous song (exactly how the button of the previous song works).
You cannot perform this function if your music is paused. But you can change the swipe direction via Settings -> System -> Motion Sense. Choose & # 39; Skip songs & # 39 ;, then tap & # 39; Sweep directions & # 39; and select & # 39; Swipe from left to right for the next song & # 39 ;. Now goes from left to right to the next song, while from right to left goes to the beginning or previous song.
When your alarm goes off, you can swipe in both directions to simulate the snooze button tap. When done correctly, your phone applies the standard snooze duration.
Fortunately, the alarm is not turned off, so you don't have to worry about accidentally wiping out your alarm and overslept during a workday.
Piggybacking at # 2, you can also use another function of the clock manage app: the timer. When a timer goes off, just swipe in either direction to ignore it and turn off the ring signal.
So you are working and you have forgotten to switch off your ring signal. During an important meeting, your telephone will switch off and the ringtone will ring through the room. With the Pixel 4 you can easily swipe your screen to mute the conversation. Now the conversation continues, but you no longer have to worry that your ringing tone will disturb the people around you.
When your alarm rings or your phone rings for an incoming call, the Soli sensor detects when you reach for the phone. While reaching for it, since it realizes that you are going to communicate with your device, it reduces the volume of notifications.
When you reach for your phone, the Ambient Display screen lights up to show you the weather, time, notifications, and some other small pieces of information so that you can are up to date without having to unlock your phone. We also discovered that when you reach for the phone, the background of the lock screen is also displayed.