One of the most exciting features of Pixel 4 is the radar. The Soli Radar is located to the right of the earpiece speaker and creates a kind of field around the Pixel 4 that can detect movement. Depending on what's going on, your Pixel 4 can then predict what you want to do and assist you. Let's take a closer look at the different Motion Sense features Radar activates.
What is Motion Sense?
Motion Sense is the name Google uses for the various radar detection features in Pixel 4 You can access the Motion Sense menu via Settings> System> Motion Sense . The section is divided into two parts:
- Quick Gestures – Skip Songs, Silence Breaks
- Environment Display – Display Nearby, Check Phone
Each feature can be individually enabled or disabled, and there is a toggle between Turn the radar on or off. Please note that the Motion Sense features will not work if your Pixel 4 is in Sleep or Airplane mode. So that you know what they all do and how they work, we will address them in turn.
This sense of motion This feature is pretty self explanatory, but a bit cooler than you might think first. When this option is on, simply slide your hand left to right or right to left in front of the radar sensor to skip tracks forward or backward. This not only works in your music app, but in the entire Pixel software, so you can control your music anytime, anywhere. You can reverse the direction of the gesture if you want.
It does not matter how you hold your hand: it works with both flat hands and karate-chop style. The only trick is that your hand is not too far from the radar sensor or the gesture is not detected.
This may be the best Motion Sense feature currently available (Google indicates that more will be added as time goes by). This is a two-part feature that lets you turn down the volume as well as mute the phone. The radar detects when your hand is approaching your phone and decreases the volume of an alarm or call.
You can also use the same gesture that you would use to skip a song. When an alarm is triggered, simply wave it away to disable the alarm for 10 minutes. When a timer alarm is triggered, you can completely mute it by using the skip song gesture. The same gesture mutes an incoming call, but you can not reject a call that way, just mute it.
Reach to check the phone.
The range for checking your phone is also a pretty straightforward motion-sense feature. As in the example above, the radar is used to detect when your hand is within range of your phone, and the lock screen is illuminated to show the time and notification icons. It also activates the two infrared cameras to unlock faces, resulting in much faster face unlocking.
Interestingly, as in the above examples, the Soli radar can distinguish whether you are reaching for or waving your hand over your phone. If you wave your hand across the screen, the phone's range will not be activated. You actually need to pick up your phone for it to work.
The existing Android "Wake up" feature is also present on the Pixel 4 and technically has the same function as the range for checking the phone, but with a significant difference. If you want to enable the alarm, you must first lift the handset to activate the lock screen and activate the cameras to unlock the face. Verifying the phone is much faster, because everything is activated before you touch it. This makes the face unlocking of Pixel 4 so much faster than with other face unlocking systems that support waking by boosting. "Width =" 1200 "height =" 675 "data-srcset =" https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/ wp-content / uploads / 2019/10 / Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display.jpg 1200w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel -4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-300×170.jpg 300w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display- 768×432.jpg 768w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-16×9.jpg 16w, https: // cdn57. androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-32×18.jpg 32w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019 /10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-28×16.jpg 28w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4- Always-On-Ambient-Display-56×32.jpg 56w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-64×36.jpg 64w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-712×400.jpg 712w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net /wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-1000×563.jpg 1000w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ Google Pixel 4 Always On Ambient Display 792×446.jpg 792w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient -Display 840×472.jpg 840w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-770×433.jpg 770w, https: / http://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/ uploads / 2019/10 / Google-Pixel-4-Always-On-Ambient-Display-675×380.jp g 675w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px "/>
The nearby display can only be used if you have also enabled pixel 4's continuous display. When this Motion Sense feature is enabled, Pixel 4 will only activate the display when you are nearby. This leads to a longer battery life than the use of the constantly switched on display. The only problem is that your screen lights up whenever you are nearby. This can be confused with incoming notifications.
As you can see, Soli brings in many cool new features in Pixel 4. What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.