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Pixel 4 root users can now enable Motion Sense in restricted countries

Pixel 4 root users can now enable Motion Sense in restricted countries

The Pixel 4 is the first phone to ship with Soli-powered Motion Sense gestures, but the Soli radar chip shuts off when the phone is used in restricted countries. The reasoning is quite simple — radar technology can potentially interfere with navigation systems and military equipment, so Soli needs explicit approval from governments. Unfortunately, the number of countries where Motion Sense works out-of-the-box is quite small. We suspected it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to bypass the regional restriction, and today's the day.

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Google has no immediate plans to open Motion Sense API to third-party devs

Google has no immediate plans to open Motion Sense API to third-party devs

The Pixel 4's Soli radar chip and Motion Sense features have made the news multiple times over the past weeks. From questionable utility to restrictions and resulting quirks, we've learned that this new technology comes with a few asterisks, but we didn't know whether developers would be able to tap into it. Google has now told us that an API isn't currently in the plans.

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense demos show it in action across apps, and even when the phone is locked

Pixel 4 Motion Sense demos show it in action across apps, and even when the phone is locked

With Pixel 4 units in hundreds of hands, we've seen divisive reports about its new Soli radar technology and Motion Sense. Our own Ryne and Scott say it works more or less for them, but they fail to see its utility just yet, while Marques Brownlee showed how unreliable it is for him (YouTube). Here's an unexpected opinion though: Artem loves it and it works very well for him.

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[Update: It works] Headed South is a Motion Sense game for Pixel 4 from Monument Valley's creators [APK Download]

[Update: It works] Headed South is a Motion Sense game for Pixel 4 from Monument Valley's creators [APK Download]

The award-winning Ustwo Studios is well known for the hit Escher-inspired game Monument Valley, and now Google has enlisted the developer to help show off the Pixel 4's new Motion Sense quick gestures. In Headed South, you play as a bird trying to flock with others while flying through brightly-colored worlds. There's only one problem I've found so far: it doesn't work.

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense hands-on: Will radar be the key to making air gestures stick?

Pixel 4 Motion Sense hands-on: Will radar be the key to making air gestures stick?

This year's new Pixels continue to raise the bar of what we can expect from Google phones, refining core elements of the Pixel experience like the incredible cameras. But more than that, Google's also introducing some all-new hardware, and easily one of the most anticipated arrivals has involved integrating Project Soli radar tech to give us the new Motion Sense gesture controls. What can you expect from them? Let's take a look.

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Pixel 4's face unlock is secure, fast, and works from any orientation

Pixel 4's face unlock is secure, fast, and works from any orientation

Using your face to unlock your smartphone has been around a long time on Android, and it's used by many for its convenience over typing in a PIN or a password. With the right amount of lighting, it can even be almost as fast as fingerprint unlocking. Android's face unlock has suffered from some embarrassing mishaps, though, such as being fooled by a fake head or even just a regular 2D photo of your face. With the Pixel 4, Google is upping its game when it comes to face unlock security and speed. In addition to being secure enough now to process payments and log into apps, the Pixel 4 can recognize your face from any orientation, even upside down, and it does so very quickly.

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Pixel 4's Motion Sense will disable itself in unsupported regions

Pixel 4's Motion Sense will disable itself in unsupported regions

Google says the Pixel 4's Motion Sense features will only be available in a handful of countries due to regulations surrounding the underlying Soli radar technology. Since it could potentially interfere with navigation systems and military equipment, the company is careful to make sure it won't work anywhere where it's not approved. Thus, Soli will disable itself when you enter unsupported regions.

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Pixel 4's Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and next-generation Assistant featured in leaked marketing footage

Pixel 4's Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and next-generation Assistant featured in leaked marketing footage

At this point in the Pixel 4 timeline, we're just about one leaked schematic shy of 3D printing a handset of our own. We've already seen the official press images. We've gotten a 360º view of every curve, camera, and bezel. We snagged all the APKs we could possibly want. We even know the complete specs down to the Snapdragon 855 SOC, 6GB of RAM, and storage options. Now we're getting our best look yet at a handful of anticipated features, including Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and the next generation Google Assistant.

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Google Pixel 4 looks set to be announced October 15 as Motion Sense settings leak

Google Pixel 4 looks set to be announced October 15 as Motion Sense settings leak

Pixel 4 leaks just won't stop. Over the last couple of days, we've seen a multitude of photos and videos showing the phone in the wild, giving us a good idea of what it looks like and which hardware is built in. Another leak courtesy of YouTuber Brandon Lee offers us a glimpse at some hands-free gestures coming to the Pixel 4 thanks to radar-based Soli technology. Following him, Evleaks published a high-quality render of the phone's front with an October 15 date on it, suggesting it might launch that day.

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Pixel 4 landing page reveals geographical restrictions for Motion Sense gesture controls

Pixel 4 landing page reveals geographical restrictions for Motion Sense gesture controls

Google has telegraphed far in advance of the Pixel 4's launch that it will come with a featured called Motion Sense — a radar technique developed under the name Project Soli using high-frequency radios to detect in-air gestures for user interfaces. But if you live in one country, you shouldn't expect to take advantage of this feature.

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