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Google video shows off a Pixel 4 Motion Sense DJ setup — it's as awkward as it sounds (Update: Making of)

We first saw Google's Project Soli radar at I/O a few years back, and it seemed magical. The version that just launched on the Pixel 4 is somewhat... less magical. It only does a few things, and it doesn't even work in many parts of the world. Google is trying hard to convince us that Motion Sense is useful, though. Its latest attempt comes in the form of a DJ "music experiment," and it's impressively bad.

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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

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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How to keep the Pixel 4's Always-on Display always on

With the Pixel 4 finally shipping to users and reaching more and more hands, we're starting to get wind of a few quirks we didn't expect. Due to the new Soli radar chip, some features you may have grown accustomed to might behave differently, like lockscreen notifications being hidden and the Always-on display automatically turning off after about 30 seconds.

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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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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 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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India won’t get the Google Pixel 4 as Soli fails to secure government’s approval

Google officially announced its highly anticipated Pixel 4 series earlier today at a jam-packed event that also introduced a slew of hardware under the ‘Made by Google’ branding. The flagship phones naturally stole the show and drew strong attention from the countries where they’re slated to be available soon. One country that’s missing from this list is India, a key overseas market for Google that’s usually among the first ones to receive new hardware. The company has clarified in a statement to India Today that its 2019 smartphones aren’t headed to the nation due to some regulatory issues with the Soli radar.

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[Update: Listing removed] Pixel 4 pre-orders go live early at Best Buy Canada

When Best Buy is your retail partner, it becomes immensely hard to keep your unannounced devices under wraps — this is particularly true for Google’s hardware. In separate instances, the retailer stocked Pixel 3a XL and Chromecast 3 units long before their respective announcements. This time, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, due for launch this Tuesday, fell victim of a similar practice at the hands of Best Buy Canada, who posted and then took down a pre-order page for the two Google phones.

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The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL just hit the FCC, announcement likely not too far off

FCC IDs for several new Google-made devices just landed, and although the product's identifying model numbers fit more closely with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, both the timing and some key differences in the application make it clear we're looking at something new: specifically, these are probably the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

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