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A key feature of Pixel 4 may not return on the Pixel 5

By Cookie Monster - on 31 May 2020, 11:40am

A key feature of Pixel 4 may not return on the Pixel 5

Note: This article was first published on 17 May 2020.

The Google Pixel 4 is the first phone to use a Soli radar chip for three types of interactions: gestures, presence and reach.

The Google Pixel 5 may lose one of the key features of the Pixel 4. 

Sources told 9to5Google's Stephen Hall that Google is likely to "leave behind hobbies like Soli" for the Pixel 5. Soli is a motion-sensing radar technology that Google introduced on the Pixel 4, which is a first for a consumer device. 

The Soli radar chip enables Motion Sense feature that allows users to interact with the phone without ever touching it such as waving the hand to the left or right to navigate music playlist, to snooze alarms or dismiss calls, and to sense when you're reaching for your phone and getting the Face Unlock sensors ready to scan your face. 

In our review of the Pixel 4, we found Motion Sense to be gimmicky. In addition, Motion Sense can only work in select countries and apps which means some markets that sell the Pixel 4 will not have the feature enabled. 

The disappointing sales of the Pixel 4 may have a part to play as well in the rumoured removal of Motion Sense, but it makes sense for Google to go back to the basics and get the core features such as battery life right. 

Source: @hallstephenj