A couple of months ago, Google confirmed that one of the features of the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphones is called Motion Sense. This is basically where users will be able to control their phone without actually having to touch it. It sounds pretty cool, but unfortunately, it won’t be available in all locations.
This is according to a listing on Best Buy’s website where it notes, “Not functional in Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense.” It is unclear why some locations might not support Motion Sense, but according to Android Police, it has been speculated that it could be due to the 60GHz transmissions in which there are some regulatory hurdles in Japan and some parts of Europe that prevent it from being used.
We’re not sure if this could be enabled later via a software update, or if the component used for Motion Sense will be removed entirely. In case you’re hearing about this for the first time, it has been rumored that Google could finally be finding a way to commercialize Project Soli, a project that Google has been working on that involved the use of radar motion sensor technology.
It seems like they might have figured out how to do so with Motion Sense, although how exactly this will work remains to be seen. Google would also not be the first to try and introduce touch-less controls, although in the past the implementations have mostly felt gimmicky, so we’ll have to wait and see if Google might have a better grasp of it.