See Pixel 4’s new Face ID clone in action


Pixel 4
The Pixel 4 will challenge the iPhone later this year.
Photo: Google

Google’s next flagship smartphone will borrow one of the iPhone’s most popular new features when it launches later this year.

Full details of the upcoming Pixel 4 will be revealed this fall. For now, Google seems pretty content to keep spilling out teasers of the new phone. The company already gave a glimpse of the giant new camera on the back. Today we’re getting a look at the new Face ID copy-cat feature and another big surprise.

Check out the teaser:

Google plans to unleash full details of the Pixel 4 in October. Rumors have circulated for a while now that the company plans to copy Face ID but we hadn’t heard of the new Motion Sense feature until now.

Motion Sense will allow users to get things done on the Pixel 4 without even touching it. The feature is powered by a Project Soli chip that uses radar to detect hand gestures. It could be used for media controls, browsing websites, taking photos and more.

The Verge talked to Google and was told that the face unlock feature will use depth sensors, infrared sensors and RGB sensors. This should allow it to work reliably in a variety of situations and on people of color. If it can be as reliable as Face ID it would be a huge step up for Android phones which have lagged behind Face ID.


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