Last week, we put a lot of emphasis on the specific apps we know for sure that they work with Pixel 4 Motion Sense to allow you to skip songs without touching your phone. However, Motion Sense can do more than just control media. Take a look at what you can do with Motion Sense on Google Pixel 4.
When Google demonstrated the first video from Pixel 4 in action – long before Leaker started making hands-on videos – there was one of them. The main feature was Motion Sense, which lets you control your phone with hand gestures. The primary use case for Motion Sense was skipping media titles. However, with Project Soli (that's the technology underlying Motion Sense) so powerful, we knew more gestures would be available.
Some of the many Pixel 4 leaks have shown a few other gestures that Motion Sense can handle, but we decided to look at the Motion Sense app that provided us with the people of NextRift (1
Second, all of these gestures are listed as "built-in actions" that may point to developers. You'll get access to creating their own Motion Sense gestures later, but we do not have any solid evidence yet. Now on the list!
All you Can Do with Pixel 4 Motion Sense
In the Motion Sense code, Google apparently reduced the features of Project Soli to four central "gestures": swipe, swipe, and presence.
Range – Reduce ringtone, alarm, or timer volume.
If you're thinking about Motion Sense for Pixel 4, you might think of gesture navigation the same way you do on Android 10: Swipe in a certain direction and something happens. In reality, Motion Sense adds the third dimension – the depth.
Using depth, Motion Sense can detect that you are reaching for your phone " ," and, depending on what's happening, respond. Motion Sense on Google Pixel 4 is used to calm the phone when it detects you are calling, while a call is coming in, a timer is ringing, or an alarm is sounding. At startup, Motion Sense's alarm and timer features only seem to work with the included phone and Google Clock apps, not with third-party applications.
Many phones have a similar system to reduce the volume of such alerts, but these are usually based on the accelerometer. Motion Sense can respond more proactively to your intention to pick up the phone.
Wipe – Ignore Call, Suspend Alert, or Release Timer
The second central motion sense gesture is Wipe . That's probably going to be a broad movement across the screen of your phone. If you have an incoming call, your ringtone is silenced with a simple wave of your hand over Pixel 4 and Motion Sense, and the call is ignored. Similarly, you may fall asleep or close a ready-made timer with a handshake, ideal for use in the kitchen or in the bedroom. However, these gestures still only work with the popular phone and watch apps that are included in Google Pixel 4.
Swipe – Skipping a Track
Swipe is, of course, the gesture we use. Most popularly, you've featured in Google Pixel 4's official promotional video for Motion Sense. With a "ramble" from one side of your Pixel 4 to another, you can quickly swap titles without touching your phone. Unfortunately, this does not work with any media app on startup, but a list of supported apps has already been found.
A stripe is different from a swipe in that the direction in which you move affects the events. Flipping from right to left jumps to the next track, while moving left to right returns to the previous track.
Presence – Let your phone unlock.
Beyond simple gestures, Google Pixel 4 can also use Motion Sense to recognize your presence . This will be used at startup, possibly in conjunction with the front-facing camera to keep your phone unlocked while you are watching it. This was originally discovered in Android Q Beta 4 under the name "Screen Attention" and reappeared in a recent Pixel 4 leak.
What do you think about Motion Sense gestures in Pixel 4? Which gesture would you like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.