Last year’s Google Pixel 4 smartphones received Motion Sense based on Project Soli technology, which was supposed to allow you to control the device using gestures above the device.
On paper, everything looked pretty nice, we were promised that with the help of gestures it would be possible to skip songs, turn off alarms, adjust the playback volume, and so on. However, in practice, the function worked somehow, and even then not in all countries.
This year, the company ditched the gesture system entirely, which used tiny radars, and added an outdated rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to its new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones.
However, Google claims that the company has not canceled the development of Project Soli and the Motion Sense system. Google’s head of new hardware, Rick Osterloh, confirmed in an interview with The Verge that “they will be used in the future.” The CEO confirmed that the technology was too expensive to use in the phones that Google decided to release this year. Rick Osterlo did not elaborate on whether Project Soli and Motion Sense will be used in the next Pixel smartphone or any other Google products.
According to various media reports, Google plans to ship just 800,000 Pixel 5 phones this year. Moreover, the combined Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 will be shipping around 3 million smartphones throughout the year.