A few weeks ago, we reported that the upcoming Pixel device will be powered by Google’s Project Soli. Project Soli, which has been under development for years ago, is finally ready to make its move to the consumer market.
It is a combination of various sensors which form like a radar chip tracking users movements in real-time. In simple terms, the radar will let users perform a bunch of actions on their phone using simple hand gestures.
While the smartphone industry was hyped up for the product, Google silently posted a blog on its website stating “Motion Sense will be available in select Pixel countries.” Back in July, we had no idea which countries would be excluded.
Different countries have different regulations on the sale of a radar chip, so Google took their time brokering deals with different nations around the world. A few days ago, a landing page on a US-based retailer Best buy gave us further insight on which countries will allow the chip to be used.
Google Pixel 4 Radar Feature Supported Countries
While the list of countries with Soli enabled is not large enough, it suggests that the US, Australia, Canada, Taiwan and the majority of EU countries will be supporting the sale of Soli. The Best Buy landing page for Pixel 4 says, “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. For more information see g.co/pixel/motionsense .”
Since the Soli chip uses a range of 58-63.5 GHz to operate, it has to meet certain smartphone regulations in every country the smartphone will debut in. In case you get your hands on a Pixel 4 and don’t have working motion gestures, just wait.
For example, if you are living in India and don’t see Soli gestures working on your Pixel, don’t be disheartened. Google might work out finer details and enable the chip via a software update sometime later. However, take it with a pinch of salt, because some countries might not simply allow smartphone manufacturers to make use of the chip.
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