Pixel 5 – Google Is Doing It Right
So when the Pixel 4 was launched last year,Google gave it a distinct feature that no other phone has at the moment. And it’s the presence of a soli radar chipaka motion sense which picks up hand gestures and allow users to interact with the phonewithout touching it such as recognizes when you’re reaching for the phone in the morning,and reduces the alarm volume.
Similarly, it detects the hand movement thatprecedes user authentication and increases 3D Face unlock response time. It can skip songs with a simple wave and Itcan also turn off the always-on display when you’re not within reach.
That sounds great in theory, but in practice,the Pixel 4’s gestures recognition system isn’t what they advertised, and Most usersseem to have just turned off the feature in an attempt to conserve battery life whichis really bad on the Pixel 4. Also The Pixel 4 isn’t available in certaincountries (India being the big one) because of the way Google’s Soli radar chip operates.
The soli radar operates on the 60GHz frequencyand in India, consumer devices are not allowed to use the 60GHz spectrum for civilian use. And because the handset wasn’t available inmany markets and also because the phone didn’t offer enough value to the consumers, the salesof the handset was pretty bad. Google sold only 2 million pixel units in6 months.
In comparison, they sold 3.5 million unitsof Pixel 3 in the same timeframe. Now with their next flagship, the Pixel 5Google reportedly plans to go back to the basics and give up some innovative featuressuch as you’ve guessed it the Motion Sense. This comes from 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall,who claims that his sources say that the Pixel 5 will not have the Soli radar chip.
Considering how the motion sense is a gimmickwhich takes a big toll on the battery and also prevented Google from releasing the Pixel4 in many big markets, it doesn’t seem all that surprising to hear Google might abandonMotion Sense altogether. And it is a perfect move in my opinion becauseGoogle mentioned that for Soli to do tasks like these they need a bigger soli radar chipwhich they cannot put inside a smartphone-sized gadget ever.
Soli integration in laptops and desktops wouldbe a lot more useful than on mobile phones. But that’s not to say that Google hasn’tdone a tremendous job here. The tech innovations required to make allof this possible on the phone are incredible but ditching it altogether is a good moveas it also allows them to have a modern-looking design on the Pixel 5 instead of a huge bezelup top.
Anyway, I think because of this and due tothe fact that the phone will have a Snapdragon 765G processor, the Pixel 5 will have a lowerprice tag compared to the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL were priced at 799 and899 respectively.
So it’s not out of the way to believe thePixel 5 series to have a lower price tag than this which will surely make the Pixel 5 amore attractive option to potential buyers especially after every other major AndroidOEM has dramatically increased the prices of their flagships this year. Anyway, let me know what do you think? Would you miss the motion sense on the Pixel5 or you don’t even care. Let me know down in the comments and as alwaysI’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!