Pixel 4 Screen Protector Leak Hints at Touchless Interface
Leaks these days seem to come from the damndest of places. A recent 9to5Google report cited a tweet from Ice universe, which featured two images of what look to be Google Pixel 4 screen protectors. And, from those images, we’ve been gifted with a new rumor that Google’s next flagship smartphone will probably feature the results of Project Soli—a chip developed by Google that will enable touchless interactions with the device.
The concept of touchless interactions isn’t new. Just last year, it was reported that Apple was pursuing gesture controls in the iPhone using its powerful FaceID technology. Of course, project Soli from Google previously cropped up back in 2016 when the group behind the venture published some early findings of their gesture control experiments. Then again, Apple had actually patented touchless gestures as far back as 2013—not to turn this into a debate of who really began developing this concept first or anything.
The oval opening of the Pixel 4 Series front panel means that the Google Pixel 4 Series will be groundbreaking and new and worth looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/9Pg9bGcWrs
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2019
If the current leak has any validity, though, we’re likely talking about the Pixel 4 being the first to-market smartphone with gesture controls. The possibilities there are pretty fascinating. Consumers, conceivably, would never have to actually pick up their phone to interact with it, what with both voice and no-contact controls baked right into the device? Just prop the thing up on a stand and you’re good to go.
How gesture controls will actually work, and what you’ll be able to control with them is still up in the air. Aside from unlocking the device with some sort of abracadabra wiggly-finger hand gesture, perhaps there’s a way to initiate a selfie without having to touch the screen, or something along those lines. Either way, in an era where flagship smartphone makers are desperately trying to differentiate themselves from the competition, Google could soon bring to market a phone that’s certainly worth an extra look, no matter what you’re carrying around in your pocket or purse right now.
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