Pixel 4, the expected new mobile device from Google, will be presented in October this year. However, since phone images were leaked in Twitter, Google has not stopped showing publicly the new features and updates that will bring your next mobile.
The new Pixel installment will include a facial recognition system similar to that of Apple
Now, the company has announced the main changes that its next hardware launch will have. That is why in TreceBits we bring you an account of the most important modifications that the new installment of the Pixel saga will present.
1. Facial Recognition
Without a doubt, the element that has drawn the most attention to Pixel 4 is its facial recognition system. This system represents a change with respect to the old fingerprint detector, which already characterized the design of Google devices.
In addition, the arrival of facial recognition is another step in Google's competition against Apple, who has been using this system for several seasons as a mechanism to unlock his devices.
Pixel 4's facial recognition technology will work with a series of sensors arranged to identify the user's face, including depth, infrared radiation and an RGB color system. This means that the device should be able to recognize the face of the individual beyond the lighting changes.
The problem with the launch of this facial recognition system is that it puts into play Google's reputation in handling facial data. This, if you take into account that past attempts to incorporate facial recognition into Android devices were insecure and ineffective.
To address this, Google has promised that biometric data will be stored locally on a security chip and will not be shared with any other Google service. However, the fact that Google also enables this function as a payment method, raises many concerns in the area of cybersecurity.
2. A motion sensor
In its next Pixel 4, Google will incorporate the technology of the Soli Project, a kind of radar that identifies small movements of the hand and fingers made above a device. This means that the new Pixel will allow users to do all kinds of actions with their hands to turn off alarms, move on to the next song, lower the volume, etc.
At the moment it is unknown what exactly functions can be done with manual gestures. However, it is believed that all will be related to audiovisual elements or to control sounds.
In addition, it is believed that this motion sensor will also allow to anticipate actions and, consequently, will allow to speed up the execution processes. In this sense, the movement of the hand before taking the phone would activate the sensor and this, in turn, would activate the facial recognition function so that the user can access his device almost instantaneously.
3. Removal of the second front camera
Unlike its predecessors, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Google's new hardware will not include a second front camera. Initially the company inserted this camera with the aim of capturing more elements of the peripheral view of the user, as well as facilitating the incorporation of more people in the same photo.
However, it seems that Google has chosen to eliminate this element in favor of opting for greater technological development with facial recognition and motion sensors. This idea, in addition, already appeared during the launch of Pixel 3A, a version of the device that did not include the second front camera, but which showed a wider view of the panorama.