Google Unveils Pixel 4 Phone That Can Be Controlled With Hand Gestures
The super smart phone was officially launched in New York earlier today (Tuesday) and among the phone's many eye-catching features is its 'Motion Sense' capability.
With a simple wave of the hand, users will be able to skip songs, snooze alarms and silence phone calls - and to think that 'at the touch of a button' was once thought to represent the pinnacle of convenience.
Indeed, you might not see much benefit to the feature, but Pixel 4 owners probably won't remember how they lived without it as they begin their new lives, in which changing songs on the treadmill and dismissing calls while kneading dough are no longer stressful tasks.
You can also unlock the phone with your face. In fact, the phone gets ready to unlock as soon as your face starts to encroach upon it.
Speaking at the launch, Sabrina Ellis, director of product at Google, said: "Pixel 4 has the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone, because the process starts before you've even picked up your phone.
"Motion Sense prepares the camera when you reach for your Pixel 4 so you don't need to tap the screen."
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The camera is also one of the phone's major selling points, offering users 'studio-like photos, without the studio'.
'Night Sight' enables the phone to take incredibly detailed pictures in the dark without flash, meaning you could take a picture of the Milky Way with your phone. Anyone remember when people just wanted to be able to make calls with their phone? What a time to be alive.
A second camera lens means amateur snappers can focus on the subject of a photo, while 'backgrounds fade into an artful blur'. This second lens and 'super res zoom' also allows Pixel 4 owners to zoom in for distant snaps without the picture quality taking a nosedive.
It has an OLED display (which is the same as Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 11), is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor, comes with either 64GB or 128GB of storage and has 6GB RAM.
But if all of these baffling features and capabilities have no bearing on your choice of phone and you just want to know what colour you can get it in, your options are black, white and 'oh so orange', if you're feeling a little adventurous.
The Pixel 4 is available for pre-order now and is priced at £669 ($799), while the Pixel 4 XL (which is a bit bigger, obviously) is £829 ($899). According to the Google website, UK orders will be dispatched by 28 October.
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