Yesterday, Google introduced its latest Pixel smartphones called the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The new Pixels will be going on sale in the US later this month. But this time, there’s bad news for the Indian smartphone users. The search titan will not be launching the Pixel 4 duo in the country. The company said that there are a number of factors behind the decision, including “local trends” and “product features”. The main reason is the Project Soli-based Motion Sensor radar chip of the Pixel 4 duo, which offers users face unlock functionality as well as support for various hand gestures.
The Google Pixel 4 series Soli radar utilises the 60Hz mmWave frequency band to work. The Indian government hasn’t yet opened this frequency band for commercial use, and Google doesn’t have the necessary permissions to use it on the Pixels either.
Notably, this is the first time Google hasn’t launched a Nexus or Pixel smartphone in India, which have usually been released in the country a few days after their global launch in the past.
“Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India,” said a Google spokesperson.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL prices and availability
For the uninitiated, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL come with 6GB of RAM. They can be purchased in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. The smartphones come in three colour variants – Really Black, Clearly White, and a limited edition Oh So Orange.