Google Pixel 4’s Motion Sense feature won’t work in India even on imported units

On: October 24, 2019

Soon after the global launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, Google confirmed that it won’t be selling the new Pixel series in India. Since the announcement, Pixel fans in India may have considered importing the device from international markets. However, it has now been revealed that the Pixel 4 may not work properly in markets where it is not sold.

For the uninitiated, the Pixel 4’s mainstay is its Motion Sense feature, which can detect gestures and hand motions without the user touching the device, and also enables faster facial recognition. However, Motion Sense relies on the Soli Radar component that makes use of the 60GHz mmWave frequency. In India, this frequency is reserved for military usage, and is not yet available for commercial use.

YouTuber Austin Evans shared a screenshot which reveals that Motion Sense is turned off in Japan, where the feature is slated to be available in 2020. This hints that Motion Sense will be disabled automatically in countries where the Pixel 4 is not sold, such as India. Evans claimed that he found Motion Sense stopped working when he entered Japan. It displayed a pop-up message that read “Motion Sense is off” and is unsupported in the country. The same message is likely to show up on an imported Pixel or Pixel 4 XL that is brought to India. So while the device will function otherwise, key features such as Quick Gestures won’t work.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Specifications and Pricing

As for the specifications, the Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch OLED display with full HD+ resolution, whereas the Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED display with quad HD+ resolution. The Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 6GB of RAM powers both smartphones. Both phones run a stock version of Android 10. They have OIS-assisted dual camera setups with a 12-megapixel primary lens and a 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. The Pixel 4 series feature an 8-megapixel selfie snapper along with advanced sensors for 3D facial recognition.

The Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh battery whereas the Pixel 4 XL has a 3,700mAh unit. The 64GB and 128GB Pixel 4 models are priced at $799 (~Rs 56,600) and $899 (~Rs 63,700) in the US respectively.  The Pixel 4 XL 64GB and 128GB storage editions cost $899 (~Rs 63,700) and $999 (~Rs 70,800) respectively.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.