The Soli radar system that Google will be included in the upcoming Pixel 4 will allow users to control the device with various motion gestures without even touching the phone. While the feature is likely going to be positioned as a main selling point for the phone, not everyone will be able to use it. According to new documentation, the Soli chip on the Pixel 4 will be disabled in certain markets, disabling the Motion Sense gestures completely.
Google has not yet revealed why the Soli chip will be disabled in certain markets, but it’s likely due to the chip’s use of radar which likely has run into regulatory hurdles in different countries. For now, the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and “most” European countries have given Google the green light to use Soli. The only country that’s given a definite “no” is Japan. Hopefully, Google will be able to shed more light on the situation when the Pixel 4 makes it debut in October.
While this issue may be a deal-breaker for some, we’d like to remind you that the availability of Google’s Pixel smartphones is quite limited when compared to Samsung, Huawei, and other larger players. Limiting the Soli-enabled features only to certain regions may not be ideal, but it’ll likely only have an impact on a small percentage of potential Pixel 4 customers.
If the Pixel 4’s Soli chip were to be disabled in your region, would you choose not to buy the phone?