Google’s next Pixel phone is rumoured to be ditching the Motion Sense feature that lets users interact with the phone without touching it.
When the Pixel 4 launched back in October 2019, Google made a big deal of the motion-sensitive radar technology inside it.
The company called the tech ‘Project Soli’ and showed how you could, for example, skip music tracks by waving your hand in front of the screen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like many people used it and were instead a bit miffed at the sub-par battery life and high price of the phone.
Now, according to the Google fans over at 9to5Google the upcoming Google Pixel 5 will reportedly drop Soli and Motion Sense.
That could make the next phone cheaper than the £829 asking price of the Pixel 4 XL.
If Google keeps to its usual release schedule, we may see a stripped-down version of the Pixel 4 called the Pixel 4a launching in the next few months. Then, sometime in October, we can expect the release of the all-new Pixel 5.
Regardless of whether or not the Pixel 5 keeps the motion sense, many users would settle for staples like 5G connectivity and a 120Hz-refresh rate screen. A 3.5mm headphone jack probably wouldn’t go amiss either.