Google is having a very difficult time keeping anything at all about the Pixel 4 under wraps. It certainly looks to be a compelling purchase with innovative hardware and software. One of the main innovations that most are looking forward to is Project Soli, termed Motion Sense in the Pixel 4.
Earlier this month Best Buy accidentally revealed that some regions would not be getting Motion Sense on their Pixel 4 smartphones and at the time Australia was mentioned as one of those that were set to receive it. Now new information has revealed that we may not be as lucky as we first thought.
9to5Google managed to get a copy of the Motion Sense app from NextRift who have been doing a few run downs on various Pixel 4 features based on the late-stage sample/prototype they have their hands on and dug deep into it. Within the app they found a list of 38 countries where Motion Sense will work.
I’m not going to list all of those countries here but just say that Australia does not appear on said list, obviously different to the first list we saw published. Of course this is all speculation because even though it has appeared in the prototype software that does not make it final. It is possible, and the optimist in me believes this is the case, that Google are just waiting on the final stamp of approval from the regulatory bodies before they can add countries such as Australia and New Zealand to the list.
Of course there is no way to know until Google announce the Pixel 4 officially on October 16 (AU time) but just in case we have contacted Google to enquire but with the launch so close we don’t expect any definitive answer at this late stage. It would be such a shame for us not to bet Motion Sense on our Pixel 4s — it definitely is one of the main features I am looking forward to trying.