Pixel 4’s New Feature will be Restricted in Japan

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Google’s upcoming flagship phone – Pixel 4 is loaded with some interesting technology. One of them is Motion Sense, a radar technique developed under the name Project Soli using high-frequency radios to detect in-air gestures for user interfaces.

But this feature is perhaps not going to come to Pixel devices sold in Japan. One of Best Buy’s promo page says the following –

Wave hello to Motion Sense* — You no longer have to touch your phone to make things happen. Motion Sense is a new technology in Pixel 4 that can detect your gestures without you having to touch the screen.

*Not functional in Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense. For more information see g.co/pixel/motionsense.

We still have no official news regarding this restriction. But it seems like due to regulatory hurdles regarding 60GHz transmissions in Japan. The Android 10 update, which made available the eSIM feature, is also blocked in Japan right now. This might perhaps not be a coincidence.

We’ll let you know if we find more information regarding this matter. Until then, keep following us!