Google product info insider 9to5Google had just released a full list of some of the confirmed music apps that will be using motion gesture controls in the upcoming Google Pixel 4 phone. Hint: they all hit the “good notes”.
Motion Sense, one of the most central features of the Pixel 4, has been hyped for as long as it was first announced some time ago. Technology-wise, touch-less “hand-wavy” gesture controls are not exactly new. But for a Pixel Android phone, this is a first in terms of integration. Pixel 4’s version will be powered by Project Soli, which uses radar to detect your hand gestures.
Most of the promotional material (purposely) unveiled by Google thus far hinted options for controlling your music apps. Gestures for skipping songs, or moving on the next or previous track. Seems quite standard, self-explanatory, and frankly speaking, not actually that exciting.
That is until the folks at 9to5Google were able to get in touch with NextRift, who promptly provided all of the juicy details of other apps that are confirmed to be using Motion Sense once Pixel 4 comes out. No specific details of course. After all, it’s just a list of approved apps. But it gets the imagination tingling. Take a look at some of these entries:
- Amazon Music
- Google Play Music
- Napster Music
- YouTube Music
As pointed out by 9to5Google, some of the entries were quite surprising, since the very existence of the support already hints at a bigger picture for the feature. For example, Google Play Music seems to actually support Motion Sense, even though it has officially been replaced by YouTube Music. Other international apps, such as Hungama, are listed even though its original country, India, is not officially listed yet on the approved countries for Motion Sense.
In any case, 9to5Google puts out a strong disclaimer that there is no special (hardware-based) integration for all of these apps when it comes to Motion Sense. They are indeed listed, but the official reason why remains a mystery to be solved, probably until some of us finally get to own the real deal.