Google is having a tough time keeping a lid on its new Pixel 4 smartphone series. We’ve seen the Pixel 4 design from every angle, we’ve heard about the pricing, new colour options, facial recognition, and some stunning samples from the new dual-camera.
In fact, we’re not sure Google executives are going to have anything new to announce on-stage during the New York launch event next week.
Especially since we’ve now learned about a new software experience planned exclusively for the Pixel-branded handset.
According to Google-centric blog 9To5Google, Pixel 4 will boast a new way to invoke the Assistant. Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 owners can summon the chatty AI assistant by squeezing the sides of the smartphone. Google lets Pixel owners customise how much you need to squeeze to launch the Assistant.
Of course, you can always call upon Google Assistant using the wake phrases “OK, Google” and “Hey Google”.
But it seems Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will take things a step further with a new “raise to talk” feature that summons Google Assistant as soon as you lift up the smartphone. It will save you having to bark the (slightly clunky) wake phrases …a blessing when you’re in public, or polite company.
Being able to lift your smartphone as you’re requesting a timer to be set, alarms to be cancelled, or a general knowledge query about the height of the Eiffel tower should also massively speed-up the whole process and get you an answer much faster.
Apple introduced a similar system in its watchOS operating system for Apple Watch last year, which automatically triggers Siri when it detects the smartwatch being lifted towards the wearer and hears a question or recognisable command.