With Pixel 4, Google’s experimental tech bets finally enter the spotlight


Amid a steady stream of leaks related to its upcoming Pixel 4 phone, Google released a “leak” of its own in July. The search giant posted a 22-second YouTube video of a woman in front of the new phone, waving her hands in the air to control the device from a few inches away. The video was accompanied by a blog post touting Google’s radar technology, which the company has been developing since 2015.

The announcement wasn’t surprising simply because tech giants usually guard marquee device features like state secrets. It was also notable because the new capability marks a big step for Google: One of its in-house experimental technologies is finally being released to a massive consumer market. And it’s coming out on one of Google’s most important devices — a phone, a gadget that’s as ubiquitous as they come. 

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