Google Pixel 4 MotionSense Alternative: How To Get Wave Gestures?


The most exclusive features of the Google Pixel 4 have either been rolled out to previous Pixel devices or are available as a separate Android app from Google.

However, features hard-wired to Pixel 4 might never land on other Android devices, for instance, Pixel’s 4 Face Unlock and Motion Sense, based on Soli radar technology.

What is Pixel 4 Motion Sense?

Google Pixel 4 bundles the new Soli radar chip, a miniature version of the tech present on conventional radars to track planes. Project Soli, along with Google’s on-device machine learning, enables Pixel 4 to sense little gestures made around the phone.

On the surface level, Motion Sense allows users to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving their hands. The radar system also creates a sensor field with a one-foot radius around the device, automatically turning on the display as the user comes close to the device.

Pixel 4 Motion Sense Alternative

Since Soli is a hardware component, under no circumstances, Motion sense is coming to the previous Pixel generations or on other Android devices. So, one option is shelling out $799 and buying the device. Of course, no one in their right mind would do that just for one feature. Besides, Google Pixel 4 never even launched in a few countries like India.

But there is an alternative way to get Pixel 4’s Motion Sense-like feature on all Android devices — an Android app known as the “Motion Sense.” The app gives you gesture controls for music, incoming calls, opening apps while driving, and a few more things, in fact, it has more gesture options than in Google Pixel 4.

How to use the Motion Sense App?

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The app offers four gestures, including wave right, wave left, wave up, and wave down. Users can play/pause/skip music and accept/decline/silent incoming calls just by waving over the phone.

Other than that, there is a floating window that allows Motion Sense to be used over other apps; a drive mode for wave control while driving.

I will be blunt here — the gesture recognition is far from perfect. It is so bad that if Pixel 4 users ever tried the app, they will stop complaining about the Motion sense inaccuracies on their device. But developers do say the app is “still under development so you can face some crashes, unexpected behaviors.”

Nevertheless, the Motion Sense app makes another Google Pixel feature non-exclusive. Pixel 4’s astrophotography camera feature is already available through Gcam ports. Let me know what else is left, and I will probably find an alternative for it.

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet owns an iPhone but his love for Android customization lives on. If you ever ask him to choose between an iPhone, Pixel or Xiaomi; better if you don't.
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