We already know the upcoming Pixel 4 series will support motion gestures—Google confirmed the "Motion Sense" feature in a short video teaser, along with facial recognition support to unlock the handsets. Now we have a pretty good idea of what specific apps will work with Motion Sense from the get go. One of them is Spotify.
Born out of Google's Project Soli, the Motion Sense feature uses radar technology to detect hand gestures. This allows users to perform tasks like skipping tracks or playing the previous one simply by waving their hand in front the phone. Motion gestures could be especially, um, handy (pardon the pun) when working on a car or eating chicken wings lathered in hot sauce, to give just a couple of examples.
Motion Sense has the potential to be an awesome feature. As to which apps will support it, the folks at 9To5Google got their mitts on the Motion Sense app and report the following as being listed as "Supported Apps"...
- Amazon Music
- Google Play Music
- Spotify Stations
- YouTube Music
There are nine apps in all, and presumably that number will grow. However, it's interesting they are listed as "supported." This suggests that only certain apps will work with Motion Sense—it is anyone's guess if other apps like Apple Music will work as well, either initially or sometime down the line.
Beyond manipulating music, it's also been rumored Motion Sense will work with other parts of the Pixel 4's functionality, such as silencing calls. Whether that is actually the case remains to be seen, though we won't have to wait long to find out—Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4 series next month during a hardware event.