The March Feature Drop introduced a slew of features like Cards & Passes, play/pause with Motion Sense, and dark theme scheduling. The Pixel 4 picked up support for a firm press gesture that serves as a quicker alternative to long pressing. Google AI today detailed the machine learning work behind it.
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I used to love having a fingerprint sensor — now, well-done face unlock ranks above it.
Aside from battery life, perhaps the largest complaint about the Pixel 4 is its face unlock system. Not only did it require a larger top bezel on the phone, with a seemingly needlessly complicated array of sensors, but at launch it also had next to no support from developers. That really rubbed me the wrong way back when it launched. From my Pixel 4 XL review, back in October:
Let’s see if your favorite apps work with the Pixel 4.
The Pixel 4 is an important phone for the Android landscape. The 90Hz display, dual rear cameras, and wireless charging are all perfectly cool, but the thing that really makes it stand out is Google’s all-new face unlock system.