Google introduced the Project Soli radar sensor on the Pixel 4 smartphone it sold last year, but this year’s new Pixel 5 cut that feature. Despite the drop in price from $799 to $699 and the introduction of thinner borders and front-thing openings, the lack of Motion Sense gestures has left many users with some regret.
The good news is that Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of hardware, told TheVerge that Project Soli radar sensors and Motion Sense gestures will return in the future.
Clearly, as a five-year-old project, the search giant has no immediate plans to lose Project Soli. As to why it wasn’t introduced on pixel 5, it was obviously for cost control reasons.
Finally, although Rick Osterloh did not disclose further which new phone he would be returning to, a recent FCC filing suggested that Project Soli might be used on a Nest thermostat.