Here’s why Google Pixel 4 is banned in India

Is Google Soli for your loss?
16 October 2019 / 0:50IST

Google just pulled back the curtain on its 2019 flagship - The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4XL, only to drape it back and toss it out of India. Obviously it has all the latest innards you’d expect from a 2019 flagship and from Google nonetheless but the most note-worthy addition to Google’s latest banger is the Motion Sense feature that uses a 60Hz radar sensor embedded next to the front facing camera. The feature is the birth child of Project Soli and through Google’s demonstrations we can tell that it’s a pretty snazzy piece of tech that lets you gesture control your smartphone. The party trick, however, is that since it’s operating at a 60Hz spectrum it's touted to be very accurate and so accurate that Google has booted the fingerprint scanner for a radar based facial recognition method. Sadly, the Indian Government doesn’t allow unlicensed use of 60Hz frequency for civilians and that’s why Google Pixel 4 will not launch in India till it gets the green signal from the government or unless the government delicenses the said frequency. Google managed to convince the American authorities earlier this year for using 60Hz on their shiny new flagship and majority of the first world countries have de-licensed the 60Hz spectrum well in advance. Now with Google Pixel out of the race and Huawei scampering for Google services on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, our only solace is in Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies for snooty folks. Like the Pixel 3a, we could expect a stripped down version of the Google Pixel 4 somewhere in Q1 next year, but only time will tell.