At an event in New York, Google launched its next-generation Pixel 4 smartphone. But it is not launching in India because the technologies inside it include a tiny radar called Soli that the government believes should not be used in India.
Google launched its next-generation Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones at an event in New York on October 15. These are the best of Google phones for this year, and Google’s answer to Apple iPhone 11 series. These are also, in a way, official Android smartphones. Yet, the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL will not be launched in India, not now or not anytime soon, unless the Indian government somehow considers them an exception and allows their sale in India. The primary reason why the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL are not launching in India is the unique Soli radar inside these phones. The radar uses 60GHz mmWave frequency which is currently not allowed for un-licenced civilian use in India.
In the US, where the 60GHz frequency is unlicensed, similar to 2.4GHz and 5GHz that are used for Wi-Fi connectivity, the Pixel 4 phones will be available. But in India, despite TRAI recommendation in 2014, 60GHz frequency remains locked and currently, its use is permitted only for military or government projects. Soli chip in the Google Pixel uses 60GHz frequency to offer a radar feature that can detect users as well as recognise their gestures. This, for example, can allow users to skip a song or pause music playback on their phone with just a wave of their hands.