Android 11 adds a 'pause' Motion Gesture on the Pixel 4

Front-facing camera on Pixel 4 XL
Front-facing camera on Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The new gesture shows up in the first Android 11 dev preview released today.
  • This gesture has its own on/off toggle in settings like current Motion Sense gestures do.
  • As with all non-official Android builds, this feature may not make it into the final Android 11 released to the public.

Google Pixel 4 Android 11 Motion Sense Pause

Source: XDA (Image credit: Source: XDA)

Motion Sense gestures have been hit and miss since released on the Pixel 4 in November, but it seems that Google is still working to improve them. XDA was able to find a new play/pause gesture in the new Android 11 developer preview released today.

Play/pause is one of those gestures that have been asked for since the Pixel 4 and Motion Sense came out. The way it seems to be working in its current form is with a light air tap with a palm of the hand over the phone. Like the existing gestures, it seems that getting the hand and motion just right takes a bit of practice.

XDA also found that in testing the new Android 11 developer preview that the current Motion Sense gestures seem to be a little more accurate, allowing for a more natural motion for task execution. As with the gestures found in Android 10, there is a toggle in Android 11 to turn off the pause music gesture specifically.

It's good to see that Google is continuing to work on fine-tuning the motion detection radar chip that's in the Pixel 4. While Motion Sense isn't perfect by any means, it does have its benefits — and Google seems to be adding to those. Hopefully, this gesture makes it to the final build of Android 11.

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Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.