Here’s why Google would not launch Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in India
Pixel 4 features a radar sensor dubbed as Soli, which allows smartphones to support air gestures.
After numerous leaks and speculations, Google has officially launched Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L during its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday (15th October). If you wish to buy Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L in India, you might be upset as Google is not going to launch these phones in the country.
Yes, Google has officially confirmed that Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL would not be available in India due to 60GHz spectrum licensing issue in India. According to reports, Pixel 4 features a radar sensor dubbed as Soli, which allows smartphones to support air gestures. Using this feature, you can wave your hands at phones to execute some action. Notably, this only works on 60GHz frequency and Indian government does not allow for public use of that.
Speaking about the reason behind not launching Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L in India, Google spokeperson said, “We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India.”
He added, “Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features.”
The Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Exosystem at Counterpoint Research, Tarun Pathak said, “India still remains an attractive market which Google needs to keep a close eye on.”
“Premium segment is growing at a much faster rate than the overall market and this is, in fact, a right time to scale operations in India. Maybe Google will look at other SKUs for India market going forward like Pixel 3a,” Pathak told news agency IANS.
The Google Pixel 4 comes with a price tag of $799 (roughly Rs. 57,000) and Pixel 4 XL has been priced at $899 (roughly Rs. 64,000). These phones are likely to be shipped on October 24 countries.