Google Pixel 4 Phone Setup
About your shipment and its packaging:
- Your shipment contains a small black sticker from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. (The STUDIO is my lab, which owns the phones.) Please adhere this sticker to the back side of the phone.
- Your phone also comes with a clear plastic protective case. Please install this on the phone.
- Do not discard the phone’s box and related packaging! At the end of the semester, you’ll be expected to return the phone and all of its accessories in its original packaging.
- If you’re in the USA, your shipment contains a yellow padded envelope, as well as a large white padded FedEx envelope and a pre-addressed sticky label. Keep these! You will need these at the end of the semester to return the phone. (If you’re international, we’ll make other arrangements.)
Setting up the phone:
- When the phone arrives, please charge it using the included charger.
- Turn on the phone (with the white power button in the upper right edge).
- Leave “English (United States)” as the default language option.
- When it asks for a SIM Card (“Connect to Mobile Network”), choose “Skip”
- The phone will ask to connect to your WiFi; do this.
- The phone will check for Android updates. Allow it to do so and wait a moment.
- When it asks to “Copy apps & data”, choose “Don’t copy”.
- When it asks to “Sign in with your Google account”, do so. (Unfortunately, you’ll need a gMail account in order to download the necessary apps, sorry. Please contact me if you don’t have a gMail address.)
- IMPORTANT: on the “Google Services” page: for “Use Location” turn OFF; scroll down and choose “Accept”.
- For “Additional legal terms”, choose “I accept”.
- IMPORTANT: for “Set screen lock”, set the PIN to 1234.
- Skip setting up “Face Unlock”.
- For “Review Additional Apps” to install, uncheck all.
Set up “Soli” once you access the phone’s home screen:
In a couple of weeks we will write software for the phone’s special Soli radar sensor. It’s necessary to fiddle with some settings for it to work correctly.
- Type “settings” into the search bar and select the Settings app (white gear on blue circle).
- Navigate: Settings->Display->Advanced->Screen Timeout, and set this to 2 minutes. This will make it easier to test stuff without the phone timing out all the time.
- In the “Search settings” entry field, type “Motion Sense”
- IMPORTANT: In the “Motion Sense” control panel, turn Motion Sense ON.
- Make sure “Reach to Check Phone” is already “On” (it should be).
- In the “Search settings” entry field, type “System update”
- Choose “System update”; you will see that an additional security update is available. Install this. The update and its installation process will take a little while. When it is done it will ask you to Restart the phone; click “Restart”. You may need to do this a couple of times.
- In the Google Play Store, search for the “Motion Sense Bridge” app. This app should already be installed, but make sure it’s up to date.
- In the Google Play Store, install the “Soli Sandbox” app. Its icon is a purple diamond.
- Launch the Soli Sandbox app. On the “Try Soli Interactions” page, go through the four interactions to test that they all work: Presence, Reach, Swipe, Tap. If “Tap” doesn’t work, try re-starting your phone.
- In the lower left of the Soli app, there is a hamburger menu. Click it. You’ll see a list of “Prototypes”. Test out some of the apps there by swiping over the phone, etc,.
- In the field marked “Open URL or File”, type https://soli-jello.glitch.me/ or https://soli-fly.glitch.me/ to test out some apps that my student Lingdong and I made; these work by swiping.
- You can also try this app: https://soli-dashboard-plus.glitch.me/ which shows data about Soli events, plus data from the phone’s Gyro & Accelerometer.