One of the major selling points of Pixel 4 is that it incorporates the much faster “new” Google Assistant. But there are a few details which might spoil that for some users. The new Google Assistant requires the use of gesture navigation and doesn’t allow any G Suite accounts on the device.
Android Police revealed a support document with a list of requirements for the new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. It tells what version of the Google app is needed, that it will work only in English in the US and adds that gesture navigation is needed too.
The last point came as a surprise considering the Pixel 4 supports three-button navigation as well, and it was not clear whether it was a permanent change. Later Google said that this in fact wasn’t the case, and that users would be still able to activate the new Google Assistant with three-button navigation. However, they walked back that statement quickly. Even if you activate Assistant using Active Edge, you will need gestures enabled.
A little more frustrating part of the “new” Google Assistant’s requirements on Pixel 4 is it does allow you to have a G Suite account on the phone at all. It is not just that the account can’t be the “primary” one, it simply can’t be signed in on the device. This will certainly be very frustrating for those who have accounts through work or school who need to access their emails on the move.