Google announces new update with several new features for Pixel phones

Google announces new update with several new features for Pixel phones

Previously there would be small updates or feature releases to Pixel phones, but often with no announcement. The first so-called Feature drop includes automatic call screening, a new photo editing tool, improved Google Duo video calls, and more. Google notes that all of that info is kept private to the the user, per the below gif.

Speaking of blurry backgrounds, Google Photos will now allow you to go back and add adjustable shallow depth-of-field bokeh effect to old images, even if they weren't initially captured in Portrait Mode. Duo will also automatically adjust the camera to fit other people as they join the chat with you. Google's new Recorder app, which enables live transcription, has already arrived on older Pixels, whereas Live Caption - which can communicate anything happening on your phone's screen in text - will make it to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a in the near future.

A new predictive voice model should help you hear complete words and phrases, even when your correspondent's connection gets inconsistent. Starting today, the company will regularly update its Pixel devices through a series of Pixel feature drops meant to improve Pixels old and new.

In a post on its official blog, The Keyword, Google describes the new features that are being issued to Pixel devices "on a regular basis".

I'm glad to see that Google is taking a more proactive approach to improving the Pixel experience in a consistent manner. Keep your eye out and your phone up to date until then so you can get it as soon as possible.

The latest “feature drop” parachutes a number of new apps as well as new functionality to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, some of the new perks are available for older models as well.

As noted, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are conspicuously absent.

Here, you'll find everything you need to know about the latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL updates, including which version they're now at and when future updates are likely to arrive.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched earlier this year with Android 10, the latest version of Android. And Fi's enhanced VPN network and Wi-Fi calling features are available on all Android phones.

The rest of the Pixel line, save for the original Pixel, can expect to see some meaningful updates as well. It's expected around September of 2020.

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