Google Pixel smartphones and watches are getting a ton of new stuff by the end of the year

Google Pixel smartphones and watches are getting a ton of new stuff by the end of the year

Google pampers its users with Pixel Feature Drop. Understand by this, the update that brings a lot of news for users of Pixel and Pixel Watch smartphones. We go through the changes.

Every month, Pixels usually receive an update that includes the security update. However, this time is special. This update is a Pixel feature drop, and not only that, with many new features. The update even includes some new features for the recently released Pixel Watch.

What’s new in Pixel 7 and 7 Pro

After announcing some new features for Android that everyone benefits from, Google is pampering its Pixel users.

the Pixel feature drop december comes with Free Google One VPN for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners. This VPN is “ designed to ensure that your network traffic cannot be linked to your identity ”, included by Google. This service was already available for free to Google One members with Platinum subscriptions (2TB and up), but is now also available to Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners. Note that this VPN still works through of the Google One app.

Next, the security and privacy settings have been unified in the Android settings. This new section contains action cards that tell you about any security risks and give you simple steps to make things better.

So Google launched delete call on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro whose goal is to improve the voice of the person on the phone and reduce background noise so you can hear them more clearly (even if they’re in a noisy place).

If you record a conversation with the microphone app, the pixel recorder now identifies and tags each speaker and has line breaks when the speaker changes. So when you record an interview or a meeting, each person is tagged individually.

It’s all done using machine learning, a kind of AI, while you’re recording, and if something goes wrong, you can re-tag the texts in post-production.

New also for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro get cough and snore detection, which you can access via the mode Bedtime.

There are also new pixel wallpapers (from the artist morgan harper nichols) and new tiles for the Pixel Watch, including a sunrise/sunset tile from the Weather app, while the app contacts Now it allows you to pin up to five of your favorite contacts so you can call them and see their details with just one click.

What’s new in the Pixel Watch

The Pixel Watch benefits from the feature Fitbit sleep profile, as long as you have activated (and will maintain) your subscription to Fitbit Premium. It’s free for six months for new Pixel Watch buyers, but after that you’ll have to shell out around $10 a month.

For sleep tracking, you’ll now be able to get a high-definition picture of your sleep quality at a glance, taking into account things like duration, consistency, and disturbances. Google will also show you the animal that best suits your sleeping style. Results will be adjusted monthly based on your personal measurements. On the other hand, for this to work, you need to wear your Pixel Watch to bed for at least 14 days a month, to see results on the first day of the following month. Suffice to say, you’ll need to charge your watch frequently.

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Google also talks about spatial audio, this will arrive in January for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7 and 7 Pro associated with the Pixel Buds Pro, but also with wired headphones.

As usual with Google software updates, it can take days or even weeks for the December update to roll out to all supported devices, so don’t worry if you don’t have it.

Other new features are announced, including the Gboard app, which gets Grammar check in French. This is the spell checker, which analyzes sentences in real time for grammatical errors.

Finally, Live Translate can translate texts in your messaging apps into Arabic, Persian, Swedish, Vietnamese, and Danish (on Pixel 6 and later). There are also some new features coming to the Pixel 4a (and newer), including voicemail transcription.

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