Google Enhances Google Pixel With Pixel Feature Drop

Google has begun providing Pixel users with functionality improvements through what they call Pixel feature drops. The first one has just arrived.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

These features are already rolling out and will hit all Pixel phones (Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4) in the coming weeks. To get them, you have to update to the latest version of Android and go to the PlayStore to start downloading the updated apps.

The Pixel feature drop is in addition to automatic updates that Google currently already provide for fixes and minor improvements.

This first feature drop includes a new way to capture portraits, easier Duo calls and automatic call screening (for those in the US).

So for Singaporeans, what’s new with the new Google Assistant in English?

  • Get help faster: With deeper integration into Pixel 4, the Google Assistant is now a faster way to get more things done. Breakthroughs in speech processing mean that more requests can happen right on the phone, without always sending your request to the cloud.
  • Multitask seamlessly: The Assistant has been redesigned to not take up too much room on the screen, letting users better multitask across other apps. It can quickly open apps, search the phone, share what’s on the screen, and more.
  • Enjoy smarter answers and actions: The new Google Assistant considers the context of the user’s query to provide more helpful answers. For example, you can ask the Assistant to “show my photos from Bali” and then say “the ones at the beach.” Then, you can share a picture by saying “send it to Mum.”

Besides the Next Generation Assistant, Pixel devices will get software updates that unlock new features and apps.

Those that are available in Singapore are highlighted below.

  • Turn a photo into a portrait on Pixel by blurring the background post-snap
  • An upgrade in video calling experience on Duo with:
    • Better audio consistency.
    • Less choppy video display with Pixel’s Smooth Display, which refreshes up to 90 times a second.
    • Smarter framing during video calls with a camera that automatically zooms in or out callers within view in the frame.
    • Fun playful moments with the Portrait effect.
  • The Recorder function, already previewed on the Pixel 4, now comes to all Pixel phones.

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