Google reveals new features and improvements coming to Pixel phones

Google reveals new features and improvements coming to Pixel phones
For the first time in a very long time, Google offers Pixel phone users details about what's included in their monthly updates. The time Google chose to reveal that information is related to the fact that the search giant will start releasing bigger updates via so-called “new Pixel feature drops.”

The first “feature drop” will be rolled out this month and while most of the improvements and new features are aimed at Pixel 4 users, the older Pixel phones are getting their fair share of changes too.

For example, older generation Pixels are getting the Recorder app, while Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a will get Live Caption in the first feature drop update. The Digital Wellbeing app that's installed on the Pixel phone will be updated with a Focus mode and a brand new Flip to Shhh feature on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel 4 will receive the bulk of the improvements, starting with more control over photos, an updated Call Screen app, and improved video calls on the Duo app. Also, those using Pixel 4 phones in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and Australia will receive the new Google Assistant (English only), which offers an even better overall experience.
Important under-the-hood changes will be implemented as well, as Google confirmed that all Pixel devices will receive an update to their memory management to make them snappier than ever. Google says the new features are already rolling out to Pixel phones all over the world, but it will take weeks to reach all devices. Once you get the Android update, you should head to Google Play Store and update all the apps that require one to benefit from the latest improvements.

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26 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 7050; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bought myself a Pixel 3 XL when I was in the US to use it alongside my Note 10, mostly for it's camera. It was the first time I have used a stock Android phone since the Galaxy Nexus. I have a question for all those who bash Android skins in general, like tell me what's so special about stock Android? How can an android phone in 2019 not have Android beam, or wifi direct sharing? What's the point of quick updates if the last update broke my Bluetooth? How can the Google Photos still lag when you double tap to zoom in or zoom out? I'm glad I didn't pay the extra money and get the Pixel 4XL, I actually believe I should have saved myself few bucks and got myself the Oneplus 7t. As great the camera is, stock Android is way too restrictive for what majority of Android users are used to, and I'm glad that all OEMs, even those who use near to stock skins like OnePlus, are not taking away features that are pretty useful for the majority of us like Google are doing. Excuse my long@ss rant.

3. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

You bought yourself a pixel 3xl ? Wait a sec. Hahahahahaha hahahahahaha you are having these dreams lately ; now it's time to wake up ; it was just a dream ; u still have a cheap phone hahaha. Google photo doesn't lag and stock Android it's not restrictive at all ; I can install anything I want on the pixels. You forgot ? Google makes the O.S for your cheap phone ; so stop talking made up c..p about the king of androids. I had Samsung ; sony ; LG phones ; nothing beats the camera and stock Android from the pixels.

5. maherk

Posts: 7050; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't usually entertain trolls, but how about this for a deal, I provide an evidence of my Pixel 3XL with you deleting your account after I do so. Deal?

6. Venom

Posts: 3942; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Over the top it may have been, but he does make a point. I mean you sound like a broken record.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

That's a little slice of irony right there...I mean, come on, we are all guilty of repeating ourselves here. For example, your comments on Huawei articles...

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

I have a Pixel 3a, and I find this troll embarrassing. Stock Android really is lacking in the areas you mentioned. Not a problem for me, as I'm nowhere near a power user, but I get it.

11. maherk

Posts: 7050; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I only find myself taking out the Pixel to snap pictures, 99% I know that I took an excellent picture with this phone. But apart from that, it's missing lots of features that even Google themselves have introduced years ago, and for some odd reason they decided to remove them. Like why do I need to install the Google Files app on both phones in order to use wifi direct? As for the trolls above, one will definitely not take on my offer, while the second one still is mad because I'm not biased against Huawei. Funny enough, I never mentioned any of what I said in my original comment before, since I never knew these features are gone until I got my 3 XL.

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

They are very basic! I had a Galaxy S7 a few years ago that had far more features than this 3a. (Which, again, is ok for ME...not everyone. Choice is pretty good, eh?)

19. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I still have my galaxy note 8,it's already laggy and slow, it has some features, but most of them are useless. I change my phones every year and I have experience with most of them. I had LG Nexus 5, iPhone 6 , iPhone 6s plus , iPhone Xs, galaxy note 7, galaxy note 8, Sony Xperia xz. Nothing beats Google pixel phones. But don't compare your budget pixel with a flagship phone. Kid just got to sleep!!

16. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

So now you compare your budget 3a with a Google pixel flagship hahahaha. Here we have another Google hater !! Stop talking c..p cos nothing will give you money to buy a proper phone. I'm not a trol, I just hate liers .

17. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

What else do you have @Vancentastic kid? Still spending more of your parents money. You'll never learn from your sins

14. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Yes you provide an evidence!! Come on you pathetic liar,let me see!! You always moaned about everything you couldn't afford.

20. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Yes. Yo said you have an iMac, iPhone Xs, iPad and now a pixel 3A. What else @Vancetastic? What else do you own? At least @Georgio was able to afford a Xs

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't have an XS. I do have eight guitars and two basses. How's that?

23. maherk

Posts: 7050; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's not how it works kid, you're challenging me that I don't have a Pixel 3 XL, and I'm offering you a deal, a proof that backs my claim for your account. Deal?

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

Looks like we lit a fuse on these two!

28. maherk

Posts: 7050; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It has always been lit lol

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

New features along with more new bugs

4. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

iPhones have lots of bugs kid ; an apple fan should be quiet about this...Really?

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Which are addressed pretty quick Boomer unlike taking years on pixels

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1859; Member since: May 17, 2017

Troll-on-troll action! Get him, you gen x slacker!

21. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Kid just go to work, that's why you can't afford a proper phone,cos you always stay on this site. If you keep staying on this site, you will always buy budget phones. You are the only troll here. I'm just telling the truth.

15. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I just sold my iPhone Xs, I couldn't get internet signal in the middle of Glasgow!! Are you even serious?

18. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Oooofff!!! Scotty huh? Yeah, phones are for US. Not designed for micro places

22. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

iPhones are girls favourite,in Europe all the girls have iPhones in general. Men's are more technical and buy android. I'm not Scottish .

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope other OEMs copy this Apple in particular are very poor at bringing new features to older iPhones, e.g. Smart HDR, Night Mode and Deep Fusion

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