Pixel 3 will screen your calls; feature to roll out to all Pixels next month

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, unveiled today, will include a new feature called "Call Screen" designed to keep you from having to speak to salespeople, or answer a call from a number you don't know. When a call comes in from an unknown caller, tap on the screen call button. The phone will take over, ask who is calling and the reason for the call. Meanwhile, a live transcription of the conversation is posted on your phone in real time. You can choose to pick up the call, send a quick reply, or report the call as spam.

Call Screen will be available out of the box on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It will come to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL some time next month. Also, remember the Duplex feature that allows your phone to make a reservation on your behalf? Last we heard, Google was working hard to make Duplex ready for prime time. Well, it appears that the work on Duplex is almost completed. Starting next month, all Pixel handsets will start receiving Duplex on a city-by-city basis.

Some of the other features that Google introduced for the Pixel 3 today will also find its way to the entire Pixel family. For example, Playground, the AI feature that allows Marvel characters and Childish Gambino to virtually appear in your photos and videos, launches today on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But it will be pushed out to all Pixel handsets soon.

source: Google



1. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Only good thing about new Pixels. And that itself isn't exclusive. Lol. Never knew it would be such a dud release. They are asking significantly higher prices for change of name from 2 > 3

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, an improved camera, faster processor, wireless charging, improved displays make for a decent update, though not enough of one to justify going from a Pixel 2 to a 3. And I will have to agree with you the price is way too high. I miss the Nexus device prices... Oh well.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Don't know that we will see this expanded beyond pixels as Google can't ensure everyone has the security in place to manage this AI processing on device.

8. gamehead unregistered

Seems like phones are becoming less valuable in perspective to their prices

4. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

City by city in the usa. Rest of the world somewhere around the Pixel 9....

5. alligator

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

The weirdest feature I've ever heard. Who the heck will use such a stupid function. For the countries where English is not an official language it is completely useless. Those AI features are getting worse every single day.

6. Fred3

Posts: 588; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

everyone that's dodging bill collectors or spammers so i'm up for it (no i don't have the bill collectors calling lol)

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Call screening feature was great!

9. tonyquart

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 27, 2017

Thanks for sharing this information. I think this is interesting. Tech giants start to give more concerns on these spam call matters. I really hope that these features would really help us get away from these spammers. I have read an article that talks about TCPA at lemberglaw.com/tcpa-compliance-telephone-consumers​-protection-act/. People need to know about this law, so that they could protect themselves from bad telemarketing methods.

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