Pixel 4's most useful new feature is coming to older Pixel models

Pixel 4's most useful new feature is coming to older Pixel models
One of the Google Pixel 4 series most exciting and useful tools is coming to older Pixel models. According to a post from someone with the handle PixelCommunity on Reddit (designated as an "Official Google Account"), a future software update will bring the Recorder app to older Pixel phones. Sure, the app records audio and stores it but the special sauce is real-time transcription. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal tested the feature against a courtroom stenographer, the world's fastest talking woman, and four people with strong accents; the real-time transcription feature performed very well.

While it isn't clear exactly which Pixel models will get Recorder, it is AI-based and runs completely on-device. One Redditor who sideloaded the app on his Pixel 2 says that the feature runs smoothly on his phone. For Pixel fans who have been taking abuse annually since 2016 for their decision to purchase their phone, this is a perfect example of why they bought it. Google showcases its technology on the line, and while Pixel handsets might not have the most cutting edge designs, they are all about the software; Pixel owners tend to favor the Google ecosystem and they get first crack at Android updates.

The transcription feature is bound to be used during school lectures and business meetings as a way to take notes effortlessly. All Pixel models do have the Call Screen feature that uses Google Assistant to answer calls from unknown numbers. A real-time transcription of the conversation between the virtual helper and the caller is displayed on the screen allowing the phone owner to participate in the call at any time.


Google also plans on bringing the Astrophotography feature found on the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3a lines. Using the Night Sight feature that allows Pixel users to snap viewable photos in dark and low-light environments, a series of photos of the sky are taken that can add up to as long as four minutes worth of exposures. Using AI, each exposure is aligned to produce incredible photos of the night sky including the stars.

Pixel owners are due to receive the November Android security update this coming Monday.

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8 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I always wonder what would Pixels be capable of, if they didn't have the worst mics on market.

2. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Even on pixel 3 the mic has been fixed, pixel 4mic is one of the best out there. These kids posting c..p ,go and play outside.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I have been wondering why the pixel phone articles bring out the trolls.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It was not ever fixed, it can't be fixed, it's hardware issue. Mono and lowres garbage, thats pixel for you folks.

8. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 59; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Like the iPhones with the intel modems. Garbage hardware and cannot be fixed.

5. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

If this is one of the most useful features of the Pixels, I'm definitely NOT buying it. I always disable/uninstall from day one Fb, google assistant, anything related to AI + other junk software.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Don't forget to disable AI image processing as well ...

7. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

All cameras are covered with stickers hehe :)

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