A series of new features are now being rolled out by Google to Google Pixel 4a to 7. The Pixel Watch will also receive some novelties.
This month’s “Pixel Feature Drop” brings a bunch of new features to Google Pixel smartphones. Many of these features are exclusive to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, but some are also coming to older versions of the Pixel. Even the recently released Pixel Watch is getting some new features.
Users of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are offered a free VPN. At least, if those users are also subscribers of Google One. That’s Google’s cloud storage and backup service. The free VPN is included with every One subscription of 2 TB or more and is also available in Belgium. Another security addition is the reworked security and privacy settings. They can now all be easily found in one place on your Pixel. This way you can see at a glance whether your settings are correct and whether you can make improvements.
Clear Calling and labels for audio description
It was already announced with the release of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: the Clear Calling function. It is now also effectively rolled out to the two latest Google Pixel smartphones. The Tensor G2 processor would amplify the voice of the person you’re calling with. Background noise, on the other hand, is more muffled.
This is followed by another function that will also come to users of a Pixel 6 or newer, although only in English. When you use audio description when recording a conversation, the recorder will now identify voices and label them separately. After the recording you can give each speaker their own name. The audio transcription of messages, or without the labels, is now also available from Pixel 4a.
Sleep insights with the Google Pixel Watch
There is also something new for the Google Pixel Watch. The smartwatch now has Fitbit Sleep Profile. With this you can – if you have Fitbit Premium at least – measure the quality, consistency and length of your sleep. This way, your sleeping habits are properly visualized and you can adjust your pattern where necessary. If you have a Pixel 6 or newer, you can even track your coughing and snoring behavior throughout the night.
Finally, there are some cosmetic perks. The Pixel smartphones are getting some new wallpapers, including one live wallpaper. On the Pixel Watch, you can now track sunrise and sunset with new tiles and pin five contacts.