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Tech & Science Google to start regularly adding new features to Pixel phones with 'feature drops'

06:05  10 december  2019
06:05  10 december  2019 Source:   zdnet.com

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Your Pixel automatically updates regularly with fixes and Now, feature drops will bring more helpful and fun features to users on a regular basis to Google on Monday announced that it will start routinely adding new features to its Pixel phone line, outside of the monthly software updates that

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    Google on Monday announced that it will start routinely adding new features to its Pixel phone line, outside of the monthly software updates that primarily focus on security updates and bug fixes. The best part? The updates aren't focused on only the Pixel 4, but instead, Google is adding new features to its older devices. 

    There are, however, some features Pixel 4 owners will get to take advantage of. Google is improving the Call Screen feature to identify and filter out robocalls. Google is also adding the ability to add a background blur to photos after they're captured. Normally you have to take a portrait photo and then you can adjust the background, but with the new feature, you can add it post-shot. 

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    Meanwhile, new features being added to Duo mean you (and your friends) are kept in the frame when you make calls from a Pixel 4. Improvements are Pixel 3a, for example. You can also expect Google Assistant improvements to come to Pixel phones first as well. The timing of these feature drops

    Through a new initiative called " feature drops ", Google said it plans to regularly release software updates for its Pixel phones . To get a feature drop , update to the latest version of Android and go to the Play Store to start downloading your updated apps.

    Google's Duo video calling service will now center on your face during a call, even if you move around or someone else walks into the shot. 

    The rest of the Pixel line, save for the original Pixel, can expect to see some meaningful updates as well. The Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a will all gain access to the Recorder app that live-transcribes voice notes or memos. Live Caption, a feature that adds real-time transcriptions to any video or podcast playing on your device, is coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. And the Pixel 2 is also getting Flip to Shhh, a feature that lets you place your phone face down and will temporarily silence any incoming calls and alerts. 

    Google says the features and updates are rolling out to all compatible Pixel devices right now and will continue to roll out over the coming weeks. There isn't any indication of how often Google will do a "feature drop" for Pixel phones, but the blog post states they will occur on a "regular basis."

    I'm glad to see that Google is taking a more proactive approach to improving the Pixel experience consistently. Previously there would be small updates or feature releases to Pixel phones, but often with no announcement. 

    What do you think about Google's new approach? Let us know in the comments below.

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