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Google introduces new features for Pixel users

The tech giant is also rolling out new suggestions comprising a feature known as Dynamic that boost brightness, contrast and color.

As Google regularly keeps updating Pixel features in order to make the phone experience much better. The tech giant has revealed that Pixel owners will get to experience the December update along with a few new surprises.

According Harrison Lingren, Technical Program Manager, Pixel, “Many of the new features launched with the Pixel 5 are now rolling out to Pixel 3 and newer devices. That includes Hold for Me, which helps save you time when you’re put on hold by a business. Available for Pixel owners in the U.S. in English, Google Assistant waits on the line for you and lets you know when someone’s ready to talk. We’ve found that when Hold for Me is enabled, it saves eight minutes per call on average.”

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Besides this, Extreme Battery Saver is another helpful feature that has been introduced to previous Pixel devices. Once this feature is turned on, it allows the Pixel device to automatically limit some apps and only run the essentials so that the battery lasts as long as possible.

Moreover, friends and families can share in the joy of watching the same video, cheer on live sports together and plan activities—even when they’re far apart. Apart from already existing Duo screen sharing in one-to-one calls, screen sharing is now becoming available in group calls so long as the users utilize Wi-FI or a 5G connection.

Furthermore, Google is also rolling out new suggestions comprising a feature known as Dynamic that boost brightness, contrast and color, and a set of sky suggestions to help one create stunning sunset and sunrise images in just one tap.

In a blog post, the tech giant also notified, “Google devices are most helpful when they seamlessly assist you throughout the day—wherever you are. We call this ambient computing, and it drives our approach to how Pixel should adapt to your needs in real time.”

In addition to the above-listed features, the GPS on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) is now more accurate when the user is on foot. This means the rideshare service can find you more easily, and there’s no more guessing which side of the street one needs to be on when they’re walking somewhere. Mind you! This particular feature is not available at launch in all countries or locations, and requires an internet connection and Android 8.0 or later.

The Pixel can also now detect if a user is viewing a website or app in a different language and translate it using Google Lens. All that needs to be done is just take a screenshot or swipe into App Overview, and tap the Lens chip to see the translation.

Additional improvements to Adaptive Battery for Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) can automatically save even more power if a user is likely to miss their next charge, keeping the device powered even longer. Adaptive Charging helps preserve battery health over time by dynamically controlling how quickly a Pixel device charges. Just plug in your phone in the evening, set an alarm and the Adaptive Charging will work its magic. Also, the new Adaptive Connectivity feature helps you get the most out of your battery by automatically switching from 5G to 4G based on the app you’re using. It’ll choose 4G for things like browsing the web or sending texts, and switch to 5G when you’re watching movies or downloading large files.

Now, one can personalize their home screen with new icons, grid views and app shapes, or even choose custom wallpapers of famous artworks provided by cultural institutions from around the world on Google Arts & Culture (wallpapers coming soon directly into the wallpaper categories in settings).

Additionally, there is a special treat for Star Wars fans: Google, Disney and Lucasfilm worked together to launch “The Mandalorian” AR Experience, an augmented reality app available on Google Play for 5G Google Pixel devices and other select 5G Android phones. Now all Pixel 3 and newer devices can customize the home screen with original new Mandalorian wallpapers.

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