Today is the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for Google to release its monthly software update for Pixel phones. Only this time is special. In fact, this is the latest Pixel Feature Drop, and not only that, it’s the biggest ever. It even includes some new content for the recently launched Pixel Watch!
let’s start. The December Pixel Feature Drop comes with Google One’s VPN at no extra cost to Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners. VPNs “are designed to help ensure that your web traffic is not tied to your identity,” including Google. The service was already free to Google One members on the Platinum plan (2TB and up), but it’s now open to Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners to find out about their Google One subscription status. However, the VPN will still work through the Google One app.
Continuing, security and privacy settings have been unified in Android settings, this new section has at the top Action cards that notify you of any security risks and give you easy steps to make things better.
Next, Clear Calls on Pixel 7 and 7 Pro amplifies the other person’s voice and reduces their background noise, so even if they’re in a loud place, you can They can also be heard clearly.
Pixel Recorder now recognizes and tags each speaker and wraps lines when the speaker changes, so when you record an interview or meeting, everyone are marked individually. It’s all done with machine learning, streamed live while you record, and if there are any issues, you can re-tag the speakers after you’re done.
As long as you have activated (and will keep) your Fitbit Premium subscription, your Pixel Watch will get Fitbit Sleep Profile functionality. New Pixel Watch buyers get six months of free access, but after that you’ll have to pay $10 per month for such features.
Sleep Profile gives you an at-a-glance high-definition picture of your sleep quality, taking into account duration, consistency, interruptions, and more for you Presents the animal that best matches your sleep style. Results will be adjusted monthly based on your personal metrics. For this to work, you’ll need to wear your Pixel Watch to bed at least 22 days a month so you’re on the first of the next month. Then it’s best to keep the charger handy.
Pixel 6 and 6 Pro can detect coughing and snoring, which you can access through Sleep Mode. There are also new Pixel wallpapers and new tiles for the Pixel Watch, including a sunrise/sunset tile from the Weather app, while the Contacts app now lets you pin up to five contacts from your favorites, so you can You can call them and view their details with just one tap.
Digital Car Key lets you lock, unlock and start compatible cars using your phone and can be shared with friends and family who need access to said car . This currently works on “Pixel and iPhone,” but will soon be available on “select Android 12+” phones, Google promises.
Additionally, Gboard supports French grammar checking, and Live Translate can translate text in the Messages app into Arabic, Persian, Swedish, Vietnamese, and Danish (on Pixel 6 and up later), on-device search becomes more powerful on Pixel 4a and later, and voice message transcription is also available on Pixel 4a and newer phones.
Google also teased that the Pixel will support spatial audio in January with the 6, 6 Pro, 7, and 7 Pro paired with the Pixel Buds Pro, but also with wired headphones. Like Google Software Update, it may take days or even weeks for the December update to roll out to all supported devices, so don’t worry if you don’t have it yet.