Google dropping some new features onto the Pixel phones this month

Speaking of blurry backgrounds, Google Photos will now allow you to go back and add adjustable shallow depth-of-field bokeh effect to old images, even if they weren't initially captured in Portrait Mode.

Duo, Google's video chat client, will also see several major upgrades with this inaugural feature drop. Instead of thinking which network was the best for your needs or spending too much time parsing your bill, Fi would do all the hard work for you. When the feature detects a robocall, it will not ring your phone at all, while other legitimate calls will still ring after the screening with Google giving you context about who is calling and why.

AI is also taking on robocalls – the Pixel 4 will screen unknown callers and will directly hang up on robocalls. If someone else walks into frame, the camera zooms out to fit them as well. With this new update, your Pixel proactively compresses cached applications so that you can run multiple apps at the same time.

There are a few other updates, including improved memory management and bringing some of the Pixel 4's features to older devices, which you can read about in Google's announcement post.


The latest “feature drop” parachutes a number of new apps as well as new functionality to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, some of the new perks are available for older models as well. 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 new Focus Mode, that offers a brief respite from attention-siphoning apps, is rolling out to all Pixel handsets that have Digital Wellbeing. You can now set an automatic schedule, take a short break or end Focus mode early without disrupting your schedule.

If you use a Pixel 4 in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Australia, you'll soon get the new Google Assistant (English only), which is even faster and more helpful.

These new features will be coming to Pixel devices in the coming weeks.

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